Kuldhara- an abandoned ghost village in the Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

Considered haunted by locals, the historical village of Kuldhara, within 20 kilometers from the Golden City Jaisalmer, is a destination for tourists chasing thrill.

Kuldhara, maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, was abandoned over 200 years ago by the Paliwal-Brahmins following harassment by the erstwhile ‘diwan’ of Jaisalmer, Salim Singh.

Nobody knows where they went but it is believed that they settled near Jodhpur another city in western Rajasthan. Though nobody knows exactly how they did it, everybody in all of the 84 villages completely disappeared that very night.

According to the popular folklore, the villagers were supposed to pay the taxes levied on them to the minister of the state, Salim Singh. While visiting Kuldhara, Salim Singh’s eyes fell upon the chief’s beautiful daughter and he expressed his desire to marry her. He threatened the Kuldhara villagers that if they refused to give him the girl, he would levy exaggerated taxes on them. Instead of marrying his daughter to the minister, the chief of the village along with those of 84 adjoining villages decided to leave behind Kuldhara and migrate to some other place. No one saw the villagers leave nor did anyone know where they all went. But how could so many villagers vanish in a single night? This still remains a mystery!

Nobody saw them leave or figure out where they went – they simply vanished.

The local legend claims that while deserting the village, the Paliwals imposed a curse that no one would be able to re-occupy the village. Those who tried to re-populate the village experienced paranormal activities, and therefore, the village remains uninhabited.

It is believed that the curse over the village would bring death to anyone who tried to inhabit the land.

At first sight, this curse ghost town, Kuldhara, gets the thinking caps on and immediately increases people’s faith in metaphysical and the paranormal activities.

Once you visit the place, the sheer blankness of the village so colossal, yet so strangely silent and deserted with just the houses standing like a carcass of the past submerges you entirely. The village of Kuldhara is a treasure trove for those who are always on the lookout for an out-of-the-box experience while travelling.

Visiting Time: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Cost: INR 10

Entry for a car: INR 50