Here’s a list of the most haunted places in India:
1. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan - Most Haunted Place in India
The ghost town of Bhangarh is one of the scariest, spookiest places you could imagine, not to mention, one of the most haunted places in India. Situated near a famous 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. 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.
Although 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 community 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 seven 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 the 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 vanished, making this a haunted place in India. 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. Jamali-Kamali Masjid, Delhi - The House of Jinns
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 universes. 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).
4. Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad - Poltergeists of the City
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 views 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 ghosts than 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.
5. Jatinga, Assam - Suicidal Birds
Having a population of around 2500, this village is famous worldwide for its unexplained phenomenon of bird suicides. Most of the migratory birds visiting the area never leave the town, 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.
6. Mukesh Mills, Mumbai - Om 'Not-so-Shanti' Om?
For those of you who have watched the Shah Rukh Khanstarrer “Om Shanti Om”, this story may sound oddly familiar. Mukesh Textile Mills was established by the East India Company in the 1870s. 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.
7. The Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune - Hauntings of a Prince
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 actions 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 listen to 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 one of the most haunted places in India.
8. GP Block, Meerut - The Real-Life Haunted House
GP Block in Meerut is also very notoriously known for all the paranormal activity it beholds. Despite being a famous zone, there have been reported 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 also to 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 checking off haunted places in India off their checklist.
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 particular 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 visiting haunted places in India, you would definitely have the time of your life.
10. 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 community 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.
11. D’Souza Chawl, 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.
12. Sanjay Van, New Delhi
Near Qutab Institutional Area
Sanjay Van is a vast 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.
13. Dow Hill, 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 woods. Legend has it that there were innumerable murders which took place in this forest area. That says more than required on the matter.
14. The Brij Raj Bhavan Palace, 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 spirit) 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 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.
15. Agrasen ki Baoli, 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
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 unnatural death of a student while searching for books and a 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. South Park Cemetry, Kolkata
It's one of the oldest cemeteries builds 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.
20. 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 living in the nearby premises often hear the footsteps and voices after its dark.
21. Bombay Supreme Court
A tortured, vengeful soul is believed to haunt every unknown entity in the corridor, restricting their entry. This happened for the last 30 years whenever a murder trial is taking place.
22. Delhi Cantonment Area
Usually considered as a beautifully clean and green space, Delhi cantonment area is also known as a haunted place as its spookiness hits 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.
23. 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.
24. Three Kings Church, Goa
It is famous for its paranormal activities experienced 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.
25. 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.
26. 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 a 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.
27. The Mansion, Residency Road, Pune
This old and dilapidated ruin of a house is creepy enough to look at, leave alone venturing over there. According to the local tales, this place is haunted by an evil old lady. Eerie sounds, manic laughter and blood-curdling screams are often heard late at night and quickly makes it one of the most haunted places in India. The locals dread the site and advise against going there. Some might just accept that as a challenge.
28. House Number W-3, Greater Kailash, New Delhi
This place and the story behind it seems to be straight out of a horror flick. A few years ago, a helpless elderly couple was 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.
29. 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.
30. 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.
31. 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 exciting 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.
32. 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 stroke 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 ten 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?
33. 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.
34. 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 which mysteriously disappears when approached. These and many tell-tales haunt the mysterious graveyard till today.
35. 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 shapelessly living in 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.
36. 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 a 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 woman 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
37. Parsi Graveyard, Nagpur
Ask anyone in Nagpur, and you will hear the same thing, Parsi Graveyard is the home to the devil. The people looking for some supernatural experience have tried visiting it and haven’t got up for a week or two. Almost every visitor reports an eerie sound followed by a manifestation of what is believed to be a human-like spirit. Now those people just have stories. For some, a warning is enough, but others will go and test their will, but is it enough?
People came for some thrill, something fun, but what they have are the creepy sounds clear in their heads which may join them to their graves.
38. Sindhrot, Near Ahmedabad
A little away from Ahmedabad is Sindhrot, a small town where the locals claim of seeing visions that haunt their nights. Individuals have witnessed a lady clad in a white kurta with disoriented facial structure walking the roads of the town. Several visitors have reported that they hear someone whispering in their ears to go back and never set their foot back in the city. The paranormal activities happening around the place has scared visitors as well as the local crowd.
