The mysteries of the unknown have always fascinated the human mind. It’s not surprising for experts to say that India is a beautiful yet deliciously mysterious country that beholds the secrets and stories of a lot of palaces and their kings, of treasures and their keys, of those who died a painful death and are now a part of the broken synchrony that is a reality. Which is why a lot of forts or palaces or beaches or even a ‘just another’ valley in India has a history or a twist of mystery attached to it or something which makes a more interesting case.
Are you fond of the unknown? Do you remember the Zee Horror Show or the Aahat?
If you are one of those who love to turn the pages long sealed and kept hidden from the human eye, if the word ‘supernatural‘ gives you an adrenalin rush, you, my friend, like me and many others, are someone who likes to push the boundaries a little and take a peek into what’s happening in the strange, mysterious world out there. This post is for all the travellers who are done with the monotony of life and are looking forward to exploring the unexplored.
Some tales can be stranger than fiction, which is why I say – At your own risk!
Here’s a list of the 42 such haunted places in India carefully mapped out for your benefit.
1. Bhangarh Fort – Ajabgarh, Alwar, Rajasthan
The ghost town of Bhangarh is one of the scariest, spookiest places you could possibly imagine, not to mention, one of the most haunted places in India. Situated near a popular forest, this town is now slowly luring visitors from around the area, and country, for all the wrong reasons.
It should be noted that if you decide to visit this place after the sun has gone down, you won’t be allowed to. In fact, there is a strict warning about how dangerous this place becomes after sunset.
The story which this town is well-known for tells the tale of a magician who fell in love with the local princess of the area even though their match was impossible. Being quite the master of dark magic, he decided to cast a spell on her to make her surrender to him. However, the princess learned of his plans and found a way to kill him. Before his death, however, the magician cast a dark spell on the palace which caused its doom.
Despite Bhangarh Fort being regarded as one of the most horror haunted places in India has been officially promoted as a tourist destination. However, once the night falls and the darkness takes over, this place becomes deserted, leaving it prey to the supposed ‘supernatural’. The mystery of Bhangarh Fort also featured on a TV show and you can have a look at the most haunted place in India’s video yourself. (link at the bottom)
The village of Kuldhara is popularly known to be a deserted ghost village that has been abandoned since the 1800s. It is said to carry a curse of the villagers who vanished from there overnight, after having lived there for over 7 centuries.
The village lies in ruins, established in 1291 by the Paliwal Brahmins, who were a very prosperous clan and were known for their business acumen and agricultural knowledge. It has been said that one night in 1825 all the people in Kuldhara and nearby 83 villages vanished in dark. All of a sudden and without any warning. Tales of this mystery include the fact that Salim Singh, the minister of the state, once visited this village and fell in love with the beautiful daughter of chieftain wanting to marry her. The minister threatened the villagers by saying that if they did not marry the girl to him, he would levy huge taxes. The chief of the village along with those of adjoining villages decided to abandon and migrate elsewhere to protect the girl’s honour. Nobody saw them leave nor did anyone figure where they went, they simply vanished. It is said that the villagers also cast a spell on the village as they left, cursing anyone who tried to inhabit the land.
3. D’Souza Chawl in Mahim – Mumbai
Owing to D’Souza Chawl, Mahim has acquired the status of being the most haunted place in Mumbai. It is said that a woman fell into the water and died crying for help in the well. Probably that is why most people say that they’ve witnessed a woman lurking around the well and the nearby area.
4. The Shaniwarwada Fort – Pune
Known for its sheer architectural brilliance, this fort has witnessed various spooky occurrences. It is believed that the level of supernatural activity is on its zenith on every full moon night. The mysterious story behind the strange activities suggests that a young prince was brutally murdered here which is maybe why his spirit haunts the place and when the night falls, sounds of him shrieking can be heard. There are many locals who actually camp at night on the fort grounds just to hear the little boy’s scream.
It is preferable to visit the fort during day hours since the fort is deserted at night except for maybe a caretaker. Visit this place at your own risk as this would definitely be the scariest haunted place in Pune, India.
