There is Black, there is White, and then there is Grey. Certain aspects in this world cannot fall into grey areas and one of them is – haunted places. You can either be on this side or that, not both. And let us assure you the list of most haunted places in India could go on and on.
You might know some people, colleagues, friends, family members, that jump with fear and scare while watching horror movies even in broad daylight, and then there are adventure-seeking souls who love places like Bhangarh, just to feel the thrill. These people knowingly look under the beds to spot the monster, have read every possible horror story and watched every spooky Halloween movie.
There have been debates on the existence of ghosts. Some believe they are just folklore others believe in supernatural forces. And if you are one of them, we have curated this list of most haunted places in India with their spooky stories for the daring souls.
List of 25 Most Haunted Places in India
1. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
You must have heard of the legend of Bhangarh, counted among the top 20 real haunted places in India. There is an eeriness to everything in Bhangarh. According to the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India), tourists should avoid loitering about the fort’s ruins after sunset. This is an indication of how haunted the Bhangarh Fort really is.
The popular tale has it that Tantrik Singhia, a magician, fell in love with Princess Ratnavali and resorted to magic to win her over. However, the princess, upon hearing of his plans, had the magician killed. The magician thereupon cursed the residents of the fort to death and the village dwellers to remain roofless.
The story is certainly intriguing, and even more fascinating are the stories of people who have been there and experienced a spookiness in the fort’s aura. You should pay a visit to the fort and find out how much of the story is true.
Will you dare to visit?
2. Tunnel No. 33, Shimla
Toy train rides in Shimla sound like an adventure! But what if there is a haunted tunnel in the route? Not so much fun now huh?
Beyond the beauty of Shimla, the Queen of Hill Stations lies Tunnel No. 33. It is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Shimla and in India as well. The Kalka-Shimla route has a tunnel, which lasts for over 2 minutes. As you exit, you reach Barog railway station. It is indeed a unique experience but to be informed prior is always better.
Tunnel 33 in Shimla is named after Colonel Barog whose ghost is believed to haunt the place. In 1898, he was a railway engineer and was instructed to construct a tunnel on time. After his calculations, he ordered the laborers to start boring holes in the mountain from both sides. After an unsuccessful attempt, he was fired and fined by the government. The laborers were also furious, which depressed him and he felt humiliated.
People say he shot himself out of his misery while out a walk with his dog. The dog tried to grab the attention of people but it was too late. The Colonel was buried inside this incomplete tunnel to pay homage.
Locals say he never left this place and still haunts the tunnel. Your thoughts?
3. Dumas Beach, Gujarat
Laying in a hammock with your favorite drink in hand. How does that sound? Relaxing? All you want to do is to get that good dose of vitamin sea. But that might not be possible at this beach in Gujarat. Located along the Arabian Sea is Dumas Beach and we are going to find out why it is one of the most haunted places in Gujarat.
People say it used to be a Hindu burial ground and the spirits never left the region. Also, have you ever seen a beach with black sand!? It’s so strange! Folklore says that the black sand is due to the amount of ash created by the burning of dead and eventually getting mixed with the white sands.
Once a serene beach, Dumas Beach in Gujarat has now an eerie feel to it. The surroundings are beautiful but you can definitely sense the negativity. Locals and tourists have reported several missing cases from this area. Once a man was found dead on the beach with his tongue out and no one really could not explain the reason behind all these mishaps.
Weird sounds of laughing and crying can be heard even though there is no one on the beach.
Will you be able to relax on the beach the same way now?
4. GP Block Meerut, Uttar Pradesh
There are some ghosts that love their alcoholic beverages. In GP Block in Meerut, people have observed four males sitting together and enjoying an alcoholic beverage or two in the company of a single lit candle. Initially, they were believed to be normal people enjoying a drink, but once the news of them being ghosts spread around, the people in the area were panic-stricken. The area gained immense popularity due to this. People have also sighted a young girl coming out of the house wearing a red dress. The stories are as intriguing as they can be. As for their veracity, there is the only way of confirming that. You must pay a visit to the place and find out if the stories circulating about the block have an element of truth in them.
Still want to find out the truth?
5. Karkardooma Delhi Court, Delhi
One of the spookiest places in India is the Kakardooma Delhi Court in Delhi. Numerous lawyers have experienced paranormal activities around them. The entire situation is made even scarier by the fact that vigilance cameras installed inside the court have captured the shutting and opening of doors, files being extracted from drawers, lights blinkering in an inexplicable manner, and the appearance of a hazy figure through the walls, along with the dislocation of chairs.
There is video footage from inside the court on YouTube. It will give you chills!
6. Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad
If you have been to Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad, you will know how huge it is. One of the biggest film cities in the country, it’s also known to be quite haunted. Witnesses have reported spotlights falling off on their own, mirrors being decorated with strange marks, light men and other staff being pushed around, and crew members suffering from various injuries. Several females too have had their clothes ripped off by a mystical force or being locked in rooms inexplicably.
Film City? More like Haunted City!
7. Chandan Nagar, Pune
Whenever anyone makes a mention of the most haunted places in India, Chandan Nagar in Pune always finds a mention. It’s said that just over a decade ago, a girl lost her life during the construction of a building in the Chandan Nagar locality of Pune. Several people have reported seeing a young girl dressed in a blood-stained white frock holding a doll in her hand. A young girl with a doll, the image itself is reminiscent of several horror movies like Annabelle. Anyway, visit this place only if you have a strong heart.
Would you visit the house of Indian Anabelle?
8. Writer’s Building, Kolkata
Writer’s Building at the BBD Square in Kolkata proves that no matter how famous a building is, it can always be haunted. It all goes back to 8th December 1930, when three young freedom fighters, Benoy Basu, Badal Gupta, and Dinesh Gupta, entered the Writer’s Building and killed the brutal Inspector General, Colonel N.S. Simpson. The people who work there are familiar with the ghost of Colonel N.S. Simpson, who they say lingers in the main building as well as the BBD Square (which has been named after the three freedom fighters. People who work there have reported cries for help at night from the vacant rooms of the building).
9. Dow Hill, West Bengal
Have you ever encountered a ghostly experience in the mountains? If not, you are one of the lucky ones!
Tourists who have visited this hill station of Darjeeling might not know about this! Dow Hill is a lesser-known haunted place in India and has ghost fables connected to it. This place has a lot of paranormal stuff going on too.
A small stretch of road in between the Dow Hill and the Forest Office is called the DEATH ROAD. A young headless boy has been seen by the woodcutters who walk down the road and disappear into the woods. Ahhhh!
Not just this but people also feel like they are being followed and watched by a woman with grey clothes. Locals have also spotted a red eye staring at them too. Some people have gone mad and some even committed suicide after going into this forest.
One more shock! Brace yourself! There is a haunted boys’ school near the woods, which is said to be haunted as well. Locals feel a similar vibe to the forest near this school. Loud whisperings and footsteps have been heard between December to March (it is closed during this time).
If you “think” you are audacious, visit Dow Hill!
10. Bombay High Court, Mumbai
There are friendly ghosts and unfriendly ghosts. Then, there are ghosts out for justice. In the Bombay High Court in Mumbai, one of the courtrooms is inhabited by a ghost. Those accused in any murder trial are prevented from entering the courtroom. Of course, it being Mumbai, the people of the state have taken it in good humor. This case proves that even courts, judges, and lawyers can catch the fancy of ghosts.
Want to be a lawyer now?
11. Savoy Hotel Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
If you are looking to stay at one of the most haunted hotels in India, then Savoy Hotel in Mussoorie is for you. This hotel, very beautiful otherwise, is believed to be haunted by the ghost of Lady Garnet Orme. It’s said that she was murdered with strychnine, which was added to her medicine bottle.
The ghost of Lady Garnet Orme is rumored to haunt the Savoy Hotel in Mussoorie where she was murdered by adding strychnine in her medicine bottle. Years later, the doctor who was tending to her was found dead in similar circumstances. The case created a buzz and found its way to several books including the Agatha Christie novel – The Mysterious Affair at Styles. That is why, even today, it is considered one of the most haunted hotels in India.
Say Hi to Lady Garnet!
12. Dagshai, Himachal Pradesh
There are good ghosts and bad ghosts, just like there are good people and bad people. In the town of Dagshai in Himachal Pradesh, an eight-month pregnant wife of a British Army officer lost her life in an accident and was buried at this very spot. After her death, a marble structure of the lady and her baby being blessed by an elf was constructed in the graveyard. Till today, there is a popular superstition existing in the region among the wives of the Indian Army officers that visiting the grave would bless them with a baby boy.
13. Kundanbagh, Hyderabad
The 2-storied house in Kundanbagh in Hyderabad is perhaps one of the most haunted places in South India. According to the widespread story, a thief, upon entering the house, discovered the dead bodies of the three owners. Upon reporting the incident to the police station, forensic reports found the date to be roughly three months prior to the break-in. On the other hand, the neighbors have reportedly seen the mother and her two daughters walking on the balcony and lighting the candles in the house at midnight, up to a day before the discovery of their dead bodies.
It’s hard to believe such stories, but that’s where the supernatural factor comes in, doesn’t it?
