About 20 odd kilometers from the desert town of Jaisalmer lies Kuldhara. As I took to the dusty road that led to this ancient town of Rajasthan, I noticed the scant presence of humans around. The sun was at its fiery best and an unusual silence prevailed. I reached Kuldhara, eerie and desolate. I had heard it had been abandoned by its people more than 200 years ago.
I spotted a few villagers grazing goats nearby. What really was the story of Kuldhara?
For a paltry amount of Rs. 10/- two little boys came up to me to narrate the tale. It seemed Salim Singh the Minister of the Kingdom; fell in love with a girl from the village. He was absolutely obstinate that he wanted to marry her, and if the villagers came in his way, he would levy huge taxes on them. Overnight the entire village abandoned their homes and fled. No one knows where they went. And before they left, a curse was placed by them on Kuldhara that no one will ever be able to settle in their village thereafter.
Probably the curse stays true till date; cause the town still remains barren and uninhabited. The houses remain intact in the same way it had been left behind by its inhabitants.