10 Of The Most Haunted Places In India
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
No One Gets Out Alive!
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
The Spirit Of A Drowned Woman
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!
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 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
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
A Prince’s Call
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
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
A Deserted Mine And A Ghost Town
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
Seven Suicides In Seven Years!
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
The 156-Year-Old Ghost Of A British Soldier
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.