Hammeripal lake in Kumbhalgarh has thousands of African Catfish!

There are a lot of places of interest in and around Udaipur which attract a lot of tourists from across the globe. One such place is the Fish Point near Kumbhalgarh. The Fish Point is basically a small lake known as Hammeripal lake situated in Taladri village. The Taladri village is in the Kumbhalgarh Tehsil, Rajasamand district. Let’s find out why is it famous?

The Hammeripal Lake is famous due to its large number of fish. It is a less crowded spot in the village and people often come here to have a look at the fish population. But what is about the fish in this lake that makes it so popular?

Hammeripal Lake
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The lake is the home to thousands of African Catfish!! They are present in the lake in a number that might frighten some while some might feel a bit uneasy to watch such a huge number of Catfish accumulating to be fed. But literally, they are a sight not to be missed!

It looks unreal and feeding them is all the more fun.

Why are these Catfish in the Hammeripal Lake in Kumbhalgarh?

The story that the local people have about the ‘dangerously looking’ catfish is that one ‘Fish Contractor’ developed this breed in the lake for commercial ‘Fish Farming’. The villagers were concerned about the natural beauty of the place and that this entire place would be commercialized due to the same. Henceforth, all the villagers shunned his practice of fish farming.

Since that time, the Catfish kept increasing and breeding. Also, the local people are very apprehensive about fishing in the lake. They do not allow any local or outsider to catch these Catfish from the lake; and if they happen to find someone catching, strict actions are taken against the person.

These African catfish eat bread and local snacks and can be fed by the visitors.

Have a look at the video of these Catfish gathered to have a brunch!!!

The reason behind the name, Hammeripal Lake

The lake is so called because it was constructed by the Sisodia clan ruler, Rana Hammir Singh and so it was named after him as Hammeripal lake.

You can also read our article about Rana Hammir Singh, HERE

Location

The lake is situated 2-3 kilometer before the Kumbhalgarh fort. It is located in the village named ‘Taladri’. Kumbhalgarh is at a distance of 100 Km approx. from Udaipur.

Have a look at another video of these Catfish and the Hammeripal Lake

About Kumbhalgarh

Kumbhalgarh is the birthplace of the great warrior of Mewar, Maharana Pratap. Built during the course of the 15th century; the fort has a wall, 38 km long and is among the largest wall complex in the world. Kumbhalgarh was built and ruled by Rana Kumbha and hence the name Kumbhalgarh. Some legends say that the Rana Kumbha wasn’t able to build the wall over repeated attempts and then it was told by a spiritual sage that place demands a human sacrifice. At first, no one volunteered but then one day a man agreed and the ritual was performed. Today the main gate of the fortress, Hanuman Pol, contains a shrine and a temple to commemorate the great sacrifice.

5 Places to Visit near Udaipur

These 5 places are the ones you must not miss to visit whether you are a localite or a tourist. These places are beautiful and define the brilliance of Udaipur. Each place is a masterpiece of architecture and showcases the royalty of the City of Lakes. All the 5 places are not situated in the city, rather outside the periphery. Let us have a brief insight of these 5 places to visit near Udaipur.

Kumbhalgarh Fort5 Places to Visit near Udaipur

This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built by the ruler Rana Kumbha during the 15th century. Perched high on the Aravali Range, its wall is the second longest wall in the world, after the Great Wall of China. Tourists can hike along a large section of the wall, which has been restored.

Some of the major attractions at Kumbhalgarh Fort are hundreds of ancient temples, palace ruins, step wells, and cannon bunkers. Plan to spend three to four hours exploring the fort. Another breath-taking attraction is the light and sound show in the evening which starts at 6.45 pm, and you may not wish to miss it. Also, the annual Kumbhalgarh Festival takes place at the fort in December and features performances from folk artists.

Timings: Sunrise until sunset, daily

Ticket: 200 rupees for foreigners, 15 rupees for Indians

The sound and light show costs 100 rupees

Chaumukha Mandir, Ranakpur

5 Places to Visit near Udaipur
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Dedicated to the first Tirthankar who instituted Jainism, it’s the country’s biggest and most significant Jain temple. The main temple, Chaumukha Mandir, is made out of white marble and was built in the 15th century and has 29 halls, 80 domes, and 1444 engraved pillars. A dress is required for both men and women to wear before entering into temple complex. Leather things and items like belts, shoes are not allowed on the premises. Also, food items and cigarettes are not allowed. From Ranakpur, you can go hiking and explore the neighboring Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary.

