Rajasthan Travel Guide

Kuldhara Jaisalmer – An Abandoned Haunted Village

Kuldhara is a village so isolated and nestled with broken and damaged houses in the Jaisalmer District of Rajasthan. The place appears haunted even from the first glimpse of it. Apart from the dust and destroyed houses, you hardly find a living creature here. It is believed that Kuldhara, Jaisalmer was once was a very wealthy and developed area, with Paliwal Brahmins living in this village. According to a popular folklore, about 400 years ago, when this place was under the reign of Maharaja Jaiswal Singh, the prime minister of his kingdom named Salim Singh, had his lusty eyes on the ladies of Paliwal Brahmins. Salim Singh also used to burden the Brahmins with extra taxes on their businesses. One fine day, Salim Singh publically expressed his intentions to marry a little Brahmin girl (just 9 years old that time).

The Paliwal Brahmins could not accept this proposal because the minister belonged to a lower caste. But also, they could not oppose and fight him as he was an Officer of the kingdom. It is believed that the Salim Singh gave the Brahmins an ultimatum of 10 days to get their girl married to him or he would forcefully do so. Concerned on this, the a number of other Paliwal Brahmins from surrounding 83 villages also gathered at Kuldhara and it is believed that all those 250,000 (approx.) Paliwal Brahmins left the Kuldhara in just one single night and were never traced again and never did they come back. Since then, this village has seen numerous sudden deaths of its inhabitants and today this village stands as a completely destroyed and ruined place.

Interesting Facts About Kuldhara Village

  • It is interesting to notice that although every single house in Kuldhara, Jaisalmer appears to be badly ruptured and dismantled, the 400 year old temple at this very village still stands as handsomely as ever. This temple used to be the worship place of relocated Paliwal Brahmins of the Kuldhara.
  • Ever since the demise of Paliwal Brahmins, Kuldhara, Jaisalmer has seen a number of sudden deaths, and rare new births.
  • Researchers have pointed that they have noticed several unidentified objects and voices here, during the night time. However, the locals do not agree with this particular point.
  • A mesh of as many as 100 tunnels has been founder in the soil under the village of Kuldhara. It is believed that these tunnels open up in the Egypt and Afghanistan, but no one till date has been able to find the extreme ends of these tunnels.

How to Reach

  • Jaisalmer is well connected by air (Jodhpur, 285km is the nearest airport), rail (regular trains from North and West) and by road as well. Kuldhara is 18kms towards the west of Jaisalmer and can be accessed easily by a cab from Jaisalmer.

Things to Consider

  • Do not try to go deep inside the tunnels here, as the scarcity of oxygen may strike you badly, inside.
  • It is advised to avoid visiting this place at night.
  • Do not believe the rumors from everyone, many a people are floating here, just to scare and thug the visitors.
Kuldhara

Kuldhara

Photo Credit- Mirza Asad Baig

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