by KATE SCHNEIDER
TWO hundred years ago, an entire community vanished overnight.
Nobody saw them leave, or figured out where they went. But as the 1500 villagers abandoned the town of Kuldhara, India, it’s believed they left behind a curse bringing death to anyone who tried to inhabit it.
So to this day, few dare to tread here, and even fewer dare to stay the night.
Just why the residents left remains a mystery. Legend has it that Salim Singh, the minister of the state of Jaisalmer, fell in love with a beautiful girl upon visiting the village and wanted to marry her, threatening the locals if this was denied.
So the girl’s father, the chief of the village, abandoned the town along with people from 84 adjoining villages.
Another theory has it that a war erupted, forcing the evacuation.
Either way, what remains is a fascinating glimpse of the past, with crumbling homes and underground structures remaining.
Last year Delhi’s Paranormal Society sent a team of 30 people to stay the night in the eerie abandoned village. They claim (somewhat unsurprisingly) that they detected mysterious moving shadows, haunting voices, hand imprints of children on cars and one even claims he felt someone touching his shoulder from behind, but nobody was there.
They also claim they detected a sudden rise and drop in temperature.
So would you dare to visit?