The Sherpas of the G20 countries and invitees from countries and international organisations recently visited the famous Kumbhalgarh Fort in Udaipur.

 

About ‘Kumbhalgarh’

  • Kumbhalgarh is the second most important citadel after Chittorgarh in the Mewar region.
  • The fort was built in the 15th century AD by Rana Kumbha.
  • The massive fort is 3,600 feet tall and 36 kilometres long, and it surrounds the city of Udaipur.
  • It is the second-longest wall of the world after the Great Wall of China.
  • The fort has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the group of Hill Forts of Rajasthan.
  • It is strategically located on the western Aravalli hills.
  • The fort contains seven fortified gateways and several Jain temples, as well as the Lakhola Tank, the most famous tank within the fort, which was built by Rana Lakha.
  • It is the birthplace of Mewar’s legendary king Maharana Pratap.
  • Its defences could be breached only once by the combined armies of the Mughal and of Amber primarily for scarcity of drinking water.