The ancient township of Bhangarh in the Aravalli range of Alwar district in Rajasthan was founded by Raja Bhagwandas and was later made the capital by Raja Madho Singh who built the fort in 1631. A primitive town, it is 300 km from Jaipur and 40 km from Delhi.
The Bhangarh Fort, however, is infamous due to its top ranking status as the most haunted place in India and a hub for paranormal activities. The fort symbolizes spine chilling tales related to curses, legends and folklores. Visitors and locals have attested to witnessing ghosts and other supernatural experiences at the fort and feeling restless and anxious due to an eerie feeling of a presence following them. Rajasthan has more history than the entire country put together – it is the realm of erstwhile Maharajas and their lavish palaces and majestic forts.
There are several peculiar legends surrounding the fort and these myths are so pervasive that the entire town has been abandoned by the locals and villages have sprung up far from the fort. Two legends that stand out are:
The curse – King Madho Singh had decided to raise his fort where Guru Bhalu Nath abided. He took the permission from the ascetic and was granted the same on the condition that it should not cast a shadow on his dwelling. As fate would have it, the fortification of the palace by Madho’s descendants eclipsed his abode thereby angering the ascetic and destroying the entire city with his curse. Since then any house built around the area would face the collapsing of its roof.
Princess Ratnavati and Singhia – The princess of Bhangarh, Ratnavati was immensely beautiful and had caught the attention of a black magician, Singhia. Smitten by her beauty, he attempted to lure her by casting a spell on her hair oil. When Ratnavati came to know about this, she threw the oil on a big boulder which rolled down and crushed Singhia. Before dying, he cursed the fort and the town to death with no rebirths. The following year, a war ensued between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh and the entire army along with the royal clan was destroyed and the town massacred.
Tourists are allowed to visit Bhangarh Fort during daytime and can experience what was once upon a time a buzzing prosperous kingdom. The premises of this ruined haunted fort now contain the fort walls, numerous palaces, jauhari bazaar (marketplace), nachan ki haveli and a Muslim tomb. The royal palace had seven storeys out of which only four remain. The township was protected by three fortifications with the outermost fortification provided with five gateways from north to south – Ajmeri, Lahori, Hanuman, Phool Bari and Delhi Gate. The top of the fort offers a magnificent view of the entire city.
There are several temples inside the precinct of Bhangarh fFort and outside built in the beautiful nagara style architecture such as Hanuman Temple, Mangla Devi Temple, Gopinath Temple, Keshav Rai Temple, Someshwar Temple, Ganesh Temple and Navin Temple. The locals believe it protects them from the supernatural.
The Archaeological Survey of India keeping the safety of the visitors in mind, has put up an advisory board prohibiting access to the area after sunset and that trespassers will attract a strict legal action.
Many tourists and locals have claimed to have heard strange noises, screams, seen ghostly shadows at the windows and even reported of music and dance coming from the palace. Some of the incidents heard are that two boys went to the fort after sunset and decided to stay the night. They were never to be seen again. Another incident suggests that a group of boys went with a torch to the fort and one of them fell into the steep well. He was rescued by his two friends and were rushing to the hospital when all three of them died in a freak road accident. In a yet another incident, it has been reported that a shadow of a person can be seen from one of the rooms in the fort which has a grilled window and no door.
Deemed as the most haunted palace, it makes Bhangarh Fort attractive for a lot of tourists and Ghostbusters.
Gola ka baas, Rajgarh Tehsil, Alwar, Bhangarh, Rajasthan 301410
Adventure seekers, haunting & spooky experience seekers
Air: The closest airport is the Santander airport in Jaipur which is at a distance of 56kms from Bhangarh. From there, a cab can be hired to Bhangarh Fort.
Train: The closest railway station is the Dausa railway station located at a distance of 22kms.
Road: There are regular private and state bus services, cabs and private cars if you wish to travel by road.