Most Haunted 10 Places In India!
"To believe or not to believe is a thin line between the dead, the touched and the inexperienced."
India is a country featuring vast historical and cultural diversity. There would be less than a handful of districts in all states combined that haven't seen the face of a tourist at some point or the other. However, this very same India also has a dark, uncanny and a lesser known side to it, which has been equally luring people for decades.
From deserted medieval forts to prison cells to sanatoriums, these are the places where apparently, our worst nightmares spring to life.
American singer Emilie Autumn has rightly described the feeling of this uneasy eeriness. She has addressed the unseen directly, asking if they knew, they frighten her the way they call out to her while remaining invisible. A tap here, a tug there, living on and lingering on for centuries together, climbing up the balconies, peeping from the windows, and following like a shadow. Is it just her, or do they do it to everybody who comes along and then never leaves. And it’s almost frightening to believe that it might be true!
If YOU have the nerves of steel, then these haunted places are for you:
Mehrauli is one of the seven ancient cities that form the present Delhi. Mehrauli or Mihira-awali in Sanskrit acknowledges the notable astronomer Varaha Mihira of emperor Vikramaditya's court. Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb are located in the premises of Mehrauli Archaeological Park not 500 meters from Qutub Minar.
This place is 9.4 km from the Indira Gandhi International Airport and travelling to this spot in South Delhi is easiest with yellow line metro to the nearest station. One can easily avail auto or bus from here to the place.
Jamali and Kamali were Sufi saints, and Jamali was apparently a famous poet during the reign of Sikander Lodi continuing as a court poet to Humayun, post-Mughal invasion. Though there are many speculations regarding the relation between Jamali and Kamali, their tombs lay side by side. These unkempt and ruined graves are believed to be guarded by jinns. There have been stories of night sightings of light and apparitions and eerie noises of ghostly footsteps walking alongside. Some have not only experienced wisp of air being breathed down on their neck but also being slapped by some invisible force.
Shimla derived from Shyamala Devi, an incarnation of Goddess Kali, is the capital and largest city of Himachal Pradesh. Located at an elevation of 7467 Feet it is frequented by people who wish to escape the scorching sun during the wild summers.
Shimla is well connected by road to major cities in north India. NH22 connects Shimla to the nearest city of Chandigarh. Shimla airport at Jubbarhatti, located 23 km from the main city, have frequent flights from Delhi. The next closest airport is Chandigarh airport at 116 km. Kalka Shimla railway connects some of the major cities.
Kalka Shimla railway, a world heritage site since 2008, is known for its scenic beauty, narrow gauge track, and steep rise. Since its opening in 1903, the railway included 889 short and long bridges and 107 tunnels. Among the presently functional 102 tunnels, Barog tunnel (named after Colonel Barog) is the longest tunnel in the railway and straightest in the world. Colonel Barog was the chief engineer responsible for creating the tunnel, However, owing to miscalculations in boring the tunnel from both sides of mountains without meeting the centre, had the government and workers infuriated, to have wasted government funds and labour for such a long time. Frustrated and humiliated, Colonel Barog shot himself in the very tunnel he had set out to construct. It's believed that Colonel Barog continues to linger in and around the tunnel making the damp and dark tunnel even scarier.
#8 Lambi Dehar Mines, Mussoorie
Mussoorie, the Queen of the Hills, is a unique hill station in the Dehradun district of Uttarakhand. Mussoorie also, ‘Mansoori' is derived from ‘Mansoor' referring to an indigenous shrub in the area.
Mussoorie is well connected to Delhi by road at 317 km. However, the closest railway station is Dehradun at 32 km. Within the city, the best mode of commute is buses and taxis.
Despite being a summer destination, it is also a well-acclaimed haunted place owing to the blood-curdling mines located in the outskirts. The Lambi Dehar ‘Mine of death' tells the story of the agonizing death of as many as 50,000 people, choking in their own blood. The area has been long abandoned and what's left of it are abandoned houses filled with wild plants. Apart from the mining accident, the town has also witnessed a series of fatal road accidents of four wheelers going off-road. Also, a helicopter crashing near the mining site has only added to the mystery and fear. Locals believe it to be cursed by a witch whose laughter and screams disturb the silence of the nights. There have been equally disturbing reports from tourists who claim to have witnessed bodiless cries and groans.
