Growing up, were you one those who would listen with rapt attention as your grandfather recounted tales of unsung heroes? Does your bucket list comprise of museums, memorials and palaces? Here is a destination that should top that list. India’s Rajputana state, Rajasthan has many places that contribute to its grandeu, but did you know of Kumbhalgarh? Tucked away in Rajsamand district, this town is historically rich for more reasons than one.
Spin the wheel of time
Do the stories of Maharana Pratap’s valor inspire you? Retrace his journey from the beginning by visiting Kumbhalgarh, his birth-place. The city later went on to become the capital during his reign. Everyone knows the Great Wall of China is the largest in the world. Did you know India has a great wall of its own? The wall of the Kumbhalgarh fort is the 2nd largest in the world. What led to the construction of this fortress? Rana Khumbha, ruler of Mewar constructed this fort to protect his kingdom, from invaders.
Many stories skirt the construction of this fort. Legend has it that the construction began multiple times and each time the bricks and stones fell the ground. To put an end to this mysterious occurrence a saint recommended human sacrifice. No one volunteered and the saint sacrificed himself. To pay homage to him, the Hanuman Pol temple was constructed in the premises of the fort.
In accordance with another legend, Rana Kumbha’s dream was clouded by the vision of the family goddess ordering a human to be sacrificed. The man, who played sacrificial lamb, went through with the act on the condition that a fort is constructed in his honor. Whatever be the reason for its construction, the fort with its impregnable wall protected the Kingdom of Mewar each time danger befell.
The wall of the Kumbhalgarh Fort panning across 36 kilometers, housing 360 temples is a sight of sheer magnificence and stands true to Rajput royalty.
Whilst in Rajasthan, one would want to experience the royalty of the Rajputana lifestyle. Accommodation options are in plenty, but the Ramada Resort Kumbhalgarh, snuggled up in the Aravali Hills offers unparalleled views of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. Feel like royalty as you pick from room categories that befit the royal chambers. Satiate your taste buds as you munch on the exhaustive vegetarian delicacies that are cooked to perfection at Pangat. If you are looking for an idyllic summer break to swaddle in luxury, keep the kids entertained and get that last bit of work done, Ramada Resort Kumbhalgarh is the place to be. What are you waiting for? The quickest way to get here is flying into Udaipur and driving to Kumbhalgarh. The distance can be covered in 2 hours.
The Explorer’s Checklist
Kumbhalgarh has something to offer for all the family members. Children and photo fanatics can have a field day at Kumbhalgarh’s Wildlife Sanctuary, history seekers can detour around Badal Mahal of Kumbhalgarh and the spiritual seekers, do stay tuned for our upcoming feature that covers the temples in the Kumbhalgarh Fort.