Kumbhalgarh is a true feather in Rajasthan’s triumphant touristy cap. It has everything that helps make Rajasthan so attractive to travellers- it has so attractive to travellers- it has Kumbhalgarh spreads fairly into and around the Aravalli Hills too, with major destinations located here, and that increases the overall appeal of it all, because who doesn’t love a vantage point? No one. Don’t go visiting in extreme summer, though and pray stay with us as we count down the top 5 tourist destinations on offer here.
As mentioned above, this fort is an architectural and engineering wonder. It is one of the most spectacular forts in India, if not the world. One of the most popular places to visit in Kumbhalgarh for locals and tourists alike, it stands 1900 m above sea level and is testimony to the construction principles of the time that it is still in a great condition. Traversing the entire fort premises will easily take at least half a day. On the way, you can visit temples and palaces located inside the fort complex.
This palace stands inside the Kumbhalgarh Fort complex and has tremendous tourist footfalls. Once you go inside, you will see why. A handsome two-storied structure, it stands at the top of the fort premises and has many paintings and colourful murals inside. The views from the windows and terraces are simply breath taking, showing all of the neighbourhood in its glory. The palace is so named because of its location at the top and how airy it is. It has two sections: one for the royal ladies to retire, and one for the men to have parties, games and official meetings.
This is one of the best places to visit in Kumbhalgarh Fort, and can be explored in a few hours. The three-storied temple is dedicated to Goddess Vedi, and stands near the Hanuman Gate of the Fort. The temple is also said to have been built by Rana Kumbha, but it was restored by Maharana Fateh Singh a couple of centuries later. However, there is a curious legend attached to this temple: it was one of the few sacrificial sites in Rajasthan!
Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary:
If you have a penchant for wildlife and the open spaces, then this is the best place to visit in Kumbhalgarh. The sanctuary is flanked by the Aravalli range on one side, and was originally a forest for royal hunters. Today the sanctuary houses over 200 species of birds, several big cats, leopards, wolves, chinkaras, nilgai and deer, among others. The forest is vast and has trekking trails, special routes for safaris, horse riding area, etc.
Neelkanth Mahadev Temple:
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this magnificent temple is a major attraction and one of the best places to visit in Kumbhalgarh. It is said to have been built in the year 1458, and has all the layout of a typical Indian temple. You can see the open entrance, an inner sanctum, pillars with several inscriptions, a high Shiva lingam of stone, and entrances to the inner sanctum from four sides. You and your loved ones will enjoy visiting this temple and saying your prayers.