The land of ancient forts and palaces is not just about emperors and tales from history. Rajasthan’s rich history gives way to a lot of stories that might sound incredulous but have been believed by the locals since ages. While some have a queer myth associated with them, others are related to the lives of emperors that once ruled this land. Irrespective of the story, the haunted places in Rajasthan are sure to send chills down your spine. If you are willing to explore the eerie element of Rajasthan during your next vacation, here is a list of the top haunted places in Rajasthan.
Haunted Places in Rajasthan
- Bhangarh Fort
Considered as the most haunted place in India, Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan is located between Jaipur and Alwar. While the fort is on the foot of the hills, the ruins of the palace built for King Madho are present on the lower slope.
Some believe that the fort is haunted because of a sadhu’s curse who asserted that he will ruin the entire fort town if any house is built taller than his. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan happened to fall under this curse as Madho Singh was ignorant of the Sadhu’s curse. If the uncanny noises, sounds and light do not seem to daunt you, a visit to Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan should definitely be on your bucket list.
- Rana Kumbha Palace, Chittorgarh Fort
A UNESCO World Heritage Site now, Chittorgarh Fort is one of the largest forts in India. Apart from its architectural and historical grandeur, this fort is known for some mystical elements as well.
Legend says that when the Sultan of Delhi, Allaudin Khalji invaded this palace, Rani Padmini performed jauhar (mass self-immolation) with 700 women to commemorate the bravery and valour of their men. Locals claim that the palace is haunted by the spirits of these women. Some people have also claimed to see glimpses of a woman wandering in a royal outfit.
- Kuldhara Village
Kuldhara was an abandoned city in India until 19th century. The village is being maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India as a heritage site now. In 1825, residents of Kuldhara and neighbouring villages left this area to protect the honour of a young girl who was pressurised for marriage continuously by a wicked minister. The locals left the village with the curse that no one could ever live here. People who have been here have reported strange noises of footsteps and shadows that still haunt this village.
- Brijraj Bhawan Palace
A palace that has now been converted into a hotel, this property has an interesting story to support the haunted tales that have been going around for a long time. Major Charles Burton who used to reside in this palace was killed here during the mutiny of 1857. The Indian soldiers killed his two sons as well and the bodies were buried in the Kota cemetery.
Visitors have reported the presence of the Major’s ghost in the hotel premises. Even though the spirit has caused no harm, people have claimed to experience some obnoxious sinister vibe in this property.
This residential area in Jaipur was ruled by an insensitive and greedy king who didn’t treat his subjects very well. As a result, the villagers died of starvation. People residing in this area use the same story to explain the muffled voices and apparitions seen here quite often. Apparently, the area turns oddly strange as the darkness takes over. Frequent glimpses of a lady in white dress have also been reported by the people. Clearly, even though Jagatpura is a homely area, it is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
- The Nahargarh Fort
Located on the edge of the Aravalli Hills, this fort offers a stunning panoramic view of the pink city of Jaipur. However, people don’t visit this fort just for its picturesque value. The fort was called Sudarshangarh earlier. It is believed that Nahar Singh Bhomia’s spirit was upset when the construction of the fort started. In order to pacify his spirit, a temple was made within the fort and it came to be recognized as the Nahargarh Fort. Despite this, people have informed of a ghostly presence here owing to Nahar Singh’s discontent with the fort.
Particularly associated with exorcisms and some disturbing rituals, you would have never come across a place like Sudhabay. On the annual ‘Ghost Fair’ day every year, people come from far and wide to get rid of the evil spirits possessing them. The lake here is considered to contain holy water and people come here to take a dip to free themselves of the negative energies hovering around them. The strange rituals performed here will definitely make your blood run cold.
- NH-79, Dudu Village
Described as the ‘blood thirsty highway’, NH 79 is one of the most haunted sites in Rajasthan. The story dates back to the time when child marriage was prevalent in India. A five year old girl was forced to marry a three old boy by the locals. Completely against the marriage, the mother fled with the daughter and ran towards the highway in search of help. However, they got run over by a vehicle and the ghost of the girl and the mother is said to haunt this road till today.
- Jal Mahal
An architectural marvel, Jal Mahal has been a cause of fear for many people over the years. The palace that is partially submerged in water was used as a getaway for the kings of that time. Locals state that the palace became an abandoned building when the stagnant water started penetrating through the palace walls. People have reported some strange unusual force in the air because of which no one likes to go near the palace after sunset.
Each of the aforementioned places have their own unique story to support the unnatural experiences people have had here. If everything from spirits to apparitions intrigues your mind, you should definitely muster the courage to explore these bizarre places. Get in touch with iTraveller to plan a perfect itinerary for you. With detailed knowledge about every place, we plan a customised itinerary based on your unique needs.