Located in the middle of 2 of Rajasthan’s most popular Cities- Udaipur and Jodhpur, is a world heritage site called Kumbhalgarh! Kumbhalgarh is not on the usual India backpacker tourist trail which is why it isn’t mentioned in our 60 day e-visa India itinerary, however if you are looking for a less visited place to visit in Rajasthan during your trip to India or you’re on a second trip to India have have already seen the top first time places to visit in Northern India, here is a quiet Mountain Heaven away from the busy Cities that you should look into.
Travellers Guide to Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan, India!
Kumbhalgarh is fairly remote so from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh or Jodhpur to Kumbhalgarh you will need a car or a driver to get you there.
There is a bus from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh but it is a public bus and takes about 4 hours, which is double the time it takes in a car.
Although getting a taxi or private driver sounds quite lavish, hiring a private driver in India to stay with you for a few days and take you everywhere you want to go is a popular way to get around in India, especially for travellers to India visiting for a short time, as it is quick, convenient and pretty inexpensive compared to the cost of this service in other Countries.
The drive from Udaipur to Kumbhalgarh is 2 hours, and from Jodphur to Kumbhalgarh is 3.5 hours, be warned the roads are very small and bumpy!
The winter months from October to March are seen as the best time to visit Kumbhalgarh due to the cooler climate these months bring. Kumbhalgarh is treated as a place to escape the heat of the Cities and many Indian families visit Kumbhalgarh for a Country and Mountain holiday or weekend away.
In October when I visited the days were hot but it was quite a dry heat and cooled down nicely in the evening. The middle of Winter will see the day times cool down too.
There are not lots of things to do in and around Kumbhalgarh and that’s perhaps why it’s not as popular as it is. The main draw is the location in the mountains offering a tranquil place to relax for a few days from the noise and hustle of the surrounding Indian Cities.
Kumbhalgarh has lots of nice hotels and resorts with great price tags (more on those below) so a trip to Kumbhalgarh is best enjoyed in a nice hotel having the time to read a book and watch the world go by from a sun lounger by the pool with a mountain breeze.
To get you out of your hotel for a few hours there are some activities, tours and places to visit in Kumbhalgarh.
Kumbhalgarh Fort is by far the biggest and most popular attraction in Kumbhalgarh along with being a World Heritage Site. Kumbhalgarh Fort was built during the 15th Century, it is the biggest Fort in India and it has the second largest wall, with the Great Wall of China being the largest which is really impressive. Inside the Fort there are 360 Temples and it is also very famous due to being the birthplace of the legendary Maharana Pratap and a lot of Indian’s visit Kumbhalgarh Fort to see Maharana Pratap’s birthplace.
I would recommend having a guide to take you around Kumbhalgarh Fort as it is very big and there is no audio guide to help you understand the different parts of it, and after all, why come all this way to see Kumbhalgarh Fort and not understand it!
The entry fee for Kumbhalgarh Fort is 15Rs for Indian Citizens and 200Rs foreigners. Kumbhalgarh Fort is open from 9:00-18:00 every day.
Kumbhalgarh Fort Evening Light and Sound Show. A lot of Forts in India have evening Light Shows and Kumbhalgarh is no exception. Their light and sound show is on every night from 19:00-20:00 but I recommend getting there at around 18:00 to get parked and get a seat as there isn’t that much space.
I visited and appeared to be the only foreigner as the show is in Hindi. Unfortunately for me, the lights were not working so we only had the sound, a lot of people were quite disappointed and left half way through which I did too as I couldn’t understand anything. Had there been lights I think I would have found it good and entertaining even though I couldn’t understand it.
Jungle Safari’s Tours by Jeep are a popular thing to do in Kumbhalgarh and aside from Kumbhalgarh Fort are the the reason why visitors go to Kumbhalgarh! The mountains and jungle are full of Leopards, Monkeys, Antelopes and Bears! A sunrise Jungle Safari is a great idea before it gets too hot and whilst the jungle is waking up. A Morning Jungle Safari in Kumbhalgarh also means that you’ll be finished by mid morning and can head onto your next destination that day.
Half Day Tour’s or Day Tour’s are a good way to see the local area. It’s likely you accommodation will be able to book you a tour which will include the Fort and if they offer you the chance to drive around the area in a jeep you should take them up on it as this is a really local and authentic part of Rajasthan and seeing everyday life as you drive through the Countryside and villages is really interesting.
Zip Lining in Kumbhalgarh is offered just outside of the fort if you want to do an adrenaline activity.
Kumbhalgarh Museum is being built as of writing this and will be open soon.
Bird Watching, Mountain Walks, Night Safari’s and Stargazing are also activities to do in Kumbhalgarh and these will need to be arranged by your accommodation.
Kumbhalgarh is not a backpackers destination in India in terms of there being hostels however that doesn’t mean that they are not any reasonable priced hotels for those travelling India on a budget, in fact the hotels in Kumbhalgarh are a really good price for the quality you get and the luxury hotels in Kumbhalgarh are even better.
I stayed at Shahpura Kumbhal Villas which is very fancy offering true, rich Indian hospitality but does not come with the price tag. Room doubles with breakfast for 2 people starts at £29.00 / $38.00 / 2700Rs.
Shahpura Kumbhal Villas has an outdoor pool and beautiful grounds for you to relax in and reception can arrange taxis and tours for you.
Palace Rajkumbha is another high quality hotel in Kumbhalgarh without a huge price tag with prices starting from £24.00 / $31.00 / 2250Rs per night for a double room with breakfast.
If you want a luxury hotel in Kumbhalgarh located on a mountain top offering incredible views over the Countryside, have a look at Fateh Safari Suites, this property is extremely impressive and will really enhance your trip. They have rooms starting from £48.00 / $63.00 / 4500Rs and that’s for a double room with a pool, and breakfast!
To look into other accommodation in Kumbhalgarh and be surprised at what you can get for your money, have a look on Booking.com here.
There are not that many restaurants as it’s the type of place guests usually eat in their hotel and resort at. If you have a car you can drive to the local towns and villages but as a visitor to Kumbhalgarh with no car if you have come via taxi you will have to eat in your hotel as well as going on the tours they provide and offer.
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