Don’t be fooled by Bhangarh’s idyllic surrounds; hailed as the most haunted place in India, Bhangarh Fort has a graveyard’s worth of ghost stories to its name. One legend tells of a local ascetic who warned the king that if the palace’s shadow fell over his home, he’d wreak destruction on the fort and all who lived in it. His words went unheeded, and the prophecy came true. Now deserted, the ghost village and fort are officially off limits to the public (even cattle can’t graze there) between sunset and sunrise, when the haunting commences. But fear not, intrepid travellers, day-time visits are more than pleasant. And, if you do happen to find yourself wandering around after twilight, who ya gonna call? Smith-busters – we’ll find you a luxurious hotel nearby…
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When to go
Avoid after dark.
PlanesJaipur International is the closest airport to Sariska National Park, around a two-and-a-half-hour drive away. Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Air India fly direct to Delhi from London Heathrow, and other major cities worldwide. From Delhi, SpiceJet, Air India and Jet Airways fly to Jaipur in under an hour.
TrainsBandikui Junction is the nearest railway station to Ajabgarh, which is just over an hour’s drive away.
AutomobilesLocal hire cars are available from Jaipur International, but driving in India isn’t advisable; expect unreliable road conditions and various cattle blocking the lanes.