Kumbhalgarh Wildlife National Sanctuary, Ranakpur

The Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the rugged Aravali range. It is a sprawling wildlife reserve spread around 600sqkm in Rajasthan. This sanctuary is situated in the Rajsamand district of Rajasthan. The sanctuary is one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan. The sanctuary surrounds the Kumbhalgarh Fort.It is situated at an elevation of 500 to 1300 metres. The sanctuary is home to a large variety of wildlife, some of which are highly endangered species. Some of the animals that inhabit the sanctuary include hares, chinkaras, four horned antelopes, nilgai, sambhar, jungle cats, hyenas, sloth bears, leopards and wolves. The sanctuary also has numerous birdlife and some of the birds that can be easily spotted here include grey jungle fowl, peacocks, doves, white breasted kingfisher, bulbuls, pigeons, golden oriole, and parakeets.
The natural grandeur of Kumbhalgarh is the most attractive feature about the sanctuary. Its picturesque beauty attracts tourists and travellers from all over the country and the world. It is situated at a distance of about 100 km from Udaipur and this sanctuary is a major attraction for those visiting Udaipur. Visitors can enjoy foot tracking and horse safaris in the sanctuary which is arranged by local tour operators. The route for safaris starts from the Kumbhalgarh Fort and continues till Ghanerao. Nearby road of Ghanerao the visitors can spot several bird species, four horned antelopes, chinkaras and neelgais. The Kumbhalgarh wildlife is open daily from morning 10am to evening 5pm. The best time to visit this sanctuary is in the month of October to March.

HOW TO REACH


Airways
The nearest airport is Maharana Pratap Airport. Government and private buses run practically every hour from the Chetak Bus Stand.

Railways
The nearest railway station is Falna (80km).

Roadways
From the north of Udaipur you can take NH76 for about 25 km till Iswal and turn right o the main Losingh Crossing from where you turn left for Barwarha, Auda and Kelwara and on to Kumbhalgarh.