Bhangarh

Do ghost stories enchant you? Does the hint of paranormal excite you? Then a visit to Bhangarh, a ghost town that is one of Indias spookiest places is one for you. At the edge of the Sariska forest in Rajasthan, between Jaipur and Delhi lies the town of Bhangarh whose haunted status is attracting scores of tourists.
Bhangarh is known for its ruins and the place is beautiful and tranquil. What remains though is the shadow of a once beautiful kingdom. Large banyan trees and several temples dot the landscape. A day time visit is possible to see beautifully carved temples of Gopinath, Shiva (Someshwar), Mangla Devi and Keshava Rai that have survived the passage of time. There is also the dancer’s haveli, the ruins of homes and scattered boulders with carvings. On a nearby hilltop stands a chhatri that is believed to have been inhabited by the tantric who according to legend cursed the place to be ruined. Entry to Bhangarh is legally prohibited between sunset and sunrise as proclaimed by the Archaeological Survey of India. Not for the faint hearted, Bhangarh can be reached by road from Alwar which is connected by road and train to Delhi.
Best time to visit: October to March
Languages spoken: Hindi
Climate: Extremely hot summers and pleasant winters
Heritage sites: Temples of Gopinath, Shiva and Keshava Rai, Ruins of a palace, haveli

सरिस्का के जंगल से भानगढ़ के रहस्यमय किले तक का सफ़र

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गाइड से पूछने पर पता चला की हाल फिलहाल तो शेर की कोई हलचल वहा नहीं दिखी है, अब हम इतनी बार जंगल जा चुके है कि एक विशेषज्ञ की तरह ही गाइड और ड्राईवर से बात करते है। तभी हमारे ड्राईवर लकी ने १-२ बिस्कुट जीप से बाहर हिरनों की तरफ फ़ेंक दिए तो हमने तुरंत उसको डांटा, वो बोला सर कोई गलत चीज़ नहीं फेंकी है, इससे क्या नुकसान होगा। हमने बोला भाई वो प्राकृतिक चीज़े खाते है उनको ये गन्दी आदत मत डालो, अगर बाद मे उनकी इच्छा फिर से ये खाने की हुई तो कहा से लायेगे, किसी हिरन की मादा ने फरमाइश कर दी कि वही वाले बिस्कुट चाहिए तो उस बेचारे हिरन की गृहस्थी ही टूट जायेगी। वैसे मजाक अपनी जगह है लेकिन जंगल मे इस तरह से कुछ भी फेंकना गलत ही है। जैसी की उम्मीद थी कि कोई शेर नहीं दिखा इसलिए हमने ड्राईवर को भी बोल दिया कि वो बाहर चल सकता है और वैसे भी समय हो ही गया था। इस समय हमारे मन मे भानगढ़ जाने की प्रबल इच्छा थी क्योकि इतना कुछ सुन रखा था इन किलो के बारे मे कि अब इन्तजार नहीं हो रहा था। बाहर आते ही हमने जिप्सी ड्राईवर को बचे हुए २० ० ० रूपये दिए और अपनी गाड़ी मे बैठ गए और लकी को भी इशारा कर दिया कि जल्दी से भानगढ़ की तरफ चले।

भानगढ़ और सरिस्का के बीच की दूरी लगभग ७०-८० किलोमीटर है, सरिस्का से आगे थानागाजी, अजबगढ़ होते हुए भानगढ़ जाया जा सकता है। अभी कुछ भी खाने की इच्छा नहीं थी इसलिए हमने पहले भानगढ़ जाने का ही निश्चय किया फिर वहा से वापिस आने के बाद ही खाने के बारे मे कुछ सोचेगे वैसे भी ७०-८० किलोमीटर ही दूरी थी तो सोचा कि एक सवा घंटा ही लगेगा पहुचने मे लेकिन थोड़ी देर मे ही अच्छी सड़क का रास्ता खत्म हो गया और ख़राब रास्ता शुरू जो योजना थी उससे दुगना समय लगा पहुचने मे।
भानगढ़ के बारे मे कहा जाता है कि वहा की राजकुमार रत्नावती बहुत खूबसूरत थी और लोग उसके रूप के दीवाने थे, वही एक साधू भी था जो रत्नावती को बहुत चाहता था, वो साधू काले जादू मे माहिर था। एक बार राजकुमार बाजार मे इत्र खरीद रही थी तो उस साधू ने उस इत्र पर मंत्र पढ़ दिए जिससे कि वो इत्र लगाते ही राजकुमारी उसकी दीवानी हो जाए लेकिन राजकुमार इत्र देखते ही उसकी चाल समझ गयी और उसने वो इत्र की शीशी एक पत्थर पर पटक दी,

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Bhangarh : India’s most haunted place

Bhangarh : India’s most haunted place

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It all started with an idea to visit some off-beat destination around Delhi. Google search leads to an image of Bhangarh ruins that claims to be India’s most haunted place…
…Now we started our introspection to each and every ruin to find something roguish, but didn’t get anything of that short. Although a negative energy was there in the environment. Probably they shifted somewhere else due to increasing foot-falls.

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All about Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan

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The Mughal connection is attributed to the relationship of Sawai Madho Singh, the ruler of Bhangarh in 16th Century with Raja Mansingh I, who was a general in Akbar’s army. These two chieftains were brother. Their father Bhagwant Singh was the ruler of Amber. This Mughal association is believed to be continued till the death of Aurangjeb. When the Mughal empire weakened, Bhangarh was attacked by Jaishingh II in 1720 AD. Later, a famine broke out in 1783 AD, which forced the inhabitants to abandon the city. However, history apart, the fort premises had the reputation of the haunted place till recent years. And, such reputation became the main reason for the tourist to flow in that sleepy village.

At the first sight, it seemed that the ruins of the fort and residential buildings were scattered all over the place, which makes it difficult to see the important places without any guide. Realising the same, the Archaeological Survey of India had put a reasonably good guide map there. I tried to decipher that map, but could not succeed in the first attempt. I started feeling that such maps could be used only after one visited all over the place and returned to the map only to understand what was what. Anyway, with the help of subsequent attempts at the map, we proceeded towards what was once the jewellery market.

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On the road, from Old Pushkar to Bhangarh, Rajasthan

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Approximately 10 kilometers before the Jaipur City, we had to take a turn towards the NH 11 C through Gopalpura Bypass. The journey from Pushkar to Gopalpura Bypass was so far good and pleasant. But, I was desperate to have a cup of tea. Suddenly, I saw a tea-shop, where tea was being prepared on the log-wood-stove. An old lady owner of the shop was preparing tea. I could not resist myself and stopped the car to have a cup of tea prepared on the flames of log-wood. I felt as if I were in rural Rajasthan. Sipping that tea from a disposable cup was a different experience altogether. Such tea-shops are a rare luxury these days. But, while standing there, I was also surprised to see the attire of that lady-owner of the eta shop. She was wearing the thick silver bangles, silver necklace and the silver nose-ring. Either she must be quite rich in her community or wearing such ornaments by a married lady must be a tradition here.

The tea had the desired effect on me. With the renewed energy, we came to the Toll plaza of the Jaipur-Agra Expressway. One of the Aravalli hills had been cut for makingthe way through a tunnel. Being a Sunday afternoon there was no rush there. My wife, however, pointed out that it was the same tunnel which was depicted as the most-accident prone area in the Amir Khan’s “SatyamevJayte” programme on the road safety. Anyway, we crossed that tunnel without any difficulty and proceeded ahead and continued to our third leg of the journey.

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