In the state of Rajasthan ambient and palatial hill forts reflect the spacious fortified seats of power of Rajput princely states. Among these fortifications dotting the arid and semi arid landscape are six hill forts that flourished between the 7th and the 18th centuries, and a representative of the relative political independence of those princely states.
The International Council on Monuments and Sites, an advisory body of UNESCO recognised the outstanding universal value of these hill forts in 2013. These six hill forts are Chittorgarh, Kumbhal Garh, Ranthambore, Gagron, Amer and Jaisalmer.
Around 150 kilometres northwest of Chittorgarh is the fourth of Kumbhal Garh, built in the 15th century by Rana Kumbha. Maharani Pratap was born in Kumbhal Garh.