Sinchita Mitra

Most people know India as the land of everlasting happiness, vibrant colours, and diversity. While that is an accurate description of India, there is also another, more sinister and dark side of India! India is not just a land of colours but also land for spirits! Yes, spirits like ghosts, they roam around in certain places in India. Many places in India have reported ghost sightings and other paranormal activities, which have earned them the tag of – Haunted Places.

So, if you are looking for some adventure, and if your curious mind wants to explore the other side of India, then visit these spooky places and see what you can find out:

1. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan

Bhangarh Fort, haunted places in rajasthan
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The Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan has raked up quite an infamous reputation for itself. Located in a remote locale in the Alwar region, this isolated fort is said to be one of the eeriest and most haunted places in India.

There are so many ghostly stories you will hear about this dilapidated fort in Rajasthan, that you will surely want to just visit it just out of curiosity. However, it is said to be so dangerous then the Archaeological Survey of India has lawfully forbidden anyone from going inside the Bhangarh Fort once the night falls. So, you can still head over to this Fort for a day trip, but in no condition can you stay here after dark.

The story behind the Bhangarh Fort suggests that there was a tantric named Singhia who fell for the gorgeous princess of Bhangarh called Ratnavati. Singhia knew that the match would not to possible owing to their different class status. Thus, he decided to fall for him using black magic. However, the princess unearthed his trick and sentenced him to death. Singhia was also angry about this that he decided to put a curse on this palace, thus, dimming it forever.

Now, the Bhangarh Fort lies isolated in the middle of nowhere decaying on its own. Locals who live nearby claim that one can hear voices coming out of the Fort at night. They also believe that if anyone dares to visit the Bhangarh Fort at night then they will not make it back.

So, only visit this eerie Fort at your peril, and only in the day time.

2. Kuldhara Village, Rajasthan

Kuldhara Village, haunted places in rajasthan
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Rajasthan does have a great selection of haunted places or forts and eerie towns! It comes as no surprise though, since Rajasthan was once a town of great royal history, and undoubtedly some of those ghosts must be still transiting around.

The Kuldhara village in Rajasthan is situated near Jaisalmer. Initially, the village was inhabited by Paliwal Brahmins. The legend suggests, that this village was once flourishing and filled with a lovely host bustle of daily life. Once a minister of the state fell in love with a girl from this very village was determined to marry her.

He even said that he would increase the taxes exponentially if the girl is not married off to him. This led to a mass disappearance of the people in the village, along with people from 83 other villages located nearby. Overnight the villagers vanished and no trace of their whereabouts were found. It is believed that the chief of the Kuldhara district cursed the villages before abandoning their homes.

3. Dow Hill, Kurseong, West Bengal

Dow Hill, Kurseong, most haunted places in india

This extremely spooky hill station is located in West Bengal. The Dow Hill is reminiscent of every horror movie that takes place in isolated hill stations, surrounded by tall trees wailed by the fog, and a chilly spell in the wind. If you visit the Dow Hill, you will feel as if you have walked into a horror film, and the end is near.

The ghosts are said to reside in The Victoria Boys School and the Dowhill Girls’ boarding school. Many people have claimed that they can distinctly hear footsteps coming from the school, even when the school is closed for vacations. There have also been countless murders and bodies that have been found abandoned in the forests surrounding the schools. The locals are always paranoid about their fate, and thus, spend their days in worry and anxiety.

The Dow hill attracts several tourists who wish to witness these curious happenings during the winter months. It is a great place for ghostbusters and thrill-seekers.

One of the most popular visited tourist place here is called the death road. It is essentially a single stretch of road where a headless boy roams around. Several people- locals and tourists alike have seen this boy following them around. The headless boy first walks down the road and then vanishes into the forest. The locals say that anybody who has seen this boy even once is now doomed for life. They would be haunted by him even in their dreams. Many people have also committed suicide since they couldn’t handle the feeling of being followed everywhere. While there is no hard evidence to prove this, the suicide rate in the region is indeed quite high.

If this is the kind of thing that you are looking for, then proceed with caution, and try to dig up this mysterious story.

