Kuldhara, is a village on the outskirts of Jaisalmer which has not been inhabited continuously for more than 300 years at least. The folk lore is that the local king made life unbearable and everyone of the entire village left, along with their belongings and also the deity, all in one night. And since then, the place is abandoned. Some say there are spooky vibes, but for me, I felt sad. Sad, at the thought that this village, once thriving and home to so many people is empty now. There are 2 or 3 standing structures, the photos have been mainly shot from the roof of one of the remaining houses.
There are at least a hundred houses in the village, and all except for the one I was standing on, are in similar ruined state. It is curious that all the houses are devoid of roofs, where as the roof seems very solidly built.
Within the preserved rooms, the names of many couples have been engraved in the walls in horrible hand writings, nevertheless, one way to let the world know of the undying love. There are signs of vandalism too.
The place is protected under the local authority but is clearly not maintained. With time, Kuldhara would be engulfed by the vegetation and sand.
With a slight feeling of lingering sadness, we hit the road towards Sam Sand dunes. Coming up next.
Looks like people are afraid of inhabiting this place. Might look very spooky in the night,.
Yes, it might be so. Frankly, its smack dab in the middle of the desert. Even when people used to stay here, am sure water scarcity would haunt them a lot.
I can understand the feeling of sadness… Nicely captured!
🙂 Thank You
hey I’m planning to visit Jaisalmere upcoming October this year. How far is this place from the city? can you share more itinerary details on the desert safari and a trip to this place?
Kuldhara is about 15kms away from the city. Kuldhara and bada baagh are covered in the same trip and then go on to Sam dunes. I ll be detailed in the dunes post, coming up shortly. 🙂
Hey in case you are planning a Desert Safari this post might help – https://untraveledroutes.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/the-desert-safari-and-gala-dinner-the-great-indian-desert/ ….. We (me and my soulmate) visited the place last October & it was pretty awesome 🙂
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Hey did you meet anybody there ? I read somewhere that there is an odd old man who takes care of the village now
I met an old lady who was interested in seeing some money, and some fellow tourists.
Interesting article, I enjoyed reading it.
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