Rana Kumbh or Kumbharan built the fort in the 15th century.Built on a hilltop 1,100 m (3,600 ft) above sea level, the fort has perimeter walls that extend 36 km, making it one of the longest walls in the world.There are over 360 temples within the fort.
The fort was used as a place of refuge for the rulers of Mewar at times of danger. As per the legends, the infant prince of Mewar Udai Sing was smuggled here from Chittorgarh by Panna Dei or Panna Bai. Rana Pratap also born in this fort. The fort remained impregnable to direct assault, and fell only once to the forces of Mughal Emperor Akbar's General Mansingh I in 1576 after Mughal victory at the Battle of Haldighati. It was recaptured by Maharana Pratap in 1585. In 1818 the fort was taken over by the British and later returned to Udaipur State.In 2013 Kumbhalgarh Fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the group Hill Forts of Rajasthan.
Leaving the vehicles outside “Ram Pole” or the main gate the tourists have to climb up the steep slope to enter the fort. Rs. 20 is taken as parking fee for four wheelers. For entry Indian adults are charged Rs. 40 per head. Light and Sound show with narration in Hindi performed only in the evening in the open. Ticket for the show costs Rs. 200 per head. Surprisingly these tickets are taken back from the spectators before the start of the show. On the date of our visit, the show started very late and was interrupted three times.