Let’s face it, we are fascinated with the supernatural! There is something about the unseen that arouses an unceasing curiosity in us. Think for a moment. Haven’t we always wanted to see the unseen, be terrified yet excited? The lure of the paranormal has always head a strange appeal to us, and will always do so. India has her own share of haunted places which have gained an amazing popularity over the years. Sometimes, by word of mouth, at other times, through a book or a movie. We have all read or heard testimonies of those who have visited these places, and often, are completely intrigued by them. If you are fascinated with the supernatural, then here are 20 real haunted places in India to keep you occupied. Yes, we say “real”, because, that’s what those who have visited them say.
1. The legend of Bhangarh lives on – Alwar, 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. 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 is 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.
2. Hello, I’m the friendly ghost of Tunnel No. 33 – Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
Would you like to meet a friendly ghost? Then, all you have to do is visit Tunnel No. 33 on Shimla-Kalka Rail Route, famous for being one of the most haunted places in Shimla. It’s said that a certain Captain Barog committed suicide out of humiliation after being unsuccessful at building a tunnel he was entrusted with. His spirit is rumored to haunt the tunnel. However, there is no reason for you to fear him, in case you come across him. This is because his spirit is believed to be friendly with those who come in contact with him.
3. The beach where people disappear – Dumas Beach, Gujarat
How relaxing can a stroll on the beach be! Not this one though. Dumas Beach, located in close proximity to Surat in Gujarat, is certainly one of the most haunted places in India. Many people who dared to take a midnight stroll never lived to see another day. It’s believed that the place where this beach stands once served as a Hindu cremation ground, and it’s those disturbed souls that haunt the beach today. Want to know how much of the story is true? All you have to do is visit Gujarat and take a stroll on the beach.
4. Where ghosts enjoy their drinks – 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 an 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 only way of confirming that. You must pay a visit to the place and find out if the stories circulating about the block have any element of truth in them.
5. A ghostly kind of justice – 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 more scary 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.
6. The playground of ghosts – 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.
7. India’s own Annabelle – 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 in reminiscent of several horror movies like Annabelle. Anyway, visit this place only if you have a strong heart.
8. Someone cries for help – 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. The headless ghost of Dow Hill – Kurseong, Darjeeling
Dow Hill School, in Kurseong, Darjeeling, has earned the reputation of being one of the spookiest places in India. From the students to the local people residing in the area, everybody is familiar with the tale of the headless boy doing the round of the woods. If you have been to Dow Hill School or visited the nearby surroundings, you would have experienced the presence of a negative energy. You also have the constant feeling of someone walking behind you.
10. The ghost won’t let me enter, Your Honor – 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.
11. Everything changed in a night – Kuldhara, Rajasthan
The story of how Kuldhara gained a reputation for being haunted is a fascinating one. The village of Kuldhara was established in 1921 by the community of Paliwal Brahmins, respected for their industrious nature and sharp business insight. It was in 1825, on a particular night, that the inhabitants of this prosperous village as well as the 83 villages located in close proximity, vanished suddenly, leaving no traces behind. One of the stories behind this event goes that a certain Salim Singh, then minister of state, fell in love with the village chieftain’s daughter. He threatened the villagers with dire consequences if they failed to get him married to her. The chief, along with the 83 villages nearby, abandoned their villages. However, before leaving, the villagers cursed the village of never being inhabited. It’s a sad and fascinating story.
12. The ghost of Lady Garnet Orme – Savoy Hotel Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
If you are looking to stay at one of the most haunted hotels of 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 in 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 as one of the most haunted hotels in India.
13. Meet a benevolent ghost – 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.
14. Stay away from the 2-storied house – 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 in the balcony and lighting the candles in the house at midnight, upto 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?
15. The ghost with cheetah-like speed – Delhi Cantonment, Delhi
Spirits may not always inhabit old mansions, deserted houses, graveyards, and the like. One example of this is 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 to night, 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 with the same speed. It can be quite horrifying to think about it. Why don’t you go for a ride in Delhi Cantonment area and find out if the ghost of the woman really exists?
16. The cries in the Shaniwarwada Fort – Pune, Maharashtra
The Shaniwarwada Fort is quite impressive architecturally and draws a large number of visitors. The fort is also famous due to other reasons too. Locals say that during a full-moon night, the forts experiences a dramatic increase in supernatural occurrences. It’s believed that a young boy was brutally murdered by its relatives in the fort. Till today, his spirit haunts the place and his cries fill the fort during the night. In fact, you would be surprised to know that many people actually camp at night on the fort grounds just to listen to that boy’s scream for help. Didn’t know a fort could provide so much excitement!
17. Lift please? Oops, it’s a ghost – 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 a 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!
18. Mine Witch – Lambi Dehar Mines, Mussoorie
A few years ago, the Lambi Dehar Mines at Mussoorie was struck by an unfortunate incident. It’s believed that almost 50,000 workers lost their lives due to inappropriate working conditions at the mines. Since then, this mine has been haunted by a witch who can often be seen roaming. If the people are to be believed, the witch has also killed several people.
19. Angry goddess – 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.
20. Friendly ghost of Mr. Burton – Kota, Rajasthan
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. 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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