kumbhalgarh Sanctuary
Location: Udaipur

Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary
Is located in the most rugged of the Aravali in Pali, Rajsamand and Udaipur districts of Rajasthan. It takes name after the impressive historic fort of Kumbhalgarh, which come into view over the Park. It is 578 sq Kms in area and at an altitude of 500 to 1,300m. It is home to a very large variety of wild life, some of which are highly endangered species. The wild life includes wolf, leopards, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle cat, smabhar, nilgai, chaisingh (the four horned antelope), chinkara and hare.

The bird life at Kumbhalgarh is also gratifying. The normally shy and untrusted grey jungle fowl can be spotted here. Peacocks and Doves can be sighted regularly feeding on grains scattered by the jungle guards. Bird like the red spur owls, Parakeets, golden Oriole, grey Pigeons, Bulbul, Dove and white breasted kingfisher can also be seen near the water holes.

Kumbhalgarh's natural beauty is attracting many tourists and especially for its accessibility from Udaipur, which is 100 Kms from here. Foot tracking and horse safari organised by local tour operators are proving to be very popular. A typical safari route enters the sanctuary from the Kumbhalgarh Fort and cutting across the sanctuary it reaches Ghanerao, and then borders an old abandoned road. On this road, one can sight Chinkaras, Neelgais, four horned Antelope and many birds.

Udaipur was founded in 1568 by Maharana Udai Singh II. The city is full of palaces, temples and havelis ranging from the modest to the extravagant. It's also proud of its heritage as a centre for the performing arts, painting and handicraft. The "Surya Vanshi" Maharanas of Udaipur are Sun worshippers and trace their geneology to the Hindu god Rama. They have a history of unconquered rule. Udaipur never succumbed to the Mogul invasions, and it remained the only princely state never to have seceded to the British Raj. Its history is full of tales of valor and courage and romance. We also will visit "Sahelion Ki Bari" - the Garden of the Maids, an enchanting garden created for the pleasure of the ladies of the royal court. PM: In the evening, we will take a sunset cruise around Lake Pichola, and visit the island of Jag Mandir. The palace on this island was built as a retreat for the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, builder of the Taj Mahal. Stay overnight at the luxurious Shiv Niwas Palace Hotel or the spectacular Lake Palace.

How to Reach Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary?
Airport : Nearest Airport Udaipur . Several flights from Delhi , Mumbai and other parts of India.

Railways : Nearest Rail Head: Udaipur on the Delhi Mumbai rail route. Several trains a day from Delhi, Mumbai,Ahemedbad, Jaipur.

Roadways : The nearest major city is Udaipur. Daily buses and taxis are available.