1. Kumbhalgarh Fort: It is a Mewar fortress situated on the western range of Aravalli Hills. It is in the Rajasamand district and was built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. It is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group Hill Fort of Rajasthan. It is the second most important and famous fort after Chittorgarh fort in Mewar.
Kumbhalgarh has seven fortified gateways and has over 350 temples within the fort. It has mostly Hindu and Jain temples. There are several interesting facts about Kumbhalgarh:
- World’s Second longest Wall: The 36 Kms wall that encircles Kumbhalgarh fort is the world’s second-largest wall after The Great Wall of China. It is 15 feet wide which can run two cars parallel!
- Breathtaking View: The fort is known for its spellbinding scenic beauty. Monsoon is the best season to visit the fort as you can experience the immense greenery and it feels like you are talking to the clouds.
- Shiva Temple and a huge Shivaling: The Neelkanth Mahadev temple inside the fort is known for its huge Shivling of 5 feet in height. Maharana Kumbha had such an amazing physique that he could pour milk and do the ‘Abhishekh’ while remain seated.
2. Parshuram Mahadev Temple: It is known as the second Amarnath Temple of India. It is a cave Shiva temple located at Pali and Rajsamand district border. It is said that the sixth Avatar of Lord Vishnu, Parshuram, made the cave with the help of an axe to worship Lord Shiva. The cave has naturally made figures of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha and has nine Kunds that never go dry.
The entire cave is made from one single rock and to reach this temple you need to travel 500 steps. It gives you a small tracking experience while reaching the temple’s gate. The place is not only a religious spot but also offer great surrounding to enjoy small family getaways.
3. Veron Ka Math: It is a holy place of Lord Shiva. There is a temple and a small water body called Kund. Ths Kund is the main source of water in this region. It is a starting point of the Banas River. Banas River is a tributary of the Chambal River, Itself a tributary of the Yamuna which then merges into the Ganga. You can visit this place and can feel yourself closer to nature and the calmness of the river will give you internal peace.
4. Hammeripal lake (Fish Point): Another scenic marvel is the Fish Point near Kumbhalgarh. It is basically a small lake situated in Taladri Village. It was named after Sisodia clan ruler, Rana Hammir Singh. It is located 2-3 km before Kumbhalgarh fort. It is becoming the new tourist attraction as the lake is home to hundreds of American Catfish! The site is so densely populated with fish that people find it surreal and amusing as they feed the fish.
But what is the reason for these exotic bred of fish to be present in a small lake of the remote village? Well, there was a fish contractor who came to the village for commercial fish farming. But the people of the village were concerned this practice will turn the entire area into a commercial zone so the farming was immediately stopped.
Since then the number and breading of catfish grow immensely. The locals and outsiders are not allowed to fishing in the lake and if anyone caught fishing, strict actions are taken against them. You can feed these American Catfish bread and local snacks.
5. Bagheri Ka Naka and kathar River: The journey from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh is extremely beautiful. The road is filled with lush greenery. Throughout the way, you will find several waterfalls and small water bodies and the entire path is so photogenic. As you are about to reach your destination, you will come across Bagheri ka Naka and Kathar River. These both are the most famous picnic spots. People come here with their families to enjoy the mesmerizing view. The best time to visit is during the monsoon season when Bagheri Ka Naka overflows.
How to Reach Bagheri Ka Naka
- From Udaipur – Take Udaipur-Kumbhalgarh Road Via NH76
- From Nathdwara – Throughout Haldighat way after that take Udaipur-Kumbhalgarh way
- From Kumbhalgarh – Be on Kumbhalgarh-Udaipur Road, this place is located at the center of Udaipur – Kumbhalgarh way.
6. SurajKund: It is a place found by a monk Shree Avdheshanand Maharaj ( commonly known as Baba). It took Maharaj Ji 15 to 17 years to find this place. People from far away come here to meet Maharaj. It is said that when Maharaj has to go anywhere he walks on foot and never sits in anybody’s car. The walking speed of Maharaj is faster than that of a common man.
Another reason to visit this place is scenic beauty. The place is bestowed with lush greenery and a large water body(Kund) which is the main source of water in the region. The depth of this Kund is mysterious, it is said that we can’t measure the actual depth of this Kund. This kund is also known to cure skin-related problems when someone bath in its water. Another interesting fact is that the quantity of food made for visitors never gets short no matter how many visitors come.
There are two ways you can reach this place.
- Via Kumbhalgarh: You can reach here via a small village known as Gawar near Kelwara. If you want to enjoy a small tracking session then you can take this path as the road is mostly paved and you have to walk on foot.
- It can be reached on foot through a village called Thurwar near Charbhuja.
7. Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary: Kumbhalgarh fort is surrounded by a Wildlife sanctuary. This sanctuary covers the parts of Udaipur, Pali, and Rajasamand. It is located at a distance of 3 Km from the Kumbhalgarh fort. This sanctuary is home to numerous wildlife and some of which are endangered species.
The wildlife includes the Indian leopard, striped hyena, Golden jackal, jungle cat, sambhar, sloth bear, nilgai, Indian wolf, the four-horned antelope, and chinkara. You can take Jungle Safari organized by local tour operators. March to December is the best time to visit Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary as the weather is pleasant during this time.
How to reach Kumbhalgarh?
You can reach Kumbhalgarh via Udaipur. It is a famous city in Rajasthan, known as the ‘City of Lakes’. The distance from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh is 84.1 km and it takes 2 hr 5 min via Maharana Pratap Marg. Udaipur has the nearest railway station and Airport and after reaching here you can hire a car or a bike. You can also opt for buses but as they are congested you won’t be able to enjoy the scenic beauty throughout the way.
If you are planning to spend small getaways with your loved ones then a trip to Kumbhalgarh is the best place to go. For more such updates stay connected with RajasthanBlog.