Haunted Bhangarh fort: Saga of love, obsession & curse

Haunted Bhangarh fort: Saga of love, obsession & curse

It was a winter afternoon, the sun was glooming on our heads, everything looked so golden in Rajasthan, India but we were ready to get soaked. We parked our vehicle near the huge Iron Gate and left to explore the true saga of haunted Bhangarh Fort.

Haunted Bhangarh Fort: Saga of love, obsession & Curse

After entering from one of the five gates of the fortified city, we kept on walking for a kilometer in the cobbled street decked with rubble shops on both sides. These multi-storied shops looked same and were giving the true picture of prosperous Bhangarh city during King Madho Singh reign. This whole market was known as Johari Bazaar. And there we saw the giant, horizontal structure jutting out from the mountains. Still a kilometer away, the fort looked grand just like others forts of Rajasthan, coming out from the Aravali hills. I turned and said oh! there stands the haunted Bhangarh fort? How can this be haunted? As we were still gazing towards the Fort, guide broke our silence.

First Glimpse of Haunted Bhangarh Fort from Johari Bazaar
First Glimpse of Haunted Bhangarh Fort from Johari Bazaar

I can recite you the tale how once the royal place became haunted and this title is now carried from generation to generation.


Bhangarh Fort Stories

Story of Curse

The haunted Bhangarh fort was built by King Man Singh or Bhan Singh in the 17th century for his younger brother Madho Singh. When the king decided the location, he came to know about the Guru Balu Nath who used to live and meditate in the same hills. He went to meet and greet him, but the ascetic was really against the idea of building a fort and city there. After many persuasions and thought, saint granted permission on a condition, that the shadow of his palace should never fall on his residence. King agreed to the condition and the fort was constructed till 4th floor. The city kept on flourishing and Guru’s word was forgotten with time. Later the King Ajaib Singh added 3 more floors to the Palace and King Man Singh’s promise went to hay way. There came the curse and the dooming of the whole city. I wonder was Guru Bhalu Nath immortal and living for centuries!

Locals believe the town was cursed to remain roofless. Even, if today a roof is built here, it collapses.

Story of Love & Obsession

Another fascinating story is of Beautiful Princess Ratnavati. It is believed that she was the most beautiful princess in Rajasthan. As soon as she turned 18, every Prince wanted to marry her including the Bhangarh Prince, Madho Singh. Princess Ratnavati refused to marry King Madho Singh, as he used to hunt animals. But the King was in deep love and he kept on pleading Princess for marrying him. Princess in return kept two conditions to the king. First being that he should stop hunting animals and second being, to build a palace in a way where the last sunray shouldn’t fall on it. In a year, King fulfilled both the wishes and Princess Ratnavati agreed to marry him. She became Queen of Bhangarh.


The Queen Ratnavati was a Krishna follower, so there is a magnificent Gopinath Temple within the fort. There too are Shiva, Hanuman, Someshwar, Keshav Rai and Ganesh Temple within the fortified city.

Apart from Beauty Queen Ratnavati was equally brainy too. After the wedding, she was learning tantric vidya from a famous magician Singhia. While teaching her, Tantric got attracted and wanted to achieve her by any means. One day, he spotted Queen’s maid buying attar (perfume) for Queen from the market. So, he thought to trick Ratnavati by doing Black magic on the perfume. But the Queen was herself well versed with all the magic’s tricks and the occult. She sensed the plan and just after opening the bottle; poured the whole of it on a boulder. Soon, the boulder rolled towards Singhia, crushing him into pieces. He died in few minutes but after giving a curse. He cursed that everyone will die who dwelt in the palace without taking rebirths. Soon, a year after the battle took place between Bhangarh and Ajabgarh, in which Queen Ratnavati died.

All these stories are fascinating but don’t have a solid ground. Except that in 1783 famine hit the place, which forced the people to leave their ever-growing shops and homes.

These both stories sent a chill down our spine. And further, the guide took us inside to explore the premises.

Haunted Bhangarh fort Entrance

Enter the fort and palace through a Hanuman Gate and huge gardens welcome you. On one side stands the Gopinath temple built in gold yellow stone, on 14 feet high plinth. And at the other end is a Shiva Temple with a huge Kund. Just before climbing the palace, there is a Kewda and Pandanus tree forest.

