Monday, February 2, 2009

The ruined city of Ghost: Bhangarh

Mano Ya Na Mano (believe it or not)... there are belief about Ghosts, Souls and often people talked about haunted place. Then what is different about Bhangarh?? Well if u can read Hindi then its here.... If you can't let me help you out. It says:
The Government of India
The Archeological Survey of India, Bhangarh
Important Notice: 1) It is strictly prohibited to the borders of Bhangarh before sunrise and after sunset.
2) Shepherds are not allowed inside Bhangarh area, violators will face legal action.
3. The Kewda or Pandanus trees belong to the Archaelogy Survey of India. It is forbidden to cause any kind of harm.
Note: Anyone violating the rules mentioned above will face legal action.
By order: Supervisor, Archaelogical Survey
It might be the only place where ASI gives a notice not to enter after sunset!!

While browsing information about the myth of Bhangarh, I came across two stories which says it was cursed by a tantrik (wizard who practices black magic) called Singhia.
Story A: Tantrik Singhia despartely fall in love with the beauty of Rantnawati, the princess of Bhangarh. To have her, he mixed love potion in the scent oil meant for princess. If anyhow princess comes into contact with the oil, she will be become hyponotise and run to him. But, by somehow, princess came to know about it, and she trashed it into a stone. The stone got accursed and roll to the tantrik and killed him.
While dying Singhia cursed the city that everybody will die in an incident and there soul will stay there for centuries without rebirth. In the very next year, there was a battle between Ajabgarh and Bhangarh and nobody survived. The city never inhabited again.

Story B: Tantrik Singhia, used to practice his witching outside Bhangarh city. While the city was building, he warned the King not interfere with his settlement. The king was respectful to his privacy, but later one arrogant king dishonour the warning and the whole city paid for it. Once the shadows of the building fell on Singhia's estate, the whole city collapsed and all the citizens are forced to flew. Nobody dared to settled in the city again.

Archeological Facts: Bhangarh was built in17th century, by Raja Madho Singh, younger brother of Man Singh, a general of Emperor Akbar’s army. At that time, Bhangarh had a population of over 10,000. Today its all ruins but temples.

Only 250kms away from Delhi, 80kms away from Alwar, Rajathan; ruins of Bhangarh stands tall as a weekend destination provided traveller is not too scared of Ghost.
Our Story:
"Jodi buti (thts me!!!!), yaha Bhangarh karke ek haunted palace hai. Chalega kya??"
"Accha..Chal sakte hai. Kaun kaun jaayega?"
"Tu, main aur Soumen. Aur koi mile to dekh. 4 ho jaayenge to accha rahega."
But, we couldn't able to find the fourth one. So, the final Daredevils are Amlan da, Soumen and me.
25th Jan, 2009, in a beautiful morning, we started our ghost hunt at 6.45am from Gurgaon.

According to map, From NH8 one needs to take NH11A from Manoharpur. So after crossing Manoharpur we were expecting NH11A. 1kms passes, 2 kms passed…10kms passed!!!! No sign of a left turn. What the heck!!!

Kuch garbar hai, lag raha hai humne road miss kiya hai!” 

“Bhaiya, yaha se Bhangarh ke liye kaun sa rasta hai?”

“Who raste to picche reh gaya!!!Aap log yeh raste se jaa sakte hai..”

And the local guy suggested a state road which leads to Bhangarh via Pratapgarh. That was a horrible experience: first, the road was narrow, running through villages; second, broken at places resulting in bumpy ride. 

Abbe Hriday, rasta to bohot hi kharab hai!!! Thik raste se hi jaa rahe hai na???”

It seemed liked we were cursed by Bhangarh already and we started getting afraid of not making to Bhangarh!!! After a few kilometers ride, we found ourselves in between beautiful landscape.

Maa Kasam… kya nazara hai.. koi shikayat nahi!!! Camera Nikal..” 
Amlan can't stopped exclaiming!!!
The landscape was much more beautiful than photos. Typical arid landscape.
We were planning to reach Bhangarh before noon. But beauty of Aravalli make us stopped again and again and we stop thinking about the road conditions.
and landscapes kept on changing. Much pleasure to my camera!!
An unknown small palace we passed by.

