There are many allegedly haunted places spread across the country, and I’m quite sure that everyone has grown up listening to creepy stories about ghosts and spirits haunting buildings or roads or objects. It is not certain as to what it is exactly that causes such haunting, and everyone has their own versions of horror. Maybe the haunted manifestations are caused by personal fears and beliefs, or maybe not! Who knows! Here are some the places that have received the status of being haunted over time:
1. Bhangarh Fort, Alwar Rajasthan
Located in the district of Alwar in Rajasthan, Bhangarh is a 300 km drive from Delhi. It is a 17th Century fort built by Man Singh I for his younger brother Madho Singh I. Situated at the border of Sariska Wildlife in the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan.
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This place boasts a sign board put up by the Archeological Survery of India outside its premises, which reads that people should not stay in the vicinity of the fort after sunset.
There have been numerous reports and rumors of spirits residing in the fort, and people claim to have heard strange noises, and abnormal musical sounds. Along with having sighted creepy shadows and eerie lights. According to legend, the palace is engulfed in a limbo due to the curse of a black magic practitioner called Singhia who fell in love with Princess Ranavati of Bhangarh. He had tried to lure her towards him by replacing her ittar bottle with a love potion. The Princess saw through the Singhia’s scheme and threw the bottle on a rock and as a result the rock rolled to the black magician thereby crushing him to death. It is said that with his dying breath Singhia snarled a curse on Bhangarh which resulted in its destruction and hauntedness.
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2. South Park Street Cemetery, Kolkata
“In the midst of life, we are in death”, reads an epitaph at the South Park Street Cemetery.
The oldest graveyard in Kolkata, built in 1767, South Park Street Cemetery houses more than 1600 graves most of which belong to British soldier who died in the erstwhile British India. It has been reported that people who have visited the cemetery in the recent past experienced strange energies and occurrences. They claimed to have been disoriented and the photographs that they took show some explicit shadows invisible to the naked eye. Some of the visitors also complained of breathlessness even though they don’t have any breathing problems. The mystery at South Park Cemetery remains inexplicable and the truth about the place can only be decided by visiting and experiencing the things that the place has to offer.
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3. Dow Hill, Kurseong
Nestled in the outskirts of the town of Kurseong (Dajeeling’s lesser known sister) Dow Hill forest has established itself as a very profound haunted forest. With reports coming from locals, and students from Dow Hill School and Victoria Boys School about spirits lurking in the uncanny forest Dow Hill forest is a paranormal enthusiast’s paradise. One of the most bizarre reports stated that the locals witnessed a headless young boy roaming the forest even in the winter months between December and March when the schools are on vacation. Victoria Boys School is about a century old and it is claimed that many spirits haunt the school premises with locals claiming to have heard shrieks of children and footsteps at night and even when the school is closed for vacation.
4. GP Block, Meerut
Meerut is one of the fastest developing cities in the nation. In the heart of the city there is a dilapidated structure called the GP Block which is known for being the most haunted place in the city. The story that surrounds this place is that, a woman in red is often sighted wandering through the grounds of GP Block, usually emerging out the first floor. There is another legend which claims that four men can be seen sitting in a circle with a single candle illuminating the space around them. It has been reported that the four apparent spirits sit in a circle and consume beer. GP Block has been deserted for such a long time that people have forgotten who it belonged to or who was the last person to have resided there, and this only adds to the spookiness of the place.
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5. Dumas Beach, Surat
Dumas Beach with its black and mustard sand is located along the Arabian Sea around 20 km from the city of Surat. The tourists that come to shop do not know Dumas is considered one of the most haunted beaches in India. The locals however are well aware of this since most have encountered these spirits that seem to inhabit the very air of this beach. The locals often complain, “they hear weird noises or whispers as they walk along the beach.” Another prevalent complaint is that the dogs that live in the vicinity of this beach bark and howl all night long since paranormal activities at Dumas Beach is very much active after it gets dark. Some have reported that as they have walked along this beach their dogs have tried to stop them from continuing further. It is believed that the heightened sense of smell and vision that dogs possess warns them before humans have the slightest idea. It is often described that the night “air” that surrounds this area is heavy with sadness and weighs the living down.