Hyderabad, the present capital of Telangana, was established in 1591 and was the seat for Qutb Shahi dynasty before the Mughals seized the reign. Under British Raj, it gained the position firstly, of Nizam dominion and later, of a princely state. Where Hyderabad emerged as a cultural hub during the Qutb Shahis and Nizams, equally strong Mughal influence is noticeable in its cuisines.
Within the city, the most common mode of transport are buses, auto rickshaws, and private taxis. And, it is equally well connected to other major cities by railways, roadways, and airways. Sitting at the junction of three National highways, Hyderabad links six other states.
Ramoji Film City is the second largest film city comprising an amusement park for children. However, having been built on the battlefield of the Nizam Sultans, it is believed the unsettled and tortured souls of the deceased soldiers still linger. Witness reports claim that not only is the place haunted but they have their favorites to torment – girls. Ripping their clothes, scary images in changing rooms, rigorous knocks. Also, scattered food across rooms, toppling off lights, pushing light-men to fatal injuries, mirrors scribbled in Urdu are only a few examples. Ineffective preventive measures have only increased the eeriness of the place.
Currently, centre for diamond industry, Surat of Gujrat is the eighth largest city in India. The Diamond City of India has been awarded the 3rd "Cleanest city of India" in 2010 and has also been elected to be developed as a smart city.
Surat Railway station under the Western Railway zone connects major cities. Also, Sitilink a bus rapid transit system connects major localities having a vast network of 245 buses. Surat International Airport provides flight services to major cities across India.
13 miles south-west of Surat, along with the Arabian Sea, lies the Dumas beach. The beach is undoubtedly pristine and beautiful, however, equally unsettling and shrouded in mysteries. One of the four Dumas beaches have long been used as a Hindu burial ground and therefore is the final resting place of unsettled spirits. There have been rumours of people disappearing into thin air, never to be found again. There have been furthermore testimonies which speak of barred entry beyond a certain line especially, during the night, for the wind that blows over the beach is said to be filled with million whispers, and once you are lost in it, you may even never come back alive.
#5 Dow Hill, Kurseong
Kurseong derived from Lepcha word ‘Kharsang' literally means "The land of White Orchids". It has been named so, because every spring, the place bounces back to life with its bright orchids. As one of the hill stations en route to Darjeeling, Kurseong has developed a lot in the past years.
A town in Darjeeling district of West Bengal is 32 km from Darjeeling and 47 km from Siliguri by road and is connected by the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The closest major railway station is New Jalpaiguri at 53 km from the town. Private cabs can be availed at the nearest airport in Bagdogra.
From haunted buildings to death roads to mysterious whispering forests, unexplained deaths to wandering headless body, you name it, Kurseong has it in its very own ghost town of Dow hill. Dow Hill sightings can easily be considered bag full of spine-chilling ghost fables. Death road connecting Dow hill road and forest office has blood-curdling accounts by the woodcutters of a wandering little headless who disappears into the woods. The forest itself is infamous for hounding its visitors. Most people have affirmed the presence of shadowy figures and being constantly watched and followed over to the extent of some of them going mad followed by suicide. Some have even witnessed glaring red eyes piercing at them. Nearby Dow Hill boarding school for girls has been rumoured to take up some of the eeriness of the forests. The school corridors are reputed to be haunted by whispers brought along by the winds, eerie hushes and disembodied footsteps.
#4 Vrindavan Society, Thane
Thane is situated to the north-west of the state of Maharashtra and an immediate neighbour of Mumbai. In 1853, the first ever passenger train in Asia had its terminus at Thane, stretching out to Mumbai, covering a distance of 34 Kms.
Thane is linked to major cities via a comprehensive network of regular trains and roadways that comprising a national highway. It can easily be reached by railway from Mulund and Airoli in Mumbai. The two closest airports are Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport and Pune Airport at 16 km and 121 km respectively.
