The Royal state of Rajasthan is synonymous with vibrant culture and heartfelt hospitality among travel enthusiasts around the world. The state is known for its rich history and culture along with its remarkable natural beauty. But, there is a lesser known side of the desert state of India which will give most of you goosebumps in broad daylight. These less explored places in Rajasthan, which are reportedly either cursed or haunted, have given nightmarish experiences to more than just a couple visitors. Intrigued?
Read on to discover six haunted places in Rajasthan which aren’t for the faint-hearted.
1. Kuldhara village, Jaisalmer
Once a flourishing village, Kuldhara is just an abandoned site now. Story goes that the now deserted village was once ruled by a minister who fell in love with a beautiful villager and used his power to get her. As a result, the upset residents abandoned the village and left behind an undying curse which made the area unfit for habitation and its land infertile for agriculture. Tormented voices of its past residents are still heard in this area, which makes the place an eerie old village which not many people would like to visit.
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2. Bhangarh Fort Near Alwar
According to a popular legend, once a wizard in Bhangarh fell in love with a princess and tried to use his wicked magic to win her. However, before he could put his trickery to use, the princess found out about his evil intentions and that resulted in his death. Before dying, the wizard cursed the fort, making it uninhabitable. Legend goes that since then, anyone who has tried to stay in the fort after sunset has never returned home. Strange sightings and sounds have been witnessed at night umpteen number of times at this haunted fort.
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3. Brijraj Bhawan Palace, Kota
Now a heritage hotel, Brijraj Bhawan Palace in Kota was once the house of Major Charles Burton, who was killed by Indian sepoys during the mutiny of 1857. After being under the ownership of the royal family of Kota, the property was converted into a heritage hotel and was opened for tourists. However, the heritage site soon became infamous when more and more visitors started to report the presence of Major Burton’s ghost walking the halls of the hotel. Not just visitors, some of the staff members of the hotel have also shared experiences of feeling the presence of Major Burton’s ghost patrolling the hotel at night. Scary much?
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4. Jagatpura, Jaipur
The spookiness of this neighborhood in the capital city of Jaipur attracts a lot of tourist attention. There have been instances where a sari clad lady has been spotted strolling on the streets of Jagatpura. According to some witness accounts, spotting the lady in white looks like a scene straight out of the movie, The Ring. Eeeks!
5. Rana Kumbha Palace, Chittorgarh
This abandoned palace of Chittorgarh is where the famous Rani Padmavati performed Jauhar (self-immolation) along with 700 females to save her honour and pride when the palace was under the attack of Sultan Alauddin Khilji. This horrific mass suicide is believed to be the reason behind the paranormal activities witnessed by visitors in this palace. There have been instances when visitors have heard voices of women screaming for help and some have even seen women with burnt faces clad in royal clothes walking about.
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6. NH-79, Dudu Village
The haunted highway number NH-79, located close to Dudu village in Rajasthan, is amongst the spookiest places in Rajasthan. Folks driving by have shared their experience of seeing the ghost of a lady, who carries a baby in her hands and guides the travelers out of the village. Yikes!
Did our list of spooky places in Rajasthan scare you? Will you dare to spend a night in these haunted destinations? Let us know in the comments below!