The Great Wall Of India -Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan

The walls of the fort of Kumbhalgarh extend over 36 km, claimed to be the second-longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China. Kumbhalgarh ("Kumbhal fort") is a Mewar fortress on the westerly range of Aravalli Hills, in the Rajsamand district near Udaipur of Rajasthan state in western India. It is a World Heritage Site included in Hill Forts of Rajasthan. With a wall over 36 km long, the fort is among the largest wall complex in the world, and the second largest fort in Rajasthan after Chittor Fort.

The wall that encircles the ancient fort of Kumbhalgarh is one of the biggest secrets in India, and possibly the entire planet. Guarding a massive fort that contains over 300 ancient temples, the little-known wall was said to be constructed almost 500 years ago in tandem with Kumbhalgarh Fort itself. However, a retired archaeologist now suggests another immense wall may be even older.

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To Reach Kumbhalgarh fort, one can get a taxi from Udaipur that will get you to Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur (A beautiful Jain temple) Or you can take a local bus from Udaipur and roadways( bus to Ranakpur). On your way to Kumbhalgarh fort, a few kilometers before, you will find yourself on a zigzag road going through deep ravines and thick forests.The fort is open to the general public as a museum and is spectacularly lit for a few minutes each evening.Every evening the stunning Kumbhalgarh Fort is illuminated with flood lights and there is a special Light and Sound Show organised, which tells the story of its royal past. It is a must watch activity for every tourist.The fort has been maintained very well with efforts of ASI. The sheer massiveness of fort makes it a must visit. Kumbhalgarh is a Mewar fortress in the Rajsamand District of Rajasthan state in western India. Kumbhalgarh in its current form was built and ruled by Rana Kumbha and his dynasty who were Hindu Sisodia rajputs descendents. Kumbhalgarh in its present form was developed by, and believed to have been designed by a famous architect of the era Madan. Rana Kumbha's kingdom of Mewar stretched from Ranthambore to Gwalior and included large tracts of erstwhile Madhya Pradesh as well as Rajasthan. Out of the 84 forts in his dominion, Rana Kumbha is said to have designed 32 of them, of which Kumbhalgarh is the largest and most elaborate. Built during the course of the 15th century by Rana Kumbha,and enlarged through the 19th century, Kumbhalgarh is also the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the great king and warrior of Mewar. The width of wall varies from 15 to 25 feet. It is mentioned in the various books of history that eight horses could run on this wall side-by-side. This wall runs through surrounding mountain cliffs of the Aravali range. The wall is a great example of architecture brilliance of Rajput Era. 

Sited in the flourishing green zone of Udaipur, Kumbalgarh wildlife sanctuary is the only sanctuary of Rajasthan, where activities of the rarely found wolf can be seen. This is one of the few parks that allows people on horseback. The best time to visit the reserve is from October to June.