Kumbhalgarh Fort - Overview
Kumbhalgarh Fort was built by Rana Kumbha in 15th century. This fort is second largest fort in Rajasthan. Like other hill forts of Rajasthan, this fort was also built on Aravalli ranges. The wall of the fort is 38km long and is second largest wall after Great Wall of China. The fort has now been named under UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Rasamand is a small town in Rajasthan and is a district headquarter. The city is named so as there is an artificial Rajsamand lake created by Rana Raj Singh of Mewar. Previously the district came under the district headquarters of Udaipur. Later, in 1991, it became an independent district.
The fort is opened for the tourists from 9:00am to 6:00pm. The fort is very big and it takes around two to three hours to visit the whole fort. Light and sound show is also arranged daily at 6:45pm whose duration is 45 minutes. In this show, history of Kumbhalgarh can be viewed through music, sound, and light.
Tourists have to pay an entry fee to visit the fort. Tourists from India, SAARC countries, and BIMSTEC countries have to pay Rs. 15 while the tourists belonging to other countries have to pay Rs. 200. Tourists also have to pay Rs.100 to watch the light and sound show which is conducted only in Hindi language.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Kumbhalgarh Fort is from October to March. In this period, the climate is pleasant though December and January are chilly. In the rest of the months that is from April to September, the climate is very hot as is not suitable to visit the fort.
Where to Stay?
There are around 29 hotels in Rajsamand district. No five-star or four-star hotels are there but three-star, two-star, and budget hotels are there where people can stay. Some of these hotels are as follows −
Deogarh Mahal located at Madaria
Gajanan Hotel located near Anuvrat Vishwa Bharti
Palace Anjali located nearby Rise Institute of Technology
Sardargarh Heritage Hotel located at a distance of 42km from Kumbhalgarh
People can also stay in the hotels in the nearby cities like Udaipur, Jodhpur, Nathdwara etc.