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Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary : From Wolf Point To Walking Trails, 5 Things Not To Miss

Romita Saluja

February 7, 2018

A quick Google search for places near Kumbhalgarh might just introduce you to the large wildlife sanctuary encircling the massive Mewar fortress in Rajasthan. In fact, the densely-forested Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary might come as a surprise to you with its vast green expanses in a state essentially known for its deserts. No wonder, from ferocious ones like panthers and leopards, to gentle ones like sambars and antelopes, like to call Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary their home. 

Loved by animals and Aravalli-lovers alike, Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary lies in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, some 65 km from Udaipur. Its area of over 500 square kilometres houses wolves, sloth bears, jungle cats, gazelles, chinkara and the roaring big carnivores-leopards and panthers. Who knows you might even find them crossing the thin strip of a street while travelling around the region in night!

In the list below are five things you should certainly not miss when at Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary. Afterwards there are some tips on how and when to visit the sanctuary to help you with your plans.

1. Exploring Kumbhalgarh Fort

The Great Wall of India, the second longest wall in the world, it is the Kumbhalgarh Fort that lends its name to the wildlife sanctuary. The magnanimous fort, standing at a height of 3,600 feet, rises above the forest, often painting a lonely but glorious picture. It is located 2km from the sanctuary, tea-shops and 300 Jain and Hindu temples inside.

The legend says Rana Kumbha of Mewar and his team took 15 years to build the fort in the 15th Century. It is also known to be the birthplace of the famous Mewar ruler Maharana Pratap.

Related: Did a human sacrifice go into the making of Kumbhalgarh Fort?

2. Taking jeep and horse safari at Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary

Explore the enigma of the jungle and ride through the dense green foliage of the sanctuary while catching the sight of a sambal here, a jungle cat there. The period of October-March is the best for animal-spotting. One of the most popular safari routes is Kumbhalgarh to Thandi Beri. It takes over 3 hours to cover the 15-km distance.

Horse riding is another interesting activity not many know about. You may cover popular routes travel from Kumbhalgarh to Ghanerao via Thandi Beri or Ranakpur Temples at the end of the sanctuary.

3. Visiting Joba Wolf Point