Just the word ‘haunted’ creates a curiosity to seek the unseen. It is also juxtaposed with fear; of a presence and other unexplained events. The loud screams, creaking doors, sudden movements, and an eerie atmosphere can make one definitely question their opinions on the existence of ghosts. You’ll never know what goes on inside some of the most haunted places in India, once the sun goes down. This Halloween, we have hunted down some of the most haunted places in India, so will you be the hunter or the hunted? Take your pick from India’s most haunted places:
Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
The Bhangarh Fort is said to be the most haunted fort in India. It is situated near a popular forest and visitors are strictly prohibited to enter the fort after sunset. There is a strict warning about how dangerous this place becomes after sunset. Over the years, the fort has lured visitors from around the area, and country, for all the wrong reasons. One can also witness the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) sign board outside the 17th century fortress. The fort is filled with many eerie tales but only two stick out. According to the first one, a hermit named Baba Balau Nath lived within the fort area and Emperor Madho Singh asked him for permission to build the city. The saint gave his approval on the condition that the shadow of the Emperor’s palace should never fall on his retreat. Failing this, the city would crumble into ruins—and so it did.
The second story revolves around love and enchantment. A wizard fell in love with Ratnavati, the beautiful princess of Bhangarh. One day when the princess was buying Ittar (scent) at the bazaar, the wizard replaced the scent with a love potion so that she would take a liking to him. However, the princess saw through the wizard’s trickery and threw the potion onto a big boulder nearby. As a result, the boulder started rolling down towards the wizard and crushed him. Before he died, he cursed that Bhangarh would be destroyed. People claim to have heard screams emerge from within the fort and believe that anyone who visits post sundown doesn’t live to tell the tale. The mystery of Bhangarh Fort also featured on a TV show. So if you do plan on entering this haunted fort make sure your out before sunset for the night is filled with terrors lurking around the corners.
2. Kuldhara Village, Rajasthan
This deserted ghost town was abandoned in the 1800s. The village is said to be carrying a curse of the villagers that were living there for the past 7 centuries. The village currently lies in ruins, was 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 honor. Nobody saw them leave nor did anyone figure where they went, they simply vanished. It is also said that the villagers had cast a spell, cursing anyone who tried to inhabit the land.It is said that people have even tries building roofs over the abandoned village but they always ended up in crumbles.
Built in 1732 to honor the Peshwa of Maratha dynasty, Peshwa Bajirao I, this fort stood witness to the numerous tales of unrequited love, betrayal and treachery. In 1773, Narayanrao, the fifth ruling Peshwa then, was murdered on the orders of his uncle Raghunathrao and aunt Anandibai. Many visitory and people living around the area have often heard the screams of the young prince, screaming in agony this uncle, “Kaka mala wachawa” (uncle please save me). In the 1828 a fire broke out and lasted for seven days. There are reports where people can hear hauls of men and women asking to be saved making it one of the most haunted places in India.
4. Dumas Beach, Surat, Gujrat
This place was know to be a ‘Hindu Burial Ground’ and is believed to be thronged by melancholic spirits. Endless people have disappeared from this beach mysteriously and no one has an answer to ‘How’! There are many who have experienced paranormal activities here; some managed to come back with horrifying stories, while some just vanished from this planet. Many of the visitors have been warned not to cross a certain line on beach, while a midnight stroll on this beach is definitely a big fat NO! This makes it one of the most haunted places.
5. D’Souza Chawl, Mahim Mumbai
Many of you may be speculating how can a busy residential chawl in Mumbai ever be haunted? Well we give you the D’Souza Chawl. It is said that a woman fell into a well and ultimately died crying for help. There have been many witness who thereafter came forth with their experiences of witnessing a woman lurking around the well and the nearby area. It is also said that the people leaving in around the area prefer to stay inside their homes after sunset.
6. Agrasen Ki Baoli, New Delhi
With a stepwell with 103 steps in the centre of Delhi, this stunning piece of architecture is known for the many mysterious event that will take you by surprise. It is 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 known 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.
Legends also say that the black water of the well lures people and leads them to drowning themselves. As per the legends, the lure strengthens as you go further down the stairs, with nothing but the echo of your own footsteps following you. This one ranks quite high in the wishlist of people looking for some thrill.
7) The Three Kings Church, Goa
A haunted church might sound like an oxymoron but holds true if you believe in the story that surrounds the Three King Church in Goa. The Three Kings Church is notably the most haunted place in India. According to a legend, this church saw the killing of two kings by a rival king who wanted the entire kingdom to himself. He poisoned himself shortly after murdering the two kings in the wake of public outcry; the church is haunted by the spirits of the three kings ever since then. Locals and visitors to the church have reported hearing strange noises and “a strange, ominous presence” in and around the church. While the church precincts make for a perfect sunset point, most of the crowd disperses by late noon because of the horror tales that are associated with it. Many say that the bodies of the three kings are buried under the church and their spirits roam around the church and the village. They are the never resting entities wander there.
8) Tunnel 33, Shimla
The Shimla-Kalka Railway stretch, apart from the stunning landscape that it traverses through, is famous for a fascinating supernatural tale involving the tragic suicide of a British engineer in the early 20th century. Legend has it that this tunnel was being built by a British Engineer, Colonel Barog. He could not complete the construction on time and committed a fatal mistake in calculation and ended up digging parallel tunnels. He was thus fined by British Government. Suffering humiliation, he shot himself and now his ghost roams this tunnel. He is harmless though and tries to chat with people passing by. But it is not his ghost that defames the place; it is the ghost of a lady that sends the fear down the spine of commuters by screaming and that of a man who often asks for a lighter.
9) Savoy Hotel, Mussorie
The perfect plot and probably the most perfect haunted story. In 1911, a British spiritualist called Frances Garnett-Orme was found dead at the Savoy in her room, which was locked from inside. Her ghost is said to haunt the Mussoorie property. People say you can hear her whisper at the lodge. The unresolved mystery of her death gave Agatha Christie her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). The legend of Garnett-Orme also inspired Ruskin Bond’s In A Crystal Ball – A Mussoorie Mystery (2003).
10) GP Block, Meerut Uttar Pradesh
An easily accessible landmark in the town of Meerut, GP Block is notorious for its various ghost stories. Some really bizarre occurrences have been reported around this two-storeyed building, which is apparently home to many evil spirits. One of the most popular and common among those spook tales is the sighting of four people having alcohol in the building. All the first person accounts have the same details, making it grow into public psyche. Apart from this, the sighting of a girl stepping out of the house in a red dress also adds more fizz to already existing spook fest.
Another notable haunted place in India is the Malcha Mahal, Delhi. After a legal tussle with Indian Government, Princess Wilayat Mahal (the granddaughter of the owner, Nawab of Oudh) won this property and started to live there with her children – Prince Riaz and Princess Sakina. The hardships of life made her commit suicide in 1962, but her children continued to stay there with more than 20 hound dogs. They have no connection to the outside world, and have been given the right to shoot due to continuous robberies in their palace and malicious intruders. A number of reporters and locals have tried going in and talk, but no one returned. The mystery deepens with the fact that even forest guards avoid this area.