Ghosts of Bhangarh Fort (Bhooton ka Bhangarh)

Many people won’t accept it in public but after watching a horror movie, every time we get too scared for life to enter the bathroom alone or go to the kitchen to get a glass of water. And if you have parents like mine who aren’t scared of the dark and keep the house light-free at night but then there is me, then definitely imaginations starts running and you create imaginary shapes or see flashes of lights which surely creeps you out!

All that might be just an illusion, maybe a nightmare or an incident taking place during sleep paralysis, but what if you feel all of it happening with you in real, like literally in reality.

Definitely not for the faint hearted, Bhangarh Fort can give you nightmares for the lifetime!

Yes, you heard it right! The most haunted place in India, Bhangarh Fort has many secrets hidden inside the walls, the pain that cannot be seen but felt and then there is something in the air that will surely make you way too nervous and heavy to even enter the fort at the first place.

If you think you have it in you and want to dig a little deeper to find out the dark secrets revolving around this place, then you surely are welcome!

Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh Fort

Located at the borders of the Sariska Tiger Reserve in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, the Bhangarh Fort over the years has made it to the list of most haunted places in India and wins the title for the ‘Most Haunted Place in India’.

As you start to enter the fort, you will be greeted by the ‘Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)’ hoarding stating ‘No vehicles are permitted to enter the fort beyond this point. Failure to comply with this instruction can have serious legal consequences’.

Bhangarh Fort
The ASI Hoarding

And after you walk a short distance, you will be greeted with yet another hoarding which will make your heart skip a beat, ‘It is forbidden to enter the borders of the haunted Bhangarh Fort before sunrise and after sunset’.

This is when you realise that you are literally inviting trouble with open arms as the entry to the fort before sunrise and after sunset is strictly prohibited due to many unexplainable incidents taking place in the past.

Though that’s not all, the empty roads, eerie silence surrounding the air, inhabited village which comes on the way to the fort and the ruins scattered all around will make you feel lonely even if you checking out this place in the midday. So, in that case it’s always better to have a local guide with you who will give you the details and gossips relating to the place.

Haunting History

The fort has many tales revolving around, there are stories that have come up to prove the haunting and curses right!

The Bhangarh Fort was built by ‘King Madho Singh’, the younger brother of Emperor Akbar’s general called ‘Man Singh’.

The fort was built only after getting an approval from ascetic ‘Guru Balu Nath’ who used to spend his time by meditating peacefully here.

As per the common folklore, the ascetic made the king swear that the shadows of the fort should not even touch the area of his meditation.

Bhangarh Fort

But unfortunately, the king could not keep his promise and the shadows entered the area of the meditation. This made Guru Balu Nath cursing the whole village to remain roofless and guess what, even if a roof is built, even in the present day, it collapses soon after! *Creepy*

The roofless village – Bhangarh Fort

Another story relating to the cursed land of Bhangarh is about ‘Tantrik Singhia’ who fell in love with ‘Princess Ratnavati’.

The roofless village – Bhangarh Fort
Princess Ratnavati

The Tantric tried using magic to win her but the princess eventually got to know about his evil plans and straight away ordered to get him killed.

Before the tantric was about to die, he too, cursed the residents of the fort to die and the villagers to remain roofless forever.

Such curses have made Bhangarh Fort truly a dark place!

The Unexplainable Incidents

The Unexplainable Incidents

ASI has forbidden the visitors and locals from hanging around the fort once the sun sets. The legal consequences which have been mentioned are not merely out of rumours.

People claim to have heard the ghosts of Bhangarh scream, voices of women crying, sounds of bangles clinking in the rooms and unpleasant smell after dusk.

The strange lights, shadows appearing and disappearing and unusual music sounds and matching footwork with these rhythms have also been reported which has made sure that there is no presence of a single living entity around the fort after the wee hours.

Though there have been people who have challenged and dared to stay back in the fort in order to know what exactly happens during the night and whether all these are just rumours or there are some dark secrets that needs the ray of light but have failed to appear alive the next morning.

Still have the guts to explore the Bhangarh Fort?

Go ahead at your own risk!

But, not all places in Rajasthan are so scary. Do go through our Travel Guide for Rajasthan

Written by Sharmila Feroz

Sharmila Feroz is a graduate of versatile vocations who grew up in a military household which led her to travel to interesting and beautiful parts of the country. Penning those travel experiences paved her way into writing about ethnic lifestyle and cultural celebrations in India.

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