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Rajsamand Forts and Palaces

Kumbhalgarh Fort

Kumbhalgarh (Kumbhalmer) is a fortress in Rajsamand District of Rajasthan state in western India. The fort has perimeter walls that extend 36 kilometres in length. Claimed to be the longest in the world after "The Great Wall of China". Over 360 temples are within the fort. 300 ancient Jain and the rest Hindu. The vista from the palace top typically extends tens of kilometers into the Aravalli Range. Kumbhalgarh Fort Of the thirty-two forts that the great warriors King, Rana Kumbha built all over Mewar, the most spectacular was Kumbhalgarh. In many ways, in fact it is even more impressive than the Mewar citadel of Chittorgarh itself. Built high in the hills wests of Chittorgarh in the mid-15th century Kumbalgarh was called the "eye of Mewar" because of its strategic position in relation to the Kingdom's aggressive neighbours in Gujrat and Marwar. It was impregnable, having withstood several attacks from the armies of Gujrat, Malwa and the Mughals. Even Emperor Akbar after the conquest of mighty second gate. The fort is self-contained and has within its amalgam almost everything to withstand a long siege. The fort fell only once that too to the combined armies of Mughal and of Amber for scarcity of drinking water. Many magnificent palaces an array of temples built by the Mauryas of which the most picturesque place is the Badal Mahal or the palace of the clouds. The fort also offers a superb birds view of the surroundings. The fort's thick wall stretches some 36 kms and is wide enough to take eight horses abreast. Maharana Fateh Singh renovated the fort in the 19th century. The fort's large compound has very interesting ruins and the walk around it can be very rewarding. The Kumbhalgarh Fort also has a great significance by being the birthplace of Maharana Pratap and as the finest examples of defensive fortification in Rajasthan. The most interesting part is that this fort has a fort within itself. Named Kartargarh, the inner fort has a palace built by Maharana Fateh Singh after he had pulled down the old palace built by Rana Kumbha. Some remains of the old palace are still there below the new one which includes the portion that had been occupied by Prithvi Raj. Kartargarh has 365 temples and shrines including one with a huge Shivlinga dedicated to Lord Shiva. The sanctuary is famous for it's wildlife which includes- wolf, leopard, jackal and a variety of birds. The sanctuary is one of the few parks that allows people on horseback.

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