Location: 2 hours northwest of Udaipur. Ranakpur is frequently visited along with Kumbhalgarh on a day trip. The travel time between each place is around 90 minutes.

Timings: Non-Jain people can enter the temple from noon to 5 pm while mornings prayers are reserved.

Ticket Cost: Entry is free for Indians but for foreigners, it’s 200 rupees each, with an audio guide. Also, 100 rupees charge will be there for carrying a camera.

Saas Bahu Temple (Sahastra-Bahu Temple)5 Places to Visit near Udaipur

It is an undeniably beautiful 8th century Shri Eklingji Prabhu Temple. The temple complex is made completely out of marble and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The original shrine was built by Bapa Rawal, founder of the Mewar Dynasty. The current head of the Mewar royal family continues to worship at the temple every Monday. Photography isn’t allowed inside the temple while the outside is a major attraction for shoots as it gives a flamboyant background. The temple is covered with intricate sculptures.

Location: Kailashpur (Eklingji), about 30 minutes north of Udaipur along NH8.

Timings: 10.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m, and 5 p.m. to 7.30 7.30 p.m.

Ticket:  There’s a nominal fee at the Saas Bahu temples.

Chittorgarh Fort5 Places to Visit near Udaipur

Chittorgarh had been the capital of the Mewar kingdom for over 800 years until 1568. It is believed that its history extends back to the 7th century when local Mauryan rulers started constructing it. Chittorgarh became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2013.  It’s a massive fort and considered the largest fort in India. Inside the fort, there are numerous old palaces, temples, Vijay stambh and other towers, a reservoir and a royal cremation ground. There is an evening light and sound show that tells the story of the fort, but usually, it’s in Hindi.

Location: About 2 hours northeast of Udaipur

Timings: Sunrise to sunset, daily

Tickets: 200 rupees for foreigners, 15 rupees for Indians

Delwara Temples Mount Abu

5 Places to Visit near Udaipur
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The Delwara Temples of India are located in Mount Abu- the only hill station in Rajasthan. These Jain temples were built by Vimal Shah and designed by Vastapul-Tejpal, Jain laymen, between the 11th and 13th centuries AD. The Delwara temples are known for their use of marble and intricate marble carvings. The decorative details scattering over the carved ceilings, doorways, pillars, and panels are simply amazing.

The five marble temples of Delwara are a sacred pilgrimage place for the Jains. Each is named after the small village in which it is located. These are:

  • Vimal Vasahi
  • Luna Vasahi
  • Pithalhar
  • Parshvanath
  • Mahavir Swami

Location: About 2.5-3 hours drive from Udaipur

Timings: Sunrise to sunset, daily

Tickets: It is free

Kumbhalgarh : The Great Wall of India

The memories of men are frail …
therefore stands a fortress as thread ..
to hang history from then till now…

Built on a hilltop, Kumbhalgarh is a Mewar fortress located on the banks of Banas River cradled in the Aravalli Hill in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan state in western India. It is the second very most important citadel in Mewar region after Chittorgarh. The palace is known as the silent hill station of Rajasthan standing majestically on the high ridge with elevation of 1100metres (3600feet) above sea level. The longitudinal and latitudinal distance of the fort is 25.1475° N, 73.5831° E.

It was built by Rana Kumbha during the course of 15th century. In Kumbha’s time the kingdom of Mewar extended from Ranthambore to Gwalior, including vast tracts of present-day Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Kumbhalgarh was once the seat of Prince Samprati, who was the Jain descendants of the erstwhile Mauryan Dynasty, who ruled here in the 2nd century defining the boundaries between Mewar and Marwar. Rana took around 15 years to built this fort. The sentimental significance of the fort also accounts as the birth place of Maharana Pratap who was a great king and warrior of Mewar. The fort was built to serve a refuge for Mewar rulers in times of strife.

