Bhangarh is the stuff nightmares are made of. Ranked as one of Asia’s most haunted towns by ghosthunter shows, this little Rajasthan outpost is said to be the victim of an ancient curse, and the Archaeological Survey of India has forbidden entry into its ruinous fort between sunset and sunrise.
Sounds perfectly charming. Would you like to visit? Yes? Contact Let’s Get Packing, a new travel company that’s planning a haunted getaway to Bhangarh this weekend. Boo Rad-ley!
This fun tour was conceptualised by former banker and Let’s Get Packing's founder Arjun Sachdeva, who says that India has more haunted destinations than spooky Scotland, and plans to make these ghostly tours a regular feature.
If you (s)care to find out more, here’s what will happen at the two-day Bhangarh trip: you will be staying at The Tiger Den, an RTDC guesthouse in the Sariska tiger sanctuary (sadly, the Tiger reserve is closed for the season) and will make your way to the fort ruins after lunch. Here, Arjun will relate myths and folklore that he has steadily gathered over three years of floating in and out of Bhangarh. But be warned, even in broad daylight, you’ll feel a distinct presence of someone standing behind you, Arjun says. In fact, he plans on making travellers sign an ‘enter at your own risk’ document, if they attempt a trip after dusk. The night ends back at the hotel with more ghost stories, of course.
The next day, you can either choose to revisit the fort in the early morning light—apparently the best time for viewing - or opt for a day trip to the nearby Alwar, known for its forts and temples.
If you can't get out of the city, Arjun’s also planning a trip through Delhi’s most haunted places soon. There’s the Army Cantonment, where "single male drivers are sometimes accosted by a woman in bridal clothes who's hitching a ride; or the house in Lodhi Colony, where female ghosts squeeze through cracks in open windows, in the form of smoke". Even spectres diet, it seems.
If you're convinced, sign up for the tour early since there’s only space for 15 people. Single travellers are welcome, but you’ll have to pay a little extra for an individual room. Now, do you really want to sleep alone at night?
Getting there: Let's Get Packing's haunted tour from July 14-15, call 9818403336 or visit the Facebook page here, approximately Rs 4000 per person.