Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday Travels to India...!

This is the story of a ghost town, India style!

Probably every country in the world has a ghost town or two, but what makes this one special is the government's attitude toward it. That always seems to increase the weirdness of a place, ya know?

Bhangarh, India

While the abandoned town of Bhangarh in the state of Rajasthan, India, has become something of a tourist attraction, you’ll notice there are no photos of it at night. That is because setting foot in the place at night is strictly forbidden, and apparently the Indian government is pretty serious about it. Even though government rules state that the Archaeological Survey of India must have an office at every historical site—and this is one—there is no ASI office here. Tourists are let in during the daytime grudgingly, but the general attitude of the government seems to be, “this is a great place to stay the hell away from.”

Why? Legend goes that a heartbroken magician cursed the place in the 16th century after being rejected by the kingdom’s princess, and all who lived within it with death- without the possibility of rebirth, which is kind of part and parcel of the Hindu religion. So people living here are cursed not just with death, but with super-permanent-we’re-serious-game-over-for-you death.

A prominent sign outside the little town reads, “Entering the borders of Bhangarh after sunset is strictly prohibited,” and while they do not explicitly promise paranormal activity, we think following the rule is probably a good idea.

Maybe it's just me, but I don't want to even think of spending the night in this place, so the warnings are not necessary! Looks creepy enough in the daylight!

Let's have our coffee out on the patio this morning. It's cool enough for a sweater, but the sun is shining!


swayam_robert said...

Spiritual India, rich in holy places, traditions and rituals, offers much for those seeking knowledge and awareness.

Phyllis (N/W Jersey) said...

Wonder what is going on during the night that they don't want anyone to see.
Coffee on the patio with sunshine sounds good to me, I'll bring some Lorna Doones!

linda m said...

I don't think I even want to know what is going on after dark. I have watched too many of those "spook" movies with their ghosts and zombies, to even want to imagine this place at night. Thanks for a great Friday travel. Coffee outside sounds very good to me - I'm tired of being cooped up due to cold weather. Have a great weekend.

Dizzy-Dick said...

It is like they are having a party at night and we are not invited. . . can we at least set up some cameras for over-night surveillance? That may be interesting or (as I predict) boring.

JO said...

Some customs are very odd but who am I to say this is just another empty curse. So I will not travel there in any event haha.

coffee on the patio again how wonderful is that. Spent the afternoon on the porch with good friends yesterday.

Syrbal/Labrys said...

Seems to me, a world/life weary sort might find it JUST the spot to be. Way to make a raspberry at karma!

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During your travel always be sure for taking Indian Village Experiences and Cultural Tourism of India which helps you to get rulal life of India.

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