|second longest wall in the world,Kumbhalgarh fort, Rajasthan, India. pinkcity.com|
|2nd longest wall in the world,Kumbhalgarh fort, Rajasthan, India en.wikipedia.org|
|Second longest wall in the world,Kumbhalgarh fort ,Rajastha, India. entrance with massive gate. en.wikipedia.org|
|Temples in Kumbhalgarh fort, Rajasthan, India. karnipalace.com|
The huge fort has perimeter walls that extend 36 kilometers and is the second longest continuous wall in the world with seven fortified gateways. The walls in the front are fifteen feet thick. . The Kumbhalgarh was built in 15 th century and ruled by Kumbha and his Sisodia Rajput descendants. The extension of the fort wall continued up to 19th century. It is believed that the fort work began after a human sacrifice volunteered by a soldier. There are over 360 temples within the fort, 300 ancient Jain and the rest Hindu. This fort is impregnable but once fell to the combined force of Mogul Emperor Akbar and others mainly due to shortage of water.
Legend has it that Maharana Kumbha, the builder of this fort, had a practice of burning huge lamps that consumed 50 kgs of ghee and 100 kg of cotton to provide light for the farmers who worked during the nights.
Kumbhalgarh is the birth place of the great warrior and ruler of Mewar, Maharana Pratap. Now open to public view this fort is spectacularly lit for some time in the evening; this lighting arrangement brings out in full the beauty and grandeur of this wonderful fort. From the palace top, one can see the distant Aravalli Range and he sand dunes of the Thar desert. It is a world heritage site.