Almost everyone is familiar with the myth behind the Bhangarh Fort – a place that features as the Most Haunted Places in Rajasthan in almost every list. Just a few hours drive from Jaipur, an outing to Bhangarh with the closest of friends is usually on the wishlist of every Jaipurite.
But the spookiness of Rajasthan just doesn’t end there. A lot more places are in the “Land of Kings” are believed to haunted. A visit to here is enough to give you sleepless nights. Let’s find out what’s the folklore behind these haunted places in Rajasthan.
Kuldhara village, jaisalmer
Kuldhara’s tale makes for a classic horror thriller. The small village, in the vicinity of Jodhpur, was once populated and jovial. Almost overnight, the villagers staying here left the place and it became deserted. The place has been a ghost town ever since.
The reasons for such a mass evacuation is still unclear. Some say it is because of an evil spell. Others claim it was because of a deadly disease. If you are still curious about the actual reasons, maybe you could spend a night there and find out.
Distance from Jaipur: 600 kms
brijraj bhavan, kota
Kota is mostly famous for being the haven for IIT aspirants. Almost every nook and corner has an IIT coaching institute popping up. But can there be something more scary in Kota than the suicidal and helpless engineering students?
Enter Brijraj Bhavan. This opulent mansion which is now a heritage hotel belonged to a British army man, Major Charles Burton. It is believed that during the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, angry Indian soldiers brutally murdered Major Burton. Since then, his ghost has been haunting the place. People claim that his spirit his usually harmless and just likes to hit on-duty guards that are dozing off.
That’s one strict ghost.
Distance from Jaipur: 250 km
Sudhabay is not something you’ll call “haunted” in the classical sense. This place is mainly famous for exorcism – the practice of expelling evil spirits from a person or a place. Very similar to the Mehendipur Balaji, another place famous for exorcism.
Sudhabay is said to organised a ghost fair every year where people from different parts of the country show up to get rid of evil spirits. They are asked to take a dip in a well here whose water is said to have magical potency to drive away the spirits. A visit here during the ghost fair can really be chilling!
Distance from Jaipur: 140 km
nh 79, near dudu
Talking about horror sightings, how could I not list the classic “women clad in a saree asking for help on a highway.” It’s probably the most cliched horror story ever, but here is one that we found about Rajasthan.
The stretch of Ajmer-Udaipur highway near the town of Dudu is said to be haunted by a woman clad in a red saree (at least it’s not white for a change). The story goes that the woman’s 5 year old daughter was supposed to be married off to a 3 year old toddler (Yes, child marriages used to be pretty prevalent in Rajasthan). Concerned by the prospect, the women took her baby girl and ran for help. She was struck by a tourist vehicle as she was crossing the highway and died on the spot.
Since then, people have seen apparitions of the lady on the highway asking for help.
Distance From Jaipur: 60 km
Almost on the outer boundary of Jaipur, Jagatpura is a fairly settled residential colony. The residents here though, firmly believe the place is haunted by witches. The descriptions of witches are what you’d usually expect – clad in white, loose unkempt hair, making cackling noises.
But such is the fear amongst the locals, that they seldom go out of the house after dark.
Distance from Jaipur (center): 17 km
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