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Fort Kumbhalgarh : This
is the most important fort in the Mewar region after Chittorgarh. It's an isolated
and fascinating place 84 km from Udaipur, built by Maharana Kumbha in the 15th
The massive Fort,encompassed by a 36km long wall,has seven majestic gatesand seven ramparts, one within the other.Rounded bastions and soaring watch towers strengthen the crenallated walls of the fort making it an impregnable structure.
Fascinating chambers are built on the western side of the last gate- the "Nimboo Pol". According to history,the infant Udai Singh was smuggled from Bundi and hidden in these chambers by his faithful made Panna Dhai to save him from the murderous intentions of his Uncle who desired the throne.
Udai Singh ascended the throne of Mewar with Kumbhalgarh as his residense and later established Udaipur.
Within the Fort are many magnificent palaces and an array of ruined temples.The most picturesque of the palaces is the Badal Mahal. The palace has got its name for being the highest of all the structures.It offers a superb bird's eye view of the countryside surrounding the fort as well as of other ruins within the fort.
The ancient ruins of the temples within the fort date back to the Mauryan period built during the reign of the grandson of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka who belonged to the Jain community.
The Heritage Walk On Fort Kumbhalgarh (27th January, 2015)
Most of the ruins in Kumbhalgarh are of the Jain temples of various periods. As one moves to the East, Kali temple and the Mamadev Kund with royal Chhatris can be seen. Another noteworthy temple, a little further,enshrines a fine black marble lingam Mahadev Temple.
The Mandap or the hall of the temple has beautiful pillars, finely fluted and having a tapering shape.
Haldighati : The scene of the famous battle of 1576 A.D. fought between Maharana Pratap - the heroic son of Udai Singh and the massive force of mughal Emperor Akbar. A beautiful Chhatri with white marble columns,dedicated to Maharana Pratap stands here.
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary :The 586 sq.km. sanctuary supporting a rich variety of Wildlife like the panther,sloth bear,wild boar, four horned antelope and scientifically bred crocodiles in the lake , are the major attractions. The sanctuary is also nothed for flamingoes,cormorants,spoonbills and egrets usually seen in winter.
Ranakpur Temples : These beautiful Jain temples are a fine example of the temple architecture.
Rajsamand :Rajsamand or Rajnagar are known for their scenic beauty and Marble Mines on the way to Kumbhalgarh lies a magnificent dam - The Rajsamnd lake . The royal lake, built in 1660 by Rana Raj Singh . from here one can have a spectacular view of the sunset with beautiful "torans" or arches and chhatris adorning the embankment. The lake has a Rest House of the Irrigation Department on the embankment below. The Rest House has a beautifully laid out garden interspersed with exquisite sculptures excavated from the ruins nearby. The town of Kankroli nearby with a marvellous temple and a pretty palace on the hill top offers a scenic experience.
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