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What Is It?
After China, India comes next in line for building great walls. Surprisingly unpopular, Kumbalgarh Fort has a 36 km wall surrounding it. A massive, continuous wall, built around the 15th century is out there in open sight and we still don’t talk about it. The Fort of Kumbalgarh is the second largest fort in Rajasthan after Chittorgarh Fort. It is also the birthplace of the great warrior of Mewar – Maharana Pratap. Built by Rana Kumbha this fortress stood tall against great emperors like Ahmed Shah I and Mahumad Khalji. The wall 15 meters thick built with stone bricks and decorative flourishes lines up the top of this beautiful and a majestic piece of architecture. Rumour is, it nearly took a century for this to be built and with the last extensions added in the 19th century. Winding across hilltops, the wall gives a panoramic view of the Aravalli. If you stare far enough, you may be able to see the desert too.
Where there’s history, there are legends too. One being, that Rana Kumbha had failed several times to start building the fort. According to a spiritual advisor, the fort required a human sacrifice for its completion. A pilgrim volunteered and now his sacrifice is commemorated with a shrine and temple in the Hanuman Pol. It is also believed that the King burnt massive lamps of ghee and cotton to give light to farmers in the night as well.
Spectacular fortification, splendid architecture and history dating back to the 15th Century, The Great Wall of India should be on your go-to list.