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5 Bizarre Places to Discover the Weird and the Mysterious in Rajasthan

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Apart from being famous worldwide for the palette of vivid colours its landscape offers, Rajasthan hides some secrets of its own! A land known for holding its culture and traditions dear- be it the folk inspired music or the rustic cuisine, Rajasthan is also home to some of the most eccentric places one might ever come across!

Places like the Bullet Baba Temple, Ruins of Kuldhara and the famous Karni Mata temple of rats are some such places. So, embark on a journey to a realm where not all can be explained and fathomed! Get ready for a Rajasthan that will intrigue you and leave you wondering!



1. Uncover the Secret of the Ghost Town of Kuldhara!

Uncover the Secret of the Ghost Town of Kuldhara! Share source: wikimedia

About 30 km from Jaisalmer lies Kuldhara, which has been abandoned for over 200 years! Legend has it, the diwan of Jaisalmer liked the village chief’s daughter and warned locals of the heavy taxes they’d have to pay if they came in his way.

One fateful night, all the residents just vanished into thin air, leaving the place cursed. Till date, no one has settled there and the curse holds true. The only way you can get to know more about this is by talking to some locals,

HolidayIQ reviewer Anushweta says, "Kuldhara is a supposedly a haunted village where one surely feels the sadness of once lively town with barren roads and devastated surroundings. Although not sure if it really is haunted or not but one can surely feel the negativity in the air."

2. Get Spooked at the Haunted Bhangarh Fort!

Get Spooked at the Haunted Bhangarh Fort! Share source: wikimedia

Frequently mentioned as one of the most haunted places in India, the Bhangarh fort has been a subject of intrigue for many paranormal researchers and locals alike. The locals religiously avoid the place at night and swear by the eerie atmosphere that shrouds the fort.

The stories about this fort involve black magic, a princess, unrequited love, death and a curse. To better know the secrets of this mysterious place, one must visit it and get in touch with the locals.  

HolidayIQ reviewer Aniket Sharma shares, "Upon reaching Bhangarh, the clouds had disappeared and the haunted fort stood demolished but still intact amidst the hills sporting a picturesque view. At the entrance, the ASI disclaimer that ‘Visiting the fort in late hours is strictly prohibited’ is there to scare you. It is said that the market comes alive at mid hours of the moonless nights. The ghosts of Rani Ratnawati and her enemy ‘tantrik’ are the most talked of here."

3. Pay Your Respects to the Bullet Baba!

Pay Your Respects to the Bullet Baba! Share source: wikimedia

Now this is definitely one of the most unique temples you might ever come across. Situated about 50 km from Jodhpur, it is also called ‘Om Banna Temple’ in remembrance of Om Singh Rathore who was killed in a bike accident.

According to the locals, despite multiple attempts by the local authorities to lock Om’s motorcycle, it kept reappearing at the location of the accident. A shine was then erected on the site and it is now believed that Om banna(big brother) helps keep the travellers safe. What more, there’s even an ‘aarti’ for Om banna! It’s a must visit if you’re planning a road trip across Rajasthan.


4. Witness Something Inexplicable at the Karni Mata Temple

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Running out of things that you could truly call weird? Well, try to get your head around this one. The Karni Mata Temple is famous for the thousands of rats that inhabit it and are fed and worshipped here.

Legends maintain that feeding rats at this temple will bring good luck to the people. It is also believed by some followers that the rats would reincarnate as holy men.

HolidayIQ Traveller Sachin Gupta says, "Karni Mata temple is about 30 km away from Bikaner city. It's in the Deshnok village on the Jodhpur highway. It is a nice place to visit if you are a religious person. Also its a place that kids will love to visit. It's quite interesting to watch rats being taken care of, fed and maintained well too.”

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5. Discover an Entire Museum Dedicated to Brooms- Arna Jharna!

Discover an Entire Museum Dedicated to Brooms- Arna Jharna! Share source: arnajharna,org

Think you’ve seen everything you can when it comes to museums? With till you encounter Arna Jharna- the museum famous for housing over 350 types of different brooms! About 25 km from Jodhpur, this just might be a witch’s paradise!

The idea behind the desert museum is to celebrate the open space of the desert, its culture and flora and fauna, instead of being a typical enclosed museum. The broom project started by Komal Kothari is reflective of the struggles and ingenuity of the locals and also signify a deep connect to the environment as many brooms are fashioned from botanical resources at hand!

What are you waiting for? Set off to discover the bizarre and the mysterious, now!

Disclaimer: All the information given in this article has been compiled by the HolidayIQ content team. Department of Tourism, Govt. of Rajasthan is not responsible for any factual error.

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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