Soon, stay overnight at 'haunted' Kuldhara

  • By TOI
  • | Friday | 29th December, 2017

JAISALMER: Considered haunted by locals, the historical village of Kuldhara , about 18km from here, may soon transform into a destination for tourists chasing thrill. "Even I tried to stay here with my family, but soon my wife and a daughter-in-law died while my son fell sick. "This is a cursed village and therefore no one stays here at night," said Sumar Bhil , a security guard at Kuldhara. "In a bid to cash in on the stories of the haunted village, the Rajasthan government, in 2015, decided to develop the village with Jindal Steel Works. A popular tourist destination by day, Kuldhara empties out as dusk sets in.

JAISALMER: Considered haunted by locals, the historical village of Kuldhara , about 18km from here, may soon transform into a destination for tourists chasing thrill.

With the Rajasthan department of archaeology and museums authorising the commercial use of cottages in the village, tourists will be able to stay overnight in this desolate, eerie 13th-century village.The authorisation came as the department invited bids for the maintenance and upkeep of the village under public private partnership.

The bidding ended on December 21.Under the new arrangement, the selected bidders would also be allowed to run cafeterias, souvenir/museum shops, impose user charges on toilet blocks, and rent out the place to shoot films and documentaries.Kuldhara, maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India, was abandoned over 200 years ago by the Paliwal-Brahmins following harassment by the erstwhile 'diwan' of Jaisalmer, Salim Singh.

A popular tourist destination by day, Kuldhara empties out as dusk sets in.

"This is a cursed village and therefore no one stays here at night," said Sumar Bhil , a security guard at Kuldhara.

"Even I tried to stay here with my family, but soon my wife and a daughter-in-law died while my son fell sick.

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