Visitors to Rajasthan often opt to head to the more popular cities such as Jaipur, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, or Udaipur. The rugged appeal of Kumbhalgarh is often overlooked. However, this feature of Kumbhalgarh – being off the tourist radar – makes it a great getaway for couples who seek some solitude and alone time, far away from the crowd.
About two and a half hours (80 km) by road from Udaipur is Kumbhalgarh, a historic town that conjures up vivid mental images of a bygone valiant era. This area is famed for its magnificent monuments, glorious palaces, and royal chhatris.
Perched high in the Aravalli Range, Kumbhalgarh Fort, fondly called the ‘Great Wall of India’, ranks second in importance in the region after Chittorgarh Fort. Couples can lose themselves within this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has the main fort, seven huge gates, several prominent courtyards, 360 temples, a 36 km long fortification wall, etc. Not to forget plenty of opportunities to walk hand-in-hand with your loved one as the winds whisper tales from the past.
The rugged structure is surrounded by Kumbhalgarh National Park, with its flourishing flora and fauna. But be cautious, for the area is reputed to be a haven for leopards. Take a thrilling jeep ride through the sanctuary or go on horseback; you can spot a number of birds and animals along the way. Thandi Beri (Crocodile Lake) offers you a chance to spot a variety of birdlife.
For the more adventurous, there are several trekking trails in the fort as well as trekking trails and cycling paths in the city that will make you break out a sweat. Another popular activity is horse riding. Doing these holiday activities in Udaipur together will definitely keep that spark alive.
For a more down-to-earth experience, you and your partner could go on a village walk. Stroll through the streets of the village, speak to the locals, and understand how the community works. You will meet a variety of people. You can interact with the artisans and even indulge in some local home-cooked food. It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind experience.
While you’re in Kumbhalgarh, stay at the Club Mahindra Udaipur resort. From the moment you set foot in the place, you can ‘feel the vibe’. The architecture and interiors draw inspiration from the Rajputs – open terraces, vibrant courtyards, and intricate designs are some prominent features. Feel like royalty as you unwind in a plush room with every amenity you could wish for. Read through Club Mahindra reviews by our happy members on how they enjoyed their holidays at our resorts.
It may not be a hugely popular destination, but that’s the very attraction of Kumbhalgarh. As a couple you can step out of your comfort zone and try something different. Once you to get to Kumbhalgarh, you won’t want to leave. Once you leave you’ll be yearning to visit again. Don’t worry, that’s the effect the place has on visitors.