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10 Of The Most Haunted Places In India

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A haunted fort, a ghost town, a deserted beach…if paranormal activities fascinate you, then these 10 destinations, where terror meets travel, are sure to grab your attention. But be warned, these are not for the faint of heart!

#1 Bhangarh Village

Alwar, Rajasthan

No One Gets Out Alive!

Inside Bhangarh Fort; Arindambasu2,

Abandoned and deserted after it was cursed, Bhangarh fort town seems like one of the only “government-recognised” haunted destinations. A board put up by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) clearly announces that entering this site before sunrise and after sunset is legally prohibited!

Established in 1613 by Madho Singh, son of the Mughal general, Man Singh of Amber, legend has it that the city was cursed by Guru Balu Nath, a hermit who had warned the rulers that the shadow of Bhangarh Palace should not reach his retreat. But Ajab Singh, Madho Singh’s grandson, disregarded this warning and built the palace higher. Once the palace’s shadow covered Balu Nath’s forbidden den, the hermit cursed the palace. Some say the entire town was destroyed overnight, and whenever a house is built here, the roof collapses. Locals also say that all those who have lingered here after dark were never heard from again.

Another tale tells of a 16th century tantrik (who dabbled in the occult) named Singhia, who fell in love with the princess of Bhangarh, Ratnavati. Well aware that he had no hope of being with her, Singhia decided to use his dark powers to seduce her. He cast a spell on some perfumed oil meant for the princess, hoping that she would surrender herself to him upon touching it. But the princess, proficient in the occult, saw through this ploy and foiled his plan. The enraged tantric then cursed the town and all in it, dooming all those who dwelt there to death!


#2 D’Souza Chawl

 Mumbai, Maharashtra

The Spirit Of A Drowned Woman

D’Souza Chawl in Mahim;

D’Souza Chawl in Mahim, Mumbai, is said to be haunted by the ghost of an old woman, who drowned in the well. The story tells of how this old woman fell into a well while drawing water, but succumbed because no one heard her screams for help. Several people have seen the ghost of this old lady at night, usually lingering near the well. But it seems she has forgiven the residents of D’Souza Chawl as there have been no untoward incidents related to her ghost. However, many visitors frequent the well at night to catch a glimpse of the old woman.


#3 Dumas beach


Heed The Voices Of The Undead!

Dumas Beach;

About 21 kms southwest of Surat, lies the black soil of Dumas beach, where many Hindus cremate their dead. However, some say that as they walk towards the sea, they hear voices asking them to return. Those who do not heed the voices and continue to walk towards the sea are said to disappear. Locals ask tourists not to visit the beach at night, but this advice is often ignored. Dogs, who are better at sensing paranormal activity, are said to behave strangely on the beach, often howling into the wind. Locals say this is because they see the spirit of the dead.


#4 Dow Hill

Kurseong, West Bengal

A Headless Child In A Forest

Dow Hill at Kurseong; Shahnoor Habib Munmun;

Dow Hill forest in the Kurseon region of West Bengal has witnessed several murders over the years. Locals hear footsteps of people walking heavily and visitors have gone missing in the jungle. Woodcutters have often spotted a headless child walking among the trees and newcomers are advised against going into the jungle on their own. All these incidents of missing people remain unresolved.


#5 Army Cantonment


The Ghost Of A Hitchhiker In White


Delhi Cantonment, also known as Cantt; Jay.Here,

The Delhi Cantonment is said to be haunted by a hitchhiking woman in a white sari, who appears only at night. Passersby have told stories of how cars are hailed at night and despite the speed of the vehicle, the woman is said to knock on the door asking for a lift. Locals say stopping on the road can spell doom for the passengers.


#6 Shanivar Wada Fort

Pune, Maharashtra

A Prince’s Call

The front gate of Shaniwar Wada; Ashok Bagade,

Built in 1746, Shanivar Wada fort was the headquarters of the Peshwas. Visitors to the fort are said to have heard the Peshwa prince’s cries on full-moon nights. Legend tells of how the prince was killed by professionals, hired by his uncle, and despite his cries for help, no one came to his rescue. This betrayal has kept the spirit of the prince locked within the walls of the fort, which can be terrifying to visit on full-moon nights.


#7 Ramoji Film City

Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh

On The Sets Of A Haunted City

Ramoji Film City; Shilika,

Hundreds of movies have been shot at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad. Once a battleground where the Nizam fought, the film city is said to be built over the remains of several dead soldiers of the Sultanate. People say the ghosts of these ill-fated soldiers, who were left to die here, haunt the sets even today. Lights mysteriously go off, doors slam on their own, workers have been seriously injured after being pushed off rafters by invisible hands, food left in empty rooms have been scattered on the floor, and strange Urdu writing has mysteriously appeared on mirrors. But ask the Ramoji Film City management, and they refuse to talk about it.


