Kuldhara — A Cursed Village Near Jaisalmer

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Endless, Ruined, Vacant Village

Kuldhara village near Jaisalmer has a very unique history! It is said that the residents of 84 neighboring villages including Kuldhara vacated the villages overnight around 170 years back!! No one is sure where they have gone, but they are believed to have migrated to a place somewhere near Jodhpur. The residents were Paliwal Brahmans — said to be very intelligent, and residing there for about 500 years. So what made them do such an act? Stories say that the ruler of these villages pounded the Paliwals with heavy taxes and treated them very inhumanly; the ruler was unethical and forceful to them. They had no alternative, but to vacate all the 84 villages overnight and just disappear from the vision and reach of the ruler.

When the Paliwals left the villages, they left a curse that nobody can inhabit the villages ever. Residents of Jaisalmer say that there have been some attempts by some families to stay there, but they did not succeed.

Photos from there follow…

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Entrance Gate
Entrance Gate

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Destroyed Wall
Destroyed Wall

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Colony
Colony

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Street
Street

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Empty Street
Do you see children running?

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Endless Ruins
Endless Ruins

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Rebuilt House
Rebuilt House

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Kitchen of a Rebuilt House
Kitchen of a Rebuilt House

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Rebuilt House from Inside
Rebuilt House from Inside

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Window of a Revived House
Window of a Rebuilt House

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - A Room of a Rebuilt House
A Room of a Rebuilt House

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Stairs to Terrace of a Rebuilt House
Stairs to the Terrace of a Rebuilt House

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Remains of Houses
Remains of Houses

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Road
Road

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Ruins and Remains
Ruins and Remains

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Ruins and Umbrella
Ruins and an Umbrella

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Ruins of a Market
Ruins of a Market

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Scene of Ruins
Scene of Ruins

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Temple
Temple

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Temple Steeple
Temple Steeple

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Umbrella
Umbrella

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Umbrella Dome
Umbrella Dome

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Wall Ruins
Wall Ruins

Kuldhara Village in Jaisalmer - Ruins of a Mainstreet, and an Umbrella
Ruins of a Mainstreet, and an Umbrella

87 comments:

  1. I don't know what happened to my comment, so I'll just try again. Awesome! Good work.

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  2. How very strange. This looks like it was a very big community! Hard to believe they were able to flee so completely. Thanks for this very interesting visit!

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  3. It's a bizzare story! This abondoned place looks so sad now!

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  4. That's really an amazing story, Bhavesh. Even if for a different reason, it reminds me of some of the Native American ruins I saw in Arizona over a year ago. Very startling!

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  5. wonderful work..lovely and appreciable.. and thanks for dropping by :)

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  6. Thanks for sharing. Amazing pics though there is distinct sadness in the ruins.

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  7. I do love your photos and explanations. There is some sadness to look at the ruins.

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  8. Its so rustic. And its intriguing. I recently saw a Tamil movie which show similar ruins...Weird! But beautiful snaps.

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  9. Yes thanks for sharing this ruined village. The temple and the umbrella are very beautiful.

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  10. the rebuilt houses n even d ruins have a strange beauty to them. 84 villages? that's quite a number of ppl n families..

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  11. Hi,
    This is a fascinating piece of history well illustrated. Thanks you very much to share this with us... So nice to hear history of other cultures!

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  12. What a great series of images and wonderful story. Thank you so much.

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  13. How beautiful and haunting. Looking at the size and majesty of these buildings, it's amazing that the inhabitants just left without a trace.

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  14. Fascinating ruins and great photos! I like the painted decorations and stairs of the rebuilt house.

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  15. Bhavesh: Thank you for this excellent post!!
    A winner, sir!


    Aloha, Friend


    Comfort Spiral

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  16. Very interesting post today, and nice pictures to go along with it.

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  17. What a spooky place! I feel as if it's waiting to reveal its truth at some point...

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  18. The scene of the ruins is vast! I love visiting ruins-they are everywhere here-as you know.
    I love the detail of the steeple and the gazebo(umbrella). Truly astonishing.
    Great photos!!

