Thursday, August 12, 2010

Badal Mahal, Kumbalgarh

In the 15th century King Rana Kumbh built a massive fort whose walls stretched for 36 kms in the Aravali ranges in a place by name Kumbalgarh (State: Rajasthan). The Kumbalgarh Fort is surrounded by 13 mountain peaks, and guarded by seven great gates, strengthened by rounded bastions and immense watchtowers. (Click on the images for bigger view)

There are many palaces, temples and gardens inside this huge fort complex. At the top most point in the fort is the palace known as Badal Mahal or the Palace of Cloud.

The palace was rebuilt by Rana Fateh Singh in the late 19th century. The legendary ruler Maharana Pratap was born here.
The palace has colorful rooms. Unfortunately we could not see them as it was closed when we were there. This palace is very different, when compared to rest of the raw and grim fortress.

The entrance of the palace has beautiful carvings. Even the wooden door of the palace is also carved beautifully.

56 comments:

aims said...

Another place to look forward traveling to. Nice blog!

Jacob said...

It's really hard to comprehend something this massive and complicated! Sounds like the king must have had some powerful enemies to build such a fortification!

Kirigalpoththa said...

It is a huge building!

Cloudia said...

great place and post!





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Sumandebray said...

I would repeat what I had said before ... you are doing a great job of showcasing Indian architectural heritage.

Indrani said...

It is a great fort.
The fort walls ranks second longest in the world after the Great Wall of China.

joo said...

My favourite is the last one - this door is fabulous!

Babli said...

Very nice and beautiful place. I was not aware of this lovely place. Great post with excellent pictures and description.

jabblog said...

What a fantastic fortress. It must have been impossible to attack.

EG Wow said...

The doors look HUGE in the third photo. I continue to be amazed by the architecture and the amount of work that must have gone into building such structures without modern tools.

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Great fort!!! Great shots!!!

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sharmila said...

love that beautifully carved wooden door ... forts and palaces in India are awesome to see n this one seems to be very huge ... nice pics. and info !!

Ania said...

I love the first shot, it's so fairtale like.

Pearl Maple said...

36 kms is a lot of walls, makes me wonder how many people worked on these sites over a period of time and the building is so white and clean

Steffi said...

Very interesting post and beautiful photos again!So we can learn more about your country India.Thank you for sharing!

Carolyn Ford said...

the architecture is fabulous and the color is striking against that fabulous sky!

Dani said...

great post as always.

Thanks for the visit.

Sylvia K said...

What a gorgeous place! Always enjoy the history you include! Lovely blue skies! Looks like a perfect day for a visit! And I love the carving on the door in the last shot! Marvelous captures as always, Rajesh! Enjoy your weekend!

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Tricia said...

Great skies there in India! Nice captures

Photo Cache said...

fabulous post again, especially love the second image with a backdrop of beautiful skyscape.

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Manang Kim said...

Oh wow this is amazing the first photo is my favorite. Happy Friday!

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Carol said...

Nice series of photos. What a huge complex that is. I love the wooden door of the palace

Carver said...

Great place for a beautiful fort. I love mountains and I'm sure I'd enjoy exploring the gardens and palaces. I enjoyed your shots.

George said...

This looks like it would be a fascinating place to visit and explore, although it would probably take several days to do it justice. The exterior of the palace is beautiful -- I can only imagine what the interior looks like.

Regina said...

Beautiful fort! Love the entrance door.

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Siromade said...

Always beautiful photos I've looked in here...great building shots

J Bar said...

Great shots.
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ladyfi said...

That Palace of Clouds is amazing. I'd like to see more...

R Sudhir Kumar said...

Is the fort walls 36 km long? It must be very impressive right? Good shots

alicesg said...

Very huge and beautiful palace. Your country have such huge land with so many nice and interesting ancient buildings still around. Have a nice weekend.

eden said...

Wow, what an impressive fort! Great shots.

Arija said...

You show us so many wonderful palaces and temples, Is there any room for people in India as well?

Cheryl said...

The Palace of Clouds is aptly named. It looks immense.

Pietro said...

Very nice pictures of the fort, the palace and the entrance door. Beautiful architecture indeed!
Happy weekend!

Spiderdama said...

Another beautiful place you show! Great photos.

Pooch Morning Glory said...

what a fantastic place. i love that door
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Evelyn said...

Fascinating.

Kaori said...

Wow, it really does look massive! I love the entrance :D

RNSANE said...

Sadly, now, with my difficulty getting about without a walker, Rajesh, I could not do this incredible place justice so I do so much appreciate your pictorial tour and narrative more than I can say. Many thanks.

Tes said...

Amazing architecture. Love the character on that door! :)

JOE TODD said...

Looks like a place that would have many hidden passages

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Wow...what a great share, and helping us learn so much. I appreciated the photos and the lesson...also, thanks for visiting.

Dianne said...

the first shot is amazing when enlarged
there is so much going on, so much detail

Dave said...

what a grand fort this is, excellent post.

chitra said...

I went through three or four posts. Your blog is amazing.
Thanks for visiting my blog.
I haven't been to Rajasthan till date It is on my wish list. Till then I will enjoy places of interest in North India through your posts.

sujata said...

Such a marvellous structure. Its huge! Happy Independence Day to you!

Nelj said...

Wow! wonderful photos...Very informative..Thanks for sharing...

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Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hello Rajesh:)

Lovely photos and interesting information.The fort is an architectural beauty and looks virtually impregnable.

Many thanks for sharing:)
Joseph

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Eden said...

Beautiful place and great photos, Rajesh.

Have a great week.

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all for the appreciation. It is one of the biggest forts in India.

Gypsy Lala said...

Terrific photos!

Jeevan said...

Interesting fort, and the palace of cloud sounds nice. Seems it has varies things to do and see.

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all the appreciation of this beautiful architecture.

Pratibha The Talent said...

nice clicks.

Rajesh said...

Thanks for the appreciation.