Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary is in the Rajsamand District
of Rajasthan state in western India and surrounds the Kumbhalgarh fortress
and covers an area of 578 km2 (223 sq mi). The sanctuary extends across
the Aravalli Range, covering parts of Rajsamand, Udaipur, and Pali
districts, ranging from 500 to 1,300 metres (1,600 to 4,300 ft) elevation.
It takes name after the impressive historic fort of Kumbhalgarh, which
come into view over the Park. It is 578 km2 (223 sq mi) in area and at an
altitude of 500 to 1,300 metres (1,600 to 4,300 ft). It is home to a very
large variety of wild life, some of which are highly endangered species.
The wild life includes wolf, leopards, sloth bear, hyena, jackal, jungle
cat, sambhar, nilgai, chausingha (the four horned antelope), chinkara and
hare. The bird life at Kumbhalgarh is also gratifying. The normally shy
and untrusting grey jungle fowl can be spotted here. Peacocks and Doves
can be sighted regularly feeding on grains scattered by the jungle guards.
Bird like the red spur owls, Parakeets, golden Oriole, grey Pigeons,
Bulbul, Dove and white breasted kingfisher can also be seen near the water
holes. Kumbhalgarh’s natural beauty is attracting many tourists and
especially for its accessibility from Udaipur, which is 100 km from here.
Foot tracking and horse safari organised by local tour operators are
proving to be very popular. A typical safari route enters the sanctuary
from the Kumbhalgarh Fort and cutting across the sanctuary it reaches
Ghanerao, and then borders an old abandoned road. On this road, one can
sight Chinkaras, Neelgais, four horned Antelope and many birds.