82 km northwest of Udaipur lies the most important fort in Mewar after Chittaurgarh- Kumbhalgarh. This city is known for its history and wildlife sanctuary and it is located in the Rajsamand District of Rajasthan.
Kumbhalgarh Fort has been built in during the course of the 15th century byRana Kumbha- one of 32 fortress designed by Rana Kumbha himself out of 84. It also separated Mewar and Marwar from each other and was also use as a place of refuge for the rulers of Mewar at times of danger
It took 15-long years for Rana Kumbha to build and he constructed a stupendous creation along the 36km long winding walls that defended the citadel from series of battlements and second-only to the famous Great Wall of China
Kumbhalgarh has the second largest continuous wall on the planet and can be simply refer to it as “The Great Wall of India”.
These most-remarkable walls of fort stretches across 36 kms of the Aravali Mountains.
Like most interesting part to any Rajasthani fortress is the associated folklore or legends mix with history and Kumbhal-garh is nothing short of it. In 1443, when the king started the construction the structure eventually crumbles to ruins by the sunset until a spiritual preceptor address the king to offer human sacrifice but voluntarily done. The king sent out word, but, as can be expected, no one volunteered. But one day, a pilgrim (also considered to a soldier from the commandment) volunteered and been ritually decapitated. The sacrifice was necessary to ensure that the battle walls being constructed by Rana Kumbha would be strong enough to withhold the sieges. Today the main gate of the fortress, Hanuman Pol contains a shrine and a temple to commemorate the great sacrifice.
The massive gate of Kumbhalgarh fort, called the Ram Pol (Ram Gate). Built by Rana Kumbha in the 15th century on an unassailable hill, the fort fell only once, due to a shortage of water.
According to popular folklore, Maharana Kumbha used to burn massive lamps that consumed fifty kilograms of ghee and a hundred kilograms of cotton to provide light for the farmers who worked during the nights in the valley.
Sound and Light Show at Kumbhalgarh Fort- video by Incredible India