39. Avadh Palace, Rajkot
Avadh Palace is a large mansion, located in Rajkot and is believed to be owned by an NRI, although no one is really sure. It is unoccupied, and locals do not venture anywhere close to it. Local people believe that a girl was raped by a group of men, murdered and then burnt in this building. Her ghost is believed to haunt this vast mansion. No one dares to visit this place at night, be it alone or with a company. So horrifying and frightening!
40. Bara Imambara, Lucknow
The architectural beauty of the Mughal period, Bara Imambara is a magnificent building that is known for its Mughal architecture; it is one of the grandest vision of Lucknow. Bara Imambara is also famous for its bizarre mazes that can eat any man up if he decides to explore the place without any guides. The construction of the monument began in 1785 when the city was hit by severe famine. The main objective behind the development of the memorial was to provide employment to the people. Due to the significant scarcity, the place has been a number of deaths of the innocent men, women, and children, the ghosts of whom can still be seen in the amusing mazes of the place. Many people who had entered the confusing labyrinths of the area had never returned back to their homes. The ‘Tehkhana’ built in the premises of the edifice was used by Britishers during their rule to lock up the Indians. The walls of mysterious ‘Tehkhana’ still holds the haunting images of innocent people losing their close family members. Many visitors have also captured some strange images hanging around inside the premises of the vast building.
41. Golconda Fort, Andhra Pradesh
The Kakatiyas ruled Andhra Pradesh in the 13th century and built the Golkonda Fort. Taramati, the queen of the king, is said to haunt he palace after her death along with her husband, who are buried in the fort. An ex-courtesan, her ghost still walks and dances in the palace at night. Screams and howls in pain are also heard at the fort at night. Some have even reportedly seen images hung upside-down on the walls of the fort.
42. Khooni Nadi, Rohini (New Delhi)
A stretch of the water body which sucks you inside. A river which gulps down all those who dare to go inside its conspiring waters. This river in Delhi’s Rohini does precisely that. The reason it got its name thus. See any similarities between the water body and the Bermuda Triangle?
43. National Library, Alipore – A Haunting in Kolkata!
People reading alone in the library have felt the presence of someone breathing down their neck; this is what people say about The National Library in Kolkata. This happens, even more, when they do not keep a book in place from where they took it from. It is also said that the sounds of footsteps are heard near them. Apart from being the most extensive library in India, this spookiness in this library makes it one of the most haunted places in Kolkata. There are many stories which connect to these supernatural events taking place. Some believe that it is the ghost of the wife of Lord Metcalfe who keeps roaming in the halls. The librarians working there have also complained that they have felt their chairs being drawn away, books being dropped down and pages rifled. If ghosts who enjoy a good laugh and good books could easily be your favourite kind of spirits, consider visiting this mysterious library!
Another eerie secret of this place opened when a mysterious room was discovered in this 250-year-old building that nobody knew about. Nobody could even enter the room as there was no opening, not even trapdoors. There have been so many supernatural activities in the library that one would not also find a guard during the night shift. Who wants to risk his life, right? If you wish to feel the spookiness, this place is a must-visit!
44. Holkar Bridge, Pune
If you’re the ‘late night-long drive’ type, then this bridge is the perfect road to drive down at night. A number of mysterious deaths have left the locals dumbfounded and obviously a little scared. Several ghost sightings in the area have made this one of the most haunted places in Pune. Want a taste of fear? Then venture here; but after dark, only!
There is a spot just under the Howrah Bridge which is near the Mullick Ghat flower market which is believed to be a centre for various paranormal activities in Kolkata. The wrestlers who practice in that area on a daily basis claim that they see flailing hands in the river and they are not sure whether those hands are of human beings or some spirits playing tricks with them. People believe that there are the spirits of those people who lost their lives in the Ganges- either by committing suicide or by drowning. Some people also recall the incident of witnessing a lady in white, sobbing and calling their name in a nasal tone which lures them into a state of trauma or to their deaths. You try to save the apparitions; you might end up losing your life!
45. Karikattu Kuppam, Chennai
The destructive 2004 Tsunami waves caused the serious disaster, washing away this area of Tamil Nadu. Early and untimely deaths lead to wandering souls and haunted spirits. This place is one of the most haunted places of Chennai, known for strange paranormal activities. The ghost of an old man and a child are frequent sightings of Karikattu Kuppam. The dual ghost sightings have given many people a scare and are terrified beyond their wits ever to visit this place. This one is not meant for the faint of hearts!
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.