Entrance to haunted Bhangarh Fort
Entrance to haunted Bhangarh Fort

A small steep climb takes you to the entrance which seemed quite interesting. The Fort was divided into two halves and had 7 floors in total. But today only four of them are visible.

Inside the Fort

The first floor has long corridors with the small rooms at each end. One of these rooms has been turned to a prayer house, to keep the unnatural powers away from the fort whereas the other room on the end goes several floors down to the Khazana (where gold and cash used to be kept). It surely looked scary and dangerous as it was dark and there was no light.

Rooms with several stairs, taking down to Khazana in the Haunted Bhangarh Fort
Rooms with several stairs, taking down to Khazana in the Haunted Bhangarh Fort

From there climb few zig-zag stairs and you will reach a floor with several rooms in the deserted state. Only one or half wall of the rooms are intact and makes you judge that this was a room year’s back. There seemed to be a huge bathing tub or pool in between for Queen. we could guess how luxurious it would have been in those days!

Rooms of Haunted Bhangarh Fort in deserted state

Bathing Tub of Rani Ratnavati in the haunted Bhangarh Fort
Bathing Tub of Rani Ratnavati in the haunted Bhangarh Fort

There is a Kali Devi Temple in one of these rooms and from there move towards the fort edge where you can see the birds-eye view of the whole fortified city.

Birds eye view of the fortified city from the Palace: Haunted Bhangarh fort
Birdseye view of the fortified city from the Palace

On the side of the hill top, there is a dome-shaped pavilion, which is believed to be habited by tantric Singhia.

Outside Bhangarh Fort

Just as you step out there are rows of similar shops on both sides of the street, known as Jauhari Bazar. Keep walking and you will see the remains of Nachan ki Haveli i.e Dancers Haveli and Purohit Ji Ki Haveli (Pundit’s Haveli). Before exiting the final gate there is a cenotaph of Hanuman Ji to keep all negative forces away.

Ruins of Nachan Ki Haveli (Dancers Haveli) in the Haunted Bhangarh Fort
Ruins of Nachan Ki Haveli (Dancers Haveli)

So, we found this fortified city wall has enclosed Palaces, temples, and Havelis in it. The haunted Bhangarh fort is one of its own kinds. We think it to be more of an architectural beauty of the medieval era rather than being haunted.

Someshwar Temple in Haunted Bhangarh Fort
Someshwar Temple in Haunted Bhangarh Fort

We have read about the paranormal activities which several people had faced in the fortified city but truly we didn’t feel any negativity here.

Instructions for Visiting Bhangarh Fort 

  1. Entry is prohibited before sunrise and after sunset, as there is a strong belief in some paranormal activities there.
  2. Cutting of Kewda trees is not allowed and they are government’s property.
  3. Entry of woodcutters, shepherds, and animals is strictly prohibited.
  4. Don’t go at the fort edges to avoid falls.
  5. Avoid littering in the premises as the government is making efforts to clean it and promote it for tourism.

Guide Map to Haunted Bhangarh Fort

How to Reach Bhangarh Fort

The haunted Bhangarh Fort is located on the borders of Sariska Tiger Reserve, in the Aravali hills, of Alwar district; Rajasthan.

It lies 235 kilometers from Delhi, 89 kilometers from Alwar, 86 kilometers from Jaipur and 28 kilometers from Sariska. The haunted fort can be reached via car, train or local bus. The nearest railway station is in Jaipur (53 km) and Dausa (22 Kms).

Condition of Roads from Delhi: Excellent

Total Time from Delhi: 5- 6 Hrs

Ideal time to visit: Winters from November to February

Related: Travel Guide to Jaipur Pink City


Interesting Fact about Haunted Bhangarh Fort

There is almost negligible settlement around the fortified city. Locals believe that if they construct roof of their houses, it will collapse. So, many of the houses are without the roof or if there are roofs; they are mostly thatched roofs.

The Bhangarh Village is also known as Roofless Village of Rajasthan.

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Haunted Bhangarh Fort


35 thoughts on “Haunted Bhangarh fort: Saga of love, obsession & curse”

  • What an interesting place to visit! The legends surrounding the fort even more so. I love visiting places with incredible history so this is really a place I’d love to see one day! . I’m sure the fort even looks more majestic in its glory days.

  • Ooooh you had me at haunted! How interesting! I also think that Bhangarh Fort is incredibly photogenic! It would be fun to just go around and photograph the place for a few hours…then look at the images later to see if we see anything peculiar in the background!

