Bhangarh Fort is an old and massive fort, situated in the valley of Aravallis. It is located on the border of Sariska Reserve in the Alwar district of Rajasthan. The fort is one of the oldest forts in India, established in 1573, as claimed by Wikipedia.
Bhangarh claims to be one of the most haunted place in India. It’s the only ‘Legally Haunted’ location recognized by the Indian Government. The haunted story behind this fort explains the tale of a magician, who was in love with the local princess of the town. According to the story, there was a magician who used to live in the town of Bhangarh. He was fallen in love with the local princess, but the princess refused to marry him. Unhappy with the decision, the magician decided to do a trick with the princess to make her surrender to him. Somehow, the princess got aware of this and found a way to kill him. Before he died, he cast a dark spell on the whole town. He cursed the whole town that Bhangarh would be destroyed soon and no one will be able to live with his precincts.
With the result of this curse, Bhangarh Fort was invaded by Mughals. All the people including the princess living in the town were killed.
After this haunted story, I don’t think that you can stop yourself by visiting this amazing fort. The fort is a perfect place for picnic. In fact, the place is officially recognised as a tourist destination by Archeological Survey of India. The fort’s massive architecture consists a beautiful landscape of ruins. When you enter into the fort, a 30 feet tall gate comes. After passing this entry gate, the fort has lush green gardens with the background of huge hills of Aravalli ranges.
One cannot stay at Bhangarh after sunset. Entry to Bhangarh is legally and strictly prohibited between sunset and sunrise. A signboard posted by Archaeological Survey of India, specifies these instructions.
Jaipur, Ajabgarh, Alwar, Sariska Reserve, etc.
What to keep in mind:
This place is located on your way from Delhi to Jaipur – approx 3 Hrs drive from Gurgaon, if you don’t find traffic and a lovely highway road between daruhera and Alwar.
- Route: Delhi-Gurgaon-Bhiwadi-Alwar-Sariska-Thanagazhi-Pratapgarh-Ajabgarh-Bhangarh.
- It’s a nearly 300-km drive. Best to travel in a SUV and always carry a spare tyre as there are stretches where for kilometres there are no petrol pumps or habitations.
- Always carry some dry food as good dhabas and eateries are rare.
- Carry a torch with you as the fort does not have electricity and even in day time, a torch will help you to see parts of the fort better.
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