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Bhangarh – India’s most haunted?

Bhangarh Fort, located 90 Km away from Jaipur, is claimed to be India’s most haunted place. 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 different stories related to the 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 the princess. 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! So, you need to experience the India’s most haunted Bhangarh Fort, yourself

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126 thoughts on “Bhangarh – India’s most haunted?

    1. Cathleen, it’s prohibited to stay overnight in Bhangarh. Some associate this with ghost activity, others with a general rule that’s followed in all other monuments. 🙂

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  1. It’s impressive on how well this haunted and deserted fort is preserved. I have been to Jaipur but unfortunately didn’t have a lot of time so I didn’t go explore the Bhangarh fort. I would have liked to though.

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    1. Sorry, to hear that you couldn’t visit Bhangarh Joanna. Yes, the fort is preserved in a nice way, although Palace section is in bad conditions but then this must have happened over so many years. the restoration happened only few years ago, may be last 20-25 years or so. Thanks for reading the story and sharing your thoughts here Joanna.:)

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  2. Jaipur is such a magical city. I was there last year and I fell in love with this place. What a breathtaking architecture! Love your post 🙂

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  3. Excessive publicity about the haunted myth somewhat discouraged me from visiting it. However, from your pics it seems that even beyond that it is a beautiful complex with a lot of heritage. I will plan a visit, probably in the monsoons.

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    1. Jitaditya, to the contrary, every time I have been to Bhangarh the tourists were no where around to be seen. That’s one thing which brings me back to Bhangarh, whenever opportunity presents. It’s a peaceful place. Do visit. 🙂

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  4. The Hanuman temple reminded us of the impressive cenotaphs of Mandore gardens they have much similar architecture. Though in ruins the Bhangarh Fort seems to offer with some of the great views of the surrounding lush greens. We haven’t done much of Jaipur though some key attractions in city center. We definitely need to plan a trip soon to explore more of the marvels the pink city has to offer.

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    1. I’ll agree with you that Bhangarh offers a panoramic view of the surroundings. Most travelers are only able to explore the famed attractions due to paucity of time. But yes, there’s lot more to see and explore….even I’m exploring… 🙂
      Thanks for sharing your views. 🙂

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  5. I have not visited the place myself. This post, however, portrays a very real picture (along with the great pictures) of Bhangarh fort. Definitely triggered my curiosity and wish to visit it myself, to have the experience!

    Would love to read more about the history of this place..

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    1. I’m happy you liked this post. There isn’t much available on the history of Bhangarh Fort in terms of recorded data or history. That does add to the mystery of place. People are free to add their own versions. I will suggest you to visit this place to experience it. Try reaching early during the week; avoid weekends.Thank you for sharing your thoughts here. 🙂

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    1. I just checked this place on google and it is really interesting and intriguing. Bhangarh is no match for this place since Khersones is much older and quite big. Have you ever been there? I guess now this is part of disputed and annexed land.

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      1. I can’t say that Khersones is big, it is almost ruined now so it is quite hard to measure the size of this place. I’ve been there once when I was 15 years old, and yeah, now this land is annexed by Russia :
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