Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Tanot Temple | The Haunted Kuldhara | Jaisalmer Fort - Part 7

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23rd Dec 2016
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Checking out from the desert camps was a state sadness for me. But it was time to return back to Jaisalmer and explore the nearby areas.

So we booked an Innova to travel various parts of the city which I'd be listing out below.

Day 7

1) Kuldhara Village:

Distance: 35 KM from Jaisalmer

Established around 13th century, a once

prosperous village it was inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins. It was abandoned by the early 19th century for unknown reasons, possibly because of dwindling water supply, or as a local legend claims, because of persecution by the Jaisalmer State's minister Salim Singh.

Another study claims, earthquakes led to the sudden evacuation of the village.

Photo of Kuldhara Heritage Village, Jiyai, Rajasthan, India by Shashank Sinha

Combined ruins of 410 buildings can be seen in the former village.

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"Salim Singh, the Diwan of Jaisalmer, known for his debauchery and unscrupulous tax-collecting methods, set his eyes on the beautiful daughter of the village chief. The Diwan was absolutely hell bent on having the girl and he told the villagers if they came in his way he would levy huge taxes on them.

Scared of the Diwan, the residents of the entire village fled one night, leaving behind their homes and everything within them. Kuldhara was abandoned by its very own people. No one witnessed the thousand-odd members of the village leave. Even centuries later, no one knows where the Paliwals have resettled. Only thing known is they cursed the town when they left – that no one would ever be able to settle down in Kuldhara again."

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2) Ghantiali Temple:

Legend: In 1965 , Mata Ghantiali created confusion among Pakistani army . The Pak soldiers killed their own comrades and ones who vandalized the temple become blind . This temple is in the middle of desert between the sand dunes 114km from Jaisalmer and just 6 km before Tanot .

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3) Tanot Rai Mandir:

The village is close to the border with Pakistan, and is very close to the battle site of Longewala of the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971.

This temple is also featured in the famous Bollywood movie "Border".

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A Muslim soldier praying in front of Hindu God. One of the best photos of my trip.

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The bombs dropped by Pakistan never exploded and it's said, they are still live.

One can also visit Longewala Museum, 50 KM away from this temple. The route is different but is a famous spot. The remains of Pak army vehicles are still stuck in the desert there!

Bombs which never exploded are kept in the temple

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Celebrities have also visited this temple and have even gone beyond till the actual border.

We tried to get permission in the last minute but it was denied. A proper procedure needs to be followed back in Jaisalmer city, in order for the army to escort you till the border.

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4) Jaisalmer Fort:

A world heritage site, it is the only "living fort" in Rajasthan. It means, it is actually inhabited by the locals.

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Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Tanot Temple | The Haunted Kuldhara | Jaisalmer Fort - Part 7 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Tanot Temple | The Haunted Kuldhara | Jaisalmer Fort - Part 7 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Tanot Temple | The Haunted Kuldhara | Jaisalmer Fort - Part 7 by Shashank Sinha
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A few artifacts and rifles.

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Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Tanot Temple | The Haunted Kuldhara | Jaisalmer Fort - Part 7 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Tanot Temple | The Haunted Kuldhara | Jaisalmer Fort - Part 7 by Shashank Sinha
Photo of Rajasthan Diaries - A 7 day trip - Tanot Temple | The Haunted Kuldhara | Jaisalmer Fort - Part 7 by Shashank Sinha
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5) Patwon Ki Haweli:

It was one of the first havelis constructed in Jaisalmer. Not many know it's not one, but a cluster of 5 havelis nearby.

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The office of the Archeological Survey of India and State art and craft department is situated in the haveli itself.

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I hope you enjoyed the final leg of my long vacation in Rajasthan. It's an incredible state which gets even more stunning in the winters.

Happy Traveling!

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