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The haunted Bhangarh Fort – India’s most haunted?

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.

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Inside Bhangarh Fort. Bhangarh palace can be seen in center.
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Path leading to Palace inside Bhangarh Fort.
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These Banyan trees seem to add to the mystery of Bhangarh Fort!

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 ka baas. This kind of adds to the Bhangarh Fort ghost stories.

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Path leading to gates before Palace Bhangarh Fort

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. Religious rituals are performed in only few of these. In the rest, the deity is missing and are dysfunctional temples like Gopinath Temple.

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Gopinath temple,Bhangarh Fort.

The first thing you notice when you enter Bhangarh Fort ruin is the row of unfinished shops of Jauhri Bazar. Roof is completely missing in these shops! As per popular Bhangarh Fort story it is a result of a magician’s curse. I’m not sure if this is true!

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Bhangarh Fort ruins captured near Entrance gate. Bhangarh
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ruins of Johari Bazar at Bhangarh Fort.

There is a popular story behind Bhangarh Fort but it’s hard to believe 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 details of mystery of Bhangarh Fort as internet is replete with such stories.

This is information board affixed near the entrance of Bhangarh Fort by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India).

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Inscription fixed by ASI at Bhangarh Fort.

The site is frequently visited by locals as well as tourists. Even on a weekday, locals outnumber tourists. You will also come across students and youngsters who come here to meet Bhangarh Fort Ghosts! Usually these are students from Jaipur, Alwar or Dausa.

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Young guys enjoying the great weather and the views at Bhangarh palace inside Bhangarh Fort, Alwar, Rajasthan.
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Isn’t it an amazing place for a selfie?? At Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan

Bhangarh Fort complex is well maintained by ASI. The lawns are well maintained too. You will not find any litter in the complex . Do note that toilet facility is almost absent in Bhangarh Fort complex.

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Beautifully maintained lawns at Bhangarh Fort complex.
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Overview of  Bhangarh Fort as seen from the Bhangarh Fort Palace
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Inside Bhangarh Fort.Path leading to the Bhangarh Palace

The Bhangarh fort is fortified with three different level of walls.

The 5 story Bhangarh Palace is the focal point of these ruins.

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Palace inside Bhangarh Fort.
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Greenery around   Bhangarh Fort.

On entering the palace section of Bhangarh Fort, 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.

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Inside Bhangarh Fort Palace. Level One

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.

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Inside the Bhangarh Fort.Second level -Bhangarh Palace.
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Inside Bhangarh Fort. Beautiful carved door stone frame
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Bhangarh Fort Palace.Beautiful carved stone pillars
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Inside Bhangarh Fort ruins. Bhangarh Palace
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Inside Bhangarh Fort palace ruins.
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Bhangarh Fort ruins.Perfect setting for paranormal activity?
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Inside Bhangarh Fort Palace.ruins all around.
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Bhangarh Fort ruins

In monsoon, the surrounding area is carpeted with green color.

There is a  temple in the center of this floor which now is in a ruined state.

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Temple inside Bhangarh Fort.
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Temple inside Bhangarh palace and signs of Black Magic practices!

It is not uncommon to find pieces of broken bangles, perfume, clothes, nail polish etc inside this temple indicating that people visit this place for witchcraft and occult practices. Many locals say that often many babas visit Bhangarh Fort during midnight to perform black magic. Visiting Bhangarh Fort after sunset is prohibited as per ASI board.

From this floor, you can have an expansive view of the surrounding area. It is being claimed that the floors beyond this level were completely destroyed and it seems convincing too. Bhangarh palace was supposedly a 7 story building. Here are few wide angle Bhangarh Fort images.

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Bhangarh Haveli ruin can be seen in the center.
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As seen from Bhangarh Palace, inside Bhangarh Fort.
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Bhangarh palace and the surrounding hills.

Locals frequent Bhangarh Fort. It’s best to avoid Bhangarh on Sunday or any national holiday due to crowd. It’s bound to spoil your “Bhangarh Fort experience“.

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! Don’t even attempt it!

Edit: Oct 2017-  Some restaurants and Dhabas have recently sprung up owing to large tourist influx. Hotel Raj Palace near Bhangarh Fort parking is probably the best around.

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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166 thoughts on “The haunted Bhangarh Fort – India’s most haunted?

  1. You’ve done this one proper justice. Ruins and associated hauntings/tales are right up my street as a writer. Absolutely love these sorts of places, castles, monuments, churches, stone circles, temples, pyramids…they all have that sense of history that is often tangible if you stand and wonder who walked here back in time. I often feel some places lend themselves to appear haunted too; whether they are or not doesn’t seem to matter; they almost want to be (writers mind working!); it’s like time collects in the shadows and anyone with a sense of history can feel it.

    Thoroughly good post and well photographed 🙂

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    1. Thanks Gary. It is true that each place has seen better days. Some of these places are intriguing. Many places don’t have any recorded history so we hardly know anything about it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      1. I think that is often part of a deeper message. The fact we know so little about many lost civilisations should keep us mindful of taking things for granted. It’s like life, a fragile commodity that we tend to overlook. These places have the haunting atmosphere because once upon a millennium they were thriving places and folk like you or I lived there. Scary stuff if you think too deeply!

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      2. Gary, I know what you mean. I recently visited another such site – palace in ruins and I feel having allowed it to decay and rot we have lost part of our culture and civilization. It is a peek into our past…It shows how we have developed as a race and community.

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      3. I often ponder forwards too when I such places (part of my writing mind I guess). Imagine if in a few hundred or a thousand years time where we are now is ruined and lost…there could be people treading where we are now thinking exactly the same about us!

        Quite right too about the peek into the past, and seeing it as cultural evolution. I do wonder though, looking at out politicos, whether they see it the same way though. Recentky I think they are increasingly responsible for not encompassing things properly and seem to be pretty poor at managing things. The media too sticks to negative news. All the bloggers I’ve met from all over the world are fantastic people and want us to move forwards. Best part of being here methinks 😊

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  2. How very interesting and entertaining! A wonderful post with beautiful pictures. The ruins are spectacular, and the story you weave through them is even better. Thanks for bringing me on a guided trip through Bhangarh Ka Kila! P.S. the pictures of the monkeys strolling through the streets was great! I don’t know why I was surprised to see them, I guess it’s because we never see them here in the U.S. 🙂

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      1. Hmmm… that is interesting. I think animals have keen senses, so if humans feel something inside the fort, I’m sure the monkeys do too. 🙂

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