Do you believe in ghosts? Does the idea of the existence of a force beyond the realms of life scare you? We all might have different connotations of spirits and the paranormal, but we could together agree that there must be some degree of truth in these annals for they have been handed down since generations across cultures and geographical boundaries. So, what are those places in India which could give you goosebumps? Which are some of the haunted mansions or forts that could even make a grown-up man run for his life? Let us read below to find out the top 10 haunted places in India.
1. Dumas Beach, Gujarat:
Dumas Beach is a black sand beach along the Arabian Sea located south-west of Surat in the state of Gujarat. Dumas Beach stands second in the list of most haunted places in Asia. There have been several reports of paranormal activity on this beach with people relating experiences of hearing whispers. In fact, a number of tourists have even disappeared while taking walks on the beach at night.
2. Dow Hill, Kurseong, West Bengal:
Dow Hill forest in Kurseong, West Bengal, is notoriously famous for a number of murders. It is said that due to its gory history, the place is a hotspot for ghosts. Many locals have been reported to have heard footsteps in the corridors of Victoria Boys School during vacations. The sightings of a headless young boy walking and then disappearing into the trees of the Dow Hill forest are also common. This is undoubtedly one of the most haunted places in India which is sure to give you the creeps.
3. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan:
Such is the tale of the hauntings at Bhangarh fort that entry to it is legally prohibited between sunset and sunrise. Whether cursed by Guru Balu Nath, when a prince raised the palace to a height that cast a shadow on his forbidden retreat, or the curse of a magician named Singhia, the town does wear a shattered look. It is one of those places where even ASI discourages entry at night.
4. Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune:
The Shaniwarwada fort in Pune is one of the most haunted places in the western part of India. According to local folklore, this fort is haunted by the ghost of a prince who was brutally assassinated by one of his relative when he was only 13. The fort is said to be in the prime of paranormal activities on full moon nights. Several people have reportedly heard the shrieking sounds of the 13-year-old boy in the middle of the night.
5. GP Block, Meerut:
GP Block of Meerut is one of the infamous places known for spooky sightings. Cases of four guys sitting inside a house with a single candle lighted have been reported. Sometimes apparitions of girls coming out of the house in red dress have also been seen. It might not be well known, but it surely is one of those places which are better avoided any time of the day.
6. Delhi Cantt:
It seems that the capital isn’t the hot favourite of criminals alone but ghosts as well. The Delhi Cantt area, which is full of greenery, is one of such places in the country. Sightings of a lady clad in white sari asking for lift have been common in the areas near the Delhi Cantt. In fact, it is also said that she outruns the car if the vehicle is not stopped; not an experience to cherish one would say!
7. Brij Raj Bhavan palace in Kota, Rajasthan:
The Brij Raj Bhavan palace in Kota, which belongs to the former royal family of the region, is haunted by one of its former residents, Major Burton of the British Army. The latter, along with his two sons, was killed by the sepoys during the 1857 mutiny. The apparition of an elderly man with a cane in his hand is often seen in the palace which people believe is of Major Burton’s.
8. The Abbey, Lohaghat, Uttarakhand:
Lohaghat is a hill station town in Champawat district in Uttarakhand and the hills have eyes. The town is said to have a very old bungalow called The Abbey. It is rumored that the place is haunted. In fact, there is also supposed to be a trail which is frequented by two spirits at night. Hill station and a spooky bungalow is surely material enough to frighten the strongest of hearts.
9. Tunnel No. 103, Shimla:
Around 107 tunnels were built on Kalka-Shimla railway out of which Tunnel No. 103 is famous for its eerie history. Legend has it that a certain Colonel Barog, the engineer of that tunnel, had committed suicide at the site when he was fined a rupee after his efforts to align both ends of the tunnel failed. His apparition has been reportedly seen by the locals.
10. D’Souza Chawl of Mahim, Mumbai:
If you thought that Mumbai is only famous for Bollywood, think again. There is a well in the D’Souza Chawl area of Mahim, which is believed to be haunted. Legend has it that a woman fell to her death in the well. The apparition of a woman, speculated to be the ghost of that very unfortunate woman, has been reported several times.