KUMBHALGARH – The Great Wall Of India
Long overshadowed by its lengthier neighbor to the east, this is the second largest continuous wall on the planet. Some call it by the name of the fort it surrounds – Kumbhalgarh. Others simply refer to it as The Great Wall of India. Yet bewilderingly, it is still little known outside its own region.
In its entirety the wall extends for 36 kilometers and is, simply put, massive. In many of these photographs you might be forgiven for mistaking it for the Great Wall of China. However, many centuries and cultures separate the two. Work on Kumbhalgarh only began in 1443 – just under fifty years before Columbus sailed the Atlantic Ocean and discovered something rather large on its other side.
Yet more precious to the inhabitants of Kumbhalgarh, the walls also contain and protect over 360 temples. Sixty or so of the temples are Hindu, as you may expect, this being India. All the others were built for the followers of Jainism, a religion founded in India which many believe to predate Buddhism.
Kumbhalgarh Fort, a World Heritage Site is a Mewar fortress in the Rajsamand District of Rajasthan. It is one of the hill forts of Rajasthan. It was built during the 15th century by Rana Kumbha and was enlarged through the 19th century. It is now open to public and is even lit up spectacularly every evening. So, here are more details on the Kumbhalgarh Fort.
Best season to visit October to February is the best time to visit Kumbhalgarh.
Best Buys Wooden Articles, Toys, and other handicraft articles.
Temperature Between 12 C in winters and 30 C in summer, through-out the year.
Climate It is situated in Western Himalayas in the range of 6,401 meters above sea level. The climate of district is pleasant around the year except in plains where temperature may raise up to 40° C in the month of May/June. Monsoon sets in the first week of July and continues till mid September.
Best Activities Trekking, Horse Safari, Jungle Jeep Safari
Best season to visit October to February.
Clothing Light Woollens/Heavy Woollens
Location In the north Indian state of Rajasthan.
Altitude 3600 meters above sea level
STD Code 02954
Languages Hindi, Rajasthani, English