Renuka Lake - Nahan

Majestic lake presents a grand panorama to the visitors. Renuka Lake is the largest lake in Himachal Pradesh.

Varanasi

...is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.....By Mark Twain.

Submarine Museum - Vizag

This is only one of its kind, Submarine now a museum....!

Bhangarh

One of the most haunted place on the planet. Staying after sunset and going before sunrise is STRICTLY prohited by law.

Luxembourg

Enjoy boating in the green waters of Luxembourg and park your boats in the above parking bays.

Mitawali

The Ancient Temple which inspired the design of Indian Parliament House.

Showing posts with label Ajabgarh. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ajabgarh. Show all posts

December 12, 2010

Bhangarh - Trail of 2 Ghosthunters

Bhangarh - The most haunted place on this Earth. Internet is flooded with the stories and legends about Bhangarh, which are too interesting to resist.
I got too much tempted to see this place. All the stories about this place has motivated me to the extent that I was expecting to shake hands with the "Ghosts of Bhangarh" and being a history lover, I was looking forward to pull the curtains from the "Mystery of Bhangarh". 
One fine Saturday, we started our adventure at 7:00AM from Delhi to Bhangarh. If it was the indication of the things to come, one of my friends who has confirmed to be a part of Ghost Hunting trip, changed his mind at the last moment, that is only 15 minutes before. Well this didn't dampened our spirits. Unfazed and Undaunted, we continued our voyage with high spirits.
Though the route was unfamiliar, but as I always say "Good Travellers never plan in advance". We had escaped the traffic of Delhi and were enjoying the cruising on NH-8. 
 
We thoroughly took pleasure driving through Gurgaon - Manesar - Dharuhera - Neemrana - Kotpootli - Shahpura (left turn from Alwar crossing T-point, 190 km.) - Viratnagar (215 Km.) - Thanagaji (225 Km.) - Ajabgarh (265 Km.).

The journey is spellbinding and enriching. The road to Bhangarh takes you from the swanky malls and residential complexes in Delhi/ Gurgaon to the deep interiors of India, where village people still have to travel kilometres to ferry drinking water.

Highway is in good shape and we were enjoying the fresh airs. 
Left turn from Shahpura took us into the dominion of Aravallis mountains. Sailing through the gorges and mountainous roads, we celebrating the drive of our lives. Steep incline and acute descents will enough to keep us strike a delicate balance between thrill and caution. 

There are no Petrol Pumps after Thanagaji till Bhangarh, so drivers please ensure you do not run out of gasoline. Road after Thanagaji is pretty narrow. Due to ongoing road widening, 35 km. after Thanagaji will consume another hour. However the Rocky Terrain, mountains, Red Sands and colorful heritage of Rajasthan will set your spirits and enthusiasm rolling for the adventure ahead. 

Road is straight, but it is better to ask the locales whenever in doubt. Locales are very friendly and are always willing to go an extra yard to help the visitors.

30 Km. of entertaining drive took us to Ajabgarh. Ajabgarh shares the same time frame in history as of Bhangarh. There are a number of houses at Ajabgarh, which were were built centuries ago, most of them are deserted now. 
These houses look scary at daytime. There is also a fort on the hills which is deserted and in very bad condition. At this time, it was partially submerged in water. 
Only the tombs are slightly visible. I am sure at night deserted houses and the submerged fort can give heart attacks to even most of the Lion hearts.

Another 10 Km. we were in Bhangarh. In the way we, we had to cross a road overflowing with water. Check out:
Even this was not enough to stop our charge. We were scared for a moment seeing high flow rate, but "Darr ke aagey Jeet hai"

It took us 274 Km. and around 7 hours of adventure filled travel time to reach the fantasyland. That's the entrance, no doubt India knows how to welcome the guests:

As soon as we set out foot in the Bhangarh site, we started looking out for the highly acclaimed Blue board by ASI, which strictly prohibits entry to Bhangarh after Sunset and before Sunrise. To our surprises, the board was not at all there, our search went in vain. Though the entry to the site is prohibited after 6:00 PM, believe me there is no such scaring board.

Our Indian films have portrayed the haunted places in  peculiar way. Doors, if any in the ruins open automatically. The Ghosts/ Spirits in the ruined forts welcome the visitors with a message "You have come finally, I have been waiting for you since centuries". They also sing songs and roam around in the ruins with a burning candle. It is natural human psychology to associate ourselves with the history, no doubt even blowing winds looks like work of the ghosts.
There are no Ghostly appearing structures, but a magnificent Palace called as "Bhangarh Fort". The remains are informative enough to take you on to a mesmerizing journey, down the memory lane.

If we go back in the history lane, we will find that entrance to all the major cities in India started with the market. Same trend has been followed in Bhangarh too, one if felicitated by beautifully placed shops on both sides of the walking street. I am also trying to explore the charisma of those times and how they would have marketed from the shops.


The Bhangarh fort has been constructed in a way that it is surrounded by hills on 3 sides. What a marvelous exhibition of architectural acumen. Hats off to all The Engineers, Architects and Project Management guys of that time.
This construction expertise displayed in those times, I am sure will be very difficult to replicate even in today's  world.

The Gopinath Mandir (temple) stands tall in the center on Fort premises. Looks like it is still holding its fort bravely or guarding the place amidst the ruins. However in reality temple looks lonely and sad at heart by seeing its friends (Fort, palace, markets and gardens) slowly dying and drifting away. The temple must have committed to the architect that whatsoever happens, I will not leave this place. Looks like it is still keeping its words of staying till the end. Don't feel yourself desolated, I will keep on coming back to give you company.

It is our duty to preserve this grand heritage and memories of our ancestors intact and in its full glory.

After temple we decided to go upstairs and take an aerial view of this place. Each step on the stairs was taking us close the glorious past of this place, and the rich history of our great country. Beauty and magnificence has been spread all over this place. Well crafted palaces, artistically placed gardens. Check out yourself:



 To summarize Bhangarh -550 Km. and 15 hours drive in a day, someone has rightly said "Moments makes live a worthwhile". That's our moment....on the top of the fort, it can't get better...Standing on the terrace of the Palace the vast expanse of the fort looks like INVINCIBLE. It has four gates - Lahori Gate, Ajmeri Gate, Phulbari Gate and Delhi Gate. However now it looks that life has come to a standstill in this area.

Bhangarh is a beautiful place and the drive is equally enriching. So guys take out  a day off from your hectic schedules and get set go on a stimulating trip to Bhangarh. Sit there and try to unravel some of the mysteries associated with this place:






However our plans were quashed by Archaeological Survey of India, which prohibits staying inside the fort area after sunset and before sunrise. Locals say whoever has tried to stay inside after sunset was never found.Like all other tourists, we also left the place before sunset with many questions remaining still unanswered in our minds.
The day time is sufficient to reconnect with the glorious past of this place, You should not have any doubts to visit this Fort, if still don't hesitate to contact me.....
Other than Bhangarh, abandoned Kuldhara village near to Jaisalmer is also worth visiting for all ghostbusters.