Bhangarh: Ghost City of India


Bhangarh: Ghost city of India
As you stand on the terrace of the Royal Palace you get to see the panoramic view of all four gates – Lahori Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Phulbari Gate and Delhi Gate. No the area is just reduced to a tourist spot and stands still speaking volumes of history.

Cursed by the Tantrik, Bhangarh, this ruined city is flanked by the Aravallis. A 300-km drive from Delhi the moment you cross Ajabgarh, you enter the city of Bhangarh. This city which is now in tatters was established in 1613 by King Madho Singh, son of great Mughal general, Man Singh of Amber. As you enter the premises you will see the whole city is in tattered condition.  Guru Balu Nath cursed the city saying “The moment the shadows of your palaces touch me, the city shall be no more!”  It is said that he is buried there small samādhi. The city was cursed saying that it would never be inhabited again except the temples.

Another story of Princess Ratnavati is also famous amongst the villagers.  Singhia who was a tantric was also fascinated by her beauty but since he knew he would never get her so he cast a spell on her but in turn was killed himself by the same spell.

Local villagers are of the believe that whenever a house is built its roof collapses. No visitors are allowed to stay there after dark. Also the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) sign board put up there says, “Staying after sunset is strictly prohibited in this area.”

Bhangarh: Ghost city of India

The whole city was cursed except for the temples. Banyans trees and temples dot the landscape. The sprawling premises is house to more than half a dozen temples like Hanuman Temple, Gopinath Temple Naveen Temple along with Purohitji ki Haveli.

Bhangarh: Ghost city of India

This town was established in 1573 (VS 1631) during the rule of Raja Bhagwant Das and it became the residence of his second son Madho Singh. The architecture of the place is worth admiring and speaks of talent of the people of that period.

Bhangarh: Ghost city of India

As you enter the fort you can see picturesquely carved window frame along with decorated doorstep of this kingdom which is now in its ruins. Though the the city’s abandoned marketplace place, temples and gardens are in good condition.

Bhangarh: Ghost city of India

The Kewda or Pandanus trees found in the fort complex belong to the Archaeology Survey of India and no one can incur any kind of harm to them.

Bhangarh: Ghost city of India

Stories go around that there are ghosts in Bhangarh so entry is prohibited for tourists in the fort after sunset and before sunrise. Archaeological Survey of India has put up a board at the entrance that states that no one can stay inside the fort area after sunset and before sunrise.

Bhangarh: Ghost city of India

What now remains is a shadow and eeriness of a once beautiful kingdom still prevails. Even today evil spirits and supernatural power tend to exist.

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Tapas says:

    Well narrated. After reading this blog feels like visiting this place and discover it once again.
    Keep you the good work !!!

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  2. Indranil says:

    Very nicely written. The pictures are apt and are well placed in the narration…and beyond that I also loved reading about the lemons on the right side of the page..

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  3. Loved it , thanks ur content does charge me up to visit there

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  4. Nisha says:

    Oh Lord! There are so many ghost stories in our country that one life time isn’t enough. 🙂
    I’ve also just come back from a Chudail trail. 🙂 Yet to write about it.

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