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6. Lothian Cemetery, Delhi
Graveyards have always had a series of spine-chilling stories associated with them, one such graveyard lies in the heart of Old Delhi. Situated near Kashmere Gate, the Lothian Cemetery is said to harbor the spirits of different people buried there. One of the most popular stories is that of headless ghost. He is said to have been British soldier called Nicholas Nicholson. His spirit is said to haunt the area on moonless nights, and he walks around the cemetery carrying his head in his hands. Nicholas isn’t the only apparition to haunt this cemetery. There is also another claim that a child there roams the grounds of the cemetery. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot that is known about this child spirit and where he comes from. The place is said to have been a reconstructed grave, ie. the British dug out older graves which apparently angered the pre-existing spirits leading to a dispute between the old and new spirits. People calim that they have notice a hassle that has been going on in the cemetery for about two centuries between the older and the relatively newer spirits inhabiting the area.
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7. Tower of Silence, Mumbai
This ominous sounding tower, The Tower of Silence is actually a Parsi cemetery situated rather quaintly on Malabar Hills in South Mumbai. According to Parsi customs, the bodies of the dead are left for vultures to feed on. The graphic images that come to mind lend themselves to all sorts of horrifying stories. The eerie happenings at the Grand Parrari Towers for instance (consecutive suicides and accidents), were blamed on spectral forces emanating from this cemetery.
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8. Chandan Nagar, Pune
Chandan Nagar a quaint locality in Pune by the day but by the time evening sets in, things take a bloodcurdling turn. Most locals here don’t dare to step out after dark out of fear, of catching a glimpse of the Little Girl. According to reports, a little girl died in Chandan Nagar after a catastrophe at a construction site, but her spirit never left the place. Many people have claimed that a girl dressed in a frock holding a doll in her hands comes running towards them screaming. Seeing such a sight would be bone chilling and one cannot really imagine the horrors associated with such a sight. I wonder how many people actually retain their sanity after witnessing such a sight.
9. Vas Villa, Bengaluru
A 75 year old lady named Dolce Vaz residing at Vas Villa St. Marks Road, Bengaluru was murdered by an unidentified person in 2002. Dolce Vaz was living with her elder sister (aged 80 years) Vera Vaz. After the murder, the investigating officer did not find any clue and they are still under the impression that the murderer came there to steal something instead killed Dolce as she might have tried to stop the assailant. The incident is believed to have happened around midnight. Vera Vaz was sleeping, when she heard her sister screaming. As she approached, Vera found her sister Dolce was seriously injured on neck, stomach and hands. The house has been empty ever since and neither anyone has stepped up to buy the property nor does anyone want to live there. It is believed that the house harbors supernatural powers. People have claimed to have felt unusual noises emanating from Vas Villa, when they walk past the building. Even today there are things scattered around in the relatively abandoned Vas Villa and no one has dare to steal them yet.
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10. Lambi Dehar Mines, Mussorie
A place of grave tragedy, the murky ruins of Lambi Dehar Mines has an eerie presence that has attracted paranormal enthusiasts for the past 27 years. The gruesome history behind these mines sends chills down one’s spine. According to various sources, as many as 50,000 mine workers are said to have died an agonizing death due to unlawful mining practices at the Dehar Mines wile mining limestone in the year 1990. The workers, who lived near the mines, died coughing blood due to lung diseases contracted while mining. Even after the shutting down of Lambi Dehar Mines, accidents and bizarre events have been reported to have taken place in the vicinity. Locals have reported sinister cries and wailing at night, presumably of the dead workers that irk the Dehar Mines. A witch is also believed to roam the area near the mines at night. Scores of freak accidents and a helicopter crash near the mines only adds to the sinister aura of this forgotten place.
These few places are only the tip of the iceberg of haunted places in the country. There are many more legends and myths about paranormal activities and supernatural presences across the country. Next time you are vacationing make sure you add some of these places in your itinerary. Tell us what you think about our list in the comment section, and you can also discuss other obscure haunted places that you know of.