You must have heard about “The Great Wall of China“, which is the largest wall of the world, but have you heard about the second longest wall of the world which is located in India? This is the wall of Kumbhalgarh Fort located in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan which is 36 kilometres long and 15 feet wide. This fort was built by Maharana Kumbha. With a 36-kilometre wall of the fort, this fort is the second-largest fortress after the Great Wall of China and the second-largest fort in Rajasthan, after the Chittorgarh Fort.
This fort is situated at an altitude of about 1100 meters above sea level. It was built on the remains of the fort built by Samprati, the second son of Emperor Ashoka. The complete construction of this fort took 15 years (1443–1458). On completion of the construction of the fort, Maharana Kumbh had made coins on which the fort and its name were inscribed.
Every year the Rajasthan Tourism Department organizes a huge festival in Kumbhalgarh fort in memory of Maharana Kumbh. The fort is decorated with light during this three-day festival. During this time, dance and music are also performed by local people. Many other competitions are also organized in this festival like touring the fort, tying a turban, stretched for war and mehndi mandana etc.
This fort has seven large doors. The largest of these is known as Ram Pol. Tourists can see a temple on Hanuman Pol, the main road leading to the fort. Halla Pol, Ram Pol, Paghara Pol, Nimbu Pol, Bhairav Pol and Top-Khana Pol are the other doors of the fort. Kumbhalgarh Fort, known as the Pride of Rajputana, has the greenery of the Aravalli mountain range spread over hundreds of kilometres on one side, surrounded by them, and on the other side, the sand dunes of the Thar Desert are also visible.