This weekend was amazing; India won the Cricket World Cup, which I also enjoyed along with a visit to an interesting place Kumbhalgarh, located in the heart of Aravali mountain range in Rajasthan. The place is world famous for its gigantic fort of ‘Kumbhalgarh’ from which the place got its name. However I visited the place to explore more of its surroundings, which offers interesting hiking/walking experience in the wild along with beautiful insight of tribal lifestyle of Rajasthan.
|The massive yet beautiful fort of Kumbhalgarh|
I started early from Jaipur to reach Kumbhalgarh in time, as my first walking experience was scheduled for the day. The drive was comfortable on a well paved road and turned further more interesting once we left the highway, roughly 30 kilometers before Kumbhalgarh as we passed through small villages, green fields and periphery of wildlife sanctuary.
I was only able to spot pug marks of Panthers, Leopards and Sloth Bear but was not lucky to see any of them L, however different variety of birds and beautiful forest made my day. We also saw carcass of Sambhar on the way, which was presumably killed by a panther as told by my traveling companion (a local villager who accompanied me for this leg of trek).
Later we reached forest rest house situated by the lake, where we took a small break & saw different kind of birds along with a massive reptile at the shore of lake. The walk continued upto the ancient Jain temple of Muchala Mahavir, passing through villages of Grasiya Tribes and homes. (16 kilometers 7 hours hiking), which was the last point of this walking tour.