We had another stop near this temple which seems haunted!!! We had a few modeling session here. Gee.

Heros!!! Me and Amlan with his Cutie Estilo. Amlan-da just love red color!!!

Oh, we are at Rajasthan. Ooops I was late by a second and cut the Camel head!! Hey, this time I know that fort, thats Pratapgarh fort.

Upon arrival at Pratapgarh we got our confidence back that we would be making to Bhangarh, no more road confusion.

The fort of Ajabgarh. 
This village was made by Ajab Singh Rajawat, who was the grandson of Madhu Singh, rular of Bhangarh. This Village is almost ruined except for a few population.
I went inside this house and had a feeling that the last residents in this house might be some cattles!!!

A deserted temple, we dont have a chance to go to this tample. But this temple is said to built in 1700AD. The front portion of the temple is made of marbles from Jhiri and Makrana. The palace of Ajabgarh
At around 1.30pm, arrived at Bhangarh. Browsing net we could only found myths about Bhangarh, and very less photographs. So, we were expecting it to be a small ruined city. But, to our pleasent surprise, it turned out to be much bigger one!!!
The fort of Bhangarh City
Collapsed houses, the broken pieces are moved away!!! It gives an impression like someboday chop it off from the top.
No doubt it was an planned city. But, I think the road is built recently, 'coz I saw a picture with a broken road in the net
Each house has three rooms, but the layout of the rooms is not the same. Though I didn't witness a single rooftop, from broken stairs in most of the houses, I infer most of them had a access to rooftop. There were little drains between rooms to rundown water.
One of the most representative sample. 
We are at the premises of Bhangarh 
This city was full of temples and still it is cursed!!! We expected little spooky atmosphere, unlike other forts/temples. To our surprise, few couples made it dating paradise!!! Here they don't have the fear of getting caught by Cops except for GHOSTS!!!. Accha hai na!!!
We were trying our best to get horror feel in our photography..

Daredevils...From Left Me, Soumen and Amlan. 
This photo took a lots of Jugaad. I have to bring a broken rock, then stabilize it and finally putting the camera on autotimer mood..oh yes, I also have to hurry to my position to get the perfect pose!!!
Not sure whether Ghosts exist in Bhangarh or not. But, I can assure about the scenic beauty of it!!!  This fort is little different than other forts of Rajasthan. The existance of Chakki put us in confusion "Was it a Prison??
Before going to Bhangarh I had a good search over net. Some visitors wrote about feeling something unusual, somebody wrote about getting spots in photograph, etc. and someone felt nothing. We also experienced nothing as such!! I clicked this photograph to see whether am I lucky to get some strange spots on my pics!!!and Mission Unsuccessful...
Love this snap. Specially the Aravalli Range. If you zoom in, you can see the extent of ancient Bhangarh city. 
Ruins of Bhangarh.
Posing again
Pond attached with temple
We left Bhangarh at around 4pm. We wanted hit the NH8 before dark and also didn't have anything for the whole day except for juices, chocolates and cakes. This time we got the NH11A and this was our last picture. we had our dinner in a restaurant and got back to Gurgaon at 10.30pm
Personally, I feel like I don't believe in Ghosts and have a dream to spend a night in Bhangarh with so called ghosts.


  1. hey nice more photos less words

  2. cool,really lykd it,da pics nd evrythin-wonderful

  3. Hi Hriday,

    I came to your blog while searching about NH11A between Manoharpur and Dausa. Your blog made me more worry how to get on 11A after Manoharpur. I am planing to go in next two week and do not want to miss the cut after Manohar pur.

    Could you please help me how to take correct left turn. if you can suggest how many KM after Manoharpur. Also how about the quality of road of NHA from manoharpur to Dausa?

    Really appreciate your help. Please drop me mail to

  4. Hi Ranjeet,
    Sorry for late reply. but I had sent a mail regarding your quaries. Please check ur mail.

  5. I hope i can also be a part of u guys.
    most intrstng one......

  6. Really Good.... and now keeping my fear aside, I too want to have a visit....