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)
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.