Kumbalgarh is a beautiful, calm and serene place. You feel next to mother nature when you visit this place. It is full of greenery and hills. it is a beautiful town of forest that is nestled in hills. Lake located in between gives a wonderful form and hills and impressing fort built on hills leaves an impression on our minds. This is quite a unique and interesting place that attracts tourists not only from the country but also around the globe. The place looks majestic in the rainy season. There is nothing much to do apart from feeling the fresh and natural breeze that is pollution-free. You would definitely add 5 more years to your life if you live in this serene and pure place. Most important things not to be missed when in Kumbalgarh are
- Kumbalgarh wildlife sanctuary
It is the sanctuary that stretches along the Aravalli hills. It covers an area of around 578 sq km. It is located in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. This sanctuary is home abode to a variety of animals like bears, panthers, wild monkeys, sambal nilgai, four-horned antelope, chinkara, etc. it also nestles an ample variety of birds.
There are many things to do in a wildlife sanctuary. However, we enjoyed Jeep Safari in the Kumbalgarh wildlife sanctuary. It takes around 3 hours to get back from Kumbagarh to Thandi Beri. It is the most popular safari. Timings would be early morning 6 am and late evening 8 pm. We were most excited so we opted for early morning safari. The cold breeze and pure air are enough to enjoy the jungle safari. It was mesmerizing though we could not enjoy the sight of any such animals. Guides say animals are scared of noises of jeep and people so they go hide. March to December is the best time to spot animals.
Tips to visit Safari
- Carry your hat, sunglasses, shawl, sweater, water along.
- There is a nominal fee for entry
- There are few hotels that arrange the Safari and Jeep.
- Forest guards can be hired at a nominal cost.
- It is more advisable to book in advance.
2. Kumbalgarh Fort
Kumbalgarh Fort is located on the western range of Aravalli hills, in the Rajsamand district. Build by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century. 38 km of the continuous wall is ranked to be the second-longest wall in the world. You would come to know the mighty spirit of Rajputs who is considered as the warrior clan. It is now considered a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The site of the fort and entire Kumbalgarh is magical during the rainy season as you can only see green landscape spread through and the fort looks majestic. Timings are 9 am to 6 pm every day. Wall is what catches your eye from far away even before you enter the fort. It is India’s own greatest wall. All along the formidable walls are the tapered openings that allowed the archers to target the enemies and shield themselves from enemies counter-attacking. Places to see inside the fort are the birthplace of Maharana Pratap, Kumbha palace and Badal Mahal. It also encompasses Mahadev Temple with its huge round dome and ceiling with 24 pillars. Badal Mahal aptly known as the Palace of clouds has a steep climb uphill. Jalia ka Malia near Pagoda pole which is the birthplace of Maharana Pratap and Nimbu pole are worth visiting the place.
Things to keep in mind while visiting the fort:
- Carry your sunglasses
- Bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated
- Shoes to cover the steep climb of Fort
- Camera to capture the amazing views
- Check the timings to cover the magical light show of the fort
3. Fish point Kumbalgarh
This place is a less visited place in Kumbalgarh. It caves thousands of African catfishes. Hammeripal lake houses catfishes that are too hungry. It is a lake situated in the Taladri village in the Rajsamand district. The sight of fish is such that it might frighten someone or might make someone feel uneasy at the view. Local food is easily available to be fed to the fish. However, it is a sight not to be missed once in a while.
. Ganga Govrdhan Museum Kumbalgarh
Ganga Govardhan museum is a must-visit place in Kumbalgarh. It has a huge collection of coins. Over and above it is a museum with the largest number of coins in Asia. Apart from coins, it has a collection of weapons, sculptures, paintings, etc. There were pots too that displayed how such currencies were explored from ancient times.
Kumbalgarh is a must-visit place if you are visiting with your family and friends. There are not many things to explore, however in order to get your hands-on nature and feel the earth near to you, Kumbalgarh is not to be missed the place.
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