The world has always wondered about the mighty Great Wall of China but little does anyone know that there is another wall which challenges the architectural genius of the Chinese people. This second wall, often dubbed as the Great Wall of India, is not really as long as the Chinese one but it is definitely an epitome of architectural genius of Indian people. Let us learn 16 interesting Great Wall of India facts and find out the history and legends behind this wall.
Interesting Great Wall of India Facts: 1-8
1. The Great Wall of India is aptly named because of its length. It runs over a distance of 36 kilometers.
2. This wall is world’s second-longest continuous wall and sits around the Kumbhalgarh Fort located in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand District.
3. The wall is also known by the name Kumbhalgarh Wall or sometimes simply as Kumbhalgarh Fort.
4. It is not the length by which the Great Wall of India beats the Great Wall of China. It is rather the architecture that makes is far more majestic and breathtaking compared to the Chinese wall. There’s no crumbling bricks’ line on this wall opposed to the Great Wall of China, which is plagued by degrading conditions.
5. The wall is perfectly preserved though there is a reason for that. This wall was built long after the Chinese erected their version. The wall’s construction started somewhere in 15th century and its expansion took place in early 19th century.
6. Sitting at a height of 1100 meters above sea level, the wall is simply majestic and snakes through mountaintops and valleys, giving it a strikingly similar look to that of its Chinese cousin.
7. The wall reaches 15 meters of thickness at the widest sections. Bricks of the wall are beautifully masoned and decorative architecture adds to its beauty.
8. The wall is studded with defensive mechanisms and traps but they have all been deactivated ever since it was turned into a tourist attraction. However, those traps have only been deactivated and not destroyed and hence, tourists need to be very alter because the traps can spring back to life due to technical faults, leading to unexpected accidents.