Hauntingly mysterious, city of wonder – Rajasthan
The gothic desert and sand dunes can be eerie with the ranting of the wind. But there is certainly more
to the enigmatic city of Rajasthan which can send shivers down your spine to get you sleepless nights.
1. Kuldhara village, near Jaisalmer : The cursed village of Rajasthan?
Situated about 15 km. west of Jaisalmer, Kuldhara lies in the city of western Rajasthan. It is a
well planned settlement, designed aesthetically by keeping the precise utility in mind. The
village was established in 1291 by the Paliwal Brahmins and was a prosperous community due to
their ability to grow bumper crops in the rather arid desert. Paliwal bhramins were an extremely
prosperous clan, known for their business acumen and agricultural knowledge. On one peculiar
horrific night, in 1825 all the people in Kuldhara and nearby 83 villages disappeared in the
dark. Having lived there for more than 7 centuries, the mystery prevails around their sudden
disappearance. The story revolves around an evil dewan or the minister in the ruling kingdom
who once saw the young daughter of the village chief and threatened him to get his daughter
married to him . He gave them a deadline for the marriage after which he would forcefully enter
the village and take their daughter. Due to this, all the chiefs of 84 villages gathered one night
and to everybody’s astonishment vanished in the dark.
Nobody knows where they went but it is believed that they settled near Jodhpur. Though nobody
is aware about their where abouts , everybody in all of the 84 villages completely disappeared
that very night. Not a single soul saw them leave ,they simply vanished. It is believed that they
cast a curse over the village as they departed that would bring death to anyone who tried to
inhabit their land. A ghostly silence is all that lives on there.
Today the ruins of these villages can still be witnessed in western Rajasthan and are now tourist
sites. The government today maintains the ruins as a heritage site. A walk through the village is
akin to wandering onto the sets of a horror movie. Anyone who is planning a visit to Jaisalmer
should keep aside a few hours to catch this haunted setting in the eerie desert. Surprisingly, Saif
Ali Khan’s “Agent Vinod” was shot in this ancient village.
2. Bhangarh Fort, Alwar District
Situated in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, the Bhangarh fort, is certainly not for the faint-
hearted people. Rated as the most spooky and cursed place in India, this fort demands some
nerve on your part to make a visit to this place. The only way to know the truth is by visiting this
place in person. The roads leading to the Bhangarh fort are surrounded by mountains which are
undoubtedly picturesque but perilous at the same time given the fact that the roads are somewhat
narrow and very few people pass you by on the road. Once in the vicinity of the Bhangarh fort,
there are various boards by the government of India, which have engraved words like, “NO ONE
IS ALLOWED TO ENTER THE FORT AFTER SUNSET OR BEFORE SUNRISE, ” The
advisory “Stay Away” notice by The Archeological Survey of India.
These words appear to be jinxed and cursed for any visitor. Locals say paranormal activities are
observed in these places at night.
3.The Brij Raj Bhavan Palace in Kota – Rajasthan
If you wish to explore the unknown, the Brij Raj Bhavan Palace in Kota should definitely be in
your wish list being one of the most ‘possessed’ places in India . This old palace has been
converted into a heritage hotel and is apparently cursed by a British ghost who was killed during
the Revolt of 1857. Some add that Major Burton (the ghost) along with his sons was shot right
inside the palace and therefore, he haunts the place.
Moreover, being one the most enigmatic and eerie places in India, the ghost of the Major doesn’t really harm anyone, but it is believed that the night guards have been slapped by an invisible hand in the middle of the night. This myth can only be unfolded once we dare to visit this place
4. Sudhabay, near Pushkar
Sudhabay near Pushkar is famous for exorcism and hosts an annual 'Ghost Fair'. In Sudhabay, a
place near Pushkar, Rajasthan a ghost fair is organised every year, all those who are believed to
be possessed by evil spirits are cured by expert exorcists. Majority of the population come in
thousands of numbers to get rid of the evil spirits.
The place contains a well, the possessed person is made to take bath with its water, which is said to be so holy that the evil spirit cannot sustain its holiness and eventually departs . Team GRIP investigated this place in June 2012 and did find something anomalous about the place. The fact that exorcism takes place is in itself quite spooky.