Beyond the sandy dunes and palatial architecture, Rajasthan’s hills beckon travellers to explore a lesser-known, yet equally captivating land. However, a road trip to Kumbhalgarh unveils a completely different facet of the state – a hilly haven. As the car whizzed its way from Jawai crossing through the winding roads, quaint villages, and historical landmarks provide a unique perspective, allowing travellers to witness the natural beauty and cultural richness.
Drive To Hilly Retreat, Kumbhalgarh
Jawai sets the stage for a road trip filled with surprises. As you leave behind the flat plains, the terrain gradually transforms into undulating hills adorned with boulders and scrub vegetation. The rocky outcrops create a dramatic backdrop. The road leading out of Jawai winds through picturesque villages where traditional Rajasthani architecture meets the rugged terrain. Hence, it’s not uncommon to encounter local shepherds guiding their flocks through the hills, adding an authentic touch to the journey. The slow pace of life in these villages contrasts sharply with the hustle and bustle of life.
It should take roughly 3-4 hours to travel up, plus an additional hour to see the Fort. In the morning, the ride is easy on quiet roads through little villages. Being here near the end of the monsoon season is fantastic because the weather is sunny and dry yet the surroundings are verdant and beautiful.
A palette of vibrant greens signals the onset of an enchanting journey through the heart of the Aravalli Hills. The air becomes noticeably cooler, and the scent of freshness fills the surroundings. The Aravalli Hills, known for their ancient geological formations, provide a stunning backdrop to this drive, offering a glimpse into a world where nature thrives in all its verdant glory.
The hills, blanketed in greenery, showcase a side of Rajasthan that contradicts its arid stereotype. The winding roads offer glimpses of hidden waterfalls and secluded clearings, tempting travellers to pause and immerse themselves in the tranquillity of the natural surroundings. Additionally, you drive through massive valleys that are home to the langur monkeys.
Arriving at Kumbhalgarh, the pièce de résistance of this road trip, the majestic Kumbhalgarh Fort awaits.
The Fort City Of Kumbhalgarh
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Arriving at Kumbhalgarh, the pièce de résistance of this road trip, one is greeted by the imposing Kumbhalgarh Fort. Perched on a hill at an altitude of 1,100 meters, this fortress boasts the second-longest continuous wall after the Great Wall of China. Additionally, the panoramic views from the fort are breathtaking, offering a vast expanse of the Aravalli Range and the lush greenery that surrounds the fort. Kumbhalgarh is the second-largest fort in India.
Exploring the fort reveals its historical significance, with intricate architecture, hidden passageways, and tales of valour echoing through its corridors. The contrast between the rugged landscape and the grandeur of Kumbhalgarh Fort epitomises the diversity. The state truly offers beyond its stereotypical desert imagery. Hence, climb to the top of the fort and you are rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Aravalli Hills.
The Aravalli Hills are often overshadowed by the more famous attractions in the region. However, they emerge as a verdant sanctuary waiting to be explored. And these hidden wonders await those willing to venture off the beaten path and explore Rajasthan’s enchanting hills.
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