There is always a balance between the opposites. Dark and light, good and evil, growth and decay, God and Satan, living and dead, etc. are a universal example of such opposites. We all have heard a spooky tale or two about haunted houses. While some people dismiss them as fables, the fact remains that there are some scary haunted places in India, stories regarding which are confirmed by locals who live in the vicinity. Whether you believe in supernatural, spirits, ghosts, and afterlife or not, this post containing some of the real ghost stories in India will definitely send chills down your spine. Here are some of the famous haunted places in India
1. Bhangarh (Rajasthan)
Bhangarh Fort in Alwar tops the list of famous haunted places in India since, in the 17th century, the Archaeological Survey of India had to put up a sign which forbade foreign tourists inside the fort after sunset According to the legend regarding this Rajasthan ghost place, a sage called Baba Balau Nath lived in the vicinity of the fort. He asked the Emperor Madho Singh to build the city such that the Palace’s shadow does not fall on his retreat. If it fails, the city will crumble and fall down. It is rumored that anybody who visits the fort after sunset, does not come back.
2. Kuldhara (Rajasthan)
Kuldhara is the spookiest Rajasthan ghost place. Situated around 20 kilometers towards the west of Jaisalmer, this small town still remains stranded. According to the legend, Salim Singh, Jaisalmer’s Prime Minister developed a fondness for the daughter of the village chief. The minister threatened dire consequences if the village chief does not agree with the marriage alliance. Out of anger and self-respect, the entire Paliwal Brahmin community disappeared from the town. Nobody knew where they went and all efforts to find about their whereabouts fell in vain.
3. Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune (Maharashtra)
Shanirwar Wada was constructed in 1732 to honor Peshwa Bajirao. Four decades later, in 1773, Raghuntrantrao and Anandibai had their nephew Narayanrao, who was the son of Nana Saheb and the fifth ruling Peshwa, assassinated. It is said that cries of help, “Kaka Mala Vachva(Save me, uncle) are heard from the fort on every night of the new moon. In 1828, a fire broke out in the fort and lasted for a week. It is rumored that the ghosts of the deceased people from the fire accident still loiter around in the fort.
4. Brij Raj Bhawan, Kota (Rajasthan)
Brij Raj Bhawan, a palace built in the 19th century, was the residence of Major Charles Burton. It is claimed that Major Charles Burton, along with his two sons, was killed in the palace by the Indian sepoys during the First War Of Independence in 1857. Even though it was later turned into a heritage hotel in 1980, it is still considered to be a haunted palace in India since people say that the Major’s ghost still haunts it. Interestingly, guards working there claim that if they fall asleep during their duty, the ghost slaps them to wake them up.
5. Dumas Black Sand Beach, Surat (Gujarat)
Beaches are associated with peace, quietude and tranquility. Situated along the Arabian Sea, this black sand beach is not only scenic but also haunted places in India. It is said that the sand is black because this mysterious beach was used as a burial ground for people. Moreover, it is rumored that the souls and spirits of the buried people haunt the beach at night. This beach is clearly one of the most haunted things in India.
6. Charleville Mansion, Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
Situated in the exciting hills of Shimla, Charleville Mansion is the spookiest haunted place in Shimla. The historic story regarding this mansion is one of the most spine-chilling real ghost stories in India. In 1913, Victor Bayley, a Britisher working in the Railway, started living in the Charleville Mansion. Interestingly, he found out that a poltergeist was reported to be present in the mansion. The Assistant Secretary of Railway Board decided to investigate further. He locked up the room where all the paranormal activities were taking place and when he opened it, he found out that the room had been destroyed. Many other people who resided in the mansion after Bayley, have said that they have felt a supernatural presence.
7. Savoy Hotel, Mussoorie (Uttarakhand)
In the year of 1911, a 49-year-old British occultist named Frances Garnett Orme, arrived at the Savoy Hotel. She was found murdered in her room. Several years later, the doctor who has attended to her when she was dying, was also found dead in a similar manner. The famous writer Agatha Christie took inspiration from this case and wrote a book about it which was titled The Mysterious Affair at Styles.
8. Malcha Mahal, Delhi
Malcha Mahal, a hunting lodge, was built in the Tuglaq period. The real ghost stories regarding this 600-year-old haunted palace in India, revolve around the death of Begum Wilayat Mahal. She committed suicide by consuming crushed diamonds. Rumors say that the ghost of the Royalty turned Pauper Begum haunts the hunting lodge.
9. Mukesh Mills, Mumbai (Maharashtra)
Mukesh Mills is an abandoned mill situated in Mumbai. This mill, located in the Colaba area, was faring well since was constructed in 1870. As a result of a strike by workers, it had to be shut down in 1982. Only a little time had gone by when a mysterious fire broke out in the abandoned mill. Mukesh Mills, owing to its history and spooky appeal, has become a popular shooting destination for Bollywood movies but also ranks as a haunted place among top haunted places in India.
10. Ramoji Fim City, Telangana
Legend says that Ramoji Film city which is not only a film studio but also an amusement park is located on the battlegrounds of the Nizams. Rumors say that the spirits and ghosts of the soldiers who died in battles haunt the place till date. According to the witnesses, even the hotel rooms are haunted by ghosts. Film crews have often reported that they have felt paranormal activities taking place on the sets.