#8 Lambi Dehar Mines

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

A Deserted Mine And A Ghost Town

Visit the spooky Lambi Dehar mines; Lalit Singh, Youtube

Visit the spooky Lambi Dehar mines; Lalit Singh, YouTube

If you’ve visited the lime mines of Lambi Dehar in the ‘90s, you would have seen them functional and teeming with more than 50,000 people. Many of these miners, who worked long hours without safety measures in place, died awful deaths after the lime saturated their lungs. There were innumerable accidents and casualties, such as a truck falling off a cliff, were rife. After the deaths of several workers, and the closure of the plant, families moved out and the town was deserted. Lambi Dehar mines have been abandoned now for nearly 20 years and the jungle has taken over the town. Despite being deserted, strange voices are said to carry on the wind, and spirits are said to inhabit the ghost town. A helicopter too went missing in the area. So if you plan to visit Lambi Dehar, make sure you’re insured!


#9 Grand Paradi Towers

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Seven Suicides In Seven Years!

The haunted Grand Paradi Towers;

The haunted Grand Paradi Towers;

The Grand Paradi Towers, located in one of South Mumbai’s most upmarket areas — Kemps Corner, has  seen catastrophic accidents, deaths and suicides. Built in 1975, the three towers housed merchant families from wealthy Sindhi, Gujarati and Marwari communities, and the spate of suicides are attributed to stresses over money and relationships. In the late ‘90s, a senior citizen couple jumped to their death, citing harassment by their son and his wife. Seven years later, the accused son, his wife and grand-daughter did the same, fearing conviction. Another suicide in 2000, and an attempt a year later, has convinced the residents of something evil afoot.


#10 Brijraj Bhavan Palace

Kota, Rajasthan

The 156-Year-Old Ghost Of A British Soldier

Brijraj Bhavan palace; Vargis Khan

Brijraj Bhavan Palace; Vargis Khan

Brijraj Bhavan Palace, the official residence of the former royal family of Kota, Rajasthan, was converted into a heritage hotel in 1980. But many visitors to this hotel have come across the ghost of Major Burton, who was killed here in the 1857 battle against the East India Company.

Major Burton and his two sons were killed in the battle in the central hall of the palace. Since then, his ghost has roamed the palace halls with a cane in his hand, appearing even to the former maharani of Kota. This ghost is known to be peaceful, with the only harm being to sleeping guards, who are often slapped awake by the watchful spirit.


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  1. ravanrao
    October 11, 06:36 ravanrao


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  2. sameer
    November 21, 10:59 sameer

    This is a superb article..this blog is amazing mannnn.

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  3. Coleen
    September 30, 09:56 Coleen

    Did you know that underneath the posh exterior of our country’s capital lies a dark and scary past? Lots of historical monuments to visit that have a haunted presence.

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  4. Rudolph.A.Furtado
    December 15, 10:08 Rudolph.A.Furtado

    What was the cause of the strange and unexpected death of 22 year old Alexandrine parakeet “Mittoo alias mittoo the poppat” in its cage in Vaibhav apartments in Mumbai? Was it paranormal forces at work ? “Mittoo” was unofficially India’s best talking Alexandrine parakeet and a mascot of a notional “Sports betting game” titled “Mittoo alias mittoo the poppat” on “Facebook”.He was absolutely hale and hearty but found dead the next morning in his cage on Monday(10-3-2014). Check the video’s and blogs on “Mittoo” , a common Alexandrine parakeet that had the I.Q of a small human child.When people die mysteriously it is linked with paranormal and hence i ignored the untimely and bizarre death of “Mittoo alias mittoo the poppat”.Still bizarre was my solo tour to Kochi city(Cochin) in March 2016.I was staying in a lodge situated on Basin Road in Ernakulam market .On Friday(11-3-2016) which happened to be my birthday i had a early morning breakfast at a restaurant on Basin road and then was walking along the busy vegetable market road towards Marine Drive promenade. when i saw people staring at a Banyan tree.Looked at the tree and saw a young man hanging from a branch and mistook it to be some film shooting.Later on a second look realized it was the suicide of a man akin to a public execution. He was hanging from a iconic banyan tree and must have hung himself somewhere around the night or early morning.I was the first “Citizen Reporter” at the scene of a hanging.The police arrived later and his body was just left dangling. It was akin to a public hanging with the large market crowd just watching this young healthy man dangling from a Banyan tree.I flew back to Mumbai the same evening of my birthday and the next day googled the news and this is what was written of the hanging man.The press labelled it as “SUICIDE”.Read in the “New Indian Express” and “The Hindu” editions that this man named Thankappan aged 42 years was a migrant from Tamil Nadu and a business trader in the Ernakulam vegetable market residing at Ambalamughal. The “Hindu” newspaper stated that he was doing vegetable business since the last few years.Conflicting versions in the two papers as to whether he was a alcoholic who committed suicide possibly due to monetary distress.The “New Indian Express” paper also stated that a few days before a man had committed suicide by jumping from the office of the city Police Commissioner .Isn’t it bizarre that Thankappan had hung himself either on 10 night or 11th morning and his dangling body discovered early in the morning akin to “Mittoo” ?

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