Well, that’s what people claim and the spine chilling stories do make this a real interesting deal!
Bhangarh is in Rajasthan and it resides in the vicinity of Sariska Tiger reserve. It is 90 kilometers away from Jaipur and the best way to reach this place and back is using private transport. There are many cab operators in Japiur which will charge you approximately 2500 rupees to ferry you. If you would want a public transport, you would have to take a bus to a village called Dausa (63 kms) and then rely on private run taxis to get to the place.
However, I chose to take a self drive rental from Jaipur and drove down. The roads until Dausa are in excellent shape and there on in a acceptable condition.
I got down at the Jaipur Railway station and zoom cars have their parking lot at the metro station which is 200 mts away from railway station. Which made it the most convenient deal for me. To get around Jaipur and surrounding places. I rented it out for 2 days and will give a extensive review as to why this option is not so favorable in a city like Jaipur and the downside of it.
However, after picking up the car, checking into a hotel and a quick tea, I hit the road.
I headed towards Dausa and on the highway took a break for lunch.It took me 2 hours to get to Bhangarh with a break.
Village roads were bustling with the traders, there were goats and other domesticated animals creating a chaos on the streets while the shepherds were busy controlling them I had to patiently follow the suit of these animals and shepherd. As, the shepherd was not so friendly and said me clearly not to go ahead! (“humare piche chalo, jab hum side de nikal na“)
The experience started at a wrong foot in Bhangarh and truly the vibes were not so great from the people around the village. They were not friendly, to say the least. I moved on to the fort where they were collecting fees for the car parking and first reaction the parking lot guy gives me is “Akele aaye ho? Kyon?” (“You have come alone? Why?”).
Well, at this point I was not sure if the place was spooky, but the people here, certainly were!
I moved on to the gate and through, the place truly looks wretched and the ruins are vast. Everything here is destroyed and everything looks disastrous.
The huge ficus trees add up to the landscapes and make it more devastating. The only thing that flourishes here is the wild roots of the ficus gripping through the ruins.
It was a winter evening and the light was warm in a chilly weather. Which gave me an opportunity to click good shots!
I had read the stories and hence I was intrigued to visit the place, the stories go like this :
There are two legends narrated to the history of the fort city, which is reported to be haunted, and no one is allowed to remain in the precincts of the fort at night, per a notice board put up by the Archaeological Survey of India at the entrance.
One version of the legend is that a sadhu named Baba Balak Nath lived within the fort area. It was his injunction that any houses built in the precincts of the fort should not be taller than his house, and if the shadow of any such house fell on his house, it would result in destruction of the fort town.
In another version, N.K. SINHAI, the wizard who was adept in black magic fell in love with Ratnavati, the princess of Bhangarh who was very beautiful and had suitors to marry her from many royal families of the country. One day the princess, 18 years of age, went shopping with her friends and was buying Ittar (scent). The wizard saw this and replaced the scent with a love potion in order to ensnare the princess. He offered the potion to her so that she would take a liking to him and marry him. However, the princess saw through the wizard’s trickery, and when he offered her the bowl of potion, she threw it onto a big boulder nearby. As a result, the boulder started rolling down towards the wizard and crushed him. Before he died, he cursed that Bhangarh would be destroyed soon and no one would be able to live within its precincts. Subsequently, Bhangarh Fort was invaded by the Mughals from the north and the city was surrounded and sacked; 10,000 people lived in the fort city at that time. All the people in the fort, including the princess, were killed. The present state of the fort is attributed to the curse of the wizard and people believe the ghosts in the fort are that of the princess and the wizard.
Source : Wikipedia
I did not pay heed to what was going around, fiddling around with camera and a few minutes later I realize most of the people around are gone and I am the only one in the area, the silence gets to you, the landscape with stories running in back of your head gets you thinking if the place is really wretched and haunted.
There were hoots and chatters. There were barks! I started to get the point what people tell, the place does feel haunted once the crowd is out and the sheer reason for that is the vastness of the fort and the ruined state of it!
To top it off, there is a sweet smell which people address to and the smell was evident! At this point I was convinced, there was poojari somewhere burning the incense sticks! I looked around and did see small temples everywhere and the incense sticks burning out to give the smell.
As the sun goes down the fort gets deserted
All that you are left with, is the gushing sound of the cold winters in the barren land. Gushing through the corridors
All that is left is hollow structures and gushing winter winds. As the sun goes down chatters and hoots surge.
There is a felling that someone is always keeping an eye on you! No matter where you go in the fort the feeling of being watched is constant!
You see the structures around and try to tell yourself that this was a beautiful fort back then!
You are constantly fighting with your cautiousness, there is no one watching you! The architecture is brilliant! But how ever you have a chill going down your spine! It could be the stories, the odor or the cry from the animals!
You are convinced that you have the proof of the odor, the chatter and the reason for the ruins!
You see the animals cry, bark and try finding something in the thin air!
You are however left with just one thought milling through your head!
What if…. ?