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Located close to Rajasthan’s Pali District, the little town of Kumbhalgarh is home to a not so little fort, second only to The Great Wall of China. Commissioned by Rana Kumbha of the Mewar dynasty it is a fortress of epic proportions, some 36 kilometres long. Dating back to the 16th century Kumbhalgarh Fort is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts some impressive Madan architecture. An easy drive from Udaipur it makes for a wonderful visit outside of one of Rajasthan’s major cities. Our pick of the best places to stay in Kumbhalgarh all provide a historic stay and perfect location for exploring its ramparts.
Each evening Kumbhalgarh Fort is spectacularly lit for a light and sound show. There is also the annual festival, held towards the end of January, to celebrate the famous Maharana Kumbha’s love for art and architecture.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Kumbhalgarh are all within easy reach of this historic monument.
For a historic stay
- Enjoying a secluded spot The Aodhi boasts gorgeous rooms with colourful mosaic bathrooms. Dine under the stars with the rhythmic tabla for an accompaniment.
- Further afield, a reservation at the bougainvillea covered, 17th-century former fortress Rawla Narlai is to sleep amongst history. Some rooms feature original wall paintings; all are filled with antiques and local textiles, plus there is a gorgeous pool. An oasis in the heart of the Thar desert.
For tented luxury
- Excellent value and novel tented accommodation which children will love, The Dera Kumbhalgarh provides an authentic desert experience. It is envelopped by verdant forest and surrounds a tranquil pool. There is no wi-fi - which in our opinion means true escapism.
Still not sure which to book? From historic to tented browse through our list of the best places to stay in Kumbhalgarh to start to plan your trip. Nothing here that suits, then check out all our Rajasthan recommendations, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Kumbhalgarh
The Dera Kumbhalgarh 24 rooms from £37Kumbhalgarh
A good-value hideaway, just two kilometres from magnificent Kumbhalgarh Fort. Simple but comfortable accommodation in a wild, scenic landscape. There’s a brand-new swimming pool and spa as well as superb local food.Local exploringViews - To Kumbhalgarh FortSights nearby - Kumbhalgarh FortFull of character
The Aodhi 26 rooms from £80Kumbhalgarh Fort
Offering seclusion in forested hills, this retreat provides you with luxurious comforts such as marble flooring, private balconies, and separate dressing rooms. Dine al fresco, in the atmospheric restaurant or in the terrace cafe with mountain views. Outdoor pool. Great for exploring the local area.Wildlife Area - The Kumbhalgarh Wildlife sanctuary, the only panther reserve in India is very close to the hotelSights nearby - Kumbhalgarh Fort and Kumbhalgarh Dam are within 0.6 miles from The AodhiViews - majestic views of the Kumbhalgarh FortSwimming Pool - Outdoor swimming pool