Kuldhara- A Ghost Town of Jaisalmer

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Beyond the fort and the sand dunes, the folk tunes and the camel safaris, there is a Jaisalmer experience that stays back with you long after you have left it. But, there is one spot 18 kms from  Jaisalmer that tells a story that you are not likely to forget in a hurry. It’s a village called Kuldhara.

Kuldhara

Kuldhara village near Jaisalmer has a very unique history. Kuldhara village is a haunted location and it is believed that it is impossible to spend an entire night in the village.It is said that the residents of 84 neighboring villages including Kuldhara vacated the villages overnight around 170 years back!! No one is sure where they have gone, but they are believed to have migrated to a place somewhere near Jodhpur. The residents were Paliwal Brahmans — said to be very intelligent, and residing there for about 500 years. So what made them do such an act? Stories say that the ruler of these villages pounded the Paliwals with heavy taxes and treated them very inhumanly; the ruler was unethical and forceful to them.And the other version is that the ruler wanted to marry a brahim girl and just to save that girl & her family, all the villagers left the village one single night. They had no alternative, but to vacate all the 84 villages overnight and just disappear from the vision and reach of the ruler. The brave, self-respecting village folks unanimously took the decision. They packed up all their belongings, abandoned their homes and left Kuldhara overnight.

Pic Courtesy: Gaurav Hajela

Pic Courtesy: Gaurav Hajela

When the Paliwals left the villages, they left a curse that nobody can inhabit the villages ever. Residents of Jaisalmer say that there have been some attempts by some families to stay there, but they did not succeed.  There are still some double storeyed houses that are intact and the awestruck tourist can well visualise how life went on in Kuldhara, ages ago.

It is also believed that who so ever pick even a stone or pebble from there, it will bring him curse. The houses of the village are big enough and still at many of the houses there are utensils left in their kitchen.

An old city with so many secrets!

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