Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
The Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary covers 578 sq km (223 sq miles) of the Aravalli Hills, west of the fort, on the leeward side. Panther, flying squirrel, wolf and many bird species can be seen here. The Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary will come as a surprise to those who see Rajasthan only as a desert state. These green tracts form the dividing line between the former states of Mewar and Marwar. Once the hunting grounds of royals, this area was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1971. The diverse topography of the sanctuary adds to its charms. In its eastern part are ranges that loom over 3,478 ft, as well as the source of the River Banas. The Marwar plains are to the north-west of the sanctuary. The rainwater on the western slopes flows as small rivers such as Sukdi, Mithdi, Sumer and Kot, all of which are the tributaries of River Luni that ultimately merges into the Arabian Sea. The sanctuary is known to be home to chausinghas (four-horned antelopes), leopards, panthers and sloth bears .
When to visit
Open through the year. December to March is a good time to spot animals.
Kumbhalgarh has many options for tourists – apart from jeep safaris; you can also go trekking here. There are points of historic interests in the sanctuary too.
Tourists to Kumbhalgarh have the option of staying either within the sanctuary or outside. As people visit Kumbhalgarh for both the sanctuary and the fort, peak season is usually very busy – so do book in advance.
How To Reach Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Nearest airport is Maharana Pratap Airport, Udaipur (84 km/2.5 hrs). Government and private buses run practically every hour from the Chetak Bus Stand.
Nearest railhead is Falna (80km/2.5 hrs)
From the north of Udaipur, take NH76 for about 25 km till Iswal; turn right o the main Losingh Crossing from where you turn left for Barwarha, Auda and Kelwara and on to Kumbhalgarh.