There is no dearth of amazing off beat destinations in Rajasthan. From the historical sights to cultural landscapes, from Thar Desert to shimmering lakes, from serene temples to swanky beautiful malls, there are unlimited spectacular places to visit in Rajasthan. But this weekend how about hiking on a blissful and adventurous break at Bhangarh and discovers the secrets of the Haunted Ruins of Rajasthan along with heritage sceneries?
Yes, Bhangarh” is amongst India’s most haunted places, famous for its historical ruins, situated in Alwar district of Rajasthan and around 80 km. drive from the state capital Jaipur. The history and story of this fortress are irresistible. Entering the borders of Bhangarh between sunset and sunrise is strictly prohibited due to paranormal activities reported inside.
When RTB planned its first trip to Bhangarh we googled everything to get an idea about the place and roads etc. Now this blog will be giving you the first hand information. As it’s strictly prohibited to linger in the area after sunset, and we were not aware of the road conditions during monsoon, we thought to start early.
On Sunday morning, we hit the road at 9.30 am. Jaipur -Agra highway, which is too good to drive. We took a turn from place Dausa. The road further from dausa to Bhangarh was also good, but the entire view was just fabulous with scenic roadside beauty.
With good road conditions even during Monsoon it took just 1 and a half-hours to reach the place. The last few kms to Bhangarh was the village, where one could sight truly remarkable marble statues in making by the artisans on roadside. En-route there was quite a picturesque landscape, but we could not stop as our curio was forcing us to reach the cursed city in no time. By 11 am we reached at Bhangarh- it was totally covered with dark clouds and we could see the fortress standing amidst the lush green Aravalis. What an astounding sight it was!!
Ruins of Bhangarh
We hurriedly parked our cars and started moving towards the main gate of historic and haunted Bhangarh. Just at the entry there has been a Hanuman Temple- we bowed heads and prayed to be safe and moved ahead. The place looks beautiful and tranquil. What remains, though, is a shadow of once a beautiful kingdom.
Temple inside Bhangarh
Myths & Stories- Though there are myths associated with the place and no one is sure what actually happened that Bhangarh was abandoned soon after being built.
Myth1- Madho Singh built the town of Bhangarh with the approval of a Baba Balunath, who mediated there, but Baba gave him warning that the moment the shadow of your palace touches me entire city will be perished. In ignorance the palace raised to the level that the shadow reached the forbidden mark. Hence the devastation of entire town happened.
Myth2- Another myth is the legend of the Princess of Bhangarh, Ratnavati. She is believed to be the jewel of Rajasthan. In the area lived a tantrik, a magician well versed in the occult, called Singhia, was in love with the princess but knew that the match was impossible. One day Singhia saw the princess’s maid in the market, he used his black magic on the oil she was purchasing so that upon touching it the princess would surrender herself to him. The princess, however, seeing the tantric enchanting the oil, foiled his plan by pouring it on the ground. As the oil struck the ground it turned into a rock that crushed Singhia. Dying, the magician cursed the palace with the death of all who dwelt in it. The next year there was a battle between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh in which Princess Ratnavati perished.
Archeological Survey of India about Ancient Site Bhangarh- Bhangarh was built in the 17th century, by Raja Madho Singh, younger brother of Man Singh, a general of Emperor Akbar’s army. At that time, Bhangarh had a population of over 10,000. Now, not a soul lives in the ruined but still a beautiful city. Bhangarh was the precursor of the exquisite old city of Jaipur, with it’s havelis, colorful bazaars, and temples.
ASI Board at the entrance of Bhangarh
Many earlier tourists states that there is some strange feeling in this air, causing anxiety and disquiet, but we found the place just beautiful and a fascinating retreat for nature and heritage admirers.
Walking through the narrow lanes of the old city was giving some eccentric feeling as all the houses were without roofs but well synchronized. One could feel the smell of past era just like in the stories- Once upon a time sort of, with a lot so many things to explore.
To be honest we could not feel any type of negative energy in the environ probably it shifted somewhere due to heavy rush on Sunday 🙂
There are no Ethereal appearing structures, but lies a marvelous Palace, so-called “Bhangarh Fort“. The remains are informative enough to take you on to a mesmerizing journey, for the reminiscence from the past.
The fort was huge, the ruins of Bhangarh include gardens, havelis, temples and banyan trees. We climbed up to go upstairs though the passage smelled foul because of the bats. There was one hall the ceiling of which was entirely covered with bats. Once at the top, a panoramic aerial view of the place was mind blowing. Flanked between three Aravali Mountains the fort of Bhangarh looks supreme.
Dried out waterfalls can be sighted on foothills and few bawdi’s in the premises itself.
Bhangarh is a beautiful place and the drive is equally enriching. While going back from Bhangarh one can halt at 2-3 beautiful picnic spots. One is the lotus pond at the right side. Little boys will offer their services for 10-20 Rs. for plucking fresh lotus from the pond.
Kaanwars Hanging on a tree
Lotus pond enroute to Bhangarh
Though the entire route is scenic but just after few kilometers there is a reservoir flowing on the right side. We saw some of the locals and visitors taking halt under the green shades of tall trees and climbing up the reservoir wall for a splendid view of flowing river, a few were having picnic nearby.
We suggest taking out a day off from your busy schedules and going for a fun filled adventurous journey to Bhangarh.
It’s just not the place, but the route also gives whimsical experience.
Travel Tips- A day trip is sufficient to explore Bhangarh
Be careful as there are number of monkey’s and langur’s in the Bhangarh premises.
Must have’s- if going in Monsoon; carry umbrallas as there is no place to take shelter once you are in fort premises.
Don’t forget to carry your camera.
Courtesy- Gaurav Hajela Photography (https://www.facebook.com/gauravpics)