The ruins of Kuldhara Village . Image Abhay Mishraw photography

As I take the dusty road that leads to it, I notice the scant presence of human existence. The vegetation is minimal — the meek straying goats have probably feasted on the last bits. The afternoon sun is fiery when I reach the ruined gates of the town. Kuldhara stands desolate and an uncanny silence prevails all around.

The main gate of , haunted Kuldhara Village. Image from Abhay Mishrwa Photography

Lying 21 km west of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan , INDIA ,KULDHARA has a story. Some 300 years ago, it used to be a prosperous village of Paliwal Brahmins under the state of Jaisalmer. According to the legend, the evil eyes of Salim Singh, the powerful and debauched chieftain of the state, fell on the beautiful daughter of the village head and he desired to marry her by force. He threatened the villagers with dire consequences if they did not adhere to his wish.

A once prosperous village now nothing but an abandoned old site. Abhay Mishraw photography

Instead of submitting to the order of the tyrant, the Paliwals held a council and people of 85 villages left their ancestral homes and vanished. But this was not all; before leaving, they put a curse on Kuldhara that no one will ever be able to settle in their village thereafter.

To this date, the village remains barren; left almost the same as its inhabitants had left it centuries ago. It is also said that people who have tried to stay there at night have been chased away by strange paranormal phenomenon. As the sun sets across the sand dunes, the gates of Kuldhara are closed by the locals of the neighboring villages. They believe the ghosts of Kuldhara still haunt the place.

Not so damaged building at Kuldhara, painted with mud and white Rajasthani hand painting .Photo from Abhay Mishraw Photography.
Temple at Kuldhara, now not in use. Photo from Abhay Mishraw Photography
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