An exterior of Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh Fort: Timings, Entry Fees, Story and More

In this travel blog, we are taking you to Bhangarh Fort in the Rajasthan State of India, which has been a popular destination in the ever growing dark tourism sector inviting many folks from near and far. It is a destination filled with many forts and palaces which have significant historical value in the Indian history timeline.

Bhangarh Fort is famous for its magnificent architecture and the ruins which tell the story of an old legend when a Tantrik named Singhia cursed Bhangarh Fort and its residents who would never be able to live there. Let’s delve into this exciting journey to the Bhangarh Fort.

History of Bhangarh Fort

Exterior of the Bhangarh Fort

The Bhangarh Fort is located in the lush green hills of the Aravalli in the Alwar district, and stands as one of the most famous landmark not just within Rajasthan but also India. The Bhangarh Town was founded by Raja Bhagwant das meanwhile the Fort was built in the 1573 for his son Madho Singh I. Madho Singh I was the brother of the renowned Akbar’s general Mirza Raja Man Singh I.

Once the Bhangarh Fort was elegant and known to be one of the most beautiful Forts located in all of Rajasthan but today all that lies are fragments and ruins of the 17th century fort. The Fort has four points of entry through various gates that are the Delhi Gate, Phulbari Gate, Ajmeri gate, And Lahori Gate. The fort also has seven temples that are close to the gates namely Someshwar Temple, Gopinath Temple, Hanuman Temple, Keshav Rai temple, Mangla Devi temple, Ganesh Temple, and Navin temple. Meanwhile the main Royal Palace is located towards the end of the Fort’s architecture.

The Fort had about 9000 houses until 1720 excluding the dancer’s palace ( Nachan ki Haveli), priest’s residence ( Purohitji Ki Haveli), Maqbara and a Market place where merchants would sell their handicrafts known as Jauhari Bazaar.

Bhangarh Fort Story

Although the historical significance attracts many travalers to this fort, the main reason might shock you as it is paranormal activities. Bhangarh Fort is one such place where there is even an ASI board (Archeological Survey of India) telling visitors to not stay within the fort’s area before sunrise and after sunset as things go from normal to abnormal very soon but before we begin telling about the paranormal activities, there are many stories which are told by the locals on how and why the curse befell this humble village among which we will tell the two most talked about ones.

The Hermit and the Fort Shadow

Hermit and the Fort

goes like this, There was once a hermit who’s name was Guru Balu Nath, the location where the fort is built was originally the place for the hermit’s mediation, soon later the king requested the hermit to move from the spot so that he may begin building the fort. The hermit allowed the king to build the fort but had only one condition, in which he mentioned that the shadow of the fort should not fall upon the hermit, moving on the king agreed and made the fort. Unfortunately, the king didn’t follow the direction

Tantrik’s Love for Princess Ratnavati

Black Magician and Princess Ratnavati

As per this story the Princess Ratnavati of Bhangarh was well known through out the kingdom due to her aura and natural beauty. She had attracted many suitors, who were from variously kingdoms and held immense power and wealth although she never said yes to anyone. The black magician who lived there, fell for her beauty and so he decided to cast magic spell on her cosmetic which wouold make the princess fall in love with the magician

Princess Ratnavati however, felt doubtful of the cosmetic and decided to pour all of it on top of a massive stone boulder, which supposedly crushed the Tantrik to death but before his death he cursed the village and Princess Ratnavati to never be able to live in peace and harmony.

In the following year, the residents and Princess Ratnavati were killed during the Mughal invasion and since that time the surrounding of Bhangarh Fort has remained haunted.

Timings of Bhangarh Fort

Days of the weekTimings
Sunday6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Monday6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Tuesday6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Wednesday6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Thursday6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Table of fort timings

Entry Fees

Ticket TypePrice
IndiaRs 40
ForeignerRs 200
Video CamRs 200
Table of Entry Fees

How to reach Bhangarh Fort

By Car: One of the best methods is to hire a private cab which can pick you up from the closest railway station that is Dausa Railway Station about 22 kilometers from the fort .

By Auto: One of the best of the most affordable method is to hire an auto rickshaw which will take you from the railway station to the fort at a very affordable price.

Attractions near the Fort

There are about 7 amazing attractions to go to near the Bhangarh Fort which will allow you to enjoy more of Rajasthan that are:

  1. City Palace
  2. Neelkanth Mahadev Temple
  3. Sariska Palace
  4. Moti Dungri Fort
  5. Siliserh Lake Palace
  6. Bala Quila Fort
  7. Sariska Tiger Reserve

The Bhangarh Fort of Alwar is rumored to be haunted while some say that it might not be haunted here are few haunted mini stories that you will find all over the Internet, but you will never know until unless you don’t visit the magnificent fort, If you are an adventure junkie, consider traveling her and let us know if you felt anything spooky or was it all just a made story to keep people out after the time limit.

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    • Chandan Senapati

      I have 10 years of experience in the field of Travel and Lifestyle Industry. I have written more than 450 articles for various reputed platforms such as Huffington Post, MensXP, and Daily Mail. Having an immense passion for writing and a deep interest in the Travel and lifestyle industry.

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