The Ghost Town of Kuldhara

Kuldhara is an abandoned village in the Jaisalmer district of Rajastan, India. These beautiful ruins carry a story of its own. Lying 17km west of Jaisalmer is the ghost town of Kuldhara. Established around 300 years back, it was a prosperous village of Paliwal Brahmins. There are many legends as to why this town is abandoned and feared by a lot of people.

According to one of the legends, Salim Singh, the prime minister of the state took a liking for the daughter of the village head and desired to marry her. He threatened the village with grave consequences but they did not listen to him, instead the Paliwals held a council and people of 85 villages left their town but not before putting a curse on Kuldhara saying that no one will ever be able live their village. Another legend states that Salim Singh increased the taxes to such an extent that the villagers were not able to pay it and they decided to leave Kuldhara and move to a different village. But 2017 study suggested that Kuldhara and the villages near it were abandoned because of an earthquake another reason could be the dwindling of water supply.

Ruins of 410 buildings can be seen in Kuldhara, the ruins of the village include three cremation grounds, with several memorial stones. The population of the village was estimated to be around 1588. The Archaeological Survey of India and the government of Rajasthan declared it as a heritage site and decided to make it into a tourist spot in the 2010s.

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