Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh Fort
Vital Information for Visitors

Kumbhalgarh Fort, Kumbhalgarh, Rajsamand, Rajasthan

Open & Close:

Open on all days: 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM

Entry Fees:

Indian – INR 15/- PP

Foreigner – INR 250/- PP


Approx 2-3 hrs


Second largest fort in Rajasthan; Spread over 36 sq km; Built initially during Mauryan age

Kumbhalgarh Fort, one of the major tourist attractions in Rajasthan, has been included in 2013 AD in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites under the group ‘Hill Forts of Rajasthan’. It has been the symbol of glory and victory of Mewar. Efforts to construct this fort were done by King Samprati, the grandson of Emperor Ashok. He named the fort as Machhindragarh. After years, as the marriage of Ali Singh was not acceptable to Rana Rana Ratan Singh because his spouse was Chauhan so he kept his Chauhan wife in this fort. With the birth of Hameer, the fort got alive again. And after years, the fate of Machhindragarh changed when Rana Kumbha was given the responsibility of Mewar. To make Mewar safer from invaders, Rana Kumbha built 52 new forts and renovated 32 old forts, especially the Machhindragarh. It was given major attention and renamed as “Kumbhalgarh”. The fort is surrounded by the hills of Arawali range. It was the capital for rulers of Mewar. The fort is known for being indomitable. One rampart of this fort is so high that it is considered second longest wall after the Great Wall of China.

Kumbhalgarh Fort is second largest fort in India after Chittorgarh Fort.Rana Kumbha was famous for his bravery and construction of many forts in Rajasthan. He was fond of music and literature. Along with it, he was also a patron of writers and poets. The glory of Mewar was established by Rana Kumbha first. He had many victories on sultans of Gujarat and Malwa, but unfortunately he was murdered by his own son and Kumbhalgarh lost its glory. The architecture of Kumbhalgarh Fort was very efficiently designed & built in terms of security from enemies. It was said about the fort that if you want to enter Kumbhalgarh, you can go by being mosquito only; otherwise it is impossible to penetrate the defenses of this fort. Anyhow if someone entered, he could not reach to uphill because wild animals were found there adequately. Even then too if one reached, there were seven gates as barriers. The fort was built so that it was visible from a sufficient distance, but attackers were not able to harm it. There was provision of agriculture with seven ponds inside the fort seven ponds. Hence the fort was so self-sufficient in terms of basic needs that if the fort were to be seized even for a year, the whole population along with soldiers could survive with no much difficulty. For emergency exit, there was a underground passage to escape out from the fort safely. There are many Hindu & Jain temples within the fort. Beautiful ‘shikharas’ and statues are the part of temple architecture. But the residential buildings are very simple as the main focus of Rana Kumbha was on needs than comfort.

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