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About Kuldhara

Kuldhara was the name of the largest village in this community consisting of 84 villages. The village was established in 1291 by the Paliwal Brahmins and was a rather prosperous community due to their ability to grow bumper crops in the quite arid desert. Kuldhara is a peaceful place and the ruins found around are examples of advanced sculpture and architecture. Most of the houses are double storied and are not affected by thunder or heat. Paliwals deserted theses houses due to several reasons. Their one time richness can be seen in the temples, water tanks, wells and cenotaphs. Paliwal Brahmins were very wealthy people and were known for their business expertise and agricultural knowledge. But one night in 1825 all the people in Kuldhara and nearby 83 villages vanished in dark.

The evil dewan or the minister in the ruling kingdom saw the young daughter of the village chief. He wanted to marry her and forced the village chief for marrying his daughter. He gave them a deadline for the marriage after which he would forcefully enter the village and take their daughter. All the chiefs of 84 villages met one night and for pride and honor decided to leave the villages in the dark of the night.

Location of Kudhara Village

Kudhara Village is situated about 15 kms. west of Jaisalmer a city in western Rajasthan lies the ruins of a village which was called Kuldhara. The first sight of Kuldhara village, more a town actually, sends one imagination running to the time it may have been inhabited. A well planned settlement, the straight and wide streets ran in grids with houses opening into them. All design elements kept both artistics and utility in mind. A kind of a garage opened into the streets to park carts in. Temples, step wells and other structures were all signs of sound development over the centuries.

History of Kuldhara Village

Kuldhara village near Jaisalmer has a very unique history. Kuldhara village is a haunted location and it is considered that it is impossible to spend a whole night in the village. It is said that the residents of 84 neighboring villages including Kuldhara vacated the villages overnight around 170 years back!! No one is sure where they have gone, but they are believed to have migrated to a place somewhere near Jodhpur. The residents were Paliwal Brahmans — said to be very intelligent, and residing there for about 500 years. So what made them do such an act? Stories say that the ruler of these villages pounded the Paliwals with heavy taxes and treated them very cruelly; the ruler was unethical and powerful to them. And the other version is that the ruler wanted to marry a brahim girl and just to save that girl & her family, all the villagers left the village one single night. They had no other alternative, but to vacate all the 84 villages overnight and just disappear from the vision and reach of the ruler. The brave, self-respecting village folks collectively took the decision. They packed up all their belongings, abandoned their homes and left Kuldhara overnight.

When the Paliwals left the villages, they left a curse that nobody can inhabit the villages ever. Residents of Jaisalmer say that there have been some attempts by some families to stay there, but they did not succeed. There are still some double storeyed houses that are integral and the fascinated tourist can well visualise how life went on in Kuldhara, ages ago.

It is also believed that who so ever pick even a stone or pebble from there, it will bring him curse. The houses of the village are big enough and still at many of the houses there are utensils left in their kitchen. Kuldhara is an old city with so many secrets!

How To Reach Kuldhara Village

Kuldhara village is 18 km to the west of Jaisalmer and can be accessed by a cab from Jaisalmer. Jaisalmer is well connected by air, rail and by road. 

By Rail
Jaisalmer is connected to major cities of India through broad gauge as well as meter gauge railway tracks. Direct trains to Jaisalmer are available from Jodhpur as well as Delhi. Jaisalmer is connected through both 'Broad gauge' as well as 'Meter gauge' tracks. One can also travel to Jaisalmer by Palace on Wheels.

By Road

Jaisalmer is well connected to the rest of state by well-maintained roads. Deluxe & Ordinary buses of Rajasthan Roadways & Private companies operate form Jaisalmer to Jodhpur, Jaipur, Bikaner, Barmer, Mount Abu, Jalore, Ahmedabad etc, Roadways main bus stand opposite Railway station & Golden bus terminal near State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur, Shiv road, Jaisalmer are the two major bus stands.

By Air
Jaisalmer is not directly connected to Airways as such, Jodhpur airport which is about 300 kms away is the nearest airport. Jodhpur is connected to all the major metros of India by government owned as well as private airlines. From Jodhpur you can hire Cabs or take a train journey according to one’s wish and preference.



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