Kumbhalgarh Fort after the rains

In 1443, when the king started the construction and eventually the structure crumbled to ruins by the sunset .But then a spiritual preceptor addressed the king to offer human voluntarily sacrifice in order to ensure that the battle walls being constructed by Rana would be strong enough to withhold the siege. The king sent out word, but no one volunteered. One day a soldier from the commandment volunteered and been ritually decapitated. Today the main gate of the fortress, Hanuman Pol contains a shrine and a temple named as Vedi temple to perpetuate the great sacrifice. Because of its hostile topography the fort remained inaccessible to the mighty Mughal even after combining the armies of emperor Akbar of Delhi , Raja Mansingh of Amber and Raja Udai Singh of Marwar.

The invincible fort is the most formidable in the state of Rajasthan.

The frontal serpentine 36km long and 15 feet thick wall with soaring towers is the most impressive. The wall is claimed to be the second longest continuous wall after Great Wall of China. The wall is not in straight pattern but have many steep ascends and descends throughout its length covering mountain cliffs and valleys. According to the legends, it is believed that eight horses could run on this wall side by side. The wall also serves as an epitome of architectural excellence and exquisite art of Rajput era because the walls are still unblemished and intact inspite of being 700 years old.

Kumbhalgarh Udaipur

The impregnable fort is protected by 13 mountain peaks of Aravalli range, seven huge imposing gates just like the sentinels and 7 steel gray ramparts being folded within another with the walls  empowered by  arched bastions and  colossal watch towers.

The top of the fort offers a spectacular panoramic picturesque of sand dunes of Aravalli range and overlooks the approaches from Ajmer and Marwar.

The fort can be accessed by any of the seven gates which are named as Aret Pole, Hanuman Pole, Ram Pole, Vijay Pole, Nimboo Pole and Bhairon Pole.

At the top of the cliff Badal Mahal, also known as the palace of the clouds is situated. The two-storied structure is divided into two interconnected distinct portions namely the Zanana (quarter for females), and the Mardana Mahal (quarter for men) decorated with pastel colored murals of 19th century. The color scheme of the rooms is a contrast to the grim and earthy fortress. The Zanana Mahal is composed of stone jalis which facilitated the queens to see the court proceedings and other events in privacy. All the chambers are provided with ingenious air conditioning system which draw cool air into the rooms and ventile them from the bottom.

The  fortress consists of 360 temples within the fort out of which 300 of them are ancient jain temples and rest are hindu temples.some of them are Ganesh Temple, Vedi Temple, Neelkanth Mahadev Temple, Parshvanath Temple, Bawan Devi Temple, Golerao Group of Temples, Mamadeo Temple, Pitalia Dev Temple.

The Neelkanth temple is situated near the base of the plains containing a six feet high sculpture of Lord Shiva. The rana offered regular prayers to the deity in this temple and was decapitated by his own son in this temple while offering prayers.

The fortress of Kumbhalgarh in the Aravalli Hills (Mewar)

The thick woody forests encompass the vibrant and rich foliage along with a rich variety of fauna. The fort is encircled by Kumbhalgarh wildlife sanctuary sprawled in an area of 578 square kilometer (223 square miles). The sanctuary abode a shelter to a number of endangered species. The species found are hyena, panthers, leopards, wolfs, cats, the four horned antelope (chausingha), blue bulls, sambhars, crocodiles, peacocks, bear, wild boars, jungle fowls, flamingoes, spoonbills, parakeets, grey pigeons, yellow footed pigeons, egrets, cormorants, golden oriole and many more. Horse lovers and adventure seekers can enjoy the thrill of riding and camping in the sanctuary. Each group is accompanied by local tour operators. Horses, tents, food and fodder are provided by the Aohdin (owner of castle-type cottages) on prior notice at a very reasonable cost.

The fort is open to the public and can be easily accessed from Rajasthan state government roadways ordinary and deluxe buses (102 km) or from the Udaipur airport (84kms.) or from the Phalna railway station serves to be the closest railhead. The months of September to march serve as the ideal time to visit the palace and in clothing one must prefer cotton tropical clothes in summers and light woolen clothes in winters. One can also enjoy the Kumbhalgarh festival celebrated during the winter season to promote Kumbhalgarh as a heritage site. Tourists can be amazed by the serenity and beauty of the place with its enthralling and verdant landscapes, deep jungles and pretty gorges .The fortress is spectacularly lit by various lights and lamps each evening. Kumbhalgarh is not just these fabulous monuments and magnificent citadels, but abundance of natural splendors is gracefully bestowed on it makes it a pictorial location and an attractive tourist destination.