Constructed in the early 90s, Vrindavan Society is presently considered to be a posh housing society and prime piece in real estate. In the early years of the lesser population, society remained unoccupied for many years. And we all know the story that follows a building which has been vacant for a long time. Even though it might seem the society had been tagged haunted for no apparent reason, there have been sure testimonies stating it has a lingering presence of a resident who jumped to his death. Some residents have complained to have been followed in their houses and peeped at from windows and balconies. Even the night guards have claimed to have been slapped by a bodiless entity.
Pune, also known as "Oxford of the East", is named so because of emergence as a robust educational hub in the recent years. Not only students from different states but also, it contributes to half of the total international students in the country, hence, the cultural capital of Maharashtra.
Pune is a well-connected city in all fonts. It can be reached from major cities via rail, road or air. Within the city, local buses and autos are easily accessible modes of a commute.
Pune, the second largest city of Maharashtra, was known to be the seat of Peshwas, the prime ministers of the Maratha Empire in the 18th century and hence an important political centre of the then Indian subcontinent. Even though the fort Shaniwarwada was destroyed in an unexplained 7 day's and night's long fire back in 1828, it is believed every fortnight; it is haunted by wailing pleas of the thirteen-year-old heir prince. Even though the young prince Nayanrao was the heir to the Peshwa dynasty, because he was minor, his uncle had become the Regent, who was later taken captive on the grounds of conspiracy to overthrow the young prince. In an attempt to free her husband, his aunt had mercenaries to assassinate the prince. In the end, Nayanrao was brutally killed in cold blood. And to this day, the soul-stirring pleas can be heard through the walls of the fort.
#2 Sudhabay, Pushkar, Rajasthan
Pushkar is located at the Lake Pushkar in the Ajmer district of Rajasthan. It's a site of pilgrimage for Hindus and Sikhs alike and has many temples and gurudwaras. The city is famous for Pushkar Mela featuring trades of cattle and livestock including horses and camels.
Jaipur is the closest airport to the city and takes approximately 3 hours by road from the airport. Bus journey, though inadvisable are readily available between Delhi and Ajmer, which in turn connects to Pushkar at a nominal rate. Daily trains are available from Ajmer and take about 30 minutes.
Sudhabay isn't a haunted place per se. It's in fact, a gathering of people to get rid of evil spirits and their hauntings. By definition, if haunted means presence of evil spirits, then Sudhabay unquestionably counts. It is a ‘ghost fair' at least one day each year. People possessed with demonic entities from all over the country come here to take a bath in holy water, supposedly warding off and forcing the evil spirits to leave the body.
Bhangarh is located in Alwar district of Rajasthan at the edge of Sariska Tiger reserve. The city is known for its historical ruins, deserted old forts and havelis, temples and some mosques. The city's population diminished with the fall of the Mughal Empire leaving it uninhabited.
Both Delhi and Jaipur have proven to be the best transit points with extensive connectivity. It is about 90 km from Alwar and once can use State Highway 29A and National Highway 11A to reach Bhangarh.
A major tourist attraction, Bhangarh is considered the most haunted place in India. It's mandatory to leave the fort by evening, and to trespass, the haveli is legally barred between the dusk till dawn. Locals claimed to have witnessed clinking bangles, sobbing women, screams, clacking, gaseous formation, ghostly encounters and even death. Legend hold, a wizard fell in love with the princess and decided to cast a spell on her. However, the princess, a follower of occult herself saw through his plans and caused his death. Even before his death, he cursed the fort to become uninhabitable in the coming years.
Some experience it, feel it and believe it. Some experience and still refute it because scientifically, it can’t be measured. Some don’t ever experience it yet believe in it as a cultural programming in their mind and existing notions, that at death we rest in peace. We as a spirit rest in our graves till God calls for our judgment. The remaining don’t experience and never believe in it. What is haunting? A quiet walk down the middle of the moonlit night, dogs howling nearby. Slow winds whistling in your ears, leaves rustling in the trees. Some clacking noise. Some creaking furniture. All is well to a non-believer. To a believer, it may possibly be true, that there actually might be a shadow that’s not him. Through the centuries there have been million such instances that have remained unexplained. Whether it’s our inner fear of the unknown or real demonic activity, still remains to be decided.