10 haunted places in India you must visit!
India's Most Haunted
Haunted /hôntid/ - inhabited or frequented by ghosts.
A fascination with the supernatural drives some people to travel in search of the paranormal. Behind many a famous landmark is a great ghost story and here we've listed out some really brilliant ones that are strongly believed by many.
If you're a fan of the unusual, the spiritual and the paranormal, this one's for you!
1Bhangarh Fort | Alwar, Rajasthan
Bhangarh | Alwar, Rajasthan
Bhangarh located between Jaipur and Delhi in Rajasthan, is not just known as the most haunted place in India but also popular across the world for its paranormal activity.
Two stories explain how the town was cursed: One is about a tantrik obsessed with the princess of Bhangarh and the other involves arrogant king and an offended sadhu. But for many, it's the ‘no entry after dark’ sign put up by the Archaeological Survey of India that makes the whole deal sound more real!
Images courtesy: Shahnawaz Sid, wikimedia
2Ramoji Film Studio | Hyderabad
Ramoji Film Studio was built on the war grounds of Nizams and locals believe that ghosts of dead soldiers haunt the place.
Witness reports of paranormal phenomena happening during the shoots are stories of lights falling off the ceiling, light-men sitting high up in the studios have been pushed by invisible hands and ended up with serious injuries, bathroom doors knocked on vigorously as if someone was locked inside!
Images courtesy: mckaysavage
3Golconda Fort | Hyderabad
Rumour has it that the souls of various Qutub Shah rulers still roam in the Golconda Fort, many have claimed hearing strange sounds from the ancient palaces at night.
Old picture frames turning upside down, sound of banging utensils in one part of the fort, and shadows of the ghost of Taramati (courtesan-turned-queen) dancing are some incidents talked about.
Images courtesy: Sukanto Debnath, ShashiBellamkonda
4The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel | Mumbai
Many still believe that the chief engineer of The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, W. A. Chambers, killed himself after discovering that it was built in the reverse direction. An extension of this belief is that he lingers in the corridors of the hotel as a resident ghost, still lamenting the execution blunder.
Hotel staff say that the ghost haunts the old wing, walks on the roof, and sometimes guests can hear him crying.
Images courtesy: Christian Haugen, Taj Hotels website
5Jamali Kamali | Delhi
Jamali Kamali is an archaeological village complex in Mehrauli, but it is much more than just a historic monument.
The tomb and mosque are now said to be home to djinns, but not the kind who fulfill you three wishes. Some visitors say they have heard inexplicable sounds of animals growling, others report being chased and injured.
Images courtesy: varunshiv, Shashwat_Nagpal
6Tunnel no. 103 | Shimla
Tunnel no. 103 on the Shimla-Kalka Railway line looks scary anyway as it is wet, damp, dingy. But apparently the ghost of an Englishman resides inside and answers any question asked. Other spirits are also said to be present here and occasionally some apparitions too can be seen.
Images courtesy: Wikipedia, paul-simpson.org
7Dumas Beach | Gujarat
Dumas Beach is called "The Whispering Beach" for a reason and has its own share of spooky apparitions. It is said that because the beach has been used by Hindus to burn their dead, their spirits have a free reign here.
Tourists have heard voices in the wind forbidding them to venture any further, dogs behave weirdly here, and curious tourists are rumoured to have disappeared if they ventured out at night.
8The Abbey | Lohaghat, Uttarakhand
Lohaghat is a small town in Champawat district and a very old bungalow called The Abbey is rumoured to have ghosts residing in it.
There are a lot of stories of spirits and locals have identified a trail on which two spirits that walk at night.
Many say there was a doctor who would predict people's death accurately.
9Brij Raj Bhavan Heritage Hotel | Kota
The 178-year-old Brij Raj Bhavan Palace in Kota, Rajasthan, which was converted into a heritage hotel in the 80s, is said to have a resident ghost. The gentleman ghost of Major Burton, they say, is harmless.
Images courtesy: Brij Raj Bhavan Palace FB page
10The Savoy | Mussoorie
This holiday hotel dates back to 1902. It is said that the corridors of this hotel are haunted by the ghost of Lady Garnet Orme, who was found dead in mysterious circumstances.