KUMBHALGARH WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. Covering a total surface area of 578 sq km and stretching across the Aravalli ranges, it encircles parts of Udaipur, Rajsamand, and Pali. The wildlife sanctuary encompasses the historic Kumbhalgarh Fort and is also named after the fort. This hilly dense forest of Kumbhalgarh will definitely prove to be a pleasant surprise for those who consider Rajasthan a desert state. The green tract of the park forms a dividing line between the two different parts of Rajasthan; Mewar and Marwar. The area where the Sanctuary is located was once a royal hunting ground and was converted into what it is today in the year 1971. Another charm of the sanctuary is the diverse topography that it boasts of.

The eastern part is lined by the Aravalli ranges that looms over an altitude of 3,748 ft. River Banas also graces the sanctuary and is the primary source of water. Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary is famous for its 40 strong wolf pack, that is rarely found elsewhere. Apart from the wolf it also houses the various variety of endangered and rare animal species and almost 200 different species of birds. The monsoon in the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary brings on the beautiful flora, and the autumn brings out russet colours. The sanctuary also offers provision for other activities such as jeep safari, horseback safari and trekking. Many Garasia and Bhils tribals can also be seen here, living in their traditional huts. The natural beauty of the sanctuary attracts tourists from far and wide. Named after the fort, this is perhaps the only sanctuary, where the Indian wolf is breeding successfully. Near village of Joba, 500 hectare of forest in the sanctuary is wolf habitat. Mostly west of the Kumbhalgarh Fort, covering over 600 sq km of area, the dense forest provides a suitable habitat for the endangered and the rare wild animals including the four horned antelope, sambar, wild boar, nilgai, sloth bear, leopard and caracal. The monsoon brings on the attractive flora and the autumn, russet colours.


Crocodiles and water fowl can be spotted at Thandi Beri Lake. A 5 km long trail has been developed to observe and enjoy the beauty of the sanctuary. Old buildings and ruins associated with Maharana Pratap are scattered across the sanctuary. There is a historic Shiv temple built by Maharana Pratap after the battle ofHaldighati. Further up, about 2 km, is Malagarh, the site where the Maharana stored his weapons for fighting the Mughal. One can also see the Bhil and the Grasia tribe living in their huts. Open throughout the year, however December to March is the best period to visit the sanctuary.