Rajasthan is mostly known for its deserts and ancient architecture. Rajasthan is a land in West India that shares a border with Pakistan. A worldwide survey shows that in the year 2017, Many tourists visit its several parts for entertainment and to acknowledge themselves about the Royal history of Rajasthan. Bhangarh Fort is the most historical place of Rajasthan, district Alwar. It is situated in the village of Bhangarh.
You can go there through New Delhi and the other way to Bhangarh goes from Jaipur. Although, it is notorious as a haunted place and Archaeology Survey of India (ASI) has placed several signboards of warning in the fort. These boards vividly describe that don’t stay within the ruins of the fort before sunrise and after sunset. All this just increased the curiosity of travellers to come and witness its intimidating atmosphere.
Historical Background of Bhangarh Fort
Bhangarh fort is well-known for its great historical background. Indian king named Bhagwandas built this massive historical fort in 1583. But it kept isolated for 300 years nearly. In his descendants, Madho Singh made it his residential place in 1813. After that in the supremacy of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, two successors of Hari Singh accepted Islam as a religion and Aurangzeb handed over the responsibility of fort to both of them. After the Mughal emperor, King Sawai Jai Singh took rule over it.
Stories related to its demolition
Bhangarh Fort has become a scary place and known as the most haunted Fort of India. Local people and various travel guides declare that people disappearing and paranormal activities are observed there at dusk. But all stories have not been substantiated yet it remained the most visited and crowded place in India. Before visiting it, you must learn about these mysterious stories describing Bhangarh. People living in Alwar narrate two fiction about its desolation.
1. Yogi Balu Nath’s condemnation
Some people confide that before building this fort, King has taken permission from a Yogi Balunath, who lived nearby the premises of Fort. The Yogi has permitted the to King for construction of Bhangarh Fort, on a condition that the precinct of the fort should not be elevated so their shadow will fall onto Yogi’s place. King assured Yogi while constructing the Fort this term will be kept in mind.
After the reign of Madho Singh, his descendants forgot about the Yogi’s saying, and they elevated the walls of Fort so high. As they failed to fulfil King’s words as a subsequent result Bhangarh Fort confronted with this desolation. It is believed from centuries that Yogi cursed this desolation to Bhangarh Fort. Even after its downfall it is still not renovated. Maybe in the future, some changes could be made by the high authorities or tourism department of India.
2. Tantric Sanghia’s curse
Another fearsome anecdote belongs to the fort that there lived a princess Ratnavati. She was the most beautiful princess of her time. Everyone endorsed her magnificent charm. A tantric Sanghia got his evil intentions in her. He threw a proposal for her that was rescinded. In anger, he used his black magic trickeries on her perfume to make her his hostage. Ratnavati was informed about the tantric’s evil plotting. She poured the bottle of perfume outside the window, which had been fallen on a rock. Due to the tantric mantra, the rock crumbled the Tantric Sanghia and he was squeezed under it. His last words were proved as a condemnation for the Bhangarh.
After that Bhangarh Fort encountered a sudden attack of adversaries. Many people perished in the war of Ajabgarh and Bhangarh and princess Ratnavati was imprisoned in her castle. It is mumbled that their spirits persist in the fort. However, its enchanting charm attracts people towards it.
Nearby sites of Bhangarh fort are deserted yet. The reason is paranormal and threatening activities gossiped about that castle. You will even notice roofless houses in the surroundings. It is also considered a part of the curse that no house can sustain the roof. Even if they construct, it demolishes after some time that could be hazardous for inhabitants.
Architecture and grandeur of Bhangarh Fort
Castle is one of the masterpieces in its majesty but it is not well maintained and renovated for many decades. It might be a reason for its ancient outlook. It has four main opening gates; Delhi Gate, Lahori Gate, Phulbari Gate, and Ajmeri Gate. On the opening of each side, you will find a detailed map of the mansion. It exhibits all the manual elements of fort such as Havelis, temples, market areas quite adequately. Fort has several Hindu Temples starting from the main gate, including Gopinath Temple, Hanuman Temple, Someshwar Temple, Ganesh Temple, Keshav Temple, and some other.
The great elegant temple of the fort is of Gopinath temple. It is to the right side after entering the fort. It’s a striking piece of the sculptures and composition. Temple has been carved with yellow stones. It is constructed above a 14ft raised plinth.
The rest of the temples also upgrade the fort’s dazzling splendor. Cenotaph’s style, rather than a temple, is used in building Hanuman and Shiv Temple.
The incredible point is Yogi Balunath’s place is still maintained in the ruins of the fort. It gives a substantial prospect to the fictional tale of Sadhu’s curse.
Beware of monkeys
You must know about the presence of monkeys on the fort. There were abundant of monkeys on trees. While you walk in, don’t carry snacks and edibles with you otherwise, you will be in great trouble. Monkeys will start chasing you for food.
Best times to explore Bhangarh Fort
It’s mostly asked by the tourists which duration could be the best to visit the fort. As it’s a vast and hot location, summer is not a good time to explore it. In winter, from October to March is the recommended time to relish its misty climate. Its lush greenery gives an exceptional view of monsoon. In its Kewda woodland, there are peacocks and birds are abundant. Their melodious hymns give additional refinement to the fort’s climate.
Amazing places nearby Bhangarh Fort
Visiting Bhangarh Ka Kila can give you the advantage of having a glimpse of marvel spots nearby. Bhangarh is situated on one verge of Sariska National Park that is 40 km away from the fort. This place is full of adventure for people who love being in the wild.
Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan, is just 85 km away from Bhangarh fort. The town is an ample instance of hospitality and sheer essence of India. It was ranked the 7th best place to visit in Asia.
How to reach the Bhangarh Fort
Bhangarh Fort is situated in District Alwar of Rajasthan. You can travel to Alwar from Jaipur and New Delhi. Former is a shorter way to Alwar, but as the condition of roads is inadequate, it takes much time than needed.
Traveling From New Dehli
- Traveling by air from New Delhi to Alwar takes 2 hours.
- You can reach Alwar from New Delhi in 20 hours if you are on the train.
- If you plan to go by road, it would take 23 hours almost from New Delhi to Alwar.
Traveling From Jaipur
Jaipur is 90 km away from Alwar by road. There is no direct carrier to the fort. You can go there in your car or by booking a cab.
You must start your trip to Bhangarh Fort in the early hours of the day as the routes are deserted. Ghost threatening anecdotes could be fiction only, but the way is spooky itself. People keeping in mind being haunted reputation of the Bhangarh Fort presumably restrain themselves from glancing at its historical architecture.
I must suggest you go and witness with your own eyes the actual resplendence of this ancient and majestic Fort. You might also love to visit more beautiful places in Rajasthan such as Kumbhalgarh Fort, having 2nd largest wall of the world. There are many other forts and temples that will add to your knowledge of some historical glimpse.