Located in the royal state of Rajasthan, Ghanerao is only 10 hours away from the national capital. An offbeat destination, Ghanerao is situated only an hour away from Kumbhalgarh where you can escape the urban chaos and at the same time enjoy some incredible Rajasthani hospitality. There are many resorts in Kumbhalgarh where you can stay and explore all the nearby areas, in a simple and convenient manner.
Here are some things that you must do while on your next trip to Ghanerao:
Visit Kumbhalgarh Fort
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Kumbhalgarh Fort boasts of multiple temples, palaces and even a wildlife park. The birthplace of Maharana Pratap, the Kumbhalgarh Fort is definitely an unmissable spot in the region. According to local legends, this is the second longest fort in the world, second only to the Great Wall of China.
Located only one hour from Ghanerao, the Kumbhalgarh fort offers stunning view of the Aravali range. Constructed in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha, the fort was one of the most popular construction during his period. In fact, the Kumbhalgarh fort is one of the few forts in the country that has remained undated as no outside army has been able to capture it. In fact, the Kumbhalgarh fort only fell once because of the shortage of drinking water. And that too, took the combined forces of Mughal Emperor Akbar, Raja Man Singh of Amber, Raja Udai Singh of Marwar, and the Mirzas in Gujarat who came together to do the same.
Viewed from outside, the wall of Kumbhalgarh Fort appears almost impossible to reach without modern transport systems and even more difficult to defeat. Today, the fort has more than 360 intact and ruined temples that date back to the 2d century BC. Besides, temples, the fort is also home to palaces, gardens and step wells. In fact, no where is the opulence of the Kumbhalgarh Fort more evident, than at its crenellated ramparts. We highly recommended that you visit this fort during your stay in Ghanerao.
PS: Every evening for 45 minutes, there is a sound and light show that takes place at the Kumbhalgarh fort. The show shows the history of the fort and is a great way to understand the rich and royal culture of the Rajput kingdom. Organised by the Rajasthan State Government Tourism Department, the show is narrated in Hindi. Post the show, the fort stays illuminated for one hour, so make sure you stay for the same as well.
Time for show: 6:45 – 7:30 PM (daily)
Price: INR 75
Take a safari at Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
Located close to the Kumbhalgarh fort, this sanctuary is home to chausinghas (four-horned antelopes), leopards, panthers and sloth bears. Highly recommended for wildlife enthusiasts, the park is a true delight for photo-enthusiasts as well. Boasting of a beautiful yet unique diversity, the park is spread over nearly 610 square kilometre. Once the hunting grounds of the royals, this sanctuary was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1971 and is truly an incredible affair for any traveller. The flora of the park includes Kathiawar-Gir dry deciduous forests, with multiple small rivers like Sukdi, Mithdi, Sumer and Kot, situated in various parts of the park. Don’t forget to carry your binoculars for the same as well as there are a number of common/rare species that you can spot in the park as well.
Meet the local tribes of the region
Meeting local people who are indigenous to any region is one of the most incredible and humbling part of any traveler’s itinerary. And when you are visiting Ghanerao, there are many tribes and local villages that you can visit not just in Ghanerao but also in Kumbhalgarh. Here are a few communities that you can meet, during your visit here.
Bhils (the bowmen of Rajasthan) – Spread across different parts of India including, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan, the Bhils are the largest tribal groups in India. The word Bhil is derived from Bil or Vil, which stands for bow. With a long history of existence, this community has also been mentioned in the Ramayana. In addition, the Bhil community has a rich history when it comes to music, dance and craftsmanship.
Garasia – If you are keen to meet the Garasia tribe, we recommend you make your way to Ghaneroa. One of the few communities in India, the women in the Garasia community hold a superior position to men. If you are staying at a Kumbhalgarh resort, we recommend you contact the staff for a personal interaction with this tribe.
Rabari tribe – Another tribe that you can visit during your resort stay in Kumbhalgarh is the Rabari tribe. Traditionally the Rabaris community followed a highly nomadic way of life, living in tents or under the open skies and raising cattle, camels and goats. In fact, this tribe is one of the most photographed community in India because they have truly a striking dress and jewellery that is found in few other communities.
Stop at Sadri Village
Located only 16.5 kms from Ghanerao and 52.4 kms from Kumbhalgarh, the Sadri village is an amazing place to meet local villagers, especially artisans who are found in a large number here.
V Tip: If you are a budding photographer, make sure you carry your camera, because this is a good place to capture some unique images of artisans at work along with local life.
Explore Udaipur, the City of Dawn
The romantic landscape of the Udaipur is as enduring as the monuments in the city. Boasting of placid waters, gliding boats and incredible havelis, this city has something for every type of traveller. Named after Maharana Udai Singh II, who founded the city, during your stay in the city, don’t forget to visit the City Palace and Fort which is one of the most prominent landmarks of the city. The palace complex is as majestic as any royal fortress, but the incredible waters of Pichola, make it truly luminous.
PS: Don’t forget to visit the Jagdish temple which is located close to the fort. You can also stop for a visit at the vintage car collection which is located near the Garden Hotel. There are many shops around the City Palace, where you can shop for antique jewellery and miniature portraits, so don’t forget to carry your credit cards as well.