5. GP Block – Meerut
GP Block in Meerut is also very notoriously known for all the paranormal activity it beholds. Despite being a popular zone, there have been reportedly a lot of strange sightings. For instance, people who pass this place claim to have seen four males sitting together and enjoying an alcoholic beverage by the light of a single candle. At first, this was not considered spooky for it could just be four friends having a good time but once it was established that it was indeed four ghosts, people in and around the area became increasingly interested. In addition, some claim to also witness a young girl coming out of the house in what many people believe to be a red dress. With time people have abandoned that place for obvious reasons but it continues to catch the fancy of those who love the paranormal.
6. The Vrindavan Society – Thane
Considered to be of the most famous housing societies of Thane, this society is also home to a bit of paranormal. Many of its residents and night watchers have experienced what may only be termed as strange and bewildering. This society, however, doesn’t look like it is a haunted place, in fact, it was known for its luxurious apartments.
Anyway, it has been reported that there was once a man who lived in the society who happened to commit suicide. His spirit is said to haunt the society once the hours turn dark. In fact, the night guards have witnessed a lot of strange activities which have also included a guard getting slapped in the face with such force that he nearly toppled from his chair. Immediately afterwards both the guards searched the whole society and they could not find anyone around.
This incident instilled fear in the minds of the residents who are careful not to enter the society too late in the night. However, the housing society still remains occupied even though the paranormal activities continue to haunt the residents and guards.
Situated along the Arabian Sea in Gujarat, this beach is known for its black sand and mystical activities. Many unexplainable and puzzling incidents have been known to occur like strange whispers being heard, people disappearing at night etc.
In fact, it is believed that a lot of people have lost their lives exploring this mysterious beauty. If you are a brave heart, you can test the waters yourself by taking a midnight stroll along the beach, if you have company. If the testimonies are anything to go by, you will also be greeted by warnings asking you to not cross a certain line while on the beach. It is also believed that this beach was for long used as a Hindu burial ground, therefore, is the resting place of tortured souls. There have also been reports of people disappearing mysteriously and having never been found again. However, if you still feel you would want to go for it then by all means. If you love the paranormal you would definitely have the time of your life.
8. Jatinga – Assam
Having a population of around 2500, this village is popular worldwide for its unexplained phenomenon of bird suicides. Most of the migratory birds visiting the area never leave the village, dropping dead for no rhyme or reason on the streets. The case gets even more inscrutable as these birds always plummet to their death between 06:00 p.m. to 09:30 p.m. on the moonless nights of September and October.
These mass suicides only occur on a specific 1 mile by 600 feet strip of land and this phenomenon is said to have occurred year after year without a break for more than a century. Many theories have been offered by scientists to explain this phenomenon, the most popular one being that these birds are attracted towards village lights which later confuse them, along with many others. None of them has yet been able to prove any of the theories behind this phenomenon though, which is why it continues to haunt and intrigue the minds of the residents and travellers just the same.
Being one of the biggest film cities in the country, this place is home to a lot of hotels which have been projected to a lot of controversies because of the reported “supernatural activities” in and around them.
Witnesses report the lights kept on top keep falling off, the light men- who sit with the lights on top have been pushed so many times and many have had grievous injuries. The food left in rooms also get scattered around the room and strange marks are left on the mirrors.Females are more targeted by the ghosts than the males. Girls reported an invisible force tearing their clothes off, some said they felt someone knock their washroom doors while the rooms remain locked from the inside. They create havoc. Many preventive measures have been taken but in vain. Must visit haunted place in India in case you want to experience the paranormal for yourself.
10. Raj Kiran Hotel – Lonavala, Maharashtra
This haunted hotel in India was reported to be one of the hit zones as far as the “supernatural” is concerned. Residents of one particular room in this hotel claimed to have their bed sheets pulled over and stayed put in such state long after they’d leave the bed in a scare. Some people recount having woken up in the middle of dark nights with a ray of blue light at their feet. This room is in the corner and on the backside of the reception on the ground floor itself.
