Lakhpat Fort in the Haunted City of Rann of Kutch
Lakhpat is a haunted city in Kachchh district of Gujrat at the mouth of Kori Creek. It was once a busy port city and the center of trade. It lost its prominence after an earthquake in 1819 changed the course of Indus River, after the formation of the natural dam, Allahbund.
As per 2011 census, only 566 people lives in this ghost town, in a total of 108 households. In 1818, when the city was at its heydays, 15,000 people lived here. The revenue generated that time was to the tune of £6000. After the earthquake in 1819. the population of the town was reduced to 6000 next year. Most of the houses were ruined, even though the fort was intact. Its an ideal haunted tours location.
Lakhpat fort is an 18th century seven kilometer long fort built by Fateh Muhammad, The fort erected in 1801, is still intact, to a great extent. The fort gives excellent view of the Great Rann of Kutch. Night sky view is spectacular, especially around the new moon day for its stargazing. Views of the Sunrise and Sunset over endless horizons are the beauty of haunted places like this.
Pir Ghaus Muhammad tomb is there in the town. He was a Sufi saint & Syyed of Lakhpat, and was half-Muslim and half- Hindu, who died in 1855. The tomb made of black stone in octagonal shape is built on a platform of 54 square feet in area. The grave of Pir Ghaus Muhammad is covered with a white marble canopy with verses from Qua-ran on the walls.
Lakhpat Gurudwara Sahib is another major historic place for Sikhs. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikh religion, is belived to have stayed here on his way to Mecca.
Sayyed Pir Shah Dargah has intricate carvings and is a 9 domed mausoleum. Nani Mai Dargah and Hatkeshwar Temple are some of the other structures, which reminds us of the past glory of this haunted city.
How Do I Go to Lakhpat?
Lakhpat is connected by SH 42 to nearby cites like Kotada, Jadodar, Deshalpar, Bhuj, Kukma, etc.