The deserts of Rajasthan can be strange and frightening with the howling of the wind. There are many places in the deserted state that can give you sleepless nights. We have jotted 10 such places that can scare the shit out of you.
1) Bhangarh Fort, Alwar
Located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan and labelled as Indias most hauted place has many mysterious stories behind. The fort was built by Man Singh I (one of the navratans of Akbar’s court) for his grandson Madho Singh I. The fort city, which is reported to be haunted, no one is allowed to remain in the precincts of the fort at night, per a notice board put up by the Archaeological Survey of India at the entrance.
A legend claims that when king named Madho Singh I raised the Bhangarh fort after obtaining due permission from an ascetic named Bala Nath who lived there; having agreed to a condition which said that the shadow of the fort must never fall upon the home of the ascetic. But as fate would have it, one of the ambitious successors of Madho Singh added to the fortifications vertically, thereby causing its ominous shadow to engulf the abode of the ascetic. Lo and Behold, once it came to pass, the fort was doomed within no time. The alleged prophecy stood fulfilled, and the Bhangarh Fort became haunted.
2) Chand Baori, Abhaneri
Chand Baori, a stepwell in the village of Abhaneri, Rajasthan, is a great piece of architecture. Nonetheless, its reputation as one of the most haunted places in Rajasthan attracts more eyeballs. Believed to be the world’s deepest stepwell, Chand Baori, as the locals say, was built by ghosts in one night! A place so grand and huge (it has more than 3500 steps) that it would take some years to build it. The place is believed to be haunted by a djinn, who would not let you climb up the same stairs that you used to get down in the stepwell. Numerous visitors to the stepwell have confessed experiencing the same. While you might not find a djinn lurking in the many shadows here, droves of bats, pigeons and voices that echo loud are enough to make anyone jump out of their skin.
3) Kuldhara Village, Jaisalmer
Kuldhara Village near Jaisalmer is an abandoned ghost town, where all its inhabitants, the Paliwal Brahmins were forced to flee their homes overnight 300 years ago. Once upon a time it used to be a prosperous village of Paliwal Brahmins under the state of Jaisalmer. According to the legend, the evil eyes of Salim Singh, the powerful and debauched prime minister of the state, fell on the daughter of the village head and he desired to marry her by force. He threatened the village with grave consequences if they did not adhere to his wish. Instead of submitting to the order of the tyrant, the Paliwals held a council and people of 85 villages left their ancestral homes and vanished. But this was not all; before leaving, they put a curse on Kuldhara that no one will ever be able to settle in their village thereafter. To this date, the village remains barren; left almost the same as its inhabitants had left it centuries ago. It is also said that people who have tried to stay there at night have been chased away by strange paranormal phenomenon.
4) Karni Mata Mandir, Bikaner
Holy Rats! Karni Mata Temple is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Karni Mata at Deshnoke, 30 km from Bikaner, in Rajasthan, India. It is also known as the Temple of Rats. The temple is famous for the approximately 20,000 black rats that live, and are revered in, the temple. These holy rats are called kabbas, and many people travel great distances to pay their respects.
According to some local folklore, the story behind rats at the temple is, once a 20,000 strong army deserted a nearby battle and came running to Deshnoke. Upon learning of the sin of desertion, punishable by death, Karni Mata spared their lives but turned them into rats, and offered the temple as a future place to stay. The army of soldiers expressed their gratitude and promised to serve Karni Mata evermore.
Eating food that has been nibbled on by the rats is considered to be a “high honor”. If one of them is killed, it must be replaced with one made of solid silver.
5) Rana Kumbha Palace, Chittorgarh
The Rana Kumbha Palace is located at Chittorgarh, and it is considered as a one of the scariest or haunted places in Rajasthan. According to locals, this palace is a place where you will definitely see a spirit or ghost. The scream of the ladies will haunt in the Rana Kumbha Palace. When Maharani Padmini performed the self-immolation or Jauhar with 700 female followers, the sultan of Delhi Alauddin Khilji was attacked on the palace. For this reason, there are many experience of the people heard the women asking for help to save their empire.
Around a year back a group of friends stayed back one night at the palace to observe if there were any paranormal activities happening. While exploring the passages, one of them heard a voice asking for help. Shocked and frightened as they turned around, they saw a lady standing in royal attire with a burnt face!
6) NH-79 near Dudu Village
The National Highway 79 (Ajmer- Udaipur) near Dudu village is one of the most haunted highways in Rajasthan. This road has also been famed as the road that asks for blood. Dudu village located close by has numerous ghastly stories associated to it.
Legend has it that long time back when child marriage was prevalent in India, a 5 days old infant girl was to be married off to a 3 year old toddler. The mother of the baby girl was against the wedding and she ran away towards the highway to ask for help where she was hit by a tourist vehicle that killed her and the child instantly.
Many peoples claim that when they driving on the NH 79, they see the lady ghost with a baby in her arm.
7) Nahargarh Fort, Alwar
This Fort is located at the edge of Arvalli Hills in Alwar district of Rajasthan. The fort was originally named Sudarshangarh, but it became known as Nahargarh, which means ‘abode of tigers’. The popular belief is that Nahar here stands for Nahar Singh Bhomia, whose spirit haunted the place and obstructed construction of the fort. Nahar’s spirit was pacified by building a temple in his memory within the fort, which thus became known by his name.
8) The Brij Raj Bhavan Palace, Kota
The Brij Raj Bhavan Palace in Kota is an old palace converted into a heritage hotel. It is believed that this place is apparently haunted by a British ghost who was killed during the Revolt of 1857. There are some who also add that Major Burton (the ghost) along with his sons was shot right inside the palace and therefore, he haunts the place. In fact, in this palace, considered by many as one of themost mysterious and haunted places in India, the ghost of the Major doesn’t really harm anyone, but the night guards claim to have been slapped by an invisible hand in the middle of the night.
9) Jagatpura, Jaipur
The Jagatpura is a populated residential area in Rajasthan, where people actually live with the witches. A local person says that the witches are haunted around the roads in Jagatpura during the dark night. Many people of this village were dying of starvation. That villager’s soul spirit is still asking for help from a visitor.
The people who have witnessed many unusual things like women in white, something appearing and disappearing in the air, loud laughter and suddenly outcries of women. The people who live in this place are scared and they do not step out of their houses late at night.
10) Sudhabay, Pushkar
Famous as a place for exorcism, Sudhabay near Pushkar , has quite some ghastly sights. While it is not haunted in the typical sense of the word, the place hosts an annual “Ghost Fair” which has people coming from all over the region to get rid of spirits that possess them. Sudhabay has a well, the water of which is considered holy. The annual fair sees a motley crowd and strange rituals (strange enough to give one goose bumps) in the area surrounding the well.
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