We have all grown up hearing stories of angels, demons, fairies and ghosts. Grandma’s stories never get old. But if we were to ask you – “Do you believe in ghosts”, what would your answer be? You would probably laugh it off! But believe or not, there are places in this country which can give you the chills and Goosebumps. There is always an element of mystery and mystique to these places where people believe there is no life and yet occurrence of unexplained activities.
Since not everyone is as attracted by paranormal activities as some, here is a list of the 20 most haunted places in India you must know about. You know, you need not visit these if you are faint-hearted! Meanwhile, me – grabs Hanuman Chalisa!
1. BHANGARH FORT, RAJASTHAN
This fort, built in the 17th century by Man Singh I (one of the navratans of Akbar’s court) is located on the border of the Sariska Reserve in the Aravali range of hills in Alwar district of Rajasthan. Legend has it that long ago, a wizard tried to cast a spell on the beautiful princess of Bhangarh – Ratnavati by replacing the perfume in her bowl by a magic potion. The princess realized this and threw the bowl at a giant boulder which eventually crushed the wizard. But before he died, he cursed the entire city and said that no one would be able to survive. That is exactly what happened and it is said the spirits of the people who got killed still linger around the fort.
2. SHANIWARWADA FORT, PUNE
It is said that a 13 year old Price was brutally killed here by his relatives and his spirit haunts the fort. People claim that they can hear spine chilling cries and shrieks during the night. To be specific, it is believed that when the prince learnt about the plot of his murder, he ran to his uncle shouting- “kaka mala vachva” (Uncle, save me). Till today, locals claim that they can hear the same sounds over and over again.
3. DELHI CANTT
Delhi Cantonment also known as Delhi Cantt. It is considered one of the scariest and haunted sites in the capital. The area is infamous for the ghost lady dressed in white who can be seen through the dark. It is believed that the spirit is of a lady who got killed in a car accident. The lady’s spirit tries to attract passers-by and if people do not stop their cars, she runs afters the car and if they stop, she disappears. I would not drive there after dark, just saying.
*Currently, me – cannot turn without expecting a woman wearing a white saree and holding a candle!
4. KULDHARA, RAJASTHAN
Kuldhara is an abandoned place in Rajasthan where you will find nothing but broken homes. One can’t help imagine that lives once existed here but now not a single soul chooses to stay because it is believed that the place is cursed. All the villagers escaped one night mysteriously to escape their cruel minister, leaving a prolonged curse!
5. AGRASEN KI BAOLI, DELHI
Agrasen ki baoli is an ancient step well located in Delhi. It was believed that during the earlier times, the water in this step well was cursed and whoever came here was lured into jumping into the waters and ending their life. Some paranormal experiences have been reported by visitors and most people do not visit this historical marvel after sunset.
6. SOUTH PARK CEMETERY, KOLKATA
As soon as you hear the word cemetery, you can pretty much take the hint! Those who visited this cemetery have returned sick and it is said that it’s due to the supernatural! Several unusual activities have been reported as well.
7. TUNNEL NO.33, SHIMLA
Hill stations always have plenty of ghost stories to offer. It is believed that the friendly ghost of Colonel Barog haunts tunnel 33 here in Shimla. Colonel Barog was a railway engineer from the British Raj and the locals say that his spirit is harmless and even has conversations with people.
8. GP BLOCK, MEERUT
People of Meerut say that they have spotted spirits of boys with lit up candles hanging out in this abandoned area. At night, scary voices of anklets can be heard and if you dare enough to look then you may even see one of those girls who run past you in red clothes, according to the residents around.
9. SAVOY HOTEL, MUSSOORIE
This hotel is known to be inhabited by the spirit of Lady Garnet who was poisoned and left to die in her hotel room. People believe that her ghost still roams the hallways searching for her killer and hotel guests claim to have felt her presence.
10. TAJ MAHAL PALACE, MUMBAI
Not many know that the architect of the Taj Mahal Palace had committed suicide in this very hotel. Those who have stayed here, have reported seeing unusual activities in the dark and hearing sounds of footsteps in the hallways.
11. SANJAY GANDHI NATIONAL PARK, MUMBAI
The guards of this park say that in here, exists the spirit of a phantom who asks random people for a lift and those people are never heard from again! So no acts of kindness over here, please!
12. DUMAS BEACH, GUJRAT
This beach was used for cremation by Hindus and several paranormal activities have been reported from here. It is said that some people who went to the beach disappeared under mysterious circumstances. People have also heard voices telling them to return.
13. DOW HILL, WEST BENGAL
Several people have been killed in and around the forest and people have also reported seeing a headless boy roaming in the woods. Though the place seems calm and harmless, some who had gone exploring into the woods never returned.
14. MUKESH MILLS, MUMBAI
This abandoned mill has had mysterious stories attached to it. Though it has been a shooting site for several films, no one stays here after sunset and it is said that the spirits lurking around tend to possess the weak.
15. TOWER OF SILENCE, MUMBAI
This is a Parsi cemetery located near the Malabar Hills. The Parsis leave the bodies of the deceased on the roof to be fed on by the vultures. It has been noted that the spirits of the dead linger around and create a strange atmosphere.
16. THREE KINGS CHURCH, GOA
The three kings, who fought over the property of this church eventually killed each other and their ghosts still haunt the church and the area around.
17. THE LAMBI DEHAR MINES, MUSSOORIE
Several years ago, many workers died here coughing due to the terrible conditions at the mine. As if this was not enough, it is also said that at night, a witch runs down the hill and kills anyone in the way.
18. KHAIRTABAD COLLEGE, HYDERABAD
This college is no longer used by anyone and has stayed abandoned for the longest time. People have spotted walking skeletons and unusual lightening around. The guard appointed to keep a check on this place was found dead and no one dares to lurk around this ruined building anymore.
19. CHANDAN NAGAR, PUNE
Long ago, a little girl was killed here by an accident. Her ghost is said to roam around in a white frock, holding a doll. She comes screeching at you if you cross her path.
20. HOUSE NO. W-3, DELHI
An elderly couple was brutally murdered at their residence and their spirits are known to occupy the place now. Strange and soft whispers can be heard during the night time and unexplained sounds of laughter make this place even scarier.