9 Forbidden And Forgotten Spots Around India

9 Forbidden And Forgotten Spots Around India

Have you ever explored a place which is not frequented by most people? There can be a number of reasons why a place is forbidden and forgotten over time. Natural disasters, climate change or exodus can be reasons why a place seems abandoned. However, as time passes, people weave mysterious stories about such places. Moreover, the eerie silence of the place is good enough reason for many folks especially the locals to proclaim it as a haunting or spooky place.

Let's explore such and many other stories of 9 places around India that today are forbidden and forgotten spots.

1. Bhangarh, Rajasthan

Bhangarh aka the ‘town of ghosts’ is a notoriously spooky place. As the story goes, Bhangarh fort was built on the spot where a sage by the name of Guru Balu Nath meditated. However, the King of Bhangarh pleaded to the sage that he wanted to build a fort on the spot. The sage complied albeit, with a condition that the shadow of the fort should not touch him. But, in spite of the King’s assurances, the fort’s shadow was cast upon the sage. So, in rage, the Guru cursed the entire village which was destroyed in no time.

Since then, paranormal activities have been a common occurrence at the place. In fact, as per popular belief, at Bhangarh people who venture out in the dark cannot be traced again. Also, entry to the Bhangarh fort is forbidden after sunset.

2. Barren Islands, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

The Andaman and Nicobar islands are replete with natural beauty. However, not all places in the Andamans can be accessed by tourists. Barren islands located in the Andamans are the only active volcano in India and hence banned for visitors due to safety concerns. Moreover, Barren Islands experienced a major explosion in the year 1991 which destroyed most of the fauna population in the region. However, if you wish to see the island, you can view it from a safe distance by taking a ferry or a boat ride.

3. Khirsu, Uttarakhand

Khirsu is a hidden gem located in the Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand. Khirsu offers spellbinding views of the sun-kissed Himalayas and is just about 3 hour drive from the famed city of Rishikesh. The less travelled hilly location of Khirsu is known for its sweet rosy apple orchards. So, by any chance, if you have enrolled in yoga school Rishikesh to learn about varied yoga styles such as Mysore Ashtanga yoga or the more popular Hatha yoga, then do visit this scenic town in your leisure time.

4. Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu

Dhanushkodi in Tamil Nadu figures high on the list when we talk about forgotten places in India. A hamlet in the Rameshwaram island of Tamil Nadu, Dhanushkodi was an erstwhile southernmost tip of India. However, a cyclone in the 1960s destroyed the entire village. But, the Kothandaramasamy temple ruins at the place are still worth visiting. Although nicknamed a ghost town, Dhanushkodi can still be visited as an offbeat holiday destination for its turquoise sea waters and pristine beaches.

5. Kuldhara village, Rajasthan

Kuldhara in Rajasthan is an abandoned village that is located about 17 kilometers from Jaisalmer in Rajasthan. As per folklore, about 300 years ago, a king by the name of Salim Singh desired to marry the daughter of the village chief. However, he threatened the villagers to marry the girl against everyone’s wishes. In the meantime, villagers from 85 villages gathered and decided to leave the village. In that age, brahmins used to reside in Kuldhara village and gave the curse that the village will never be inhabited again. Since then, the village stands abandoned and is now a sight of intrigue for the tourists.

6. The Nicobar Islands

Nicobar Islands are a forbidden place which cannot be accessed by common tourists. In order to keep the tribal inhabitants and native culture safe, the Indian government decided to ban tourists from visiting the Nicobar Islands. The tribes of the Nicobar want to live in peace without the interference of outside civilizations or any development. In fact, these people have resisted outsiders and maimed many people with their primitive weapons of bows and arrows. Moreover, even the residents of the neighboring Andamans are not allowed entry into the Nicobar Islands. The Indian navy keeps a close watch on the island and only researchers are allowed entry to the islands after a whole lot of scrutiny.

7. The forests of Dandakaranya, Chhattisgarh

The Dandakaranya forests that lie at the fag end of the Aravallis are a scenic yet forgotten place in the Bastar district of Chattisgarh. It is believed that Lord Rama along with Sita and brother Laxman spent almost half of their exile period in these forests. Named after the demon Dandak who finds mentioned in ancient Hindu texts, Dandakaranya forests now lie abandoned due to certain religious and spiritual beliefs. However, the place which is tranquil and full of scenic views can be visited for its historic monuments, caves and ancient temples.

8. Dumas beach, Gujrat

You might have heard about houses, forts or even villages being haunted. But, would you believe it if we tell you that a beach in the Indian state of Gujrat is considered a spooky place? Well, the black sands of Dumas beach have been at the epicenter of several mysteries. 

An erstwhile Hindu burial ground, many believe that the place is full of restless spirits who beckon people who take a stroll on the beach during midnight. These souls are said to call out to people walking towards the waters to return to the shores. Also, those who ignore the calls of the dead disappear in the vast expanses of the seawater. So, this beach is surely not for timid folks and is almost forbidden for the common people.

9. Mount Kanchenjunga, Sikkim

Several adventure seekers wish to scale the world’s third highest peak of Kanchenjunga in Sikkim. However, the peak cannot be climbed upon at least not from its Indian side. The Government of Sikkim banned all kinds of excursion activities from the peak in 2001 due to religious reasons. Local Buddhist monks considered any activity on the peak as a desecration by agostic foreigners. Hence, Mount Kanchenjunga is now a forbidden place which is off limits for two decades now.

You’re Takeaway!

India is a mystical land where every forbidden or forgotten place abounds in folklore and carries a mysterious aura to them. So, if you are an adventure junkie then such places are sure to allure you. Make it a point to include some of these places (although not the forbidden ones) to add more intrigue and thrill to your travel plans.

Author Bio:

Kristina is a freelance journalist specializing in health and fitness based in India and also freelance Yoga writer. She spent the past 10+ years writing about Yoga, medications, diseases, family health, fitness, nutrition. She comes from a family of teachers, and has always loved reading and writing. 
Now she is blogging at Hrishikesh Yoga, a website that offers best yoga courses & Yoga retreats around the world. She is sharing his experiences by writing about them. She also has a passion for movement, and grew up doing Yoga and dance. 
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