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Friday The 13th: A Spooky Adventure Near Jaipur

Horror is not for everyone and even less so if hauntings happen in real life.

Mystery has always tantalized mankind. The enchanting bafflement of unknown, visions uncanny and experiences unaccountable, has since forever, evoked terror and drawn us towards both alluring and horrifying secrets.

Places with such occurrences over the period of time gained a reputation of being haunted. Undoubtedly, some of these places give you a sense of fright and anxiety. Entering such places gives you chills running down your spines. But our kind’s impeccable curiosity and desire to uncover such mysteries make these places popular around the globe.

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Bhangarh is one such place in Rajasthan. A beautiful small town amidst the lush green Aravali hills with such a picturesque and serene landscape that will make you forget every story of horror you have ever heard about Bhangarh. Situated 80 km away from Jaipur in Alwar district, Bhangarh is a place with beauty unmatched.

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Bhangarh fort unsurprisingly has stayed in the list of world’s most haunted places for quite some time now. The town has a numerous legends associated to it. As a legend goes, a tantrik (sorcerer) fell for the Princess of Bhangarh and turned to black magic to spell a potion for her. The Princess found out, and threw that potion on a rock which in turn killed the tantrik. But the dying tantrik cursed the city to perish. After a while there was a battle and the Princess along with most of the inhabitants was killed, those who remained fled the city. All that remains is the ruins since then. People believe that the dead still walk among the ruins of Bhangarh.

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The fort has gained such reputation that no one is allowed to stay in Bhangarh after dusk. Visitors and locals have been narrating their strange and experiences, from hearing distant cries to some peculiar and bizarre phenomenon, which makes the place very spooky and feared of. It is often said that the place has a weird aura and gives you some seriously weird vibes.

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Though we’ve all heard stories of horror; there is another side to Bhangarh. With its untouched ruins and unadulterated natural scenery, it gives you such an intimate experience with nature that you will always want to come back to this place if spending time in the calm labyrinth of nature is what gives you peace of mind. Since no paranormal casualties have been reported so far, we conclude it is safe to visit Bhangarh this monsoon.

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8 Things To Experience In & Around Jaipur On Rajasthan Day

The majestic land of Maharajas, Rajasthan is the most colourful state in India. Well-known for its rich heritage and royal forts and palaces, Rajasthan’s rich food, beautiful locales, and heritage sites is every travel enthusiasts’ dream come true.

Not just for its golden heritage and royal palaces, the state is well known for exciting things to do. And the city that tops the list in is definitely, our lovely Pink City. Being the paradigm of rich heritage, colourful culture and magnificent architecture is surely a must-visit destination for all the travel enthusiasts. And, what could be a better day to witness the splendid fortresses, majestic palaces, tranquil temples and beautiful havelis spirit than the ‘Rajasthan Day’ itself! Lets experience the colourful Jaipur on this special occasion.

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  • Visit Magnificent Forts – A Tryst With History

Rajasthan is the land of forts and palaces. Whether it be the Amer Fort of Jaipur, Mehrangarh Fort of Jodhpur or  the royal Chittorgarh Fort or the magnificent Kumbhalgarh Fort, these forts and palaces are world famous for their ornate architecture and a luxurious haveli like setting. Long walls and and tall buildings within the fort are worth a visit if you want to delve and know more about the royal history and heritage of the majestic Rajasthan.

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  • Breathtaking Camel And Elephant Ride

One of the most popular tourist attractions to enjoy in Rajasthan, is an elephant and camel safari. The royal elephant safari at Amer Palace in Jaipur offers the ride upto the fort which can be a really thrilling experience for both foreign and local tourists.

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The camel safaris in Pushkar and Jaisalmer is again one of the most exclusive experiences to enjoy on the Rajasthan Day. The exquisite views of the desert seem even more unmatched from a camel’s back!

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  • Shopper’s Paradise

Rajasthan is a fun and frolic state and so is its clothing. The traditional outfit usually comprises a colourful Bandhej or Lehariya dupatta for the women and a vibrant Bandhani turban for the men. Jaipur being the capital of Rajasthan, is also the fashion capital of the state. Its well known that Johri Bazaar and Bapu Bazar are world renowned for its authentic gold and silver jewellery as well as for the traditional handicrafts. Take a tour of the market and get your hands on exquisite pieces of art and jewellery here. The market is a tourist attraction in its own right.

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  • Wildlife & Eco Safari- A Rustic Tour

The uniqueness of Rajasthan lies in its varied geographies. One of the most adventurous things to do in Rajasthan is to take a wildlife and eco tour. Yes, the land of desert is also the home to the beautiful Mount Abu and wild forests. Approximately, 8 hours drive from the Jaipur City, a visit to Mount Abu is must to get some relief from the peak summers and also as a summer retreat during the vacations. As for the wildlife safari, closely located to Jaipur, Sariska National Park in Alwar district, is one of the best habitats for tigers in India. Take a safari through the reserve and spot several species of wild animals, and some exotic species of birds too.

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  • Get Spooky At Bhangarh

Making it to the list of the most haunted places in the world- a visit to Bhangarh is definitely a chilling experience to try on the Rajasthan day. Closely connected to Jaipur, the ruins of Bhangarh Fort are believed to be haunted and it is a common hearing that those who visit after dark does not ever return. Still not scared enough!!  Take a tour yourself to Bhangarh and hear spooky stories from the locals themselves.

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  • Savor The Authentic Rajasthani Cuisine

The royal thali of Rajasthan is the hot, spicy and tempting all at the same time. To try the authentic Rajasthani flavors – Dal, Bati, Churma is definitely a must try for everyone.

The authentic non-veg speciality – ‘Lal Maas’  is definitely the best dish to savor amongst the other Rajasthani cuisines. Jaipur is well known for its royal hospitality, and its mouth-watering chats and kachoris too has been every locals favourite. Amongst the sweet dishes – the Rabri Ghewar is definitely a treat to every dessert lover. Serving the authentic Rajasthani cuisine with a touch of warm hospitality, Jaipur’s vivid food items will make your mouth water with the mere sight!

  • Groove To The Beats Of Folk Music And Dance

To witness the hypnotizing folk music and dance performance of Ghoomar as well as Kalbelia is a treat. Jaisalmer and Barmer, being the land of sand dunes is also the home to some of the most talented folk artists of our nation. Enjoy the lovely music and dance performances in Rajasthan and I bet their singing and dancing skills will completely blow your mind!

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  • Spiritual Journey

Whether it is the visit to the Govind Devji of Jaipur or the Dargah Sharif in the city of Ajmer, Rajasthan is the land of spiritual incarnation. Each year, several thousand of pilgrims descend to the royal land of Rajasthan to offer their prayers and seek blessings. It is said that a prayer offered at these holy temples does not go unanswered!

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