Chand Bawri and Bhangarh Fort: Explore the spooky side of Rajasthani Ghosts

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7th Aug 2017
Photo of Chand Bawri and Bhangarh Fort: Explore the spooky side of Rajasthani Ghosts by vidhi bubna

I am a Marwari and Fatehpur in Rajasthan is my native place. I grew up listening to stories about Rajasthan and about how women are very rural and domestic in that region. I have always lived in Mumbai and it was hard for me to imagine the extreme sense of domestication where women only cook and take care of children. This gave me a curious spark to travel to Jaipur and see for myself. But it is not the stereotypical image of Rajasthan at all, it is a very colourful and vibrant with a lot of nightlife. I took the bus from Delhi which can be booked at redbus.com and it was an AC Volvo. I expected to find sand dunes and desert on the way, but all I saw was grass filled mountains.

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rural Jaipur women

We always hear haunted stories and reject them or laugh about it but how many of us would actually have the courage to visit a haunted site? Bhangarh Fort is said to be Asia's most haunted place and various movies and Horror TV shows have been shot here. Even if you aren't a horror spook, this place has a lot of greenery and mountains in the background and it is definitely worth a visit.

Day 1

Tip : If you are visiting with your friends, you can stay at the Youth Hostel which has amazing facilities for students and is relatively low cost as well.

1) Take a trip to Bhangarh Fort

I went to Jaipur solo but stayed at a Friend's place there. There was a kid at her house too. As soon as I mentioned Bhangarh Fort, the kid said "But that place is haunted". To my surprise as I do not believe in superstition, there was a haunted fort in Rajasthan! Bhangarh Fort is rated as Asia'a most haunted place and it is closed after 5 PM for visits. However, most historic sites shut around that time so we can't really say if its shut because it is haunted. The place is around 2 hours away from Jaipur and the road trip is beautiful and exposes you to the rural areas of Rajasthan. The fort itself is very huge and there are 3 floors to it. You first have to walk around 10 minutes to reach the fort and there is also a beautiful temple in the fort. It has a lot of green and open spaces and looks a lot like a maze from the very top. I entered a dark room out of curiosity and there were many bats there. They were making loud sounds and were connected to the walls. This place also has a really bad odour and people generally say that it is because of all the people who came here after dark and died. They say that it is the smell of the rotting dead. The fort entrance also looks ruined and they say that it is an abandoned town which the witch killed. This place indeed requires a lot of courage to travel to but because of the popular myths, it is crammed with tourists and couples in the day. It can get very hot in summers and the stroll around the fort is long, the best time would be monsoons for a rainy walk or the winter to increase the gloomy atmosphere.

2) Explore Chand Bawri

bhangarh fort

Photo of Chand Bawri and Bhangarh Fort: Explore the spooky side of Rajasthani Ghosts by vidhi bubna

view from top of the fort

Photo of Chand Bawri and Bhangarh Fort: Explore the spooky side of Rajasthani Ghosts by vidhi bubna

walk to fort

Photo of Chand Bawri and Bhangarh Fort: Explore the spooky side of Rajasthani Ghosts by vidhi bubna

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Photo of Chand Bawri and Bhangarh Fort: Explore the spooky side of Rajasthani Ghosts by vidhi bubna

I went to Jaipur solo but stayed at a Friend's place there. There was a kid at her house too. As soon as I mentioned Bhangarh Fort, the kid said "But that place is haunted". To my surprise as I do not believe in superstition, there was a haunted fort in Rajasthan! Bhangarh Fort is rated as Asia'a most haunted place and it is closed after 5 PM for visits. However, most historic sites shut around that time so we can't really say if its shut because it is haunted. The place is around 2 hours away from Jaipur and the road trip is beautiful and exposes you to the rural areas of Rajasthan. The fort itself is very huge and there are 3 floors to it. You first have to walk around 10 minutes to reach the fort and there is also a beautiful temple in the fort. It has a lot of green and open spaces and looks a lot like a maze from the very top. I entered a dark room out of curiosity and there were many bats there. They were making loud sounds and were connected to the walls. This place also has a really bad odour and people generally say that it is because of all the people who came here after dark and died. They say that it is the smell of the rotting dead. The fort entrance also looks ruined and they say that it is an abandoned town which the witch killed. This place indeed requires a lot of courage to travel to but because of the popular myths, it is crammed with tourists and couples in the day. It can get very hot in summers and the stroll around the fort is long, the best time would be monsoons for a rainy walk or the winter to increase the gloomy atmosphere.

