Sunday, 25 January 2015


On the road less traveled, Kuldhara is not an often visited historical site.  Located 20 km from Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.  It is interesting nonetheless.  Kuldhara, established in 1291, was the largest village in the Paliwal Brahmin community.  There were 84 villages in all.    The Paliwal Brahmins were prosperous and known for their business and agricultural abilites. One night in 1825 all the people in Kuldhara and in the nearby 83 villages mysteriously vanished.  Why, after having prospered there for more than 5 centuries?

It is said that  Salim Singh, minister of Jaisalmer,  when visiting the village saw and demanded to marry the beautiful daughter of the Kuldhara village chief.  If the chief refused, there would be retribution.  Rather than allow the chief to force his daughter to marry, Kuldhara and the other 83 villages left in the dead of night.  Where, no one knows.  The ruins of these villages remain today untouched except for the slow destruction due to nature’s elements.  The locals believe that a curse was placed on the villages and thus, it remains uninhabited and untouched.