Kumbhal Garh Festival, Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan
Every state in India is richer than many other countries of the world when compared on the basis of culture, heritage, natural beauty etc but when we talk about history, forts and fairs, no other state comes even closer to Rajasthan.
Fort Kumbhalgarh or Kumbhal fort was built during 15th century by Rana Kumbha. It is on the westerly range of Aravalli Hills, in the Rajsamand district near Udaipur (82 km northwest) in Rajasthan. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site included in Hill Forts of Rajasthan. The fort is among the largest fort complexes in the world, and the second largest fort in India after Chittor Fort. The wall of the fort is considered as the second largest wall after the Great Wall of China. The fort is also known to be the birthplace of Maha Rana Pratap.
The Kumbhalgarh hosts a 3 day annual festival starting from 1st December to 3rd December every year on the backdrop of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. The festival is one such event that commemorates the contribution of Maharana Kumbh towards art and culture. For these 3 days, the entire fort turns into a festive site. Such a vibrant display of dance forms like Kalbeliya, Lal Aangi Gair, Chakri and Kacchi Ghodi attract the tourists world over.
The festival is divided into two sections. In the daytime there are exhibitions by the locals where they display regional specialities like ethnic wear, jewellery, handicrafts, souvenirs, etc. The evening is full of sound, light, dance and music. Certain competitions are conducted such as Pagadi Bandho (Tying the turban), Tug of war, musical chair etc. in which tourists also participate with much enthusiasm. Visitors can also witness the historical and quite popular puppet show with much charm.
How to Reach Kumbhalgarh:
Kumbhalgarh is 82 km from Udaipur and 155 km from Chittorgarh. The nearest railway station is Falna (FA) which is 68 km far. Udaipur (UDZ) is also a big railway station and also has an airport which is connected with many daily flights Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur. From Udaipur, Chittorgarh and Falna one can reach Kumbhalgarh by taking bus or cab.
Where to Stay:
Though Kumbhalgarh is a small place, many fine hotels (including heritage hotels) are available. Kanj Haveli Resort, Via Lakhela Resort & Spa, The Lal Bagh Resort, Saagasa Palace Rajkumbha, Roopam Resorts, Ghanerao Royal Castle (at Ranakpur, 39 km from Kumbhalgarh), Mana Kumbhalgarh, Krishna Resort, Hotel Kumbhal Castle, The Aodhi, The G Mount Valley Resort & Spa, Kumbhalgarh Safari Camp, Kumbhalgarh Valley Resort by Red Tullip Hotels, Shahpura Kumbhal Villas, Fateh Safari Suites, Fateh Safari Resorts, Kumbhal Palace Hotel and Resort, Rang Bhawan Inn, Sada Nira Resort, Club Mahindra Resort, Alcor Resort, Kumbhalgarh Fort Resort, Mahua Bagh, Ramada Resort, Aranyawas are many such hotels and resorts.