14. Delhi Cantonment, Delhi
Spirits may not always inhabit old mansions, deserted houses, graveyards, and the like. One example of this is the Delhi Cantonment, considered to be among the most beautiful areas of Delhi. It’s a beautiful place for hanging out and having a great time. As day gives way tonight, the place displays its spooky side. Both locals and passersby have reportedly seen a woman, clad in a white sari, asking for lifts to those who pass by. If they are denied a lift, the woman chases the vehicle at the same speed. It can be quite horrifying to think about it.
Why don’t you go for a ride in the Delhi Cantonment area and find out if the ghost of the woman really exists?
15. Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune
“The story” goes back to the times when ‘Peshwas’ ruled Maharashtra. After Peshwa Baji Rao’s death, his son, Balaji Rao or Nana Saheb took over the Maratha empire. He was blessed with three kids named Madhorao, Vishwarao, and Narayanrao. In the Third Battle of Panipat, Balaji died and Madharao succeeded as the next king. Soon, Vishwarao died and in his sorrow, Madhorao died too. (Sigh!)
The youngest one, Narayanrao succeeded as the king at a very young age. But due to his inefficiency to run an empire, his uncle, Ragunathrao took charge on his behalf. Ragunathrao’s wife, Anandibai wanted Narayanrao out of the picture to rule the empire. She changed the letter originally sent by Raghunathrao for “capturing” him to “killing” him.
Narayanrao heard a group of assassins coming into his sleeping chambers. He screamed on top of his lungs and asked for help from his uncle saying ‘Kaka Maha Vachwa’ (Uncle, save me). But Anandibai’s jealousy got Narayanrao killed that night by the Gardi tribe.
His shrieks can be heard by visitors to date especially on the full moon nights.
How cruel can someone be?
16. Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai
Sanjay Gandhi National Park is another of the most haunted destinations in India. Visitors to this park say that there is something creepy in its surroundings. Some of them have even claimed to have come across the spirit of a lady dressed in white asking for a lift to the passers-by. Ask the guards though, and they are convinced of a spirit lurking about in the park. One must say though, that this park doesn’t offer just a lovely walk!
Will you dare to give a lift to her?
17. Lambi Dehar Mines, Mussoorie
Mussoorie, what a beauty! In case you haven’t visited this place, you are missing out on a lot. Besides all this natural beauty, Mussoorie has some lesser-known haunted places too. From Savoy Hotel, Pari Tibba to Mullingar Mansion, and Lambi Dehar Mines.
Back in 1990, there was a limestone mine and more than 50,000 workers worked there. Due to safety and security issues, the workers faced lung problems and started coughing blood. Soon, they died a needless death. The mine has been shut since.
After that incident, people have reported a lot of paranormal activities and the death of a lot of people. Once a helicopter crashed there.
The locals have seen a witch roaming at night. Also, Gaurav Tiwari, one of the most famous ghost hunters from India has also visited to find the truth, which you can see in the video footage on YouTube.
Natural beauty or haunted places, what type of person are you?
18. Ravindra Nagar, Hyderabad
In the year 2012, Ravindra Nagar was affected by a series of suicides. It was only a matter of time before it gained a reputation for being haunted. It’s believed that the series of suicides were triggered by the wrath of a goddess following the demolition of her temple. Whether or not the story is true, the locality certainly evokes fear among the people.
Don’t make the goddess angry, or else…..
19. Mr. Burton, Kota
The residents of Kota are well-aware of the ghost of Major Burton which stalks the Brij Raj Bhavan Palace, one of the spookiest destinations in India. Major Burton is believed to have lost his life during the Revolt of 1857. The popular tale has it that Major Burton, along with his sons, was shot inside the palace, and today, the palace is haunted by his ghost. It should come as a relief to know that the ghost does not harm anyone. During the night, however, guards have reported getting slapped in the face.
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20. Khairatabad Science College, Hyderabad
f you are in school, just imagine, if you are in college, brace yourself, and if you have done with college, congratulations.
What if you find out, your college is haunted! Uhhh!
If just thinking about it is giving you chills, imagine the students studying at Khairatabad Science College in Hyderabad. Just off the Khairatabad flyover are the ruins of the Tarapuri building. It was once a science college but is now a ramshackle building and entering its premises is similar to “maut ko bulawa dena” (calling your death). People say, once you enter the building, you don’t come back alive.
Mohammed Hafeez, ex-security guard of the college said, “When the college was closed down years ago, the dead bodies used in the Biology labs were not thrown away”. He also added, “If you happen to pass by the place after dusk, you can see skeletons walking, and sparks”.
Do you have the guts to get back to college?
21. Mukesh Mills, Mumbai
From Amitabh-starrer Jumma Chumma in ‘Hum’ to Kartik Aryan’s Poster Lagwa Do in ‘Luka Chuppi’, Mukesh Mills in Mumbai has been a popular shooting location for several generations of Bollywood filmmakers.
