Kumbhalgarh fort: The majestic fort of Rajasthan
Parshuram Mahadev Temple & Kumbhalgarh fort
South side of Rajasthan is best known for its un-matching beauty. Which includes Ranakpur Jain temple, Parshuram Mahadev cave temple and The majestic Kumbhalgarh fort.
Table of Contents
- Parshuram Mahadev Cave temple
- – How to reach here
- Kumbhalgarh fort
- – How to reach here
- – Hotels in Kumbhalgarh fort
The cave temple
So after spending some good time at Ranakpur jain temple, we left for Parshuram Mahadev cave temple. Our plan was to explore Parshuram Mahadev Cave temple, and then head to Kumbhalgarh fort. Parshuram Mahadev Cave temple is around 45 mins drive from Ranakpur Jain temple. Not too far.
It is 14km from Sadri town. And not too far from Ranakpur temple either. If you ever go to Ranakpur temple then you should not miss out Parshuram Mahadev temple at any cost.
Temple is situated inside a cave on top of a hill. It is said that Lord Parshuram made the cave with his axe and used to worship lord Shiva at this place. This is also known as Amarnath temple of Rajasthan.
At around we 15:30 we reached at the base of Parshuram Mahadev Temple. As it was month of “Saavan” as far i remember, so the place was a bit crowded.
Best time to visit this place is around Monsoon season. The beauty of this place is at it’s peak during this time.
So parked our car outside. Parking is in front of main gate. As you come out of the car you see the front gate, and then there is small market area inside.
Parshuram Mahadev Cave temple is totally worth it.
As we cross the market area, which is barely 200m long. We reach pools(kunds) of water, About which it is said that they never go dry. There are total of 9 kunds in the temple area.
The stairs to the main temple are there once we cross the first set of pools at the base of the temple.
As the temple is at the top of the mountain. In the beginning there are 100steps we have to climb up. After that there is a steep walk for around 2 km, and it really needs good stamina to reach on top.
But believe me, the path the to temple is really scenic and the view from there gets more and more amazing as we walk up to the temple.
It takes around 3 hours to go up to the cave and come down. So we also got totally exhausted till we reached back down.
Hotels can be found in the nearby Sadri town. which is 14kms from the temple area.
Next morning, after breakfast we left for our next stop Kumbhalgarh Fort. As we enquired about the wildlife safari. Every year Safari is closed from july-september. So we could not enjoy the wildlife safari.
How to reach
By air: Nearest airport is Udaipur, which is 115kms from the temple. This airport has excellent domestic connectivity to All metro city airports.
Train: Nearest railway station is Falna. Which lies on western Railway and has good connectivity to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Jaipur.
By road: 165Kms from Jodhpur by road. While Falna railway station is 45 kms from Parshuram Mahadev temple.
This must be certainly the most beautiful fort of Rajasthan. It has got many reasons to be a unique.
First is that it is the birthplace of Mewar’s legendary king Maharana Pratap. The wall built around the fort is second largest in the world spanning a length of 36kms, which comes after the great wall of china.
A large range of Aravali hills is visible from the fort. The view from the top will just dazzle you. The fort offers a superb bird’s eye view of the surroundings.
There are seven huge gates called pols, guarding all possible entries to the fort. We can enter the fort through Aaret pol, Hanuman pol or Ram pol. And then there are Badal Mehal, Kumbha mehal etc.
Badal Mahal is the most attractive building of this fort. Which is on the topmost part of the fort. Along the path to badal mehal, we can visit a small canon museum.
So we were in the fort for 3-4 hours, but i believe even one whole day is less to savour its beauty.
How to reach
By air: Udaipur is the nearest domestic airport. Which is 85kms from the fort.
Train: Udaipur and Falna railway stations are at equal distances from the fort. So Udaipur will be a better option due to better connectivity.
By road: The fort is 80kms from Udaipur.
Although there are plenty of budget hotels in the nearby town Sadri. In case you want to have a pleasant stay in lap of Aravali hills. If there is no issue for budget then you can go for any of the luxury hotels nearby the Kumbhalgarh fort. A few of the luxury hotels are as below-
While a few hotels with slightly lower price range(2000-3000INR) are as below:
There are many hotels in the surrounding area. Most of them are situated in Lap of Aravali hills and based on themes of forts. Some of them have open restaurants, where you can enjoy morning tea, or dinner in the evening, while enjoying the fresh air and looking at the beautiful Aravali hills.
On the other hand, if your budget is too restricted. Then too there are many hotels ranging from 400-2000INR. So basically Kumbhalgarh hotels price ranges from 400INR to 40,000INR. Which can fit for any budget traveller.
So, That was our short trip to Kumbhalgarh fort, soon after we left for the next and last stop of this trip Udaipur.
One of the most beautiful cities of India. Udaipur is around 84kms by road from the Kumbhalgarh fort. The road from the Kumbhalgarh to Udaipur is not a broad national highway but still a good one.
We reached Udaipur 5’o clock in the evening. Went to our hotel, spent some time there. And then we left for Lake Pichhola. This is the oldest and one of the largest lakes of Udaipur. This lake is really a dream come true for nature and peace lovers. Evening time is best to visit the lake.
We spent some time boating and walking along the lake side. Locals suggested that we should try exploring the museum, situated in front of the lake.
You can visit the Majestic City Palace, situated at the east bank of Lake Pichhola. Which has one of the best architectural beauty and fine works of carvings. Built in wholly marble and granite, this Heritage site is really a feast to eyes.
It comprises of 11 wonderful palaces, built by different rulers. Each palace offers the glimpse of Unique paintings, works done on the tiles, decorative mirrors and furniture and it never fails to amaze us.
Udaipur city is actually so much to be written about that it can’t be covered in this blog. I will cover Udaipur visit in separate blog.
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