11. Sanjay Van (near Qutab Institutional Area) – New Delhi
Sanjay Van is a huge forest area spread over around 10 kms. People have reported having seen a lady dressed in a white saree appearing and disappearing suddenly around the cremation ground near that area. No wonder this area is regarded as the most haunted place in Delhi. Make sure that you are not alone here, especially after the dark.
12. Dow Hill in Kurseong – Darjeeling
Dow Hill might not be a very sought after place but is definitely one of the most haunted places in India. The Dow Hill Boarding School for Girls is very well known for spooky activities bordering on the paranormal. There have been reports talking of ghost sightings. Also, the forest that surrounds the school is considered to be haunted. In fact, many woodsmen who visit the forest have reported seeing a headless boy who suddenly appears and then disappears into the forests. Legend has it that there were innumerable murders which took place in this forest area. That says more than required on the matter.
13. The Brij Raj Bhavan Palace in Kota – Rajasthan
The Brij Raj Bhavan Palace in Kota should definitely be on your list being one of the most ‘ghostly’ places in India. This old palace converted into a heritage hotel is apparently haunted by a British ghost who was killed during the Revolt of 1857. There are some who also add that Major Burton (the ghost) along with his sons was shot right inside the palace and therefore, he haunts the place. In fact, in this palace, considered by many as one of the most mysterious and haunted places in India, the ghost of the Major doesn’t really harm anyone, but the night guards claim to have been slapped by an invisible hand in the middle of the night.
The perfect place to visit if you want to explore the unknown and stay out in the clean.
14. Agrasen ki Baoli, Hailey Road, New Delhi
An Ancient Step Well situated right in the heart of central Delhi takes you by surprise if you are out on the streets for a walk. Ironically, it is actually quite impossible to miss having a unique blend of architecture with a signature design known to have existed only centuries ago. Although there are no known historical records to prove who built the beautifully designed step well, it is under the protection of ASI for being a rare historical specimen, one of its kinds.
It is not known for any kind of supernatural activities but for its mystic feel and the hearsay stories about how some felt like they were being followed by an invisible somebody and the intensity of the same increased if they started walking faster. This is definitely something you need to experience first hand to really believe it.
15. Bengal Swamps – West Bengal (Aleya Ghost Lights)
Aleya lights also known as marsh ghost lights are the unexplainable ghost lights reported in the marshes generally by the local fishermen. These lights are said to confuse fishermen causing them to lose their bearing. It may lead to drowning if one starts following these lights moving over the marshes. Many bodies have washed ashore on these swamps that locals attribute to Aleya lights. Residents believe that these strange hovering marsh-lights are in fact ghost-lights representing the ghosts of a fisherman who died fishing. Sometimes they confuse the fishermen while sometimes they help them avoid future dangers.
16. Fernhill Hotel, Ooty
Fernhill Hotel, which is now shut down after re-occurrence of haunting events, gained much name after spooky incidents during the shooting of movie Raaz. “Once Sarojji and her troupe checked in late at night and were kept awake by someone rearranging the furniture in the room above. The dancers who had an early morning shoot tried calling reception but the phone was dead. Desperate for sleep, some went down to complain, only to have the receptionist escort them outside and point upwards to show that there was no floor above” Said Bipasha.
17. Mukesh Mills
The mill was shut down in 1980 after a sudden fire outbreak. This abandoned haunted place in India serves as an excellent location for shooting Bollywood horror movies. However, some directors, as well as actors, refuse to shoot here after experiencing paranormal activities.
18. National Library, Kolkata
Besides the rich collection of books, The National Library, Kolkata is also known for its ghost stories. At the time of its renovation, twelve labours lost their lives in an accident. The stories of an unnatural death of a student while searching books and lot more. The guards often fear to take up the nights shifts. It is also said that the footsteps of the Governor’s wife can be still heard.
19. Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai
Many people who visit this national park, claim that they saw a female hitchhiker who is dressed in all white and is asking for a ride to anyone who passes by. The testimony of the guards working in the National Park, who say that ghosts really exist there makes its way too eerie.
20. South Park Cemetry, Kolkata
Its one of the oldest cemetery build in the year 1767. Many people have reported that they have seen a shadow in a white dress and some even fell ill after visiting this haunted place.
21. Writers Building, Kolkata
The new Writers Building is constructed inside the old fort after the first one got demolished a natural disaster. It is believed that the spirit of Captain Simpson of British East India Company, who was killed by the revolutionaries Binay, Badal and Dinesh, still resides in the building. People residing in the nearby premises often hear the footsteps and voices after its dark.
22. Bombay Supreme Court
A tortured, vengeful soul is believed to haunt every unknown entity in the corridor restricting their entry. This happened since last 30 years whenever a murder trial is taking place.
23. Delhi Cantonment Area
Usually considered as a beautifully clean and green space, Delhi cantonment area is also known as haunted place its spookiness after midnight. People talk about a woman in white saree, often asking for a lift, sometimes even chasing the vehicle and catching up its speed.
24. Towers of Silence, Mumbai
It is actually a Parsi cemetery situated near the Malabar Hills. Parsi’s have the ritual of leaving the bodies of their dead on the rooftop of a tower to be fed by the vultures. Even the imagination of those scenes would bring shivers to your body. It is also believed that the paranormal incidents occurring in Grand Pararri Towers in Mumbai happen due to the spectral forces emanating from this cemetery.
25. Malcha Mahal, New Delhi
The paranormal activities of Malcha Mahal are famous among the most haunted stories in the city of Delhi. The palace is situated in the forest area behind Buddha Garden. Reporters, forest officers or locals, all keep a fair distance and think twice before entering the premises. The warning related to the hound dogs and trespassers being gunned down (since the government gave the authority to shoot down anyone who proves to be a treat to the property) also scares people off this ground.
26. Three Kings Church, Goa
It is famous for its paranormal activities experience by many locals and also by the GRIP team of Indian Paranormal Society. It is believed that the spirits of three kings (who fought over the property of this church and eventually killed each other) roam around on the premises.
27. The Lambi Dehar Mines, Mussoorie
It is considered as one of the most haunted places in India. The mines were shut after half a million workers died coughing blood due to improper mining conditions. Locals believe that the place has turned into a home for a witch who walks down the hills at night and has claimed many lives. Rapid occurrences of accidents and unusual deaths have also made this place rank amongst the spookiest places in the country.
28. Kalpalli Cemetery, Bangalore
Alternatively known as St. John’s Cemetery and located on the Old Madras Road, this place is as spooky as they come. Sighting of ghosts has often been reported by a passerby and curious onlookers, particularly of a man like figure lurking about on the premises. A stroll on a dark night is sure to send a shiver down your spine. Definitely not for the faint of heart.
29. The Mansion, Residency Road, Pune
This old and dilapidated ruin of a house is scary enough to look at, leave alone venturing over there. According to the local tales, this place is haunted by an evil old lady. Errie sounds, manic laughter and blood-curdling screams are often heard late at night and easily makes it one of the most haunted places in India. The locals dread the place and advice against going there. Some might just accept that as a challenge.
30. House Number W-3, Greater Kailash, Delhi
This place and the story behind it seems to be straight out of a horror flick. A few years ago an elderly helpless couple were murdered in cold blood in their own home. The house has since fallen to ruin but has retained its original occupants in some form or so the stories suggest. Muffled laughter, soft whispering and strange voices are heard every now and then. All this has cast a spell of fear and made this one of the most haunted places in India.
31. Vas Villa- St. Marks Road, Bangalore
This place has a tragic and violent past. The place belonged to the Vas family and was occupied by Doice Vas and Vera Vas, the two daughters of the renowned lawyer, Mr Vas. On the day in 2001, Doice was stabbed to death in her own home by an unknown assailant. She was later buried there as well and Vera moved out after some time. The place is in ruins and has been haunted ever since and the spirit of Doice is supposed to still linger in the hallways. Multiple teams scouting for paranormal activities have confirmed the presence of negative energy and disturbances.
