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Bhangarh Fort: Haunted or Not Haunted – Lets Find Out

Bhangarh Fort is located in India’s largest state Rajasthan. Bhangarh Fort has all sorts of spooky stories attached with its name. In fact it has been bestowed with the title of most haunted fort of India. Not just the Bhangarh Fort but even its ruins are worth a visit. The place is beautiful, though what remains is a shadow of a once beautiful kingdom with a famous market. Bhangarh fort is situated 50 kms. away from Sariska sanctuary lies the splendid medieval town of Bhangarh, Built in 17th century by Raja Madho Singh, brother of Raja Man Singh Amber, it   has medieval markets and one old palace.

Bhangarh Fort: An Overview

State Rajasthan
Mode of transportation Delhi and Jaipur are nearest airports to Bhangarh. Alwar and Jaipur are well connected by rail and road transport with major cities of India. It is advisable to hire a taxi from Alwar or Jaipur, as there is no facility of public transport to Bhangarh.
Best time to visit From October to March.
Accommodation Options Hotel Aman Bagh, Sariska Palace, Sariska – Tiger Heaven , Neemarana fort Palace( Luxury hotels), Dhadikar Fort Palace, Kesroli Hill Fort. There is a good range of Budget hotels also in Alwar.
Nearby Places to visit Sariska tiger reserve, Alwar city Palace and Govt. Museum, Bala Fort.
Cost of travel Entry in Bhangarh fort is free, but you need to bear traveling cost and hire a guide to understand mysteries of Bhangarh. You can choose hotels as per your comfort. Normally cost depends upon your choice of transport mode and hotels.
Night out possibility Entry in Bhangarh is prohibited after sunset. Entry is allowed only from sunrise to sunset. After sunset you have to go to your hotel or you also can return to your place.
Food Options As Bhangarh is a prohibited area, so there are no shops or food courts inside Bhangarh. So it is advisable to carry your water bottles and some snacks with you. For food you have to travel a little from Bhangarh. You can taste the special Kari Kachori and Rajasthani Thali from the local restaurants. There are not much options of food around Bhangarh.
Shopping options  There is not much shopping experience to explore around Bhangarh. However you can explore shopping in Alwar and Jaipur. Handicrafts of Rajasthan are worth to shop from Alwar and Jaipur.

 

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The premises of Bhangarh Fort. Photography by Rahul Jain

How to Reach Bhangarh Fort?

Bhangarh is well connected by road from Alwar and Jaipur. You can easily take Shatabdi or any other train from Delhi to Alwar, and then hire a taxi from Alwar. There is no facility of public transportation to Bhangarh, so it is advisable to hire a taxi. Bhangarh is approx. 89 kms. From Alwar by road and 85 kms. From Jaipur. Road from Alwar to Bhangarh is marvelous as it crosses through the forest of Sariska Tiger Reserve.



Nearby Havelies in Ajabgarh and Bhangarh

The drive to Bhangarh fort is eerie. On the way to Bhangarh fort one has to travel through a village that is ostensibly inhabited. The main road is lined with the ruins of once beautiful havelis. All these havelis give a marvelous experience of ruins of  a well established kingdom. As entry in these havelis are prohibited. All these havelis are locked just because of rumors prevailing in the area.

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A spooky gate in Bhangarh. Photography by Rajiv Bajaj

Amazing Experience of Temples and Beautiful Steps 

Surprisingly the so called haunted Bhangarh fort has several Hindu temples. At the entrance of the main gate are many hindu temples such as Hanuman TempleGopinath TempleSomeshwar Temple,Keshav Rai TempleMangla Devi TempleGanesh Temple . The Gopinath Temple is built above a 14 ft raised plinth, and yellow stones are used for the exquisite carvings of the temple. The residence of the priest, called the Purohitji Ki Haveli, is located in the precincts of the temple complex. Next in order is the Nachan Ki Haveli (dancer’s palace) and Jauhari Bazar (market place), followed by the Gopinath Temple. The Royal Palace is located at the extreme end of the fort’s limits. The Someshwara temple at the side, with its beautiful step well, is serene. The steps and the top of the fort are littered with broken columns, stones, and a forlorn-looking carved niche. The walls inside the temple are intact. Someshwara temple and Gopinath Temple are in the south Indian style. These temples tell the story of a well established state.

