DESTINATIONS/ Rajasthan, India

Family travel in Rajasthan, India: Khumbhalgarh Fort

Khumbhalgarh Rajasthan

Perched high on a hill, with impressive views over a rolling landscape of tribal villages and farmland, Khumbhalgarh is an imposing and formidable fortress worthy of exploring.

WHERE: Khumbhalgarh Fort, 80km north of Udaipur, Rajasthan

HOW: We hired a taxi and driver for the day and traveled from Ghanerao to Udaipur via Khumbhalgarh.

FOR THE KIDS: The chance to see monkeys (and possibly a wild jungle cat!) en route and an exciting hill top fort to explore.

DETAILS: 8am-5pm daily, foreigners Rs100 (US$1.60/€1.20)

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Khumbhalgarh Rajasthan
Protected by 15-feet-thick walls and seven fortified gateways, Khumbhalgarh Fort was nearly impenetrable and was only taken once – by Mughal emperor Akbar. But even this mighty Mughal couldn’t do it alone and needed the combined forces of Delhi, Amber and Marwar to conquer it. Children interested in mighty battles of long ago will enjoy Khumbhalgarh. The fort’s impressive 15 km long wall is second only in length to the longest wall in the world – the Great Wall of China.
Khumbhalgarh Rajasthan
Khumbhalgarh Rajasthan
Khumbhalgarh Rajasthan

There are food stalls at the base of the fort for snacks and treats – it’s a bit of a climb to the fort’s upper ramparts and Meg indulged in a well earned treat while her parents admired the view.

The surrounding Khumbhalgarh National Park provides shelter to many species of Indian wildlife including hyena, crocodiles, sambar deer, antelope and  – jungle cats! We were lucky to spot one from the car, walking through a field. Looking like a VERY large domestic cat, jungle cats hunt rodents, pigs and reptiles. Jungle cats can climb trees, swim, dive and run at speeds of up to 30km/hr. It was exciting to see one! Our driver also alerted the villagers that it was lurking as around settlements they will hunt domesticated animals.

Khumbhalgarh Rajasthan
Khumbhalgarh Rajasthan
The surrounding area is very pretty with plenty of rural activity for young eyes to take in. Also common are monkeys, waiting confidently for snacks from passing motorists. They are pretty bold and will eyeball you through the windscreen. You may want to ensure the car windows are wound up!
Khumbhalgarh Rajasthan

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