Popularly known as the ‘Land of Kings’, Rajasthan is the flag bearer of India’s grand old past. It is one of the most vibrant and colorful states of the country and has a strong blend of history, culture, cuisine, music and people. The harsh climatic condition of the desert does not put down the cheerful and jolly nature of the local people in any manner.
Top 7 Haunted Places in Rajasthan
- Bhangarh Fort
- Kuldhara village
- Rana Kumbha Palace
- Brijraj Bhawan Palace
- National Highway 79
With thousands of years of history, the abandoned palaces, forts and palaces of Rajasthan have many stories to tell. Tales of supernatural happenings and events are not uncommon and an eerie vibe surrounds the state.
1. Bhangarh Fort
This is perhaps the most famous haunted place in the entire country. Located in Rajgarh Tehsil in Alwar, Bhangarh fort remains closed for visitors from sunset to sunrise. A sinful sorcerer fell in love with the princess of the 17th-century fort. In order to win the love of the princess, the sorcerer tried to use a magic potion on her. The Princess, however, learned about his evil plan and threw the potion away. Now the turn of events was such that the potion hit a nearby boulder which rolled down on the magician and killed him. Before dying, the sorcerer put the fort under a spell that no one could live there from then onwards. From that time, the entire fort remains deserted till today. People who have visited the fort have claimed to hear the voices of a screeching woman, shouting and sounds of footsteps.
2. Kuldhara Village
Kuldhara village is located at a distance of 12.4 miles from Jaisalmer. It lies towards the south-west corner of the city. The entire village was abandoned and left in ruins during the 19th century. The Archaeological Survey of India maintains the village today as a Heritage site of the country. The haunted history of the village was initiated in the year 1825 when each and every person living in the village as well as from the neighboring 83 villages abandoned their houses in the dead of the night. They left behind an underlying curse that nobody would ever be able to live in this haunted village. According to the locals, the reason why the villages abandoned their villagers was a minister’s ill-will. The wicked minister wanted the daughter of the chief of the village to get married to him. He blackmailed the villagers that if his demand was not fulfilled, he would impose huge taxes on the villagers and make their lives miserable. In order to protect the honour of the girl, the villagers abandoned their houses and left them in ruins. IIt is said that the curse of the villagers remains till today. People who have gone there have experienced flitting shadows over the broken down houses, heard strange sounds and footsteps in them and have seen footprints on mud. People are not allowed to enter the village after it gets dark.
3. Rana Kumbha Palace
Lying within the spectacular Chittorgarh Fort, the Rana Kumbha Palace is an architectural masterpiece with a lot of historical significance. The story of Rani Padmini who committed suicide when Alauddin Khilji invaded the palace is well-known. Along with the queen, 700 other women also jumped into the fire and ended their life. The Rana Kumbha palace is haunted by the spirits of these women. People have said that they have seen a woman in royal attire with a burnt face roaming around the palace complex.
Located in Jaipur, Jagatpura is a residential area which is said to be haunted by the ghosts of the inhabitants of the village who died there. Under the rule of a despotic king who was extremely greedy and egocentric, thousands of people of the village died due to starvation. The village is said to be haunted by the ghosts of these people. The place is peaceful and serene during the day. However, when the moon comes up the place turns spooky. People have also reported seeing a lady roaming around in a white saree and hearing voices of whispering and laughter.
Sudhabay is another place where supernatural activities take place in Rajasthan. It is located near Pushkar. Every year on the ‘Ghost Fair Day’, people from all over the country visit the place to take a bath in the holy waters of a nearby well. They believe that this will rid them of all spirits processing them. Many other weird rituals are also performed here on this day.
6. Brijraj Bhawan Palace
Even though Brijraj Bhawan Palace has now been turned into Heritage Hotel near the Civil Lines in Kota, the haunted stories about the property remain. Major Charles Burton, an English soldier was murdered by local militants along with his family in this palace. Legend has it that the spirit of this Englishman still roams the premises of the palace. The hotel guards have mysteriously reported hearing sounds of a British man instructing them in English to not fall asleep. They have even gone to the extent of saying that they have been slapped by the major for dozing off during work. The ghost, however, does not harm the guests of this palatial hotel.
7. National Highway 79
National Highway 79 near the Dudu village is said to be one of the most haunted places in Rajasthan. It is described as the highway that ‘asks for blood’. The state was one of the major hubs in the country for child marriage. In such an instance an 8-year-old boy was forcefully being married to a 5-day old girl. The mother of the infant girl was against this and rushed to the highway to seek help along with her infant. There she met with an accident and both the child and mother died on the spot. Their spirits haunt the region even today.
Whether you believe in ghosts and supernatural beings or not, these places in Rajasthan are sure to send a chill down your spine. Tourists prefer to avoid these places after sunset. However, these places are often visited by adventure enthusiasts looking for an encounter with the supernatural. Now it is for you to decide if you want to stay clear from these places or experience the spooky and haunted atmosphere of these abandoned palaces and villages of the state.
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