Situated in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, the Bhangarh fort, they say, is not for the faint-hearted people. Rated as the most haunted place in the whole of India this fort demands some nerve on your part to make a visit to this place. A legion of myths and stories hang in the air here, the credibility of which has a double question mark (??) after it. There is only one way to know the truth of this place and that is by visiting this place in person.
The roads leading to the Bhangarh fort are surrounded by mountains which are undoubtedly by picturesque but perilous at the same time given the fact that the roads are somewhat narrow and very few people pass you by on the road. Once in the vicinity of the Bhangarh fort, you will reach a point where you will be greeted by the following instruction by the Government of India, engraved in a somewhat cheap tin and wood hoarding (such hoardings being ubiquitous in all parts of India):
INDIAN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SURVEY
“No vehicles are permitted to enter the fort beyond this point. Park your vehicles outside. Failure to comply with this instruction can have serious legal consequences.”
So, after having parked your vehicle outside and advancing some distance you will be greeted by yet another hoarding engraved on which this time are statutory warnings, the most conspicuous of which is:
NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO ENTER THE FORT AFTER SUNSET OR BEFORE SUNRISE
(Scary, is it?). This warning does give you a feel (however faint) that something is horribly amiss here and the fact that a number of tourists complain of the air here being heavy with something peculiar leading to a strange feeling in their gut, does not help. However, if you do succeed to keep the negative emotion and thoughts of fear inspired by this place at Bay, you will come vis-a-vis with surreal beauty of the Bhangarh fort.
The entrance of the Bhangarh Fort sports a map which guides tourists around the place. The fort beautifully unfolds before your eyes and greets you with a plethora of things: an ancient market called the Jauhari Bazaar, ruins, Havelis, gardens and a number of temples. Besides all these, in particular, one umbrella-like structure on the hill, stands out. Popularly known as the `Chattri` it is believed to offer magnificent views of the fort.
So, if there is not, as the hackneyed phrase has it, a cowardly bone in your body and you embrace danger and adventure like an old chummy, we invite you to put the Bhangarh Fort on your `To visit` list. And as to whether this place is haunted or not, we leave that to your discerning powers. Go figure!
How to reach : Bhangarh Fort
Bhangarh-the fabled haunted fort in India must definitely be in your destination list. So come, discover this great monument of mystery. Bhangarh is situated about 86kms from Alwar, the nearest airport being Sanganer airport in Jaipur, at a distance of 56kms from Bhangarh. The nearest station is the Dausa railway station junction, at a distance of just 22kms from Bhangarh.
When to visit : Bhangarh Fort
Best time to visit: August - February
Opening hours:6:00 AM - 6:00 PM