32. Savoy Hotel, Mussoorie
The beautiful little hill-station of Mussoorie has it’s fair share of local legends, but the ghost of Lady Garnet Orme takes the cake. She was found dead in one of the rooms of the Savoy hotel under mysterious circumstances and is supposed to haunt it ever since. Some say that she was poisoned and strychnine was discovered in one of her medicine bottles. The incident created quite a sensation and Agatha Christie’s best-seller ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ is supposedly based on this. Such a rich history ensures that it always finds a mention in the list of most haunted destinations of India. Hotel attendants and guests often complain of a lady in white walking the hallways and strange noises and disturbances coming from the room where she was murdered.
33. Khairatabad Science College, Hyderabad
There is an old inconspicuous Tarapuri Building, just off the Khairtabad flyover which used to be a science college. The building fell to ruin and was abandoned, but the dead bodies in the biology labs were not disposed of properly. People who pass by at night have often sighted walking skeletons, sparks and disturbing noises. A guard was stationed there by the Government but he died mysteriously, adding to the scariness of the place. Locals avoid this place and believe it to be one of the most haunted in the country.
34. Tunnel 33, Shimla
Tunnel number 33 is the longest tunnel on the Shimla-Kalka railway stretch, situated next to the Barog Train Halt. Often claimed to be the straightest tunnel in the world, this feat of engineering has an interesting history. The task of construction was given to a British engineer named Captain Barog who failed to complete it. He was later fired from the job, mocked and driven to depression. One day he went into the tunnel and shot himself.
The tunnel was completed by someone else but named after him. Apparently, his ghost still haunts the tunnel but is a friendly one. Locals also recount seeing a woman run screaming into the tunnel and a man asking for matchsticks to light his cigarette. Tunnels are inherently eerie places and a story like this is sure to make it one of the most haunted ones.
35. Chandan Nagar, Pune
The small colony of Chandan Nagar in Pune has a little terror hidden in its womb. The ghost of a little girl who roams the night in a white frock, cradling a doll in her hands! She appears at the strike of the midnight hour and comes screaming at you if you happen to cross her path. The very description is enough to make you jump out of your skin. There is the story behind this. About 10 years ago the girl was killed at a construction site and has haunted the place since then. People have reported that she smiles at you if you look at her. This is good fodder for a nightmare, leave alone venturing to find her. Or should you?
36. Jamali-Kamali Masjid, Delhi
Sharing its boundaries with the Qutub Minar, this archaeological site has more glory to it for its haunted stories. There are numerous tales about the Jinns which are believed to reside within the walls of Jamali- Kamali. People are scared to visit the place with the number of unexplainable phenomena, while few stay here at night to experience the same. There are instances of people sighting apparitions, lights, animals growling and even the eerie feeling of someone’s breath on your neck. Imagine someone closely watching you from behind the pillars but disappear in a wisp of air as you approach them.
As per the Islamic Legends, Jinns live in a parallel universe to that of humans. It is believed that God made humans out of sand and Jinns out of the fire. Hence they have their world of existence and also the power to cross worlds. Sometimes, they never leave and decides to stay at abandoned places, and when troubled by human presence, they hurt people who visit the masjid. Hence, the best ever paranormal activity people experienced is getting slapped by an invisible force. (jokes apart).
37. Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai
From its grand architecture to the attacks of 26/11, Taj Mahal Hotel had always been a sense of pride and talk of the entire nation. There’s always been a misconception that the hotel was constructed back-to-front and the courtyard faces inwards. The reality was that Taj was built facing the harbour by the instruction of Tata as he wanted the rooms to look out to the sea. (a practice that’s quite uncommon in India). However, as per the rumours, W.A chambers, the chief architect of the hotel, for the perfectionist he is, jumped to his death from the 5th floor of the Taj. People apparently gossip about an apparition that roams through the corridors of the Hotel. It is believed to be the ghost of Chambers, who is guarding the only thing he loved. The staffs have also reported strange sightings at the old wing, where they still hear the faint voice of Chambers lamenting his misfortune.
