Kuldhara is a village situated in the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, and the one and the only reason why it has managed to highlight itself on the Indian map is that it is haunted. Yes, intriguingly, many people believe to have seen ghosts here. However, tracing back its history this village was established sometime in the 13th century.
However, what is further interesting to know is the fact that there was a time when this place was considered quite prosperous. Hard to believe, isn't it? There was a time when this place was inhabited by the Paliwal Brahmins which in itself is a sign of prosperity.
But then for some unknown reasons, around the 19th century, this village was left completely abandoned. Experts and many others claim that it happened due to the dwindling water supply, owing to the persecution by Jaisalmer’s State Minister, Salim Singh. Lately, a study was also conducted to analyse the reasons for such exodus and the conclusion suggested that it might be due to an earthquake. Perhaps it was because of this reason that Kuldhara acquired the reputation of a haunted site. And, then it was sometime only around 2010 that this village was essentially developed as a tourist spot.
Historically, the village of Kuldhara was established by the Brahmin community. These Brahmins, as they had originated from a place known as Pali, are called Paliwalas. A history book written by Laxmi Chand in 1899, Tawarikh-i-Jaisalmer, describes that a Brahmin named Kadhan was the first person who came to settle in this village. He also successfully excavated a pond named Udhansar in the village.
If you consider yourself a history buff then Kuldhara is a must-visit. Traveling to this place would let you discover former buildings which are more or less just ruins. And although they are not in a good shape, you will still see them and wonder as to how the residents of this village would have built them.
Jaisalmer Fort. One of the most revered forts in India, Jaisalmer Fort carries a certain aura around itself which is one of the reasons why great number of tourists visit it on an annual basis. It was built around 1156 AD by Rajput Rawal and is the second oldest fort in Rajasthan. Just to witness the beauty of this interesting historical phenomenon living and breathing, even in the present is reason enough to visit and explore this fort.
Desert National Park. It is situated near Jaisalmer and Barmer and covers an area of about 3162 sq. km. This national park is actually a brilliant example of the ecosystem thriving in the Thar desert. It is actually a haven for the migratory birds as this place offers just the right kind of ecological balance for their survival.
Visit Gadisar Lake. Built by Raja Rawal Jaisal, this is a historic lake located in Jaisalmer. The entrance towards this lake is via Tilon Ki Pol which is a magnificent and quite artistically carved yellow sandstone archway.
Go for Desert Safari in Jaisalmer. It is actually one of the most amazing experiences that you can cherish for a very long time, especially, for those who are visiting here for the first time. So, if you ever visit Jaisalmer you know what should be your go-to activity.
Jaisalmer Desert Festival. The celebrations of this festival invoke a certain sense of euphoria and joy in the people. During this festival, the locals dress in their traditional costumes and processions are carried out in the morning which commences from Jaisalmer Fort to Poonam Singh Stadium.
The ideal time to visit Kuldhara is from October to March since it is not too hot during this time of the year and the weather conditions are also comfortable.
Jaisalmer, Rajasthan is perhaps one of those places in India that offers a royal kind of feel to the tourists. The grandeur of its culture and the architecture is simply incredible. Everything ranging from the food to clothing is just mindblowing and very traditional. The popular cuisine of Rajashtan are pyaaj kachori, mirchi vada, bikaneri bhujia, churma, ghevar, etc. Moving to their attire, the people of Rajasthan generally like to wear traditional clothing. The men go with angrakha and dhoti along with pagri. On the other hand, the womenfolk generally opt for quite elaborate necklaces, odhni, chunar, Ghaghra, choli, etc.
By Air. Jodhpur airport is the nearest one for flight connectivity. It is located at a distance of around 300 km from the city. Thus, after deboarding the flight, you will need to take a cab or a bus to further cover this distance and reach your destination. Jodhpur airport has very good connectivity with other cities like Delhi, Pune, Chandigarh, Mumbai etc.
By Road. When it comes to travel via road then Kuldhara, Rajasthan can be conveniently reached from other cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Chandigarh, etc. To reach the village, you can either take NH11 or NH48as per your location.
By Train. Jaisalmer has good connectivity via rail network. One can quite conveniently take a train from cities like Delhi, Jaipur, Jodhpur. However, the most amazing experience would be to travel via ‘Palace on Wheels’ the luxury train which was launched by the Indian Railways in association with Rajasthan Tourism. It starts from New Delhi and travels via Jaipur, Sawai Madhopur, Chhitaurgarh, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Bharatpur and Agra returning to New Delhi.