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KULDHARA: AN ABANDONED AND CURSED VILLAGE NEAR JAISALMER

All of us have had an encounter with a ghost or heard an eerie ghost story. The village of Kuldhara is a ghost village that has been abandoned since 1800s. It is said to carry a curse of the villagers who migrated to other places.

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Kuldhara lies about 15 Km west of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan(India).No one lives in Kuldhara, as it is are believed to be cursed. The village now lies in ruins. The first sight of Kuldhara village sends one imagination running to the time it may have been inhabited.

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According to folklore, Salim Singh, the minister of the state, once visiting this village fell for the beautiful daughter of chieftain (Paliwal Brahmin) and wanted to marry her. The minister threatened the villagers that if they did not marry the girl to him, he would levy huge taxes. The chief of the village with those of other 83 adjoining villages decided to abandon and migrate elsewhere as against marrying the girl to Salim Singh. Nobody saw them leave nor did anyone figure where they went, they simply vanished.

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Posted by anuj1975 09:11 Archived in India Tagged landscapes places india tourism rajasthan jaisalmer sandstone Comments (0)

BADA BAGH CENOTAPHS :IN OUTSKIRTS OF JAISALMER....

Bada Bagh, also called Barabagh (literally Big Garden) is a garden complex about 6 km north of Jaisalmer. It contains a set of royal cenotaphs, or chhatris of Maharajas of Jaisalmer state.

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In the 16th century, Maharaj Jai Singh II commissioned a dam to create a lake in this harsh desert region. After his death, his son Lunkaran built a beautiful garden and a cenotaph in his memory.

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Bada Bagh, whose name literally means "Great Garden", was the place to be cremated and symbolically buried the former Maharajas of Jaisalmer.

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One of the most popular attractions for tourists visiting Jaisalmer, Bada Bagh is attending to contemplate, apparently, beautiful sunset.

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Posted by anuj1975 09:00 Archived in India Tagged landscapes places india tourism rajasthan jaisalmer sandstone vi Comments (1)

JAISALMER FORT-SONAR QUILA

The Jaisalmer Fort is one of the largest fortifications in the world in the state of Rajasthan. It is a World Heritage Site. It was built in 1156 AD by the Rajput ruler Rawal Jaisal, from whom it derives its name.

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Its massive yellow sandstone walls are a tawny lion colour during the day, fading to honey-gold as the sun sets, thereby camouflaging the fort in the yellow desert.

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The fort has numerous eateries, including Italian, French, and Indian cuisines. It offers a unique shopping experience to its visitors. The narrow bazaar lanes are lined up with shops on both sides, offering a wide range of items including irresistibly beautiful handicraft items. Puppets and joothies are other popular items. You can also shop for a host of other items, which include textile, camel leather items, woven jackets, wooden boxes and ornaments.

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A number of traditional Rajasthani handicrafts are available in Jaisalmer Fort . Jaisalmer is famous for embroidery, Rajasthani mirror work, rugs, blankets, antiques and old stonework.

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It is also the only ‘Living Fort’ in the country. The fort is host to over 1000 families whose forefathers have been settled there by the Kings (Maharawals of the Bhati clan of Rajputs) some eight centuries ago and continue to live in the ancestral houses on the original streets and Paras.

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A Bhaang Shop is near the gate of Jaisalmer fort, where Bhaang is available in the form of biscuits and milk mixed variety. The biscuits cost about 80 rupees. The milk bottle costs about rupees 360.

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Posted by anuj1975 10:57 Archived in India Tagged india fort tourism rajasthan jaisalmer sandstone Comments (0)

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