Set up by the East India Company in the 1870s, Mukesh Mills was closed due to unreasonable losses in the business. Later, the building was completely burned by a fire, whose origin is still unknown. It was never repaired and has been shut since.
The movie crew does not prefer to work here after sunset. Some have heard strange noises and reported their things being lost. People have seen shadows, footsteps, and a sense of being constantly watched by someone. Uhhhh! Creepy!
Once a movie actress got possessed and her voice completely changed. She warned the crew to get out of there as soon as possible. Another case at the Mukesh Mills involved a 10-year-old boy who also got possessed during a shoot. He suddenly started rolling on the ground with his hands behind his back and got back normal in a matter of a few seconds.
Even the watchman of this place has reported seeing someone smoking and hearing music from inside the building.
It is better to be obsessed than possessed right?
22. House Number W-3, GK, Delhi
There is nothing new about the tittle-tattle tales of the haunted places in Delhi and around. But only a few daredevils dare to seek out the truth. Have they been successful? Let’s find out.
House No. W-3 in Greater Kailash was the home of an old couple, Yadu Krishnan Kaul and Madhu Kaul. They lived happily until, in 1986, their yoga guru brutally murdered them. He buried them underneath the water tank in their backyard. Miserable!
Eventually, the bodies decomposed, and neighbors informed the police. For days, police and the investigating team tried contacting their relatives and also sent out information through the newspaper, but nothing got into their hands.
The couple was cremated and police kick-started to nab the yoga guru. The house has been abandoned since. Some locals have seen ghosts of the elderly couple around the house.
Ghost hunters have not been completely successful entering its premises as anyone who tries to enter encounters some sort of paranormal activity.
What was the yoga guru’s motive? Wealth? Property?
23. Grand Paradi Towers, Mumbai
Simply iconic! Grand Paradi Towers are one of the haunted places in Mumbai and the story behind these is going to leave you in confusion!
Home to some of the richest and most affluent people in Mumbai, these three-iconic towers were the most expensive place to live in. Diamond merchants to businessmen all lived happily till one day an elderly couple committed suicide. Soon their son and daughter-in-law died too. The famous Grand Paradi Towers soon became infamous for the suicides.
You will not believe but these buildings have encountered 20 suicide cases since 1998. Also, out of all of the floors, the eighth floor is believed to be one of the most haunted ones. Looking for reasons? Well, this mystery remains unsolved till date!
Confused? Told you!
24. Saffron, BPO – Delhi
Have you ever thought of your home, school, or office built on top of a graveyard?
Saffron, a BPO in Gurgaon is built on a graveyard and is one of the most haunted places in Gurgaon. It is turning our nightmare into reality!
Legend says that this company had an employee called Rose. She was punctual and diligent and only worked here for a month. One fine day, after a long phone call, she went on an extended leave. After a month, her colleagues asked her landlord but were told no girl lived there.
They searched and somehow traced her family who said that Rose had died more than 8 years ago!!! What? Of course, her colleagues were brain-damaged.
If this happened in your office, what would you do?
“Whatever you do… don’t fall asleep.” — A Nightmare on Elm Street.
25. Dona Paula, Goa
Spending an evening with your sweetheart at Dona Paula sounds all romantic till you know it’s HAUNTED! The sinister tale of Dona Paula makes it one of the most haunted places in India. Many legends are related to Dona Paula but which to believe is up to you.
As per the legends, it was a young girl named Paula Amaral de Souto-Maior, a relative of the Portuguese viceroy who fell in love with the local fisherman and married him against her family’s wishes. One day, Paula’s husband left for the sea and never returned home. She waited for years for him to come and eventually turned to stone. Now her stone body is said to be placed in the Cabo Chapel nearby. Would you visit?
Another lore says that the Portuguese Viceroy got informed about her affair with the fisherman and he stopped her from meeting him. She resisted, cried, and one day jumped into the Arabian Sea and ended her life to be with her lover. As soon as the Viceroy found out, he put an order to make a statue of Paula near the place from where she jumped and named it Dona Paula.
Many locals have claimed to have seen the ghost of Dona emerging from the chapel on full moon nights wearing a shiny pearl necklace. Others claim that a pale woman comes from the sea wearing pearls and invites people to join her. The presence of two lovers has also been felt by many tourists.
So, would you dare to take your sweetheart to Dona Paula Beach?
After reading the horror stories of haunted places in India, you might consider this quote. What did you think was most scary of them all? Do you have the courage to visit any of these? If you visit any of the places in India, ask the locals. You may or may not find more hidden places, who knows!?