Spooky ghost stories and haunted places have an unspoken charm of their own! Remember those late-night story sessions that kept you awake for weeks? Or those spine-chilling real-life incidents you couldn’t make sense of? Although there are several famous haunted places all over the world, India is known for its belief in certain supernatural elements and superstitions. Bollywood movies may have added an element of comedy to the “Purnamasi ki Raat” but visit these haunted places on a full-moon night and you’ll know the real drill. Let’s take you on a virtual tour of some of the most haunted places in India that can easily make your heart skip a few beats.
Dow Hill, Kurseong, West Bengal
A beautiful destination that’s surrounded by captivating vistas, Dow Hill is also one of the most haunted places that you can ever visit. Known to have witnessed numerous paranormal activities and mysterious deaths, Dow Hill definitely has an eerie air. What’s even scarier is that locals have reported seeing the ghost of a young headless boy in the forest. The ghost of the boy apparently shows up on the “death” road, chases the cars, and then disappears into the forest. How spooky is that? Dow Hill is also home to a 100-year-old school that is said to be possessed. If you have guts of steel and want to get a feel of the place, book a stay Sterling Darjeeling resort, located only 1 hour 10 minutes away from here.
Malcha Mahal, Delhi
Malcha Mahal has a sad background story. Princess Wilayat Mahal was denied her royal property by the Britishers and as a result, she stayed in the VIP railway lounge in Delhi for 9 years. After so many years when the Indian Government decided to give back the property to the Begum, Malcha Mahal had lost all its glory. Begum committed suicide in the Mahal and her two children did not bury her, instead, they kept her body and mourned for 10 days before burning her. Both the princess and the prince, who are now dead, had cut themselves off from the world. The government had also permitted the royal heirs to shoot anyone who tried to invade the Mahal and so, there have been many instances when visitors did not return from the forest or were too haunted to speak a word.
Kuldhara Village, Rajasthan
In the Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan, lies Kuldhara village, abandoned since the 1800s. Legend has it that the cruel king of Jaisalmer wanted to have the beautiful daughter of the village chief. The consequences of coming in his way were hefty tax amount that the villagers couldn’t pay. As a result, thousands of inhabitants of the Kuldhara village abandoned their home overnight but nobody saw them leaving. Since then, nobody could ever settle in that village. As of now, Kuldhara is declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is managed by the Archeological Survey of India.
Dumas Beach, Gujarat
This black sand beach in Gujarat was once a burial ground for Hindus. Though the serene beach attracts many visitors during the day, very few have the courage to stay back once the sun starts setting. The beach has a very haunted vibe to it that definitely doesn’t make you feel comfortable. People say that the sand here is black because of the ashes of people who have been cremated on the beach a long time ago. The people of the area have often reported various paranormal activities on the beach including mysterious deaths and weird noises.
The Shaniwar Wada Fort, Pune
The ruins of Shaniwar Wada (a traditional mansion) in the heart of Pune attracts hundreds of tourists on a daily basis. People of all age groups come to this beautiful mahal of Kashibai and spend a gala time. But did you know that Shaniwar Wada is considered a haunted house in India? According to the locals, one can witness spooky occurrences on full moon nights. Nobody has a logical explanation for this but year after year, people have been reporting abnormal activities on the premises of the old palace. The Shaniwar Wada is only an hour’s drive away from Sterling Lonavala where you can put up for a relaxing vacation.
The Lambi Dehar Mines, Mussoorie
One of the busiest streets in the Queen of Hills, Lambi Dehar was a popular mine with more than 50,000 workers. Blame it on the harsh weather and poor working conditions, a lot of people died unexpectedly. The incident dates back to many decades ago. It is believed that the spirits of the workers cause damage to this now deserted area. Mysterious car accidents and loss of lives have been continuously reported, making this once-inhabited mine one of the creepiest places in the country. If you are planning a trip to Mussoorie, consider staying at the Sterling Mussoorie resort, just a 20-minute drive from the mines.
Charleville Mansion, Shimla
Though this mansion has been revamped completed by an Indian man who chose to steer clear of the spooky stories, Charleville Mansion has always been on the list of haunted places in India. Located in Shimla, the mansion was built during the British era. In the year 1913, Victor Bayley and his wife chose to stay at the mansion where they later passed away. It’s believed that the spirits of the deceased Englishmen roam around in the mansion to date. Looking for a spooky experience like this? Book your accommodation at Sterling Kufri Resort and take a trip to the mansion, located only 40 minutes away from the hotel.
Bhangarh Fort, Alwar
The only “legally” haunted place in India, the Bhangarh Fort is recognised by the Archaeological Survey of India as a haunted one. So much so that the ASI has forbid locals and tourists to enter the premises after dark. This 17th-century fort was built by Madho Singh in 1613 and has been the locale of many myths and stories due to the unexplained happenings here. From a hermit cursing the King’s fort to a black magician casting a spell to not let any living soul be at peace in the fort, the stories have it all. No houses are built around it as the roof would subsequently collapse. You can explore this during your stay at Sterling Sariska which is just one and a half-hour drive away from the fort.
Getting goosebumps already? These were some of the most haunted places in India that you will ever be at. If you have a faint heart, stay away from these haunted places. But if you do visit and get creeped out, don’t say we didn’t warn you!