38. Grand Paradi Towers, Malabar Hills
The iconic towers at the Kemps corner were the most coveted location for affluent wealthy people of the city. But, sooner something else caught up the attention of the Paradi Towers. It turned out to be a tell-tale of haunted stories with most of its flats abandoned by the owners and unexpected mishaps within the compound. With successions of suicides, the tower became infamous with time. So what’s the secret that’s concealed behind the 20 and more suicide cases reported since 1998? Nobody knows. Although Grand Paradi is a haunting story, with the rise in the number of suicides, the residents were even counselled at one point in time but in vain.
39. Lothian Cemetery, Delhi
Dreaded as one of the most haunted cemeteries in India, Lothian Cemetery revolves around many ghost stories. Earlier a burial ground of Muslims, the cemetery was taken over by the British to bury their sepoys and to do this, they did something inhuman. Digging out hundreds of dead bodies from the graves to replace them with the ones of British soldiers. With ghost hauntings since then, the most famous story is the one of Sir Nicolas who shot himself over a heartbreak. Nicolas fell in love with an Indian woman who apparently rejected him, unable to deal with the pain he took over his own life. People talk about sighting a ghostly apparition of a headless man moving around the burial ground. They have also seen a boy desperately searching for something who mysteriously disappears when approached. These and many tell-tales haunt the mysterious graveyard till today.
40. Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
In the niches of these stone walls amidst the ruins, resides Jinns who are believed to be wish-granting spirits. Unlike humans, they are shapeless living at abandoned places and can ‘live’ for many years. Locals are seen lighting candles and incense sticks to please the jinns. Sometimes, they even keep a bowl of fruits, milk, and grains to appease them. Mentally disabled people are often seen coming here to find solace. According to the legends, Jinns were cast away by Allah because they refused to bow before Adam. These turned out to be evil spirits who apparently haunts the earth and prey on young women and children, especially if they are left unguarded at midnight hours or even drying their hair on the rooftop.
41. Gujarat Technological University (GTU) Campus, Ahmedabad
Little did they know that along with their new campus came in an uninvited guest. The officials and staff of GTU have their share of stories to validate this. According to few security men, the A-Wing of the building houses an unnatural being that bangs on tables and desks at odd hours. As they approached and shouted the noises stopped, and everything was back to normal like it never happened. The security supervisor happened to see a door at A3 wing open and close by itself. He even heard a women wailing in C Wing, and suddenly the empty lifts of the building went up four floors and descended. It was reported that a peon who decided to stay back to unveil the truth, was lying unconscious the next day in the C wing. There are other stories of people who have felt the presence of a woman in the lift. One such story is of Jignesh Shah who took the lift one evening at 5 pm, after a strange feeling of a presence beside him, the man has turned out to be mentally disturbed and hasn’t spoken a word since then
42. Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), Bangalore
We’ve heard of abandoned buildings, spooky graveyards, deserted forts and lost cities being haunted, but how about one of the busiest places in a metropolitan city? Yes, Bangalore International Airport could be the last on your mind, but here you go. With sightings of a woman on the runway to wailings heard from the cargo building near the escalator is enough to send chills down your spine. Hear this, experts detected the presence of negative energy by using Infrared rays. Some staff and pilots have reported seeing apparitions and even the body of a headless ghost roaming around the premises. Few staffs have refused working night shifts too. So, are you still ready to take that late night flight?
You know what they say – See it to believe it!
In case you know of more haunted places or if you have experienced some paranormal activity yourself or know of haunted stories, please do share in the comments.
P.S.: This article has been compiled by studying various sources online and offline. The author and Holidify.com are not trying to create rumours or defame any place by writing about it.
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