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Somweshwara Temple. Photography by Shagun Popli

Stories of Jauhari bazaars, Houses of Dancing girls (Nachan ki Haveli)

While going to the fort structure of Bhangarh Fort, You have to walk through a long road lined on both sides with ruins. These are the jauhari bazaars, houses of dancing girls (Nachan ki Haveli). There are also some magnificent trees. These places are well for photos with heritage buildings. There is an impressive gateway to see the fort. Even though the fort is in ruins, it has various grand rumors to be explored. Jauhari Bazaar shows a unique sculpture of markets of years old era.

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Ruins of the ancient ‘Jauhari Bazaar’ and Nachan ki Haveli. Photography by Tyag

Mysterious Stories Behind the Bhangarh Fort

There are some interesting stories behind the mystery of this haunted Bhangarh Fort; you must know these stories to feel this fort. There is a story of the beautiful princess Ratnavati, who was the daughter of Chatr Singh. She was the jewel of Rajasthan. Ratnavati was much younger than her stepbrother Ajab Singh, and was as universally liked as he was disliked. Tales of her beauty and delightful temperament spread far and wide and she received many marriage proposals. A tantrik priest, who was well versed in black magic, fell in love with her. But knowing that he didn’t stand a chance with the beautiful princess, he tried to cast a spell on her. Seeing the princess’ maid buying perfume for her in the village, he cast a spell on it so that Ratnavati would fall in love with him. Ratnavati came to know of this and threw the bottle. It turned into a boulder and hit the tantrik. He was crushed under its weight, but before he died, he cursed the princess, her family, and the entire village. The next year, a battle was fought between the forces of Bhangarh and Ajabgarh, which led to the death of Ratnavati and most of the army.

It was due to this curse that no one in the village or fort could be reborn; it is forever condemned to desolation and is inhabited by ghosts. If any villager tries to build a roof, it apparently mysteriously collapses.

There is another story too. Apparently there was a sadhu, Guru Balu Nath, living on top of the hill on which Raja Bhagwant Singh built the fort. His only condition for letting the fort be built there was that it should never cast a shadow on his dwelling. This condition was honored by all except Ajab Singh, who added columns to the fort that cast a shadow on the ascetic’s house. The angry sadhu’s curse led to the ruin of the fort and the surrounding villages. A small stone hut, known as tantrik ki chatri, overlooks the fort.

The truth seems to be that after Chatr Singh’s death, since Ajab Singh had already established a new fort, the population of the area dwindled. A famine in 1783 forced the remaining villagers to seek new avenues. In 1720, Raja Jai Singh, grandson of Man Singh, attached Bhangarh to his estate.

Main structure of Bhangarh Fort. Photography by Devendra Meena

Haunting stories about Bhangarh Fort are in plenty. Photography by Shaurya Chandra

Conversations With Local People

While visiting Bhangarh, you can talk with local people. It’s better to feel a place with discussion with locals about that place.  People around the Bhangarh fort are related to that place, so you can grab the opportunity to feel rural Rajasthan with the stories of mysterious Bhangarh Fort. People around this Bhangarh fort are really like show case of Rajasthani Culture and tradition, as you will find them in traditional rajasthani outfit.

Main structure of Bhangarh Fort. Photography by Devendra Meena

Conversing with the local people will help you understand the place better. Photography by Devendra Meena

Key Structure of Bhangarh Fort

While heading the main structure of Bhangarh fort, you will really appreciate the view of the main hill fort from the ground of this mysterious fort. This fort tells you the story of a royal kingdom of Rajasthan with its years old mysteries. This fort is now in ruins, still telling the stories of Ratnavati. View of the whole complex from the top of the fort is really worth to see.

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Main structure of Bhangarh Fort. Photography by Devendra Meena

The first look of the abandoned city of Bhangarh will suggest you a completely ruined and isolated place, which might be haunted according to various stories. However, the fort of Bhangarh does have a very spooky and negative aura to it.  Although, I don’t deny that there cannot be ghosts in the fort but you must visit this place because of its natural beauty and to understand the years old heritage of Rajasthan.

Happy Wayfaring 🙂

AUTHOR

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Varun Gupta

 

Varun Gupta has been born and brought up in Alwar (Rajasthan). He pursued his graduation from Rajasthan University and is presently pursuing CA Final. Apart from doing well in studies he looks upon himself as a curious traveler and a good blogger. Varun enjoys a lot as solo traveler. He is dead beat crazy to explore new destinations especially natural and heritage structures. He is now a content creator at various platforms and frequently shares his experiences.  He is gradually getting close to my dream of exploring India as a hidden treasure of tourism.

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