One Of the Hidden Gems You Must Never Miss: The Great Wall of India
Yes, you read the title right! You may have heard only about the Great Wall of China, but in India, there exists a massive wall that offers you a unique viewing experience. While it may never come anywhere close to the Great Wall of China in length (kilometres), it is one of the hidden attractions of the country built with exceptional skill. The wall remains the third-longest (behind the Great Wall of China and Gorgon wall in Iran) and has a great historical significance.
Do you know that it required three different armies to take over it? The wall stands proudly encircling the ancient Kumbhalgarh fort. When you stand next to it, you realize its strong defence capability. The large imposing towers make it one of the biggest hidden secrets of the country. You will find a mysterious element, which makes it one of the best locations you need to explore while visiting Rajasthan, India.
As mentioned earlier, the wall guards a massive fort containing more than three hundred temples. While the once beautiful palace is in ruins, you can savour the most breathtaking views from the top. The walls look like a large snake going up and down the jungle. Historians believe the construction of the wall occurred more than five hundred years ago while some archaeologists believe it is much older. The massive wall surrounding the Kumbhalgarh Fort, one of the significant forts after Chittorgarh extends to 36 kilometres. While it may not come anywhere close to the Great Wall of China built by the Ming dynasty, which measures around 8,850 kilometres. But, the wall surrounding Kumbhalgarh fort is speculated to cover more than eight kilometres (50 miles). The Great Wall of China consists of 6,259 kilometres of actual wall, 2,232 kilometres of natural barriers formed by rivers and hills, and 359 kilometres of trenches.
Your mind will blow away with the most impressive architectural feats when you view the Great Wall of China. But, it does not take away the significance of the long fortification in India. The wall in India has a thickness of fifteen meters (49.2 feet) at its widest sections. The impressive wall is built beautifully with stone bricks. It has attractive decorative flourishes on the top of the wall. So, it offers a visually appealing picture, which attracts tourists. While the structure once deterred the enemies, it now possesses a charm to allure people. It may insignificant compared to the Great Wall of China, which has walls of heights ranging from five meters to eight meters in height (16 feet 5 inches to 26 feet 3 inches). It extends to six meters (19 feet 8 inches) across the bottom and at the top, it narrows to five meters (16 feet 5 inches). But, the magic of the great wall of India is its construction on Aravalli range 3,600 feet (1,100 m) above sea level. So, it is possible to view dunes of the Thar Desert and several kilometres of Aravalli Mountains.
While the mind-blowing construction remains unknown among people, the World Heritage Committee has acknowledged the architectural brilliance of Kumbhalgarh Fort. As of 2013, the site is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wondering about its construction? Historical data suggests the construction started in 1443 by Rana Kumbha, the local Maharana. But, the construction of the Great Wall of China began from the 7th century BC by the different Chinese states. It was later joined together by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Several dynasties who ruled China built and maintained several stretches of the walls along the border. But, the Emperors of the Ming dynasty, ruled the country from 1368 to 1644 constructed the well-known structures of the wall.
It took more than a century to construct the wall surrounding Kumbhalgarh fort. Later, the rulers enlarged the fort for protecting the palace in the 19th century. Maharana chose the place over the hill to establish dominance and view the landscape from a distance. With seven exists, the wall is one of the important places you must never fail to visit in Rajasthan.
If you are in search of a sedate and wholesome experience, then you need to head to Kumbhalgarh. The trip to the fort in Rajasthan offers you a memorable time. You can visit the historically significant 15th-century fort and view its 22-mile wall that still stands proud as a protective barrier. The hike to the palace on top of the steep hills will reward you with dazzling views. You can see a large part of Rajasthan from the terrain and see the wildlife sanctuary full of jackals, hyenas, leopards, and wolves. Instead of making a trip to the crowded Great Wall of China, visit Rajasthan to view the architectural beauty of the wall surrounding Kumbhalgarh fort.