Bhangarh Fort, located 90 Km away from Jaipur, is claimed to be India’s most haunted place. Locals refer it as Bhangarh Ka Kila. It takes close to 2 hours to reach Bhangarh Fort from Jaipur via Agra Highway and involves taking a detour from Dausa town. The road connecting Dausa to Bhangarh is not really in top condition, thereby reducing the speed on this 40 km stretch.
Bhangarh Fort ruins are surrounded by the Aravali hill ranges.The nearest human habitat is located approximately 5 kilometers from these ruins, in a village called Gola kaa baas. This kind of adds to the stories built around this place.
Upon entering the main gate of Bhangarh Fort, there is a temple on the right side. This temple is dedicated to Hanuman ji. There are many other temples in the Bhangarh complex, but worship and other religious rituals are performed only among three of them. In rest of the temples where religious rites and rituals are not being performed, the deity is missing!
The first thing you notice when you enter the Bhangarh Fort ruins are the unfinished houses and shops. All of them have been left unfinished at similar level. Some claim that it’s a result of a magician’s curse, which is difficult to digest!
There are many stories behind Bhangarh Fort but it’s hard to believe them, in absence of any strong evidence. The most popular one is about a curse by a Tantric and Ratnavati the princess of Bhangarh. Another story claims there were gold mines in the vicinity and once the mining stopped (due to exhaustion of ore) the people decided to move out of the Bhangarh. It’s hard to believe this too, as this region is pretty strong in agriculture giving people little incentive to relocate. I will refrain from going into stories floating around the mystery of Bhangarh Fort as the internet is replete with such stories.
This is information board affixed near the entrance of Bhangarh Fort by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India).
The site is frequently visited by people residing in the surrounding areas with few tourists as well. Even on week days, locals outnumber the tourist. You will also come across students and youngsters who visit Bhangarh for a quick adventure. Usually these youth are studying in colleges situated in Jaipur, Alwar or Dausa.
The Bhangarh Fort complex maintained by ASI is in remarkably good condition. The lawns are maintained in a perfect manner. You will not find any litter in the complex .
Good job, ASI!! It is quite similar to the Khajuraho western temple complex when it comes to the maintenance.
The Bhangarh fort is fortified with three different level of walls.
The 5 story Bhangarh Palace is the focal point of these ruins.
On entering the Bhangarh Palace, one encounters a terrible stench. It is difficult to figure out the precise reason or origin, but one likely reason could be the bat droppings. Yes, there are lots of bats in the palace complex.
Once you cross this level, you reach the intermediate level. This seems to be the main part of the palace which is evident from the architecture and the detailing on the stones. This entire level is in dilapidated condition.
In monsoon, the entire surrounding area is carpeted with the green color.
There is a temple in the center of this floor which now is in ruined state.
It is not uncommon to find pieces of broken bangles, perfume, clothes, nail polish etc inside this temple indicating that a lot of people still engage in the witchcraft and occult practices. Many locals say that often many babas visit this place during the midnight to perform black magic. Visiting Bhangarh Fort after sunset is prohibited as per ASI board.
At this level, you can have an expansive view of surrounding area. It is being claimed that the floors beyond this level were completely destroyed and it seems convincing too. Bhangarh palace was supposedly 7 story building. Here are few wide angle views from the top floor of the palace.
Usually, locals frequent this site. It’s best to avoid Bhangarh Fort on a Sunday or a national holiday as the number of people visiting Bhangarh increases by the multiple times. It’s bound to spoil your “Bhangarh Fort experience“. It’s best to visit Bhangarh Fort in early hours of the day.
Do keep in mind that food is not available in and around the Bhangarh Fort complex. May be you can buy packaged chips, biscuits and tit bits in few shops located in the nearby village… that’s it! There are no decent restaurants/ dhabas or eateries around the Bhangarh Fort. The lawns inside the complex make for a perfect picnic spot if the weather is pleasant and you are carrying the food basket with you! However, the ever present monkeys are a big deterrent!
Though I can’t claim to have experienced anything paranormal in Bhangarh Fort but one gets a very eerie feeling out here….something that’s not normal and difficult to describe! People often claim to have captured Bhangarh fort ghost videos, which in my opinion are fake. So, you need to experience Bhangarh Fort yourself which is claimed to be most haunted place in India.
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