Fort Bhangarh is a seventeenth-century fortress that is located about 75 kilometers from Jaipur and is fairly well preserved. The fort was built by Man Singh I, the Raja Rajput of Amber, a state later known as Jaipur. And he built it for his little brother Madho Singh I.

Bhangarh Fort
Fort Bhangarh, Saad Akhtar

Fort Bhangarh is considered the most prominent place within the enchanted places of all India, and this is the main reason why it is a place visited by both national and foreign tourists. It is widespread in India the idea that many of its forts are enchanted, and among them the Fort Bhangarh is the most enchanted of all. The history of the Fort and its strange paranormal cases have been a magnet for the curious. Due to certain tragic incidents in this place and the belief that the fort is haunted, the government has decided to forbid access to the fort after sunset and before dawn. At the entrance to the fort there is a cartel indicating this prohibition.

There are three legends related to the history of this fortified city, which indicate that the fort is enchanted or haunted. One of the legends tells that a sadhu named Baba Balau Nath lived inside the fort with the permission of the emperor. This sadhu ordered that all the houses built in the fortress precincts could not shade his house, where he meditated, and if any shadow of another building fell on his house he would destroy the entire fortified city. The emperor continued building more and more buildings, until one day a shadow of one of those buildings reached the sadhu’s house and the destruction ended the life of the fort.

Bhangarh Fort
Exterior of Fort Bhangarh, Shahnawaz Sid

Another legend tells that Sinhai, a magician skilled in black magic, fell in love with Rathavati, the princess of Bhangarh. This princess was very beautiful and had many suitors belonging to other royal families of the country. This princess, when she was 18, went shopping with her friends and found an aromatic oil that she wanted to buy. This magician saw the pretensions of the princess, and before she bought the oil she changed it for a magic potion of love so that she would fall in love and marry him. However, the princess realized the magician’s deception and when he offered the liquid he threw it on a large rock nearby. It was then that the rock began to move, to roll towards the magician and crushed him. Before die, the magician cursed Bhangarh saying that it would be destroyed very soon and that no one could live inside its enclosures. Later, Fort Bhangarh would be invaded by the Mughals of the north and the city was sacked. At that time around 10,000 people lived in the fort. All those people, including the princess, were murdered. People believe that the current state of abandonment of the fort is due to the curse of the magician, and think that the fort still wander the ghosts of the magician, the princess and all who lived there. The curse said that all its inhabitants could not be reborn again and would be outside the circle of reincarnations, so they would only have the possibility of wandering around the fort. Fort Bhangarh would be invaded by the Mongols of the north and the city was sacked. At that time around 10,000 people lived in the fort. All those people, including the princess, were murdered. People believe that the current state of abandonment of the fort is due to the curse of the magician, and think that the fort still wander the ghosts of the magician, the princess and all who lived there. The curse said that all its inhabitants could not be reborn again and would be outside the circle of reincarnations, so they would only have the possibility of wandering around the fort. Fort Bhangarh would be invaded by the Mongols of the north and the city was sacked. At that time around 10,000 people lived in the fort. All those people, including the princess, were murdered. People believe that the current state of abandonment of the fort is due to the curse of the magician, and think that the fort still wander the ghosts of the magician, the princess and all who lived there. The curse said that all its inhabitants could not be reborn again and would be outside the circle of reincarnations, so they would only have the possibility of wandering around the fort. and they think that by the fort the ghosts of the magician, the princess and all who lived there still wander. The curse said that all its inhabitants could not be reborn again and would be outside the circle of reincarnations, so they would only have the possibility of wandering around the fort. and they think that by the fort the ghosts of the magician, the princess and all who lived there still wander. The curse said that all its inhabitants could not be reborn again and would be outside the circle of reincarnations, so they would only have the possibility of wandering around the fort.

There are many who think that there are numerous spirits wandering in Fort Bhangarh during the night. People often hear screams, women’s voices crying, and strange noises. Some people say that when they walk inside the Fort, they feel that someone is talking to them and sometimes they smell strange smells. This type of sensations have been collected by experiences lived in the fort during the night. It seems that they have seen shadows of ghosts, strange lights, music, and it is said that whoever spends the night in the Fort will not be able to leave there the next morning.

Fort Bhangarh is located on the edge of the Sariska National Park, in the Aravali mountain range. It is located at the foot of some hills on sloping ground. The ruins of the King’s Palace are located on the lower slope. There is a natural stream that reaches a pond that is inside the facilities of this palace.

Detail of Bhangharh Fort
IInterior of Fort Bhangarh, C980040

Temple in Fort Bhangarh
Temple at Fort Bhangarh, Naveen Agrawal

When we enter through the main gate of the fort we find temples, palaces, and havelis. There are also four other entry points to Bhangarh fort. Within the precinct there are Hindu temples such as the Hanuman temple, the Gopinath temple, the Someshwar temple, the Keshav Rai temple, the Mangla Devi temple, the Ganesh temple or the Navin temple. The Gopinath temple is built on a base about 4 meters high, and yellow stones were used to make the exquisite carvings of its walls. The residence of the priest, known as Purohitji Ki Haveli, is inside the fort’s compound. Inside we can also find the Nachan Ki Haveli or Dancer’s Palace, as well as the Jauhari Bazar market. The Royal Palace is located at the end of the limits of the fortress.

The temples dedicated to Hanuman and Shiv Mahadev were built in the shape of cenotaphs. A Muslim tomb was found outside the fort, and it is believed to belong to one of the sons of Hari Singh, the last Maharaja who ruled the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The entrance to Fort Bhangarh costs 200 rupees (2016) and if you enter with a video camera you have to pay another 200 rupees. The Fort is open every day from 6 in the morning until 6 in the afternoon. Regardless of the enchanted cases occurred in this place, it is worth visiting the fort for its architecture, its buildings and the history that accompanies it. In the town of Bhangarh there are lodgings where you can spend the night, although you can also get there from Jaipur or Alwar on a day trip with a private taxi. It is recommended to bring water and some food for the trip, since there are few places where you can stop for a drink on the way.

Bhangarh Fort
Fort Bhangarh, Arindambasu2

Bhangarh Fort
Bhangarh Fort, Pranav Prakash