Bhangarh

Bhangarh: The Indian Ghost Town

Rajasthan is often known as the land of unexplored mysteries. For centuries, it has being able to engage travelers and photographers around the world by the mystic diversity. On one hand, the Thar desert is the Rajasthan’s hot grace, while Aravali hills on the other hand is refreshment to it. Moreover, whenever you visit royal forts and gardens of Rajasthan, you will feel rich vivid culture of Rajasthan. But do you know, behind all these things there are places in Rajasthan which will thrills you and creeps you out of your comfort zone?

It is the horror, terror, ghostsss… 

We enjoy listening ghost stories around the camp fire and we love watching horror movies that spooks us out. Probably, we also love to visit artificial haunted houses at malls or wonderlands. In the similar manner, it is also true that, there are such places exist, where you may encountered a real ghost. For these reasons, countries are trying to convert them into tourist places but under certain conditions/instructions. Furthermore, government officials put sign boards saying “enter at your own risk” or “not allowed to enter” to thrill you.

Yes!!! I agree, there are many places around the globe which are abandoned and declared as ghosts. Consequently, even India is too famous for such ghostly places. In India, you just talk of old forts, spirits, death… every Indian now-a-days have something to share, something to tell about these horrors. Ironically, it is in our culture, that we connects the spirits/horror either through our rituals or something else. In-fact, I’ll say, we live with the ghosts.

Also, in the last decade, the media and televisions are focusing on such places where you may encounter ghost; trying to spread tourism. Today I’m going to show you one such haunted place of Rajasthan.

I think many of us might know about the place (thanks to social media and TV); I’m talking about…

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Just trying to create suspense about the place…

Bhangarh: The Indian Ghost Town

I believe, most of the Indians know about Bhangarh. But very few of us had the courage to actually visit it. It seems like, the presence of bone-chilling, spooky, spine tingling terror attached with it stops us from visiting it. In the similar way, I was also quite scared of visiting it during my childhood. But finally, few months back, I had planned a short road-trip to Bhangarh with my uncle. And now, I’m presenting it to you…so steel your nerves and follow me.

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Read about the Ancient Site – Bhangarh by Archaeological Survey of India

Bhangarh

Bhangarh – The Indian ghost town, is one of the most scariest place in Rajasthan or I’ll say in India. It is also the most abandoned and ruined place in India. Bhangarh fort is present in Bhangarh, Rajasthan between Alwar and Jaipur. I’m sure many of us have heard about the presence of supernatural powers and believes that ghosts live there. Even Indian archaeological department, researches and documentaries  have declared it as The Indian ghost town“. Probably that’s why you are not allowed to visit after 6:00 PM.

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Entrance gate to Bhangarh Fort

Let’s unleashed the mystery behind it….

History of Bhangarh or myths:

The city Bhangarh was built by King Bhagwan Das. The king has two sons – Man Singh and Madho Singh. Madho Singh was crowned as king in 1613. He always wanted to built a fort. For this purpose, he got approval from Guru Balu Nath, an ascetic who used to meditate there. The Guru said, “the moment the shadow of your fort touches me, the city will get completely ruined”. But as soon as the fort was made; the height of the fort reached so high, that it shadowed the Guru Balu Nath. Therefore, with the wrath of Guru, the whole Bhangarh was ruined.

Other myth that revolves around Bhangarh ruin:

There was a princess Ratnavati, whose beauty has no match in the whole Rajasthan. In the same kingdom, there lived a Tantrik (magician) named – Singhia, who was completely attracted towards the princess. He knew that there is no match between the princess and himself. But with the spell bound beauty of princess, he finally decided to do black magic on her and take her away. However, one day, he found the way of doing black magic on the oil that princess uses, but he caught red-handed by the princess herself. She thrown the oil on the ground, turning the magic against the Singhia. As soon as the oil reaches Singhai and cursed him. While dying, Singhia cursed the Bhangarh to death. In the coming year, Ajabgarh fought with Bhangarh and finally princess Ratnavati died and the whole Bhangarh was destroyed.

I don’t know which one should be believed and which one not. But it seems like, the princess Ratnavati story is more true.

Coming back to my trip:

We had taken the route – Jaipur to Bhangarh via Dausa. Reaching to Bhangarh was definitely a thrilling adventure and since we were traveling in our car, the trip had became even more spectacular. As I got closer to Bhangarh, the place became even more barren. I reached to Bhangarh fort at around 1:00 PM; the whole place is under the control of police. I bought two tickets worth Rs. 25/- each. The police warned us to come back before 6:00 PM. This was turning out to be more thrilling…..

As soon as you get inside the fort, you’ll see the Hanuman temple. According to me, this temple is rightly established, so that no ghost come in your travel. I was feeling quite holy and divine by this…. “Bhoot Pret nikat nahi aave Mahaveer jab naam sunave” (Hanuman Chalisa)…

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Hanuman Temple as you enter into the Bhangarh fort

I roam around the ruined market and saw every corner of it. Then there is shiv temple inside it, which is too good to visit. Strangely, the presence of temples will make you feel more of a holy and you’ll forget about the ghosts around you. You could only capture them in the photographs if you are lucky… just kidding haha….

