Each of us must have heard ghost stories at some point of time in our lives. Most os us consider them to be hyped stories where the logic is defied by fear and sometimes the thirst for attention. But sometimes, there is no explanation to be found. Sometimes, the strangest things happen which leave a mark in our lives forever.
The following list of the most haunted places in India have some very strange story origins such as ‘the boy who was assassinated’ and ‘the entire village that vanished overnight’. You may choose to believe them or you can just visit these places and find out for yourselves.
Let the hauntings begin!
Bhangarh Fort, Alwar, Rajasthan The Curse of the Tantrik
One of the scariest places in India, Bhangarh fort has a story made for the movies. It revolves around a tantrik who fell in love with the princess of Bhangarh. One fine day, when the princess went shopping with her friends for scent, the tantrik on sensing an opportunity offered a scent with a potion which would make her surrender to him.
Seeing through his plan, she threw it on a nearby boulder which resulted it in rolling down and killing him. Before dying, he cursed Bhangarh saying it would be destroyed and that no one would ever be able to live there.
True to those words, today stands a deserted city with no inhabitants and several reports of paranormal activities after dark. Visitors are not allowed post sundown, a fact which is reemphasised with a sign put up by the Archaeological Survey of India that strictly prohibits entry after sunset and before sunrise.
The Vrindavan Society, Thane, Maharastra – Paranormal amidst the Cosmopolitan
You wouldn’t have imagined one of Mumbai’s largest residential complexes to be on this list. An elderly man committed suicide from a balcony in one of the society buildings but the reason for this was never found out. Since then, there have been several instances of paranormal activities experienced by the residents including an interesting one where a security guard was slapped very hard at night by an invisible force.
Dumas Beach, Surat, Gujarat The Whispering Beach
Known as ‘The Whispering Beach’, Dumas beach is famous for its black sand and supernatural stories. A cremation ground for Hindus, it is said that souls who are not freed from the circle of life get tied down to the beach.
There have been several instances of people hearing voices in the air warning them from going toward the water and seeing apparitions at night. Quite a few disappearances have occurred which have been attributed to the supernatural nature of the beach. Also, there are the stories of how dogs who don’t let their owners go close to the water and dogs that just behave strangely on the beach
A midnight stroll on this beach is definitely not one for the faint of heart.
Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad – The Battleground of the Nizams
Built on the battlegrounds where the Nizams fought, Ramoji Film City makes an entry onto the list as well. Being one of the biggest and most popular film cities in the world, you wouldn’t have imagined it to have any supernatural bearings associated with it.
It is believed by the locals that the dead soldiers are responsible for the hauntings which have been reported here. There are stories of actors and actresses seeing apparitions in their mirrors, lights falling off the ceilings, bathroom doors being banged as though someone was locked inside and even of lightmen, who sit high up, being pushed by invisible hands.
Dow Hill, Kurseong, Darjeeling, West Bengal – The Strange Headless Boy
Kurseong is one of the most scenic hill stations you will ever come across. But attached to it are some of the strangest instances of paranormal activities.
People have reported seeing red eyes watching them while walking through the forest and also seeing a ghostly lady in a sari. More eerie are the sightings of a headless boy while walking through the forest.
A lot of people feel like they are being watched. Several people have apparently committed suicide due to depression after seeing apparitions. Add to that, quite a few murders have occurred in the forest which have been attributed to the supernatural happenings. The boys school nearby is also said to be haunted. All these things have contributed to making Dow Hill one of the spookiest places in India.
Brij Raj Palace, Kota – The Slapping Ghost
Major Burton, a British resident of the palace was killed in the 1857 mutiny. Many years later, the former Maharani of the palace recounts how she used to see his ghost in the Central Hall, which she used as her study room. The hall was where he was buried for a brief period of time after his death. He is said to walk around the palace at night.
Interestingly enough, it is said that he is a friendly ghost. At night, if any of the guards fall asleep, he slaps them in order to wake them up. Who knew that ghosts can be friendly, right?
Tunnel No 33, Shimla – The Friendly Ghost
Picture a tunnel, which is dark and dingy and which has been left unused for years. Now imagine walking through it at midnight without the thoughts of the supernatural. Scary by itself, isn’t it?
Located on the Shimla-Kalka railway line, the tunnel is said to be inhabited by the ghost of an Englishman, Colonel Barog, a British railway engineer who died here. Contrary to other haunted stories, he is said to answer any question asked to him. That’s another friendly ghost added to the list.
Delhi Cantonment, Delhi – The Hitchhiker
The capital isn’t short of it’s own places of paranormal activities. Filled with lush green trees, this area in Delhi is said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman who is clad in a white sari. It might sound like a scene from a horror movie, but people have seen her asking for a lift from passing by vehicles. And when the vehicles don’t stop, she starts running along with the vehicle at the same speed.
Imagine a lady clad in a white sari running alongside your car in the dead of the night. Not an experience one would really enjoy.
D’Souza Chawl, Mahim, Mumbai The Haunted Well
The story of the D’Souza Chawl haunting revolves around that of a lady who fell into the well while drawing water and drowned. Her spirit has been seen around the well where she roams around in the night and disappears before dawn.
Savoy Hotel, Mussoorie – The Mysterious Death of Miss Frances
Located on a hilltop, this majestic hotel in Mussoorie is said to be the home of the ghost of Miss Frances Garnet-Orme. The story goes that Miss Frances had come to the hotel with her friend from Lucknow and one morning, her friend who had gone out returned to find Miss Frances mysteriously dead. It was later found out that she had been poisoned by Prussic acid. Whether it was murder or suicide was never found out.
It is said that you can feel her presence if you stay long enough in the hotel. The story has inspired several works including Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’ and Ruskin Bond’s ‘In A Crystal Ball – A Mussoorie Mystery’.
Kuldhara Village, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan – The Village That Vanished
Imagine an entire village disappearing in the middle of the night. Now that would bring shivers down anyone’s spine. But this is exactly what happened in the now deserted, isolated village of Kuldhara.
The story revolves around the disappearance of an entire community of Paliwal Brahmins more than 200 years ago. Apparently, there was a local ruler who took large amounts of taxes and harassed them regularly.
One day the ruler set his eyes on one of the girls in the community. He gave the Paliwals one day to accept his proposal or to face the consequences. Knowing they couldn’t refuse, they abandoned their homes and left the village in the dead of the night. But before doing so, they put a curse on the place, that no one would ever be able to live there. And that remains true till this day. Many have tried staying there, but they have all left after experiencing strange activities in the village.
What happened to the villagers remains to be a mystery? Some say they went back to Pali but their souls remain here.
Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune, Maharastra The Screaming Little Boy
Think of spending a full moon night at this fort at your own peril. Making it onto the list of the most scariest places in India, the Shaniwarwada fort has an interesting story behind its hauntings.
A young prince was murdered by assassins hired by his own relative in a bout of thirst to get the throne. It is said that while the young prince was being hacked by the assassins’ swords, he kept screaming ‘Kaka, Mala Vaachwa’ (Uncle, save me!). His spirit returns on full moon nights to haunt the people there and the same screams can be heard through the night which is why most people avoid visiting this for on full moon nights.
GP Block, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh- The 4 Young Boys and the Woman in the Red Dress
Located in Uttar Pradesh, GP Block, a compound housing three ancient buildings with vines climbing all over the walls, is the perfect setting for a horror movie. Though this place is not associated with any scary haunting, people have seen many apparitions here.
The most common apparition that people see are four young boys sitting with a single candlelight, chatting and drinking alcohol. In other instances, people have also reportedly seen a woman dressed in red coming out of the block.
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