4. Dumas Beach, Gujarat

dumas beach, haunted places in gujarat
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The stunning Dumas Beach stretches like an ethereal beauty, as the serene Arabian Sea lies there silently. The waves slowly crash on to the black sands, and the atmosphere is light and breeze. What could go wrong at such a peaceful and tranquil location?

Well, unfortunately, and fortunately for some, this beach located in Gujarat has witnessed several mysterious incidents over the past years. The beach was once a Hindu burial ground, and thus, still today people claim that restless spirits come out of the ground and haunt the place. Unsuspecting visitors have heard the spirits call out their names, especially when they take a stroll down the shore towards the sea. There have also been reports that claim that those who do not listen to the voice and keep going towards the murky waters of the sea, vanish into the waters and are never to be found again.

So, think twice before planning a fun-filled family vacation at this beach, since it is is not for the faint-hearted.

5. Jatinga, Assam

Jatinga, Assam
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The small village of Jatinga, located in Assam has a population of mere 2500 people. But, what makes this village fascinating is the recurring mass bird suicides that take place here. Yes, you read it right- Mass Bird Suicide!

For several centuries, local and migratory birds that come here plunge to the ground all of a sudden, on the moonless night of September and October. This only happens in a very specific area, and it is truly puzzling. No one, from researchers to scientists have been able to decode this phenomenon. While the sight is really disturbing, it has intrigued many visitors who flock to this village to watch this event in real-time.

6. Lambi Dehar Mines

Lambi Dehar Mines

The Lambi Dehar Mines is located in the cold and sleepy town of Mussoorie. These mines were once fully functional and had hundreds of workers working in it. However, due to a severe lack of safety precautions, many accidents started taking place, and thousands of mineworkers died inside these mines. In the current times, the mines remain completely abandoned, and anyone who dares to venture here witnesses the ghosts of these dead miners trapped in the tunnels. Visitors can also hear strange noises and ear-splitting screams coming from these mines, which makes it all the more scary and eerie.

7. Agrasen ki Baoli, New Delhi

Agrasen ki Baoli, Haunted place in delhi
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Delhi is home to many historical and ancient places. Among them is the brilliantly constructed and designed, an architectural marvel- Agrasen ki Baoli. This mesmerizing place in Delhi is so wonderful that tourists from far and wide come here to take some of the magnificent photographs. Yet, these historical places have a dark side as well. Locals say that this place is littered with static demons and ghosts who follow the visitors around as they explore the place.

Many tourists and visitors have also claimed that they do feel a heightened feeling of anxiety from the moment they step into Agrasen ki Baoli.

8. Ramoji Film City

Ramoji Film City
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One of the most famous film cities in India, the Ramoji Film city is truly a treat to visit during the day time. Filled with film sets and gorgeous avenues, Ramoji is one of the most visited places in Andhra Pradesh. However, being the celluloid and the gorgeous film sets lies a deep dark secret that terrifies anybody who dares to mess with it.

It is said that the film city was built on top of the remains of many dead soldiers. The souls of these soldiers still haunt the sets. There have been several incidents where stuntmen’s have gotten injured, lights have gone off, mirrors have been marked or pieces of equipment have been ruined. Some actors have also been locked inside their rooms!

So the next time you are planning to visit this stunning film set, beware, maybe someone is following you as well.

9. Savoy Hotel, Mussoorie

Savoy Hotel, Mussoorie

Once again the ghosts strike at Mussoorie. This otherwise peaceful hill station is vulnerable to floating spirits and restless souls. This time, the ghosts live in a haunted hotel!

Legends say that the famous Savoy hotel was haunted since 1911. A spiritualist was poisoned in this very hotel, and now visitors will claim to see her roaming around in the hallways. The mystery behind this murder is still not solved. Many have even heard her footsteps coming out of the hotel. This hotel is so infamous that writers like Agatha Christie and Ruskin Bond have also referenced it in their books.

So, do you have it in you to spend one night at the grand Savoy Hotel in Mussoorie?

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