Covering a total area of 578 kilometers of the desert landscape, the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary in Rajasthan is home to a wide variety of animals including some endangered species. The animals that inhabit the sanctuary include wolf, nilgai, jackal, jungle cat, leopards, four-horned antelope, sloth bear, hyena, chinkara, sambhar, and hare. The best time to visit the sanctuary is between October to June. It is also the perfect time for a jungle safari. Many resorts offer a Kumbhalgarh safari camp experience with amazing packages. But if you can bear the heat, come during the summer months, it will be easier to spot the animals near the water bodies
An equally vivid birdlife exists at the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife sanctuary. Birds that can be seen in the sanctuary include the grey jungle fowl, dove, parakeets, peacocks, golden oriole, grey pigeons, bulbul, and white-breasted kingfisher.
Jeep Safari’s and Jungle Treks are good ways to explore this national reserve, and Mana Hotels is the best resort to spend a memorable vacation in Rajasthan.
Located a short 15 minutes drive from Kumbhalgarh Fort is the Hammeripal Lake. This lake is home to thousands of African Catfish. Visitors coming to this lake can buy local snacks and feed the same to the catfish. Watching so many of these fishes scramble for food is unique site. The lake is located in a quiet area with a Benaras style ghat built around it. You can also see some old temples and structures while at the lake. The lake has been named after its maker, Rana Hammir Singh of the Sisodia clan.
Although the lake is open for visitors throughout the day, we recommend that you go while the sun is up to get a good look at the fish. Fishing or harming the fishes is strictly prohibited. In addition, there is no barrier or fence leading upto the lake. Therefore, all tourists are requested to take precautions while visiting this location.