Located at the borders of the Sariska Tiger Reserve in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, the Bhangarh Fort is not for the faint-hearted. But if there is not, as the phrase goes, a cowardly bone in your body and you greet danger with open arms, we invite you to explore the best among the most haunted places in India.
Once in the precincts of the fort, you will be greeted by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) tin and wood hoarding:
No vehicles are permitted to enter the fort beyond this point. Failure to comply with this instruction can have serious legal consequences.
Having parked your vehicle outside, you will be greeted by another hoarding after walking down a short distance:
It is forbidden to enter borders of the haunted Bhangarh Fort before sunrise and after sunset.
Scary, isn’t it? There is only one way to know the truth about the place and that is by visiting this place. But the lack of provision of electricity makes the ruins bloodcurdling and leaves the truth behind the fort walls unexplored.
The Haunting History: A Legion Of Bhangarh Fort Haunted Stories
The Bhangarh fort in Rajasthan was built by King Madho Singh, the younger brother of Emperor Akbar’s general called Man Singh. It was built after getting approval from ascetic Guru Balu Nath who meditated at this place. According to common folklore, the ascetic made the king swear that the fort shadows would not touch his area of meditation. But the king failed to keep up to his promise. As soon as the shadows touched his spot, Guru Balu Nath cursed the village to remain roofless. Even if a roof is built today, it collapses soon after.
Another story is about tantrik Singhia, who fell in love with Princess Ratnavati. He tried to use magic to win over her, but the princess got to know of his evil plans and ordered to get him killed. Before the tantrik died, he too, cursed the residents of the fort to die and the village dwellers to remain roofless forever.
What Happens in the Bhangarh Fort at Night?
ASI forbids visitors and locals from hanging around the vicinity of the fort once the sun sets. The warnings about legal actions are not merely out of rumors. People claim to have heard Bhangarh ghosts scream, voices of women crying, sounds of bangles in the rooms, and eerie smells after dusk. Ghostly shadows, strange lights, and unusual sounds of music and dance have also been reported. The brave hearts who dared to stay back after dusk have failed to appear alive the next morning.
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Bhangarh Fort Timings
Best time to visit: September – February; since like other cities of Rajasthan, Bhangarh area is also very hot during the summers
Opening hours: 6 am – 6 pm; it is forbidden to roam around the area during other hours as per ASI’s orders
Bhangarh Fort Entry Fees
Ah yes, even some of the most haunted places in India charge you.
Video Camera: INR 25
Further Read: 10 Haunted Places In Delhi That Will Give You Creeps
Haunted or not, the truth is that many people have committed suicide or have died unnaturally in the precincts of the fort. So why not take a trip to Rajasthan yourself and try to unveil the Bhangarh Fort mystery.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bhangarh Fort
A. No, you are not allowed to stay inside the fort in the night. The entry gates to the fort close every day before twilight by 6 PM. Since it also shares its boundaries wh Sariska Reserve, there is a danger of an encounter with wild animals. So, nobody is allowed to enter the area after it gets dark.
A. You can take your phone cameras inside the fort and click photos or make any videos. As long as commercial photoshoot is concerned, you may have to take permission from the authorities.
A. For domestic tourists, the entry ticket is INR 15. Foreign tourists are required to pay INR 200 as an entry fee. The entry is free for children below 15 years.
A. Yes, you can definitely reach Bhangarh Fort on a bike. There are well-constructed roads leading you to the haunted palace. However, you cannot take your bike inside the fort or the village.
A. The nearest airport is in Jaipur and the nearest railway station is Bandikul. You will have to hire a cab to cover the rest of the journey. If you are coming from Delhi, you can either take e a route via Neemrana or Alwar. You will find small settlements and villages along the way.
A. Mind you, there are no hotels near the haunted village. All the hotels that you will find nearest are in Alwar. Hotel Raj Resort and Amanbagh are some of the amazing properties.