2) Explore Chand Bawri

chand Bawri

Photo of Chand Bawri and Bhangarh Fort: Explore the spooky side of Rajasthani Ghosts by vidhi bubna
Photo of Chand Bawri and Bhangarh Fort: Explore the spooky side of Rajasthani Ghosts by vidhi bubna
Photo of Chand Bawri and Bhangarh Fort: Explore the spooky side of Rajasthani Ghosts by vidhi bubna

Notice board outside Chand Bawri

Photo of Chand Bawri and Bhangarh Fort: Explore the spooky side of Rajasthani Ghosts by vidhi bubna

a thousand steps

Photo of Chand Bawri and Bhangarh Fort: Explore the spooky side of Rajasthani Ghosts by vidhi bubna

My friend from Jaipur also didn't know about this place, hence this place is very poorly marketed, nevertheless it has a lot of artefacts and places to explore. It is two hours away from Jaipur and if you are going for Bhangarh, then it is one hour away from the fort. Both these places can easily be completed within a day. This was a steep well which was built around 16AD, so it is almost 2000 years old. The steep well used to be a water reservoir but now it has dried up. It has around 1000 steps going downwards in a beautiful hexagonal pattern and there are many sculptures down. Until before, it was open to the public and people could go down but because of the difficulty of climbing down the complicated steps due to the pattern, it is not allowed to go down anymore. Some say that this place is haunted as well but to the whims of many, I seriously think nothing is haunted.

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Photo of Chand Bawri and Bhangarh Fort: Explore the spooky side of Rajasthani Ghosts by vidhi bubna

rural goat

Photo of Chand Bawri and Bhangarh Fort: Explore the spooky side of Rajasthani Ghosts by vidhi bubna

There is also a very old temple in the vicinity which is made of broken stone. The temple has a beautiful aura of ancientness and it was worth the wait to explore it. There was a beautiful goat outside the temple which made me explore the rural side of Rajasthan. This place is a must visit if you are into sculptures, stones or simple exploration!

Here is a small extra list of things to do at Jaipur which will make your experience amazing. Jaipur is also a great party place with a lot of nightlife.

3) Go to have the High Tea at Rambagh Palace

Royal food

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peacocks and birds

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Photo of Chand Bawri and Bhangarh Fort: Explore the spooky side of Rajasthani Ghosts by vidhi bubna

chasing birds

Photo of Chand Bawri and Bhangarh Fort: Explore the spooky side of Rajasthani Ghosts by vidhi bubna

Rambagh Palace is a hotel by Taj and it is one of the most exotic places in India with a lot to see and explore. It has many peacocks and birds roaming around freely in the lawns. I was chasing a peacock throughout the garden until I finally gave up and let it go away. If you roam around the garden, you will be able to see a casual peacock which has its wing opened. The high Tea at the palace was amazing and the options were very vast. The price was RS 2200 with taxes per person. For those of you, who'd like to experience Jaipur like a 16th century Prince, this experience is it!

4) Visit House of People, Jaipur (HOP)

It is a great nightclub with live music till 12AM and has a DJ jamming music till 4 AM after that. This place is generally very crowded on the weekends and the entry fee is around RS 2000 per person. If you are not in a mood to party, there is also a great rooftop cafe with music and sheesha. The cover charge for this is RS 1000 but the food and the drinks are worth it. The place has life music and is well conditioned. The drinks and the Italian food here will blow your mind away.

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Have been to both and yes they are a must visit...
Fri 08 25 17, 10:32 · Reply · Report