The Great Wall of Kumbhalgarh

Few forts can inspire such awe as the fort of Kumbhalgarh in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Built in the fifteenth century by Rana Kumbha of Mewar, this fort is beleived to have the longest wall that is second only to the Great Wall of China. Situated at an altitude of about 1900 m above sea level, this majestic fort is one of the few forts in history to be almost impregnable. The defenses of this fort were breached only once in its history by the combined armies of Mughal emperor Akbar and his Rajput tributaries of Amber and Marwar when it was let down by scarcity of water.

This fort holds a very special place in the history of the Rajputs. It was the birthplace of the indomitable Maharana Pratap Singh of Mewar. The history of Mewar shows that this unconquerable fort was the go-to fort for the Mewaris whenever faced with crisis. Kumbhalgarh fort is one of the thirty two forts designed by Rana Kumbha and the most magnificent of them all.

Kumbhalgarh is one of the hill forts of Rajasthan, recognised as UNESCO World Heritage sites. It has a massive wall built around and over the undulating hilly terrain which is thirty six kilometers long. The walled area contains around 360 temples of Hindu and Jain faiths. Adjacent to the Kumbhalgarh sanctuary, the area outside and within the fort walls, are frequented by panthers among other wild animals. Panther attacks among livestock and infants are not uncommon in the small number of inhabitants within these massive walls.

I travelled to this fort last April and was amazed at the raw beauty of it. These are few of the pictures taken during this visit. I can not help wonder how beautiful this fort and the surroundings would look right after the monsoons, when the vegetation is denser and colors become more vibrant.

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First view of the fort on the approach

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The massive wall of Kumbhalgarh fort

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Top view of the broad wall of this fort

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The view of the fort palace from its walls

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From a point on the wall about a mile away from the entrance to the fort

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Temples within the walled area

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View of the walls from Rana Kumbha’s room in the Kumbha Mahal

 
This post is in response to Daily Post prompt Awe

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