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Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary Rajsamand, Rajasthan
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Kumbhalgarh  spreads across 608.57 sq km of the Arravali Ranges and is just 90 kms. from Udaipur on Udaipur - Pali - Jodhpur road. This jungle adjoins the historical Kumbhalgarh fort and used to shield the fort form invaders. The area comprises of hills and valleys and the rocky terrain gives a mystical touch to the sanctuary. The sanctuary is equally famous for its archaeological value. The Kumbhalgarh Fort situated majestically on a hill in the sanctuary is an invaluable heritage and attracts lots of tourists. The famous Jain temple of Ranakpur is also situated in the sanctuary

 

The Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary springs, a surprise to those who view Rajasthan only as a desert state. The green tract forms the dividing line between the Mewar and Marwar. Once the hunting grounds of royals, the region was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1971. The diverse topography of the sanctuary adds to the charm. In its eastern part are found ranges that soar over 1,060m, and the source of the river Banas, which is a tributary of the river Chamble, Chamble merges with sacred Yamuna and falls into the Bay of Bangal. The Marwar plains are to the western part of the sanctuary. The rainwater on the western slopes flows into small rivers such as Sukdi, Mithdi, Sumer and Kot, all of which are the tributaries of river Luni, which ultimately merges into the Arabian Sea.

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The forests here are of Dry deciduous mixed type having mainly trees like Dhok, Salar, Gurjan, Dhak, Khirni etc. Bamboos are also found in sufficient number. During rainy season, the lush green forest with running streams of crystal clear water soothes the senses of the nature lovers.

 

Till 1960 Tiger has inhabited the sanctuary. But gradually it has disappeared from the area and now Leopard has replaced him as the main predator. Other wild animals found here include Sloth Bear, Hyena, Wild boar, Sambhar, Jackal, Nilgai, Jungle cat, Hare etc. It is perhaps the only area in whole of India where the highly endangered Wolf is successfully breeding. The Joba forest block of the sanctuary is the most suitable place for seeing the Wolves. During summer months when water becomes scarce, packs of wolves roaming around water holes is a common sight. The Four-horned antelope (Chausingha) is a rare specie found here. 

 Getting there

Location

Identifiably surrounding the formidable Kumbhalgarh Fort the sanctuary is spread across Rajsamand, Udaipur and Pali districts.

                           

Distance

84 km north of Udaipur and 372 south-west of Jaipur.

 Fast Facts
Name Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary Best Time To Visit December to March
Location Rajsamand   Rajasthan   West   India   Best Sighing April to May
Open From 2010-08-15  To 2011-08-15 Type Wildlife Sanctuary
Temperature Summar   38-42      Winter   4-8      Rainy   20-30
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