The Rat Temple in Deshnoke near Bikaner in Rajasthan, India.


by Anoop Negi

Deshnoke is a small temple town, about 30 kilometers away from Bikaner in Rajasthan, India. Dust eddies spin and chase each other in the trail left behind by motor cars. Most places in Rajasthan are barren and dry with scant grass. A landscape of utter beauty and fascination and at times terrifying proportions for some.

Here lies a Rat Temple where 15.000 - 20.000 rats inhabit the courtyard. The rats are sacred. It is good luck if a rat scampers over your bare feet. If you manage to sight albino ones, then it is a sign of great fortune.

Media presents the exotic, arcane and bizarre to the world. One of the most terrifying experiences in the world as per the New York Post is a visit to the Rat Temple.

The Rat Temple leaves an indelible mark in one's mind for the sheer concept of it. The experience is certainly not "terrifying". More unsettling and unnerving but something totally unique. If you have not done it, you have not conquered your traveling demons. What about you?

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