Kumbhalgarh Fort and Badal Mahal Palace.
Generally about Kumbhalgarh Fort and Badal Mahal Palace in India. Situated in the Aravalli Hills in Rajasthan, India's Kumbhalgarh Fort is located around 60 Kilometres north of Udaipur. The Fort is open daily and has an entrance fee of around 100 Rupees for non-Indians. Situated around 1000 metres above sea-level the Kumbhalgarh Fort dates from the 15th Century and was built by Maharana
Kumbha (who was also responsible for building the great fort at Chittorgarh). Entrance to the palace itself involves a bit of a climb from the Fort's car-park - you have to go through various gates (Pols) on the way however once up there are great views of the surrounding countryside as well as various temples dotted around in the valley - enclosed within the
Fort's 36 kilometres of wall there are several hundred mostly very old Hindu and Jain Temples.
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The ramparts are extremely wide in places with the front walls of the fort some 15 feet across - and therefore could accommodate six horsemen riding abreast. Virtually impregnable Kumbhalgarh Fort was only taken once in it's long history - and this only because of lack of water. The fortified walls really do make quite a site as they follow the contours of the various small hills in the area. The ramparts have been re-furbished and it is
apparently possible to walk around them though this would be some walk. Situated within and at the highest point of the Fort there is the Badal Mahal Palace (The Palace of Cloud) which datges from the 19th century. Badal Mahal is situated at the highest point of the fort and was protected by three more Pols.
Apart from visiting the palace there are as mentioned a lot of temples at the Fort and several of these Jain and Hindu temples are reasonably close by so well worth wandering around. Additionally you can also stretch your legs and enjoy a meander along part of the ramparts as you do this - and perhaps spot several recently built and bright white temples in the valley below.
Generally about visiting Kumbhalgarh Fort and Badal Mahal Palace (plus Ranakpur Jain Temples) on a single daytrip from Udaipur.
Kumbhalarh Fort is easily visited on an albeit long trip out from Udaipur if you hire a car and driver for the day. Because of their respective opening times it is
necessary to visit Kumbhalgarh Fort first and allow around 2 hours to wander around and only then perhaps plan on visiting Ranakpur with the aim of getting there in the early afternoon. This
is because the Jain Temple site at Ranakpur only opens from midday. One benefit of making this type of trip by car is that the drive through the Indian hills and countryside is really interesting with several villages and some excellent scenery to enjoy and you get to see lots of forts and temples during the trip.
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