  • Did you not feel the restless energy at Johari Bazaar and at the top of the palace. I did. Having said that I found this place to be hauntingly beautiful – a very photogenic fort and lovely temples.

  • So I am guessing you had no ‘haunted’ experiences? Haha. The fort looks pretty amazing by the way, I would love to visit it. The stories associated with it are interesting too and I am not surprised because there are so many such stories going around about curses and things like that in India (especially Rajasthan). I do find them intriguing although I don’t really believe in them. I’d love to pay a visit to the fort at night 😉

  • Wow, how interesting that you cannot come when it is dark because there is belief in paranormal activity, that just makes it even more fascinating. I also really appreciate that Princess Ratnavati was so ahead of her time in terms of admonishing animal cruelty!

  • What an interesting place. I love the story of the black magic perfume (but of a brutal ending for the wizard though). I can’t believe they still won’t build a roof on the palace, or the surrounding dwellings!

  • I can totally imagine this place being haunted! It’s interesting that the two stories have similar conditions about the sun not hitting the buildings. That would probably be the opposite here in Seattle. The condition would be that no shade could ever fall on the building. Haha!

  • Looks like an incredible place to visit – I love going to places like this which are so enriched in history and so many stories to give you goosebumps , the ruins look amazing to explore around – Did you feel any paranormal activity yourself?

  • The Bhangarh fort was high on my list but the last time around I did not have time to visit it. Those ruins and stories are quite fascinating and even the modern ones where people have found weird things happening to them. A friend almost lost all her pictures here only to rediscover it after she had left Bhangarh. Well written Suruchi. Loved my virtual. Tour

  • You kept me engrossed all through. The Johari bazar, the Nachan ki Haveli and Purohit Ji Ki Haveli all came alive and it felt like I am transported right back to that era when everything was full of life. Ruins always fascinate me and I have been wanting to visit this fort but it never happened. I visited Abhaneri last time for it’s Chand Baori and I hope to do bhangarh soon. Your pictures are wonderful! Your story telling brought the fables to life!

  • I had heard of the Haunted Bhangarh Fort before but never the story of why it was haunted. Thanks for solving that mystery! It’s hard to imagine how these ruins could have ever been inhabited but your photos really show how it may have looked in the past. It was interesting to read that people live near the fort without roofs. Anything to avoid getting haunted, I guess!

  • The Bhangarh Fort looks like a really interesting place to visit with a lot of history, but do like the spooky stories! I wonder if that really happened and if the fort is really haunted. Did get a strange vibe there?

  • I love haunted destinations! They’re so interesting and spooky! Plus, it’s absolutely beautiful. Interesting that there aren’t roof on many of the buildings because they were thatched. Great post, thanks for sharing!

  • I have read allot about Bhangarh Fort but have never been there. The stories associated with the Fort are indeed fascinating. But apart from its haunted reputation which is always in the limelight, I feel that the beauty and finesse of its architecture get overshadowed. I love it for its amazing design. Of course, the stories of valour, love, and treachery associated with forts like these add an aura of mystery and intrigue making them more alluring.

  • I can’t wait to get to India. Might have to include Bhangarh Fort to the list as it looks a lot less touristy than the Taj Mahal. The photos make it look incredible and would love to do the Sariska Tiger Reserve while in the area.

  • Gosh that are so many incredible sights in Rajasthan- I was just there and felt like we saw so much during our one week whirlwind trip, but everytime I come to your site I see a new monument that we missed!

  • It is slightly boring if you don’t sense anything supernatural in such a famed haunted fort, no? 😉
    But then I am glad you didn’t. This is very much in my list and I hope to have some little weird experience there.
    Superb pics.

  • Thanks for sharing, I love reading about Indian history. Bhangarh Fort is beautiful but I just cannot do the haunted sites! Maybe one day I will work up some nerve lol.

  • What beautiful architecture and history! I love places shrouded in mysticism and legend like this. It makes visiting even more magical. Plus, who wouldn’t love the animal activist Princess Ratnavati? A girl after my own heart

  • I always find it fascinating to hear stories about the history of ancient places. You have to take them with a grain of salt though, because at this point you’ll most likely never know the truth. Still, they add to the experience. It must have been wonderful to walk among all of that beautiful architecture.