No Spooky Experience at Brij Raj Bhavan Palace Kota, Rajasthan!

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  1. Your no experience with ghosts is fine, but why the last blurring picture? I am reading this post and looking at that picture at 12 O Clock in the night!! And a link to haunted hotels of India too! I am not going to click that 🙂

    Destination Infinity

  2. Louise says:

    I think I’d be quite content with no ghostly experiences as well!

  3. Sylvia K says:

    What a great post! Love the photos — ghostly or not! and the story to go with them! What a delightful, ghostly world!!

  4. Carver says:

    This was a fascinating post.

  5. Nessa says:

    He must have liked you since he didn’t bother you.

  6. Yeah, I agree, whats that blurry picture? Ghostly or not, its quite a experience waiting for that “ghost” to come!

  7. ewok1993 says:

    With all those dead animals decorating the walls, this can be a very uncomfortable stay for me. Glad you did not experience anything supernatural.

  8. Arija says:

    Nice photos and an interesting place to stay at ghost or no ghtost.

  9. Scary!!!
    Thanks for the story.
    Have a wonderful week
    Mary ElizabethBlog.

  10. Martha says:

    Interesting, I think I would be more uncomfortable with all the stuffed animals than with the ghost.

  11. Babooshka says:

    It was fun reading ghosts or not. The world is very strange as it is.

  12. Erin says:

    what a fascinating and informative post and enjoyed the photos too.
    have a wonderful week.

  13. All those stuffed heads! Ghost or not, they are enough to put people off their sleep.

  14. alicesg says:

    Nice story. I dont think I want any ghostly experience lol.

  15. Aviral says:

    the pics look scary…specially the last one

  16. As you know, I grew up in India, so it’s not unusual that there will be a ghost in my next novel.

    Lovely work with this post, Indrani.

  17. M.Kate says:

    Great to know that it was a ghost free event ;p I had a very eerie experience once, at the middle of the night, I woke up for no reason and saw the fan switched off and on right on the ceiling at one of the hotels I stayed. It continued for a whole 45 minutes and boy..that was too spooky..you wouldnt want to try it ;p Happy week ahead Indrani.

  18. J says:

    Interesting to see a colonial era palace: the first room looks like it could be a shooting lodge in Scotland!

  19. Anya says:

    That sounds very excited !!!!
    That was a weekend in a
    horrible hotel… LOL
    Maybe there is something happened
    in your sleep
    but you can not remember 😉
    And the memory comes maybe back
    in a next dream……..

    Give me a regular hotel,
    I do not like ghosts… HEHE
    That lion looks not friendly,
    and those animal heads on the walls,
    I find it scary ;(
    But you have not noticed the ghost
    so you had a nice weekend 🙂
    And now you are completely relaxed!!

    (@^.^@)

  20. chrome3d says:

    If everything else was normal then they really tried to “unnormalize” it with those animals!

  21. No ghosts just some scary objects there 🙂

  22. Yikes! I am creeped out by the animal heads. if a hotel is haunted I am afraid to know in advance!

  23. REally intersting … I would love to go to such places… !!

    Kota Brij Raj Bhavan Palace Hotel. now where exactly is this ??? is it in the list ?? lemme check

  24. Reader Wil says:

    May be, Indrani, his ghost has come to rest at last! I always envy the Anglo- Saxon world for their haunted castles and great houses! Why do the Dutch have to do with ” Witte wieven” ( White Wives), which is nothing more than white wisps of mist on the heather.
    Thanks for your visit! My garden is still very colourless apart from the camellias, I am afraid!

  25. nadia says:

    I suppose you’re lucky to have not bumped into Major Burton in the dark. Yikes! I wouldn’t want to stay in that hotel.

  26. The Maharajas of India…the whole post is fascinating and well done… Thanks for sharing with us…I will be back for more visits

  27. I’m glad you didn’t meet the Major…let him keep bothering the night watchmen 😉

  28. Hilary says:

    That photo of motion is the perfect effect for this post. Well done!

  29. Mojo says:

    No ghost of Mangal Pandey? How disappointing! I’d like to find out his real story (as opposed to the “reel” story).

    The last photo is indeed perfect for this post!

  30. Carol says:

    Interesting post….love your last photo! Brilliant!

    Congrats on your POTD award!

  31. a.©.s says:

    I can’t believe you went to a haunted hotel…i would agree to go now but i would never book a date…good on u:)

    Hi, I’m Alicia btw. just saw ur blog browsing through and love your stories…
    Been the to Mysore Zoo in the beginning of the year and thought it was funny….did you see those signs…? i cracked up..they were the best!

  32. What interesting tales, and fascinating photos!!! You blend your narrative and photos so well…and do more than just relate a story …you capture a mood!!! Congrats on POTD!

  33. Oz Girl says:

    Such an interesting hotel, and now the ghostly story to go along with it. Glad you did not have any encounters, and enjoyed your stay. It does look like a unique place to visit.

    I think we will be safe here in Kansas… the odds of a direct hit by a tornado are extremely small. I probably have a better chance of being struck by lightning, or some other such thing. 🙂 But I do not think about these things, I just enjoy every beautiful day I have out here in this awe-inspiring country!

  34. George says:

    I think I would be perfectly happy not to encounter Major Burton’s ghost. But I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Palace Hotel. It certainly looks grand!

  35. Loving that last picture..but I must say you were totally gipped (cheap hotel…JK :)If I knew that going in, I think I would have slept somewhere else…well adventure is good, even if it is with the dead right?! tehe

  36. Yes, I agree, no ghosts is jsut fine with me, too; those animal heads in the dining room are plenty spooky enough! I wonder if the Anne Morrow you mentioned is the one who married the American aviator, Charles Lindbergh? I think she was a writer.

