Bhuli Bhatiyari ka Mahal
Lying in a part of Delhi, notably slower paced from the speeding city around it, is a notorious ruin. The Bhuli Bhatiyari ka Mahal is a 14th century abandoned hunting lodge that was constructed by royalty. Today it is engulfed by a serene parkland, though many years ago it was surrounded by a dense forest plentiful in-game and ideal for royal hunting expeditions.
The fortress is believed to have been built by King Tughlaq, though not much is known about this crumbling piece of protected architecture. Perhaps it is the mystery surrounding the abandoned royal lodge’s history that has led to the development of some ghostly folklore.
Bhuli Bhatiyari Ghost Stories
As with many significant ruins in India, signs are posted warning adventurers not to enter the Bhuli Bhatiyari at night. Many people take this warning as a precaution to protect visitors from supernatural phenomena and rumors that the Bhuli Bhatiyari is haunted have spread far.
Many claim to have sighted apparitions and shadow people hanging in and around this mysterious Delhi ruin at night. These stories are usually accompanied by claims of unexplainable sounds. Many of these appear to be described as disembodied voices and even screams. This might be one reason why the legend that security guards hired to protect the landmark never last more than one day on the job has developed.
There are a number of ghosts thought to have made the Bhuli Bhatiyari ka Mahal their permanent residence. One of the ghosts thought to linger here is that of a Queen. It is said that she was treated poorly by her King during her life, even being held captive as a prisoner against her will. It is said that following her death, her spirit has remained at the fort, still trapped from moving on just as she was in life.
Another story claims that a former King may also haunt the area, for vastly different reasons to the ghostly Queen. The Bhuli Bhatiyari was a place that this King supposedly felt very at home and it became a place he loved dearly. Some say, his love for the lodge is what has held his spirit there.
In addition to these former royal ghosts, there are a couple of other noteworthy spirits at the abandoned ruin. Apparently, a former female caretaker who once lived at the lodge and the spirit of a local tribe’s woman who died in the area after falling sick are said to still wander here.
Visiting Bhuli Bhatiyari
The Bhuli Bhatiyari is an interesting ruin to capture sight of. When I visited (late 2018) the ruin was completely closed off to the public for restoration. I managed to speak to the security guard at the front who granted me access for just a couple of minutes to explore inside. The ruin is quite easy to locate and rests beside a park that is perfect for a quick stroll to escape the bustle of Delhi.
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