Following villages, forts, cities in India are abandoned and unmanned.
Kuldhara is an integral part of India’s folklores. It is the first name that comes when talking about mysterious exoduses and escapes in India. Just some time before, it used to be a prosperous village. But now, it is nothing more than a barren land with roofless homes, bare walls and disjointed bricks. The reason for such an abandonment is mysterious. Stories have it that then Primi Minister of Jaisalmer, Salen Singh wanted to marry the village headman’s daughter against her will, and so, the villages flew to keep their integrity, fighting against the authoritarianism prevailing in those times.
Dhanushkodi, Tamil Nadu
This ghost town sits in silence at the southeastern tip of Pamban Island located in Tamil Nadu, between the land border of India and Sri Lanka. The place was once hit by a huge cyclone in 1964 that left the town in ruins, and hence the abandonment.
Ross Island, Andaman, and Nicobar
Ross Island once used to be the pride of British rulers in India. Now, there are nothing but ruined buildings and deserted islands. This place, a small island at the frontline of capital Port Blair, is now the entry point to the cluster of islands. This even served as the capital of British government in the parts of India. But today, there is not even a single person living in the area.
Lakhpat was a big business center back in the days where trades worth millions took place every day. The place is now in ruins following the catastrophe of Sindhu River meeting the Arabian Sea and turning the course of its path. It took one natural disaster to annihilate the entire civilization in the area.
Shettihalli Church, Karnataka
Even if you get a look at the place today, you will see how beautiful it looks, even though it is in ruins. The church was built around the 1860s when French missionaries came to India. The church resembles the Gothic architecture and is located 22kms away from the village of Shettihalli. When Hemavati dam and reservoir was built in 1960, this place started to see people migrating. However, few people are still visiting the place today.
Once you step foot into this rock village of Unakoti, you will be left with mystery, amazement, and wonder. There are beautiful stone carvings of numerous Hindu gods and goddesses, possibly crores of them. The mysterious fact is that no one knows who, how and when these were made, and there is no any trail to it. With such scale of work, people attribute it to the work of gods.
Janjira Fort, Maharashtra
The fort is located around 165 km from Mumbai, along with the island off the Konkan coast of Maharashtra. This fort holds historical war value with its impregnable and unassailable characteristics and was built around 17th century. It is the masterwork of Malik Ambar, a minister in the service of Sultan of Ahmednagar. Janjira is said to be never conquered in any war. However, the structure is deserted, and one can still see 572 cannons lying around the high walls and grounds of the fort.
Cellular Jail, Andaman, and Nicobar
Cellular Jail was dreaded by many during the British rule in India. Known as Kala Pani, the place used to be full of Indian freedom fighters and rebels who raised their voices against the British empire. Legends have it that the prisoners were atrociously treated here, but now it is completely abandoned. Visitors can, however, visit the place and pay tribute to freedom fighters like Batukeshwar Dutt and Veer Savarkar who had been imprisoned here.
Martand Surya Temple, Jammu, and Kashmir
The temple came into the limelight again when Vishal Bharadwaj, an Indian filmmaker, filmed a song from his own adaptation of the famous Hamlet, known as Haider. But the place is still in ruins and was a place where people glorified the Sun God. The place was built by Lalit Aditya Mukhtapid of the Karkota dynasty of Kashmir. The reason for its damage is because of the decay of Karkota dynasty itself and decades of invasion, couple with natural disasters.
Bishnupur, West Bengal
The Bishnupur city once used to be a capital of a kingdom that lasted 800 years. Lying 150 km northwest of Kolkata, Bishnupur only has few terracotta temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu (built by Malla rulers during the 17th and 18th century) today.