A day like a Tourist [Part 1] : Destination Kumbhalgarh

Powerful kings and their beautiful queens, ruling huge empires, their breathtaking stories, magnificent castles that echo with the glory of their triumph, majestic lifestyle and inspiring victories, all these things always cast their spell on me. And I am sure that years back, while listening to your grandparents at your sleep time, these have enchanted you also.

Today, on occasion of world tourism day, I decided to have closer look of Mewar kingdom when my friends planned a trip to Kumbhalgarh and Ranakpur.

As the enchanting sights of the fort, temple and adjoining places completely soaked me, I am hereby sharing my copious memories and experience of the day with all of you, the memories of which are still fresh in my mind.

The first destination of our journey was Kumbhalgarh. Standing at the large entrance leading to the fort, I was completely mesmerized, completely fantasized. Secured against the backdrop of towering mountains of the Aravali ranges, guarded by seven massive gates, seven defending walls and with numerous watchtowers, this mountain fortress has witnessed many battles, is strong founded and so is unbeatable till date. Built on a hilltop of 1100 meters above sea level it is stated to have the second longest wall in the world, with a perimeter of about 36 km, the first being “the Great Wall of China”.

Also called Kumbhalmer, the fortress is inter-weave with the rich history of Mewar rulers. It is the birth place of Maharana Pratap, the great king and warrior of Mewar. It derived its name from Maharana Khumbha who designed and built this unconquerable fort in the 15th century which was further enlarged through 19th century. The second most important and elaborated fort of Rajasthan after Chittorgarh, it was occupied by the royal family till 19th century, but now is open for general public as a museum.

The location of Kumbhalgarh has always given an added advantage to it. Being easily accessible from Udaipur, Ajmer and Jodhpur, it highly attracts and is visited by tourists all over the globe. Situated in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan, it is towards the north-west of Udaipur, 82 km by road from the city.

The huge complex offering ancient remnants to explore was worth watching, comprising over 360 Jain and Hindu temples, numerous gardens and palaces, making it more beautiful and magnificent.

The most spectacular place of the fort resides near the clouds, “Badal Mahal”. It is the beautiful palace with fantastic bright contrasting color combinations of green, turquoise and white to the rough, raw and earthy fortress, making the view pleasant. The place, as per its name, gives the pleasure of being wandering in the world of clouds.

The day was quite moderate in temperature. Sunny after a rainy season, the temperature was of the weather was comfortable. During summers, the temperature reaches up to 25-42°C and varies from shivering 2°C to maximum 22°C during winters. The pleasant time to visit Kumbhalgarh is between the months of September to March. During monsoon the humidity may disturb your mood.

The exciting trip hasn’t completed yet. While I’m on my way to Ranakpur, and posting the article for all the UdaipurBlog readers, I will have to currently end this part and gear up for the next destination. Take a look at the pictures of the magnificent place, and I will catch up soon with the other part.

Rajsamand District

Rajsamand District is a district of the state of Rajasthan in western India. The city and district are named on Rajsamand Lake, an artificial lake created in the 17th century by Rana Raj Singh of Mewar.
The district has an area of 4,768 km². The district lies in the watershed of the Banas River and its tributaries. Rajsamand District is part of the Mewar region, and was historically part of the Kingdom of Mewar, also known as the Kingdom of Udaipur.

Some Famous Places In Rajsamand

  • Eklingji
  • Haldighati(The Yellow Vale)
  • Kumbhalgarh
  • Nathdwara
  • Ranakpur(Pali District)
  • Rajsamand Lake
  • Chetak Tomb


Nearest Railway Station : Kankroli

Nearest Airport : Maharana Pratap Airport (Dabok – Udaipur)

How to Reach:

Direct Buses are available from Jaipur, Jodhpur, Udaipur, Kota, Bhilwara, Ajmer, Beawer, Ahmedabad, Indore and New Delhi.

Direct Train is available from Marwar Junction and Mavli Junction.

Visit:  http://rajsamand.nic.in/ For More Details.

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