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  19. That is an amazing tale yet so strange.It does have that look of isolated desolation about it.

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  20. Awesome and great work..looks like a ghost town in the middle of the desert..

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  21. hi! have a nice blog, my Ganesh follow you. thanks for your visit and nice words on my blog!
    greetings.

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  22. This village looks peaceful now – but we can imagine what it must have been like for all these families to leave it – it is always hard to leave your home. The umbrella and temple look like they were rebuilt. A nice post Bhavesh.

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  23. Lovely remains! I mean, the ruins. You captured them perfectly!

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  24. Quite an interesting piece of History!
    Intriguing though that nothing came out of those who flew this region...

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  25. This is such a fascinating place - each brick could tell a story.Maybe the filmwalas have shot movies here. I love the rebuilt houses with their earthy colors. But I wouldn 't attempt the steps to the terrace becasue of my arthritis.

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  26. thankyou so much for stopping by my blog..& for your luvly comments.i luv photography too..:)

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  27. T s place is very strange. and is full of horror. people say that place is now a village for ghosts. if any person waits here after the sunset,his or her life sunset also had a sunset. Going through this horrible cursed place is really daring.

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  28. Very Good coverage yes there are many places in India as well outside of India which are deserted as cursed by the habitats, someway or the other some mysterious things may be associated with it, who knows........not mere common belief look forward for more such interesting coverages. Thanks

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  29. Hi
    this is my ancestral village.thank you for sharing these pics with us..
    to add that... mostof the paliwal that night came towards jodhpur and then scattered in east and central plains of india..
    my family hav been living in uttar pradesh from ovr 100 yrs now..

    sir, can you please mail me these pics at
    sankalppaliwal@hotmail.com

    Thanks
    Regards
    Sanalp Paliwal

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  30. @ Sankalp: It's really great to read from a real person who has ancestry from Kuldhara!

    Regarding the photos, I do not provide them on email. As a special person, I can offer you free prints of any 4 photos from above. Please make your selection and write to me with your postal address. My email address is bhavesh@chaukhat.com.

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  31. Wow! Truly amazing! And the photographs are stunnig, Bhavesh!

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  32. Thanks a lot for sharing this! :)..

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  33. @ Clinton DSouza: It's my pleasure :)

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  34. hey bro,
    i also like photography,
    thnx for posting these pics,
    awesome photography,
    thnx 1 nce again dude.

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  35. There are few unsolved questions in our history,
    Whose answers are still buried in the pages of history.
    n i hope 1 day these pages will get open n everybody will aware from truth.
    http://www.thetravelalmanac.com/lists/
    jus check it out for mor intrstng thngs,,,,,,,,,,,,

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  36. @ HRISHI: I am glad that you liked my photography. And I will check that page out :)

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  37. i JUST VISITED ACCIDENTLY..... WONDERED ARROUND IT,---SALEM SING,A LOWER CAST BHATI....TORCHURED THOSE PEOPLE IN THE NAME OF TAX,,SUPPORTED BY THE KINGS...LIKE GHASHIRAM KOTWAL FROM PUNE IN THE ERA OF PESHWA...GENTS DECIDED TO LEAVE THOSE VILLAGE BUT WHAT ABOUT CRY OF WOMEN ...THOSE WHO LOVED ...THEY OVERNIGHT VACATE THAT VILLAGE...i FOUND A DEEP SECRET PLACE IN ONE HOUSE ..FULL WITH BLACK....ACTUALLY i HAD A DREAM FOR 5 YEARS AGO ...IN WHICH i SAW THIS SECRET PLACE..ONLY THAT AREA.WHILE SEEING IT IN 2011 i FRIGHTENED,RUN AWAY THAT PLACE,I HAVE A PAIN IN MY MIND,SO BEING FAIL TO FIND SOLUTION I DECIDED TO SHOOT IN TO THAR IN THAT ATTEMPT I COME ACROSS THIS VILLAGE SITE.ARROUND 350 HOUSES ...EMPTY.....SOMETIME I FEEL THAT SOMEONE CHASSING ME..AS I WAS ALONE IN THAT AREA WHILE I WAS SEEING THAT VILLAGE.

