A haunted, eerie village Kuldhara, Rajasthan, India

Haunted Kuldhara village, Rajasthan. india.com

Kuldhara, entrance to ghost village, Rajasthan, India. tripadvisor.in

Spooky or eerie places weather real or  just legends passed down from generations after generations never fail to  attract tourists . Unlike old monuments or palaces, etc of historical value, visiting such spine-chilling places gives  them  a strange experience involving ''anxiety factor.''  Rajasthan  has  no such ghost places but villages like  Bhangarh and Kuldhara are said to be  unearthly places  perhaps due to the legends associated with them. 

Once a prosperous village, Kuldhara, 17km west of Jaisalmer, has now turned into a ghost town with  full of ruins all over, purportedly carrying a curse. Though it is not a very popular tourist place, driven by curiosity, a lot of people visit this haunted place. Upon nearing this village, overcome by fear or superstition, visitors  do not want to risk their lives by staying overnight and try to leave  the place  as fast as they can long before sundown.  

Kuldhara, Rajastahn timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Kuldhara, ghost village, Rajasthan, India. the hindu.com

Haunted, spooky and cursed  places  or buildings are frequently associated with tyranny, torture, suicide, blood shed etc., that might have occurred in the past and, obviously, they attract the attention of gutsy and highly spirited people. In such cases rumor mills  never fail to work over time and add zest to the strange  story by giving an incredible twist to it. But, in this deserted  village there is  no such tragedy as of now except the curse hanging thick over it.  Such places, whether myth or real, always carry a ting of pathos and pain and we hardly ever leave them  unaffected.  

Kuldhara village  can be reached by taxi. and  no  one lives in Kuldhara, as well as  in its 85 fringe  villages, as they are  believed to have been  cursed by the  Paliwal Brahmin community who lived here in the past.  There are some dilapidated houses, temples and dusty roads that are reminiscent of their past comfortable life.

 Kuldhara was once a vibrant and  lively village of  Paliwal Brahmins. It is believed that  the residents of Kuldhara village  refused to give their chieftain's beautiful daughter in  marriage to the local Dewan of Jaisalmar  Salim Singh. The Dewan fell in love with the Brahmin girl and made threats to the brahmin community to whom honor, dignity and self-contented life were more important than the materialistic and  transient life. Since 1300 AD the Brahman community  had  lived there cultivating water-intensive crops.

,Kuldhara,ghost village, Rajasthan, India. undiscovereindian treasures. blogspot.com

in a desert area and leading a simple and pious  life dedicated to Lord and meditation.

To avoid being insulted and humiliated by the local ruler, they cursed the place before abandoning Kuldhara  in 1825 on the  day  of Rakshabandhn. They cursed any body who wanted to settle down there or in the near-by villages won't live in peace and would die soon. The  residents of adjoining 85 villages  followed suit left  their homes overnight  for good. That is why many  of the Paliwal Brahmins do not celebrate this festival. Their whereabouts are not known yet, rumor has it that they are now living in Jodhpur. 
To this date, the village remains barren; left almost the same as its inhabitants had left it centuries ago. It is also said that people who have tried to stay there at night have been chased away by strange paranormal phenomenon.

Kuldhara ghost town, Rajasthan. picxy.com/

'Kuldhara and its ruins'  are  protected monuments and are maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). There are  rows of mud houses, with damaged  roofs and  walls and the building - village center is fairly in good shape with a stairway. However, the  desolate village has a dry and dusty road wearing a forlorn look and tourists mention that when they leave this place their heart is filled with sadness and it takes a while for them to shake off the poignant feeling,  they had experienced at  Kuldhara.