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The great shrine temple inside the Bhangarh
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The view of temple in the middle of the fort

I walk around gardens, towers, sheds, exploring the every ruins of fort and its side. Clicked photographs and understood that the tranquil temple turns into the ghost assembly after dusk. We hurried up as it was about to get dark and pass 6:00 PM.

Have a look at the photos…..

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I found that only few stones are left in the Bhangarh market
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Path to ruined market and shops…
Greenery around the Bhangarh Fort
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Here I am, at the top of Fort
I’ve clicked this 4 times and I got this… may be something went through
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Garden area at Bhangarh Fort
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View of whole Bhangarh from the fort

Locals around Bhangarh had to say something:

They have heard a lot of noises more often during night, like women crying, screaming. Strange music, strange scent, sensations, shadows and many more things are experienced by the people living around there. It seems like someone is following them. Therefore, due to all these activities, the doors are closed by police after 6:00 PM.

Even if the people have gone through such experiences, there are lot many of us who have satyed whole night in that fort and experienced nothing unusual. But the number is also same for those who have actually seen something or heard. Now it totally depends on you… What do you think….

How to reach:

There are many ways to reach Bhangarh. Have a look at those and plan your weekend accordingly…

  • By road: From Delhi, Bhangarh is at about 270 km on the Delh-Jaipur highway (when reach Alwar take NH148 and then NH55 to the Bhangarh fort). The route is like Delhi-Alwar-Akbarpur-Thanagazi-Ajabgarh-Bhangarh fort. If you are at Jaipur, it is at about 90 km. Jaipur-Dausa-Bhangarh
  • By train: The nearest station is Bandikui railway station which is 28 km from Bhangarh fort. Dausa is also an available option. There are many trains from Alwar, Jaipur, Delhi which will lead you to Bandikui. Hire a taxi/Bus to Bhangarh.
  • By airport: Nearest commercial airport is in Jaipur. Book a flight from Bangalore/Delhi or any other city to Jaipur international airport.

You cannot stay at Bhangarh at night. It is only open between 6:00AM to 6:00PM. Find the nearest hotels at Dausa, Bandikui or at Jaipur. Book your hotels through Roadaviator Hotels

Interesting note:

All the photographs are clicked by my BlackBerry Z3 mobile phone..

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52 comments

  1. WhatLauraLoves

    Oh wow, what an incredible place to visit. I’ve always wanted to go to India and explore xxx

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks Laura! Thanks for liking the place and the blog.

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  2. Via Bella

    That looks like a cool place to visit. I know I am more intrigued now. I love the way you laid the story out. And it is weird that you can’t visit past 6pm, so I am wondering if they had an experience.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot for liking my story!! Yes, the weirdest thing is the timings only.haha..

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  3. Elizabeth O

    Ghost town seems really interesting and amazing place to visit, and it’s something new to explore.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks Elizabeth!! Thanks for your comment…

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  4. elenasts

    I am planning to go on a trip to India next summer so I am gathering information now. This was very informative.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Hope you’ve bucket-listed Bhangarh for some thrill experience! Thanks elenasts!!

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  5. A Busy Bees Life

    I think it could be very interesting to visit this place, something about it intrigues me, but I would have to leave before it gets dark!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Yes you have to leave this place before it get dark!! you are not allowed to stay there. Thanks for the comment! However, if you want to stay you may need a permission from the govt.

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  6. Made Adayasa

    I ma from Bali Island , the only island who keeping the Hindu tradition in Indonesia . We learn the story that our tradition is coming from India and because of that I always dream to come to India . To know and learn the root of our culture . Your post is opening my eyes about a little things about India

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thank you so much for the comment Adayasa!! I ‘m glad you like my posts!! I’ll keep on exploring and sharing such stories of India with you guys..just stay tuned!!

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  7. Борка Шаула

    This was so interesting to read! I am not a fan of scary stories or horror movies, but I had no idea that it’s all about getting tourists to come! It’s sad that Bhangarh is the most abandoned and ruined place in Rajasthan! I’ll hope that change.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Actually, I don’t think that this can happen at all. Since the government had interfered in this matter! There can be something fishy in it. Really scary.

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  8. toastycritic

    I have known all sorts of old towns with various different ghost tales associated with them. And all of them closed up shop early but they usually still had a motel or hotel in the area. Sounds like an interesting trip out there and quite a journey.

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    1. prateekgoel

      This place has nothing!! You turn anywhere..everything is ruined completely!! You’ll get a motel at the town near to Bhangarh but nothing can be done at Bhangarh unfortunately.
      By the way thanks toastycritic!!

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  9. alisonrost

    I’m a little spooked out, but my husband loves a good ghost story. In fact, one of the things he really wants to do is visit some of the most famous haunted hotels here in the U.S. Not sure if you’ve heard of Stephen King’s book called The Shining. But he was inspired to write about it after visiting the Stanley Hotel in Colorado. That one is next on my husband’s list and I’m wondering if I’ll be brave enough to go along. Wish me luck!

