Haunted places, like really? Is that even a thing? Well, of course, spookiness eternally prevails, particularly in India. The idea of disturbing the spirits with your un-needed presence is not the best idea ever, but the adventure it comes tucked along with might spew all the adrenaline you need. So steel your hearts and take a peek into the 10 most haunted places in India.
1. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
Tucked along the border of the Sariska Reserve in Rajasthan, Bhangarh Fort entertains the tag of being the most haunted place in India. The reasons behind its paranormal status come from a story that portrays a tantrik and his failed attempt to reciprocate princess Ratnavati.
According to the tales, the Tantrik fell in love with the princess and decided to cast a spell on her cosmetic to make her fall in love with him. However, once the princess got to know about tantrik’s notorious deed, she threw the cosmetic on a huge boulder that crushed and killed the tantrik. Before dying, tantrik cursed the entire town of ill-fortune.
2. Dow Hill, Darjeeling
Darjeeling might be a lively spot if craving a holiday in the woods, but it is also infamous for the notoriosity it entertains. As per the legends, the jungle that surrounds the Dow Hill Boarding School for Girls is the heart to supernatural activities. Students and staff members claim that have heard the sound of advancing footsteps after the closing hours.
Sightings of a headless boy roaming the jungles and suddenly disappearing have also spooked paranormal experts’ interest in the place. Locals say that there have been countless murders in the Jungle and anyone who pave their way into the woods loses their mental balance.
3. Agrasen Ki Baoli, New Delhi
Located in the center of the capital near Connaught place, Agrasen ki Baoli is one of the most visited haunted places in India. Although there are no records to prove who built the place, however, a unique blend of architecture and spookiness attracts visitors from across the world to the place.
Agrasen ki Baoli is not famous for supernatural activity. However, people claim that they have experienced a feeling of being followed by an invisible source. There are numerous stories that the unique stepwell, which once used to be filled with black water lured people to jump into it and commit suicide. Seems like a place you must not visit after sunset.
4. Tunnel Number 33, Shimla
Named after a British engineer, Colonel Barog, the Barog tunnel is identified as the eeriest place in India. The story behind the Barog being named among the haunted localities feature Barog who was tasked to build the tunnel by the British government.
The engineer on his work began borring the tunnel from both ends of the mountain only to realize that he had committed a blunder as both the ends of the tunnel could not meet. The British government fined Barog for the same. A depressed captain shot himself near the present, Barog railway station and is believed to be haunting the place ever since. Nevertheless, the locals say he is a friendly ghost.
5. Hotel Savoy, Mussoorie
In 1911, a British spiritualist Lady Garnet Orme was found dead in her hotel room, which was locked from inside. The doctor who operated on her dead body was also later found dead giving the world a murder mystery a tad creepier than the normal ones.
Guests have claimed to have seen Miss Garnett-Orme’s ghost roaming around the hotel and heard the echoes of her footsteps. Interestingly, the ghost story has also been mentioned is a couple of novels, including Ruskin Bond’s A Mussorie Mystery.
6. Three Kings Church, Goa
The spookiness of the Three Kings Church dates back to the colonial era when three power-hungry Kings fought against each other for the church property and apparently killed each other. As per the stories King Holger Alvunger invited the other two kings for a supper and served them poisoned soup. When the locals came to know about the cunningness, they chased him.
Aware of what he has called upon himself, the king drank poison and killed himself. The locals buried the kings on the premises of the church in Goa. And since then the place has been declared haunted. Villagers advise not to visit the church at night because the one who does is never to be seen again.
7. GP Block, Meerut
GP Block in Meerut is yet another haunted place in India the access to which has been barred by the army. While some passerby claim to have beheld four men sitting on the rooftop and enjoying alcohol by the light of the candle, other claims to have seen a lady making her way from the house entrance in a red dress.
The property has no declared private ownership and has been managed by the army. With time people have abandoned the building for obvious reasons, but it continues to catch the fancy of those who love wandering in and around haunted places.
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8. Writers Building, Kolkata
Writers building built to accommodate junior servants and writers in 1777 has its share of ghost stories. It is believed that the spirit of Captain Simpson of British East India Company who was killed by the revolutionaries Binay, Badal and Dinesh roams the building.
Locals who have visited the building as it gets dusky have claimed to have heard anonymous whispers, giggles, footsteps and even screams. Surely the place isn’t the best location for writing purposes.
9. Golconda Fort, Andhra Pradesh
Golconda fort is believed to be haunted by the ghost of queen Taramati, who died along with her husband. Both the husband and the wife have been buried in the fort. In the creepiest of incidents, the people who had ventured in and around the fort said to have seen her ghost dancing and singing around the fort area.
People who stayed back after six have also witnessed paintings against the wall turn upside down by themselves. Huge forts at night are scary anyway, but Golconda fort is something else entirely.
10. Grand Paradi Towers, Mumbai
When it comes to haunted houses in India, the Grand Paradi Towers in Mumbai tops the list. The skyline is infamous for being an eye-witness to a number of suicides. Roughly somewhere close to 20 suicides.
What adds the creepiness is a particular apartment in the building on the eighth that remains sealed. People believe that it is home to the spirits of departed souls who reject to empty the apartment. The current inhabitants have complained about random knocks on the door, sounds of footsteps in unexpected places, and spine-chilling screams.
If you happen to be visiting any of these haunted locations in India, do share your experience with us.