On my list of mystic places to see in India, I have long planned on this visit to the famous Bhangarh fort in Rajasthan – known to be the most haunted place in India. I was looking forward to finding out if the stories about the place being haunted were true. I was also looking forward to learning the history of the fort and I was not disappointed.
The fort is about 300 kilometres from Delhi. I got to the village of Golakha which is a considerable distance from the fort. I felt my amusement rise as I approached the fort, for there was heavy downpour and visibility was low. On arrival to the fort which stands on Aravali range of hills, I found many other tourists who also wanted to find out if the place was actually haunted. I realized that before you enter the fort, there are so many temples, Mangla Devi temple, Naveen temple and Keshav Rai temple to name just a few. The sight of so many temples made me feel relaxed given that I was about to enter one of the most haunted places in India.
The fort is quite old but it is well preserved. I must say the architectural designs of the fort are impressive and I was immediately taken in by its beauty. I got to learn that the fort has survived adverse weather conditions since its development in 1573.
The ruins of the Kings Palace which are located at the lower slopes of the hills were breathtaking. There is a stream that empties into a pond which is surrounded by trees. I could not help but stop and take in this well laid out landscape. Being a lover of photography, I was spoilt for choice. There was so much that I wanted to take back with me.
I always look forward to learning a new thing about the places I visit and the fort offered me with so much history. I got to learn that the natives here believe that the whole village was wiped out in a day. I also learnt that people believe the paranormal activities that occur during the night are conducted by a wizard who cursed the village after failing to get the love of the princess.
As the evening hours got closer, many tourists left the place. Their fear was evident as I was told that people who decided to spend the night in the fort were never seen again. There is a board on the entrance that warns tourists from entering the fort early in the morning or staying overnight. Although I did not get to witness the ghosts, the place definitely holds a secret.