Uttarakhand- The place which Magically Mesmerizes Man. The place is a summit of colour, beauty and high peaks. A cluster of holy cities with every home blessed with a postcard-perfect view is Uttarakhand's forte. The cities like, Mussoorie, Dehradun, Nainital, and possibly every corner of the state are stuffed with travellers every season. From food to gifts, the place is a fair investment of your time and money. It might be a cold Himalayan state, but Uttarakhand is purely heartwarming.
Traveller's often reported certain anomalies after visiting some special spots. The natives are familiar with these places and support the uncanny experiences as these things have happened before. The stories behind these places will petrify you and make you a believer of the supernatural. And if you dare, drop these places a visit?
1. Lambi Dehar Mines
Situated on the outskirts of Mussoorie, Lambi Dehar Mines is currently deserted. Mussoorie is associated with serene lands, mighty mountains and tons of things to explore, but every coin has a darker side. The natives call it a horror pit as the stories associated with this abandoned mine are extremely bone-chilling. So, what lurks in these mines?
It all started in the 1990s when the workers began falling ill. Every worker was in a miserable state as the mining was done for limestone and there were no precautions taken for the worker's health. A slight miscalculation risked the lives of 50,000 workers where they soon started to cough up blood and were helpless leading to their excruciating death. None of them survived! The mine was shut down, but its effects lasted long. A village of about 1500 people abandoned their homes and left. There is nothing now but ruins.
But the spirits of these miners still prevails as the locals have a sense of negativity hence advising every traveller who visits here to go their at their own risk. Some people even say it's the work of some sinister witch spreading a destructive aura all around the place.
The voices of screaming, cars and trucks mysteriously off tracked and even a helicopter crashed with no reason are titled as the witch's doing. The bad energy of the place has earned the place its spot amongst the most haunted places in India.
2. Mullingar Mansion
Everyone remembers the British colonial period of wine and roses. It was that time when the world acknowledged the power and beauty of the Indian lands. But that was ages ago, British troops left and we had our country. But did they really leave?
Mullingar Mansion was the first home built in 1825, by an Irishman named Captain Young. The place was his home for a while till the British surrendered and left. No one knows what happened to the first Captain of the first Gorkha Battalion, Captain Young.
What once was bricked with love today is lifeless and pale. The local communities say the place is home to certain unexplainable phenomenons. According to the local lore, the phantom of Captain Young still haunts the premises; locals have even bumped into his ghost on horseback late at night.
Some people say it is nothing but illusions and the Captain left with the other British people in peace, but the ones who disagree are absolute of their encounters.
3. Pari Tibba
Pari Tibba or the Hill of fairies is a hill covered with dense woods situated in the south of Mussoorie. The place earned its fame by the frequent mentioning in the Ruskin Bond books.
The place is not just known for the Tales of Ruskin Bond but also for the uncanny supernatural activities budding across its land and air and that's not just a rumour. The place is literally doomed with lighting strikes; some say it's a natural phenomenon but some claims the reason to be a charm magnetizing the thunder sparks to these woods.
Half-burnt trees with different shades of black and grey painted on the branches, this place has an eerie yet magical vibe to it. Natives say two lovers were once killed by the same lighting and were burned alive; the bodies were recovered after some days of the accident. Now their spirits roam together to finish the book of their eternal love. Visitors have claimed to have seen fairies as well. Dare visit this place after dark, as the locals sometimes advise you to avoid going here altogether.
4. Savoy Hotel
Savoy Hotel in Mussoorie was the classiest hotel ever built in the year 1902. The visitors were elite people like Raja-Maharajas, politicians, writers etc. Even the first Prime Minister of India Late Jawaharlal Nehru was fond of the place.
Amongst these visitors was Madam Frances Garnett-Orme accompanied by her friend Miss Mountstephen. The 49 years old British spiritualist entered the hotel in 1911. After her fiancé's death, the woman was obsessed to communicate with his spirit. One day Miss Mountstephen went to Lucknow. After she returned, they found Madam Orme dead mysteriously, with the room locked from inside. Later on, it was discovered that she was poisoned. Miss Mountstephen was convicted but was later released.
From that day onwards, dreadful activities took command of the hotel, eerie voices, uncanny chills, late-night anomalies, and whispers in the air, even banging of the hotel room doors are a routine affair now.
Neighbours say the ghost of Madam Orme still floats at night and checks every room to find her killer. If you ever visit and encounter a woman dressed in the typical 19th century English attire, do NOT follow here and run in the opposite direction.
The story was acknowledged by celebrated author Agatha Christie and inspired her to write her first novel ?The Mysterious Affair at Styles?.
5. Haunted House, Lohaghat
Lohaghat is located in the Champawat district of Uttarakhand and has a weird aura and eerie air merged like dust with the wind. Another British built white coloured house, guarded by trees all around it. The place used to be home to a happy couple, who lived a long cheerful life here. It was they who donated the place to construct a hospital in order to do something good to the district.
For a good time, the hospital was very successful and was crowded all the time due to the 24x7 availability of skilled doctors, state-of-the-art services and clean atmosphere. One day a new doctor arrived claiming to predict the patient's future. His 'skill' was looked upon as a great thing, but the problem was, he only predicted one's death. Each time a new patient was enrolled, the doctor would visit, and by just giving a quick look at the patient, he would give the exact date of the patient's death! Then a few days before the predicted date the patient was taken to a special ward called Mukti Kothri (room of freedom).
Locals believe that the doctor had no special power as such, but rather he murdered every patient in his special ward. Now the spirits from the Mukti Kothri are returning to get payback for the hideous deeds done to them.
Land of Gods and a popular pilgrimage destination, Uttarakhand is home to many beautiful things. So next time you visit this fantastic place, take a 'dare' pill and drop these places a visit.