Rana Kumbha Palace is situated inside the Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan. It is located near the Vijay Stambha close to the entrance gate. The ruins of the once famous palace have the temple of Lord Shiva, Zanana mahal, Diwan -e -aam, along with a stable for horses. According to the legends, the founder of the city of Udaipur, Maharana Udai Singh was born here, and his life was saved by his wet nurse Panna Dai, who hid him inside a fruit basket. This place was once the home of the famous bhakti poetess Meerabai. It is also believed, that Rani Padmini organized her self- immolation or jauhar inside this fort.
The fort is build with stones which are plastered, and have some exquisitely design canopied balconies. It is said that this palace is haunted by spirits. Across from the palace a museum has been constructed.
History of the Attraction
This palace was believed to be build by Bappa Rawal in 734 A.D Later, during the period of his reign, Maharana Kumbha renovated it, and then onwards this was named after him.
The palace is only about 5 Km distance from the center of Chittorgarh fort, and you can take a rickshaw from there. The Chittorgarh rail station is only 6 Km away, and the nearest airport is Udaipur airport, about 98 Km away.
Things to Do in and Around
The ruins of the fort are of great interest for people who are enticed by history and myths. You can also visit the Naulakha Bandar or the chief treasury of Chitto, near this palace. The Singa Chowri temple is also situated in this area. There is also the Fatah Prakash palace.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit this fort is during the winter season or late autumn. It gets too hot during the spring and summer month and thus it is advisable to avoid the area during those periods.