The trip to the picturesque Lake Pichola had been the best moment of my trip to Udaipur so far. The soothing peace felt boating on the pristine blue waters of the lake was an experience of a lifetime. My next destination of the trip was the Kumbhalgarh Fort of Udaipur. Kumbhalgarh Fort is at a distance of some 65 kms from the city of Udaipur.
It was built by Maharana Kumbha in the 15th century and is considered the second most prominent Fort of Rajasthan after Chittorgarh. The Fort has scenic location on top of the ridges and is abot 2000 metres above sea level.
The fort is quite long and extends to some 36 kilometres which makes its way to record books. Even more fascinating thing about the fort is the fact that it is the second largest wall in the world after the Great Wall of China. The way to Kumbhalgarh Fort was equally pleasant with zigzag roads that went through deep ravines and thick forests.
The Fort has seven gates surrounded by huge watch towers. The Fort from inside was equally remarkable; the architecture is incredible and beats the best Forts in the world. The place offered many extraordinary shots to capture in my SLR.
There were numerous temples inside the temple complex, with Shiva temple being the most astonishing. The giant Shiva lingam in the Shiva temple is breath taking. On top of the Fort there is a palace which is the main attraction inside the fort complex. The palace is known as Badal Mahal as it stands atop the Kumbhalgarh Fort kissing the skies. This palace is said to be the birthplace of Maharana Pratap.
The rooms of the palace were outstanding with splendid colour combinations which were a treat to the eyes of any art lover. The view of the city from the top of Badal Mahal was marvellous. I took a good panoramic picture from there; it was so far the best capture from my Udaipur trip. Overall the evening at Kumbhalgarh Fort was very well spent wandering through the ravines of Kumbhalgarh Fort.
After this adventurous trip to Kumbhalgarh Fort, it was time to take some rest and getting some food as I was quite hungry. The next destination was the Jagdish Temple.