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Attributed to Rana Kumbha, this fort was built between 1443 and 1458 under supervision of the famous architect Mandan. It is believed that the fort was built over the remains of an earlier structure associated to Jaina prince Samprati of the second century BC. Due to its strategic location it was the second important fort in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh. The fort is defended by a series of bastions at regular intervals along a huge wall that stretches for some 36km making it the second longest continuous wall in the world, second to none other than Great Wall of China. The walls encompass over 300 Jain and Hindu temples, cenotaphs, markets, villages, fields, gardens and water sources. The main fort buildings are located at the summit, some 1914 metres above sea level and are approached by passing through a series of 7 gates. The main palace building, the Badal Mahal, was built by Rana Fateh Singh (1885-1930) after he pulled down the old palace built by Rana Kumbha. Just below this lie the remains of the Kumbhal Palace which is believed to be the birthplace of legendary Rajput hero, Maharana Pratap Singh. Check out my Kumbalgarh page below.
Open: 8am-6pm. Admission: Rs100 for foreigners
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