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    1. prateekgoel

      My wish is always with you and your husband! He is doing a great job and he definitely have courage to do such thing.
      Yes, I know about the novel “The shining” and even the movie also. I had that book with me but I never got the courage to read it completely.
      I think Stanley hotel is known for its paranormal activities naa.. the shining is based on that one I guess.

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  10. Wynne Katherine

    Ghost town seems really interesting. I wonder how it would look like at night ahaha

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    1. prateekgoel

      It looks like hell! Totally dark in night. I think just a moonlight is present there! However, creepy noises will welcome you!! haha..

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  11. Dunja

    Ghost towns seem so interesting to me. In spite of that, I’m not sure I’ll have enough courage to visit one haha

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    1. prateekgoel

      Haha have some courage and visit this place, you may get the feel of same than!! Thanks Dunja!

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  12. Ankita

    I love the idea of going on such adventure, this write up gave me chills…specially that blurred photo…i’m wondering about same.. hushh !!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Only few of my readers could get that picture! And you are one of those. Quite frightening naa..
      Thanks a lot for such a valuable comment Ankita.

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  13. aniahalama

    This looks like an awesome area, I’d totally brave it up and go myself. The temples look great and I’m sure it was eerie to be there.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks Aniahalama! Yes the place has something really strange with it. You’ll get both strange as well as relaxed feel at the same time.

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  14. Aditi

    This place actually sends chills down the spine. I belong to Alwar, but I still haven’t been able to visit this gem of a place. It is on my list, lets see when do I get a chance to visit it. Thanks for sharing this with all the necessary details and the perfect background to the story of this place’s origin. 🙂

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    1. prateekgoel

      Ohh, How bad!! You haven’t visited Bhangarh!! Make sure to visit Bhangarh soon!!
      Thanks a lot for liking my blog.

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  15. Ana De-Jesus

    Wow it sounds scary to know that it could be haunted but all the more reason to visit! I love the ruined temples and how you can’t visit after 6. Spooky!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Actually this fort has been declared as haunted and lots of accidents have happened there (spirits/ghost attack) that’s why it is advised by govt. to step back before 6:00pm. The surrounding gets completely dark!!
      Thanks for the comment Ana!!

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  16. Rhian Westbury

    This sounds like such an interesting place, definitely somewhere I’d love to explore x

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks Rhian Westbury!! Thanks a lot.

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  17. Yukti

    You are brave to enter into Indian ghost town. I have also heard these stories and could not have strength to go there. But this is really very beautiful town with ruins of fort surrounded by greenery. Nice post.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot Yukti for such a valuable comment!!

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  18. Laura Dove

    What what an eerie but beautiful place to visit. It really does look like a ghost town but I would love to visit ….. maybe not at night! Spooky!

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    1. prateekgoel

      Haha!! you are right!! Even I’m too afraid of visiting such places at night! Creepy and spooky!

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  19. Kailash Joshi

    Even if there are ghosts they are nothing as compared to us because there is God to protect us 

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    1. prateekgoel

      True! Well said. Even I think so..spiritual feelings! Hope you like it.

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  20. ludbritt1591

    I am not one for horror movies or anything like that. But I do love ghosts. When I was little I experienced some ghostly encounters so I believe that ghosts do exist. I love your post. I bet this place is super spooky.

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    1. prateekgoel

      Ohh seriously! Have you seen any ghost or encountered something like that! Amazing. By the way thanks for liking my blog!

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      1. ludbritt1591

        Well whne I was little, I saw a shadow man at the foot of my bed. And in the hpuse I used to lice at we had a ghost woman in a white dress with brown hair ans no face and the back half of a cat, just its back paws and tails. I only saw the woman walking qhen i waa in the bathroom lookinf at my reflection. i saw a qhite blur. our garage door would open on its own, the light in the garage would come on like someone was in there when you no one had been down there. somwtimes it would sound like two people qere talking in the hallway qhen it was juat my aiater and i, or footsteps going through the house qhen mt dad qas alseep and my aiater and i were together, among other things.

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        1. prateekgoel

          Quite a horror story!! Does it really happened? What have you done then? Are those spirits still there?

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          1. ludbritt1591

            Well they never bothered us so I assume they are still there.

          2. prateekgoel

            Wow!! Quite horrible to hear that! Hope you are fine with those incidents.

          3. ludbritt1591

            Yeah. I’m fine. We’re mpved to a new house and haven’t had any activity.

          4. prateekgoel

            Thank god!! Good to hear that.

  21. beccajtalbot

    I loved this post so much! This is exactly the type of place I’d love to visit in India. I’ve been to Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, but would love to see more of this amazing country, and visit places that are a little bit more off the beaten track! x

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    1. prateekgoel

      Your words had really meant a lot to me!! Thanks for such a beautiful comment. Hope you’ll visit Bhangarh in your next visit to India.
      Thanks once again.

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  22. yatripandit

    A brilliant piece PG. keep it up bro

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    1. prateekgoel

      Thanks a lot Yatripandit!! Your comment really meant a lot to me!!

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