Bhangarh is believed to be the most haunted place in India. It is famous for the ruins and historical fort. There are many rumors about the place which makes it the subject of interest. It is located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, between Jaipur and Delhi. Being in Udaipur (Rajasthan) I was not able to resist, but to find out the mystery of this place, so I decided to visit this place and check out if there is any ghost actually. According to legend, the city of Bhangarh was cursed by the Guru Balu. He had sanctioned the construction of the town on one condition, "The moment the shadows of your palaces touch me, the city shall be no more!" When a descendant prince raised the palace to a height that cast a shadow on Balu Nath's forbidden retreat, he cursed the town.
There exists another myth. This is the legend of the Princess of Bhangarh, Ratnavati. In the area lived a tantric, who was in love with the princess but knew that the match was impossible. One day tantric saw the princess's maid in the market; he used his black magic on the oil she was purchasing so that upon touching it the princess would surrender herself to him. The princess, however, seeing the tantric enchanting the oil, foiled his plan by pouring it on the ground. As the oil struck the ground it turned into a boulder, which crushed the tantric. Dying, the tantric cursed the palace with the death of all who dwelt in it. The next year there was a battle between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh in which Princess Ratnavati perished. Legends say that there are ghosts in Bhangarh and that is why entry is prohibited for tourists in the fort after sunset and before sunrise. The locals believe that the princess Ratnavati has taken birth somewhere else and that the fort and the empire of Bhangarh is waiting for her return to put an end to the curse.
Phew! Enough reasons to go this place, right?? Yeah. The advantage in Rajasthan is that the roads are good and if you are comfortable riding for long distances then it is fun and easy to reach any place, within 400km, within a day, on bike. We were three people, riding on two bikes, one Hero Hunk and other Yamaha R15. The plan was to go bhangarh via Pushkar (another must place to see in Rajasthan) and Jaipur, and come back in 3 days!! The total distance counted was roughly 1100km! we went in April’13 which I won’t suggest to do (as you won’t get any bravery award for getting fried in hot summers of Rajasthan :P ), but since I didn’t have any leaves left with me and this was a long due visit so we went for it.
Some tips for riding in summers: how to beat the heat!
- · Wear full sleeves, it will protect your skin from sun burn
- · Wear vented jacket and gloves for good air circulation
- · Use sun screen UV protection lotion
- · Keep drinking lots of water and liquids like juice, glucose
- · Check your bike tires for air pressure and take rest every 2 hours to avoid excessive air pressure due to heat and expansion of air
- · Start early and finish early to avoid dehydration or heat strokes due to excessive riding in sun
- · Not to mention to wear helmet and safety gears
- · Keep an eye on coolant and engine oil, it is likely that level may go down in hot weather
- · Avoid constant running at high rpm to avoid excessive heating of engine.