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  38. @ Umesh Jawalikar: You felt all! Unbelievable!! Kuldhara is amazing, just as amazingly you felt it. And how come 5 years back you saw the same place in dreams? You must have some extraordinary connection with Kuldhara. It's really surprising! If you wish to share in detail about your dream and the same reality you saw at Kuldhara, feel free.

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  39. Is it possible to visit this village?

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  40. thanks bavesh ji for your excellent and extra-ordinary work.....i would love to share some more stories upon my ancestral place....yes kuldhara is the place where my forefathers lived....before kuldhara they were at - pali (rajasthan), so i also heard a story that what happened in pali.....meanwhile i would like to share that - according to the stories, no one can live happily in kuldhara in future...so there is no life left...wants to solve this mystery but i m clueless to sort it out....anyways thanks again for the beautiful pictures....god bless you. If wants to share anything more about our history then please mail me at - karan_paliwal2006@yahoo.co.in

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  41. @ karan paliwal: Thank you so much for coming here and putting your words about Kuldhara! Of course, I am interested in putting more information about Kuldhara here. I will like it if you write more about Kuldhara. I will send you an email. Do reply with more about Kuldhara.

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  42. I also want to share something and I hope you believe. One of my friend started to feel the presence of spirits around 3-4 years back. He felt someone standing outside his house in the garden area and noticed dogs backing at the shadow. When he travels at night, even now, he hears loud screaming voices and strong winds kind of fighting with him. He was very disturbed with what was happening with him but the most shocking moment came when he was travelling in night around 7-8 months back and there was no one on the road as it was late around 1am. That day, he again felt the presence of extraordinary things, strong winds chasing him, fighting with him but that was the day when he was able to clearly understand what the spirits what to say. He told me the next day that he is only able to recognize some of the worlds and they were like 'Kuldhara'.. he said something paliwal..Shraap.. Brahman.. He said they were screaming these words and others which he don't exactly remembers. We didn't knew at that time that there is some haunted story associated with that place but I searched on internet and I can't tell you how i felt when I found all these things true. Another scary thing happened on the next night with him when he was a dark place in his dream, where there was treasure in a dark room and someone was calling him. He also told me that he heard the name Salim Singh. He couldn't gather the courage to check the same on internet, so I did for him and I get frightened to know that someone existed with the same name in the history of Kuldhara. He might have some strong connection with the place. He wanted to visit the place alone but I stopped him. Sometimes, he still feels spirits chasing him while driving in night but the only way that he found to escape with these spirits is visiting temple. Whenever he has to travel at night, he visits a temple before leaving but that's not a permanent solution. Hope, he will be able to solve the mystery and get rid of this.

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    1. Hi Shipra! Kuldhara is one of the most haunted places of India. People say that Bhangarh is haunted but actually it is not. What you have written sounds absolutely amazing. I m a keen researcher of Paranormal and this place has various unsolved mysteries attached to it. Tell your friend to keep a garlic with him as this prevents the paranormal activities. Kindly report the same to Gaurav Tiwari capt.gauravtiwari@gmail.com (CEO and Lead Paranormal Investigator of Indian Paranormal Society)

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    2. Thanks for your advice of keeping 'garlic'...
      But thankfully since last one year, nothing such happened...

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    3. THANKS SHIPRA FOR SHARING THE TRUTH

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    4. Is it possible to visit this village?

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  43. @ Shipra Saini: What you have written is truly amazing and unbelievable!

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  44. thanks for post its pics..


    Regards
    Matasukha Deoli
    nawa nagour
    Mathasukha Village In Nagour

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  45. Hi Shipra,

    Your friend has a past linkage to the world gone. Get your friend undergo a Regression Therapy with some good Psychoanalyst/Hypnotist. The mystery will be solved soon. He would come to know who he was and why the winds charge him.

