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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 kaa baas. This kind of adds to the stories built around this place.

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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, 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!

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Gopinath temple,Bhangarh Fort.

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!

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

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).

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Inscription fixed by ASI at Bhangarh Fort.

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.

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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

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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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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.

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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165 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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