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Bhangarh Diaries: Story of Haunted Fort

Bhangarh is a small town situated in Alwar District of Rajasthan state. Bhangarh is famous for its historical ruins and unsolved mysteries of Fort. It is located on the border of the Sariska Tiger Reserve in Aravali Range of Hills near the village Gola ka Bas and is situated at the foothill of the sloping terrain. Bhangarh Fort is now very popular as ‘The Most Haunted Place in India’ because some locals and tourists believe that there are some spirits live in the Fort. Now a days, Bhangarh attracts millions of tourists annually from across the globe to experience the sense of spirits.

This Ancient site was founded in the later half of 16th Century A.D. by King Bhagwant Das, the then ruler of Amber and later on it was made capital of Madho Singh(I). Madho Singh (I), younger brother of King Man Singh(I) was one of the Navratnas in the court of Mughal Emperor Akbar (A.D. 1556-1605).  The remains at the Bhangarh consist of Fort Walls, Gateways, Markets, Havelis, Temples, Royal Palace, Chhatris (cenotaphs), Tomb etc. Important Temples are Gopinath, Someshwara, Keshav Rai and Mangla Devi, all in Nagara style of temple architecture. The Royal Palace said to have seven storeys but now only four storeys remain. Whole Fort campus was protected by three successive fortifications. The outer most fortification is provided with five Gateways from North to South named Ajmeri, Lahori, Hanuman, Phool Bari, and Delhi Gate.

There are numerous ghostly stories associated with Bhangarh Fort which supports the rumours of presence of spirits in the ancient site.

As an explorer, Bhangarh was in my travel wishlist from a long time. And these related stories inspire to visit and explore. And Its My First SOLO Trip.

Delhi Sarai Rohilla Railway Station:

 

I boarded on Delhi Sarai Rohilla- Bandra Gareeb Rath Express at 09:20 a.m. and reached Alwar by 11:45 a.m.

Then Took a sharing Rickshaw for Bus Stand for taking bus to Bhangarh. (There are two routes from Alwar to Bhangarh: via Sariska-Tohla and Rajgarh Tohla). I preferred Second one because of availability of bus. But I personally suggest you to take Sariska route because it passes though National Park and road condition is also good. This 90 km bus trip took my three and half hours and I reached Bhangarh by 3:30 p.m.

One the way to Bhangarh

After fatigue bus trip, I pull my socks up and got ready for action. First I clicked Guide Map of Bhangarh Ancient Site for my reference.

I entered the site by Hanuman Gate. Because of small Hanuman Temple at entrance gate, they name it Hanuman Gate. Then, I moved on towards Gopinath Temple and passed thorough the ruins of ‘Modon ki Haveli’ and ‘Jauhari Bazaar’.

 

Gopinath Temple:

Then, I moved to the Royal Palace, it was a Four storey building guarded by fortification wall. There were numerous rooms, halls and verandah. Some deep inside rooms along with corridor have no sunlight and were full of bats. Here, It makes filmy type scary room but I didn’t experienced any type of paranormal activities. Now Palace turned into Ruins but it still showcases the glory of Royal Life. Royal Palace was surrounded by Lush Green Mountain Ranges from three side.

 

After visiting Royal Palace, I turned towards Somesvara Temple. Meanwhile, I got chance to capture some moments of ‘Community Dinning Table of Monkeys’.

Somesvara Temple:

 

One more Monkey moment:

Then, moved to 

Purohit Ji ki Haveli:

 

 

Keshav Rai Temple:

It was nearly 6:00 p.m. So I have to leave this site because sun was about to set and According to Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), No visitors allowed to stay after 6:00 p.m. So, before leaving I climbed fortification walls and at Ajmeri Gate.

 

One more thing I observe after Bhangarh Fort is Tomb which built in the same era.

Then, I took bus from Bhangarh to Dausa and then connecting bus to Jaipur.

Mu journey of Bhangarh was truly good. I personally didn’t experience any paranormal activity in Bhangarh but I can say You must visit this place to experience the Heritage Town of Rajputana life. Though I didn’t experienced any ghost activity doesn’t mean that its not a Ghost Destination. For this come and experience Haunted Fort.

 

How to Reach: 

Airways:  Nearest Airport is Jaipur (85 km) which is directly connected with all major cities.

Railways:  Nearest Railway Stations are Dausa (22 km), Jaipur (85 km) and Alwar (90 km).

Roadways: There are few buses running on these routes. Bus is available from Dausa and better option is to hire a taxi.

Where to Stay:  No hotels available in Bhangarh town. Better to stay in Alwar, Jaipur and Dausa.

Best Time to Visit: October to April.

Quote by Archaeological Survey of India:

10 Comment

  1. Hi Ankit,

    What a great write-up and photos!

    I’m hoping to visit Bhangarh Fort myself in November. I’m finding it very hard to find out how to get there by bus though. I’ll be coming from Jaipur and then travelling on to Sariska (Hotel Tiger Den) later that day. So ideally I would like to take the train from Jaipur to Dausa, then a bus to Bhangarh, then later on another bus from Bhangarh to Sariska. Do you think that this would be possible? Do you know where I can find any more information on the buses?

    Many thanks!

    1. Hello,
      Definitely, It is possible. Just take bus/ train from Jaipur to Dausa. Then Bus fromDausa to Bhangarh is available. And You can get Bus from Bhangarh to Alwar which will drop you in Sariska (Hotel tiger).
      Just confirm the bus timetable from Dausa and Bhangarh Bus Stand.

      Thank You
      Happy Journey

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