Rajasthan is the largest state in India in terms of land, and also one of the scariest places. As much as I love to visit this “Land of Kings” as often as possible, there is always a nervousness attached when visiting Rajasthan. The history of Rajasthan is fascinating and interesting to explore. Whether you are traveling to the Pink City Jaipur, Blue City Jodhpur, or White Cities such as Udaipur and Pushkar, there are many mysterious stories behind each city. Here are some of the most haunted places in Rajasthan that behold superstitious beliefs and stories.
Warning/Note – Never go alone to the following haunted places of Rajasthan, also faint-hearted must bow away from visiting them.
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Top 10 Most Haunted Places in Rajasthan
1. Kuldhara Town
Just 20 km away from Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, is the supposedly haunted town of Kuldhara. It is believed that over 200 years ago it was home to Paliwal Brahmins. However, overnight the entire town had to flee to save themselves from the wrath of the prime minister of the state when he wanted to marry a girl in the village by force or raise taxes. While abandoning their houses they apparently cursed the town and to this day the houses are intact but barren and so is the area.
2. Bhangarh Fort
Located in the district of Alwar, Rajasthan, Bhangarh Fort was built by Man Singh I for Madho Singh and considered one of the top haunted places in Rajasthan. It is spooky enough to not let people visit there during the night. Even the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) prohibits staying thereafter 6. It is believed that it was built with the permission of ascetic to ensure that the shadow does not fall on the ascetic. However, Madho Singh’s successors added vertical height which led to it creating a shadow on the ascetic and led to its doom and being haunted.
3. Chand Baori
Chand Boari is a place located in Abhaneri village. It is one of the most spooky and haunted places in Rajasthan. It is a stepwell that is believed to have been built by ghosts. Built-in one night and has over 3500 steps. According to locals it haunted by a djinn and that it does not allow you to get down using the same stairs that you use to climb back up. There are enough echos, and bats here to creep and scare you out of your wits. Many visitors of this stepwell have claimed to be creeped out and changed routes.
4. Jal Mahal
The name Jal Mahal comes from the fact that it is submerged partially by the Man Sagar Lake. It is believed to have been built 300 years ago. It is in the middle of the lake and no one can explain why it is built there. Four storeys are underwater while the top floor is above water. The eerie thing about this place is that people that have visited it after dark have talked about hearing screams. Built with sandstone the palace was abandoned after the water started seeping through the walls. However, it is, nonetheless, an architectural marvel.
5. Kumbhalgarh Fort
This fort is packed with acquisitions, betrayals, and haunted stories. The fort is in the Aravalli ranges and is hidden by the hills. There are many stories associated with this place and locals that take you on the tour will tell you about the tragedy that encapsulates this fort. It is believed that when first trying to build this fort the walls would fall onto itself. A priest advised that they sacrifice a subject. A hermit offered himself, and the king started to build the wall where the body fell. The story is good enough to cause goosebumps.
6. Rana Kumbha Palace
This palace is in Chittorgarh and is certainly a place that can spook you. People have reported having heard screams of women. It is said that 700 women immolated themselves when they were attacked by Alauddin Khilji, the sultan of Delhi. This includes Maharani Padmini who also self-immolated herself. It is believed that people can still hear the screams of women possibly asking to save their empire.
7. Brij Raj Bhawan Palace
Located on the banks of the river Chambal, this is certainly one place that is known for being haunted. With its old-world charm, it showcases large rooms and regal decor, and lawns and more. It is set in a beautiful place and was used extensively when the British took over India. It is believed that during the Sepoy mutiny of 1857 the British soldier was killed there with his family. After that, it is believed that the king of Kota buried their bodies in the palace. It is believed that many can still hear voices from the palace.
8. Nahargarh Fort
Again from Alwar, at the end of the Aravalli hills is the fort of Nahargarh. This fort was also recognized as a strong defense for the city. It stands for the abode of tigers and is said to be haunted by the spirit of king Nagar Singh Bhomia. According to locals this place was haunted to not build the fort. Many people continued to build the fort, but the fort would need constant renovation. Nahargarh Fort was one the most haunted places in Rajasthan but later they built a temple in memory of him and it is said to pacify his soul.
9. Delhi-Jaipur Highway
Highways, especially in the night are often considered scary for different reasons. However, a lot of people think the particular Delhi-Jaipur highway has spooked people enough. It is believed that as you travel this particular highway where people apparently often see a woman in a red or white saree sometimes. Rumour has it that she was killed in a particular stretch in that area and appears from time to time to people traveling through that stretch. Never stop at this highway unless absolutely necessary.
Located near Pushkar, Subhabay is mostly known for conducting exorcisms. Not a haunted site, but certainly a place to view exorcisms. This small city has an annual “Ghost Fair” every year where people from all over the country come to get rid of any evil possession of ghosts or spirits. You will be surprised by the strange yet horrifying rituals that happen at the fair. Don’t miss the Subhabay lake that is considered highly sacred and known to protect people from negative energies.
For those that believe in paranormal activities and are ghostbusters, certainly, Rajasthan is one of the places to visit in India. People that have been to these places will swear that they have had these experiences. It boils down to what your beliefs are, or what your experiences are. However, paranormal or not paranormal, the one thing you can be sure of is that they are architectural delights you should not miss.
Gulshan Bafna is one of the luxury travelers in India. He, along with his wife, has traveled to many exotic places that one could dream. With their travel journey, they bring us the best face of those places. He compiles all of his travel journeys to give the taste of traveling to his readers. In his writing, he jots down the best things to do in all those places that he has visited. Reading these would help one know better about the place. He is also a seeker who loves exploring and discovering new places and share his experiences with everyone.