Four offbeat places to visit near Kumbhalgarh in 2018

The massive Kumbhalgarh Fort in India has the second longest wall in the world

Let’s talk about some offbeat places near Kumbhalgarh that might make you revise your travel goals for 2018. From living in a 500-year-old royal castle in Ghanerao to chasing wolves at Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary in Rajasthan, let 2018 be the year when you thrust aside your fears, push through the ceiling of your comfort limits, and embrace your adventurous, inquisitive side.

Standing at a height of 3,600 feet, the mighty Mewar fort of Kumbhalgarh rises above the densely-forested Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary that in itself is a huge attraction for animal and wildlife-lovers. Located in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, it is 65 km away from Udaipur and believed to be built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha.

Related: Did a human sacrifice go in to the making of Kumbhalgarh Fort?

Here are four reasons why you should plan a trip to Kumbhalgarh soon:

1. To explore a 500-year-old royal castle in Ghanerao

Royal Castle in Ghanerao, Rajasthan, offers beautiful dining spaces

Just an hour away from Kubhalgarh Fort lies Ghanerao, a beautiful offbeat travel destination in the Pali district of Rajasthan. In this small village is a 500-year-old castle, still occupied by the royal family- the Mertiya Rathores. In fact, you can stay in the castle too. Though it has been turned into a heritage resort, you won’t find two identical rooms here. Revel in the rustic beauty of the castle with its jharokhas and artistically-decorated rooms reminding one of the era gone by.

A starry night in Ghanerao is not a rarity

Or spend your evenings sitting with your loved ones dining by the pool under a clear starry sky (you are away from the polluted city, you see). The castle has a blue rectangular swimming pool with a gorgeous space for a poolside candlelight dinner, complete with lamps and lights.

It’s easy to spend your days sitting by the stepwells in Ghanerao

And when you are done exploring the castle, step out to take a little tour of Ghanerao. Try your hands at pottery or learn the art of shoemaking at the numerous artisan villages in the area. Or grab your camera, book, or notepad and head over to the rustic stepwells that the small village has on offer. You can peacefully spend your hours sitting here. Muchhala Mahavir Temple (temple of the moustached god) is another attraction you may want to check out in Ghanerao.

You may also like to visit or stay at the former hunting lodge of the royal family.

Related: Go offbeat! Spend Valentine’s Day at a 500-year-old royal castle in Ghanerao

2. To embrace wilderness at Wolf Point

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If you are a wilderness-lover or have ever been hooked to the idea of werewolves, this is one place you should definitely consider visiting. Just at the end of Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is small town called Sadri. Travel 7 km more from Sadri and you would find yourself in Joba village that has a forest area of 500 hectares. The region is home to several Indian wolves and is thus known as Joba Wolf Point.

Ask the locals for directions and necessary precautions. Keeping some zoom lenses handy won’t harm either, if you are taking cameras.

Related: Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary: From wolf points to walking trails, 5 things not to miss

3. To experience serenity at Ranakpur Jain Temple

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The temple is as old as Kumbhalgarh Fort. Made in 15th century, Ranakpur temple is a beautiful structure carved in stone and marble and is popularly known to have been voted amongst the top 77 wonders of the world.

The large premises has 1400 intricately-carved pillars. It is believed that it took over 50 years to build the temple. An important place for Jainism-followers, the temple is a beautiful architectural wonder and is situated in a small township called Ranakpur between Udaipur and Jodhpur. It is dedicated to Tirthankara Adinatha.

Related: A guide to help you explore Ghanerao like a local

4. To exult at the palace of clouds

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Travel up to the top of Kumbhalgarh Fort and expect to touch the clouds. The structure is called Badal Mahal, literally meaning the palace of clouds. The palace gets its name due to its location at the top of the mighty fortress.

The two-storied structure has two portions- Mardana Mahal and Zanana Mahal. The rooms have beautiful shades of turquoise, green and white that offer contrast to the earthy hues of the fortress. The portions also have pastel-coloured murals believed to be belonging to 19th century.

Let me know how your trip goes!

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