  37. Gattina says:

    Wow ! a ghost ! I never met one ! I should spend a night there, lol !

  38. Sameer says:

    It’s great adventure being there when you know stories related to that palace. There is saying that old houses, palaces carries many stories in their soul.
    Thanks for sharing.

  39. Vamsee says:

    Very interesting. You are so lucky to have visited and stayed in these cool places in Rajasthan.

  40. magiceye says:

    wow! that must be eerie on hindsight!

  41. This looks like a wonderful place to visit, so glad you enjoyed it. Interesting history too!

  42. ArtSparker says:

    Some people just don’t have the spirit apprehension gene I believe – I’m also one of them. Although, as you say, that lion is really disturbing, poor creature. Glad you had a happy stay.

  43. feel creepy? it seems you have interesting blog here.

  44. Catherine says:

    some great stories attached to this hotel…what a rich place steeped in history…

  45. i know you had no ghostly experience there.. but somehow, i had eerie feeling while reading this ..

  46. Swarna says:

    what about the souls of the Indians who met their end there? I’d like to think their souls rest in peace. There are probably millions of historic ghosts waiting to RIP… God bless! 🙂

  47. Bengbeng says:

    i would so love to be at the hotel and wait for the phenomenon to happen

  48. Onkar says:

    An interesting post. It will be interesting to know how you feel when you return to the place with knowledge of ghosts.

  49. I am probably the only one but I would have liked to meet Major Burton.

  50. Hazel says:

    The last photo is scary. I have always wanted to stay in some haunted hotel, minus the ghosts though 🙂

  51. Mmmmm, not sure I would have slept so well with surrounded by loads of stuffed animals, lol! It really looked like an old colonial place…

  52. bindu says:

    Interesting place. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep a wink! All the hunting that the kings did those days is depressing. I detest stuffed animal heads or other parts. Too cruel. This place has much history!

  53. AJEYA RAO says:

    Very nice place.

  54. Rajesh says:

    Nice post and beautiful place.

    Ghosts work on trust. So if you trust that they are around, then you will find them. Ghosts are there only if you believe in them. I see Burton (guard) in first picture

  55. Haunted Hotel aur uski ek list bhi maujood hai !

    Ye to pehli baar pata chala.

  56. What a time! Here’s an officer who can’t take a hint and just go home! That looks like a gorgeous place, all the same.

    My daughter and I just visited a few purportedly haunted battle sites. Creepy….

  57. Jeany says:

    I couldn’t sleep there, with all the stuff animals, brrrrr,
    Nice told story, and just fun to see a part off your daughter. Best wishes from jeany

  58. Maddy says:

    I was reminded of a particular hotel in Lucknow that was once a glorious palace. just cant get the name..

  59. Thank God we do not have to see anymore of those animal heads… people have now started removing them from their walls..

    even if one does not blv in ghosts I guess your ignorance indeed gave you a blissful sleep..trying to console the children would have been the hardest part..

  60. Anonymous says:

    HI TO ALL OF YOU, ON MY TRIP TO INDIA I WILL STAY AT THIS PLACE SOUNDS GREATWOULD LOVE TO SEE THE GHOST OF THE MAJ.FROM THE SWAN.

  61. Kat says:

    Howwww could you miss a chance of a life time and reaching the hall of fame in not taking a picture of Major Burton…?????? 🙁

  62. Wow thats one hell of a experience !

  63. Very interesting and informative, Indrani. And thank God, you didn't have bad ghosts experience 🙂

  64. How true that Ignorance is bliss Indrani!!!

  65. Interesting post…and interesting pictures esp the last one 😛

  66. D.Nambiar says:

    If somebody had mentioned it while you were staying there, it just might have been thrilling. 😉

  67. Uppal says:

    Hair raising indeed!

  68. What a story!! HEhe i wonder how you managed to sleep there after you heard this story :-p

  69. Anita says:

    Eerie, Indrani 🙂
    Historical reality!
    There's so much that we know & we don't know!!!

  70. A very interesting story Indrani ! Glad you didnt encounter the Major 🙂

  71. Indrani i have been living in Kota for the last 44yrs but this history is new to me.We often dine at Ummed Bhavan Palace and yes the dining room is almost out of the last century.

  72. Nice collection of itineraries…
    Next time before planning any trip I need to refer to your site..

  73. Interesting! We have a haunted hotel here in Winnipeg where I live and people love to stay in the “haunted” room, hoping they will have an encounter. This time of year, I’m sure the ghosts are more active than usual!

  74. It was nice to read your post.. Glad that you did not have any bad experience.

  75. Louisa says:

    I don’t know if I would be able to stay in a haunted hotel. Just the thought already terrifies me. That’s a sad story of sacrifice. I guess all places have a history and some are just too haunting. I guess when you seek a haunting experience the opposite happens…

  76. Ami says:

    I can imagine you bolting your doors from inside…. :D. I would be a little spooked but I still would have stayed on.

  77. neha says:

    What a place to stay!! I am glad that you didn’t have any such experience..did you bribe the major for maintaining the peace?

  78. Marge says:

    Good thing you didn’t experience anything spooky, though I gotta say the place looks a little bit creepy to me. I would be scared to stay somewhere with a “haunted,” reputation but then again, you didn’t know and nothing scary happened so all is good. I must admit though that the back story adds a certain appeal to the hotel.