    Believe it or not!

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    1. Now a days, it's peace in his life!
      But will definitely do if the same happens again...
      But with the "Regression Therapy", will the problem solve for ever???

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  46. Awesome work Mr. Bhavesh. Keep up the Good Work!

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  47. Please do read my research paper on this village entitled "Kuldhara in Jaisalmer state - Social and Economic Implications of the Remain..." published in the Proceedings of the History Congress, Calcutta, 1995, pp. 312-38. It is also available on the site Internet Archives. you will get it if you google search 'rezavi'.

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    1. Thank you for your valuable input Mr Rezavi.

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  48. I went there with family in this month for a short trip....the place is amazing and very nice....we been to entire village...the memories which we can feel from the old houses....I will go again as and when i will get time as one of my brother is working near that area only....Cheers!!!! good luck to all....BR...Dinesh

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  49. Hi Bhavesh,

    I got your comment and I will surely going to update it in my blog. Currently I am out of station and will be returning on Monday.Its on my priority list. Thanks for informing me.

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  50. I visited Kuldhara 1 year ago in the night, but I didn't feel any paranormal activity. Yes I heard something, but that was not weird to me...

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  51. Today i visited that place......its realy haunted....but its intresting also.....must watch...

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  52. Awesome pics dude...!! Appreciate your efforts. Thanks a lot for this great post.

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  53. Beautiful pictures!

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  54. i have seen it its truely really very awesum....

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  55. Hi Bhavesh, thanks for all lovely pics and info about kuldhara. My name is Deepak Paliwal and my forefathers are also from kuldhara. I would like to share some info about Paliwals. Paliwals are Mahabhramans and the only Vadic Bharman in the world. The day our forefathers left Kuldhara it was Rakshabandhan and thats why we Paliwals don't celebrate Rakshabandhan.
    Incase if you would like to share something you can mail me at deepaliwal@gmail.com ..... Thanks

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    1. Hi Deepak,

      Thanks so much for your valuable contribution. And I did not know that Paliwals do not celebrate Rakshabandhan. It is so sad to find out that such a joyous day is not celebrated due to a serious reason.

      Of course, I want to share much about Kuldhara and Paliwals here. Please provide more information with your permission to publish on this page.

      Regards,
      Bhavesh Chhatbar

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    2. Hi Bhavesh , i would like to share more info about Paliwals......
      हमारा समाज
      किवदंती है कि पालीवाल ब्राह्मण महाराज हरिदास के वंशज हैं, ये लगभग 6 हजार वर्ष पूर्व हुए थे और महारानी रुक्मणी के पुरोहित थे । इन्होंने ही श्रीकृष्ण के पास रुक्मणी की प्रेमपांती पहुंचाई थी। वे उच्चश्रेणी के सच्चे ब्राह्मण थे। उनका जन्म ग्राम कुन्दनपुर में हुआ था। श्रीकृष्ण ने उनसे प्रसन्न होकर उन्हें बहुत सा धन तथा गुजरात में जमीन दी थी, जिस पर उन्होंने अपने नाम पर हरिपुर ग्राम बसाया था जो अभी भी खण्डहर के रुप में मौजूद है । वहां से हमारे पुरखाओं का मारवाड़ जाने तथा पाली में बसने का उल्लेख इतिहास में मिलता है। पाली राजस्थान के सुप्रसिद्ध नगर जोधपुर के दक्षिण भाग में मारवाड़ जंक्शन रेल्वे लाईन पर बसा है।........
      Thanks

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    3. Hi Deepak,

      That's quite an interesting input. Of course I got it being in Hindi language. Let's spread the information amongst our foreign readers. Do translate and put it again here :)

      Best wishes,
      Bhavesh Chhatbar

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  56. A gorgeous and informative post. I love looking into different cultures and worlds so far removed from mine. Thanks for taking me there.

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  57. Thank you for joining in 'Rurality Blog Hop #4' Hope to see you next Wednesday for #5...

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