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Rajasthan’s rich history of Royal lineages is popular across the world. This has managed to lure in two different kinds of tourists to Rajasthan. The first being the history enthusiasts and the second, skeptics and believers, a minor group who are in search for spooky and mystic entities.
1. Bhangarh Fort
Regarded as the most haunted place in the country, the fort is famous among tourists and the locals. The haunted tales of the fort still send chills down the spine of each visitor. The fort is guarded by black magic performed by a tantrik who wanted to marry the queen.
- Bhangarh fort was built in 1613 AD
- Read more about Rani Ratnawati
2. Rana Kumbha Palace
Locals guarantee a ghost sighting at the Rana Kumbha Palace of Chittorgarh. At least that’s what they say! The horrific screams of ladies echo in the chambers which are sure to scare many people. The history behind it? Apparently, Maharani Padmini had performed a self-immolation ceremony along with 700 of her female followers.
- Hosted three wars in 1303AD, 1535 AD, and 1568 AD
- Read about Maharani Padmini
3. Ajmer-Udaipur Highway
The NH-79 near Dudu Village, popularly known as the road that asks for blood, is one of the most terrifying roads in Rajasthan. Locals of the Dudu village share stories of ghost sightings with the tourists. According to the locals the ghost of a woman and her baby who died in an accident haunt the road.
- NH-79 Road Map
- Dudu is also regarded as a ghost village
4. Nahargarh Fort
Located in a beautiful location lining the Aravalli hills, the Nahargarh fort has a view of the entire city of Jaipur. The fort was a home to the Royal family away from the noise and turmoil in the city. According to the locals, the ghost of Sawai Raja Man Singh guards this fort till date.
- Built in 1734
- Read about Sawai Mann Singh
5. Delhi-Jaipur Highway
This is one of the most unique haunted places in Rajasthan as it is a Dhaba that is said to be haunted by a female ghost. The Dhaba on the Delhi-Jaipur highway was the location of an accident that killed a woman. Sources claim that a female ghost wearing a red saree is spotted near the dhaba.
- Sounds of bangles and a woman crying are also heard
- Read about other haunted highways
6. Brij Raj Bhavan
Termed as ‘The haunted mansion of Rajasthan’, now a full-time heritage hotel is guarded by the ghost of Major Burton, an English soldier who resided here during the British Empire. He was killed along with his family at the Bhavan.
- Read about Richard Francis Burton
- Ex-Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi visited the Bhavan for her stay in 1971.
7. Kuldhara Village
The story of the haunted village of Kuldhara, Rajasthan is one among the strangest horror stories. The curse of an immortal minister, a local resident of the Kuldhara is believed to be the reason behind the villagers migration to other lands for their habitation.
- The villagers footprints are still visible in the land
- The mass migration happened in the 18th century
The town of Sudhabay hosts a ‘Ghost Fair’ every year. At the fair, evil spirits are summoned as they possess the human body and take a bath in virtue to find peace in an act of exorcism. The people possessed and rituals performed at the event are terrifying.
- Sudhabay is a small village near Pushkar
- The Ghost Fair is held once a year
Unlike other haunted villages in Rajasthan, Jagatpura is a spooky place where the locals reside with witches and spirits. The residents and tourists hear sounds and cries of the souls. These souls were the villagers who died of starvation when their greedy king left them for death.
- Map of Jagatpura, Jaipur
- Jagatpura is also a famous destination for film shootings
10. Chand Baori
This is a stepwell in Abhaneri, a small village. Its architecture is complicated and lauded by many tourists. However, the origin of this place has remained a mystery. Locals say that the place was built by ghosts in one night! According to scientists, a stepwell this deep would take thousands of years to build.
- Chand Baori is the world’s deepest stepwell
- Read about Chand Baori
Rajasthan remains one of the the most preferred destination by tourists who seek both culture, history, and horror.
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