India is often considered as a land of undiscovered mystery. For centuries, travelers from around the world who have made their journey to India have been fascinated by the mystical energy that surrounds the country. From religious practices to rituals that are quintessentially Indian, these traits have made India a popular tourist destination. Therefore, when it comes to listing the most haunted places in India, there is no better country to start with.
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These abandoned places in India have become places of interest for those who are fascinated by the supernatural. For those who are too afraid to visit these places in person, reading about and sharing stories of these mysterious places in India might be the next best thing!
It should also be noted that these ghostly places in India have come under the spotlight as they have been visited by ‘supernatural detectives’ wanting to experience or debunk the strange events occurring here. In fact, these modern-day ‘ghostbusters’ camp in these places overnight to record any strange occurrences which they then monitor before they come to any final conclusions.
So steel your nerves, and take a peek into a list of haunted places in India which have sprung to the forefront either on the basis of what many people have deduced, by way of research or just by word-of-mouth:
1- Forts of Bhangarh, Rajasthan
The Indian Ghost Town of Bhangarh, Rajasthan is one of the scariest places in India to visit, in addition to being one of the most abandoned places in India. However, this tag has not perturbed visitors from making frequent trips to this ghost town.
Located near a famous forest in the area, this town is now slowly luring visitors from around the area, and country, to visit it. However, it should be noted that if you decide to visit the town after sunset, you will be not be allowed. In fact, there is a strict warning that it is out of bounds after the sunsets.
The story which this town is well-known for tells the tale of how a magician who was in love with the local princess of the area was forbidden to ever fall in love with her. Unhappy with the decision, he decided to cast a spell on her to make her surrender to him. However, the princess, who was also a disciple of the occult learned of his plans and found a way to kill him.
Even before his death, the magician cast a dark spell on the palace which caused its doom. Despite the story surrounding the ruins, it still is a fascinating place to visit. In fact, it has also been officially promoted as a tourist destination. However, once night falls, the place becomes deserted, leaving the darkness to engulf it once again till morning comes.
2- Dumas Beach- Gujarat
Dumas Beach in Gujarat already has an ominous ring to its name. Therefore, it is not surprising that it is considered as one of the most haunted places in India. This beach is located very near Surat, one of the developed cities of the state. This particular beach draws countless visitors almost every day as legend has it that the winds which blow fiercely come along with whispers.
In fact, it is believed that there have been many people who have lost their lives here. Also, if you are a brave heart, you can test the waters yourself by taking a midnight stroll along the beach, if you have company. If the testimonies are anything to go by, then you will also be greeted by warnings asking you to not cross a certain line while on the beach.
It is also believed that this beach was for long used as a Hindu burial ground, therefore, is the resting place of tortured souls. There have also been reports of people disappearing mysteriously and having never been found again. However, if you still want to visit the beach to do some exploring of your own, then go ahead and do so if you have the stomach for it! You will find Dumas Beach one of the most mysterious places in India.
3- Agrasen ki Baoli, Delhi
Agrasen ki Baoli is a stunning piece of architecture, a stepwell with 103 steps in the center of Delhi. A stepwell of its proportions and brilliant architecture is a wonder in itself and so are the many tales that have caught the fancy of many.
Legends say that the black water of the well lures people and leads them to drown themselves. As per the legends, the lure strengthens as you go further down the stairs, with nothing but the echo of your own footsteps following you. This one ranks quite high in the wishlist of people looking for some thrill.
4- Three King Church, Goa
A haunted church might sound like an oxymoron but holds true if you believe in the story that surrounds the Three King Church in Goa. According to a legend, this church saw the killing of two kings by a rival king who wanted the entire kingdom to himself.
He poisoned himself shortly after murdering the two kings in the wake of public outcry; the church is haunted by the spirits of the three kings ever since then.
Locals and visitors to the church have reported hearing strange noises and “a strange, ominous presence” in and around the church. While the church precincts make for a perfect sunset point, most of the crowd disperses by late noon because of the horror tales that are associated with it.
5- Tunnel No. 103, Himachal Pradesh
Tunnel no. 103 on the Shimla-Kalka Railway route is the breeding ground of two very popular ghost stories. The damp and dark tunnel is the perfect setting for the spooky experience of standing witness to a British spirit talking to the passengers.
The other tale records the bone-chilling story of a woman’s spirit passing through the tunnel walls! Locals, however, believe that these two are not the only spirits that live inside the tunnel, there are many more!
6- Khairatabad Science College, Hyderabad
Just off the Khairtabad flyover, there is a ruined building that was once a science college. Due to several reasons, the building was left abandoned but they did not dispose of the bodies in the biology lab.
Now, this dilapidated building is a haunted point of the city with people telling stories of walking skeletons and disturbing noises. The mysterious death of a guard stationed at the building further cemented the ghost theories.
7- Raj Kiran Hotel – Lonavla, Maharashtra
Reports of bedsheets being pulled off and continue to be pulled even after the guest are woken up. This room is in the corner and at the backside of the reception on the ground floor itself.
8- South Park Cemetery, Kolkata
Built-in 1767, South Park Cemetery has graves of several British soldiers. Many people have admitted to seeing strange shadows and outline of a girl dressed in white. Once, a group of four friends visited the cemetery and felt dizzy and ill. One of them also had an asthma attack despite being perfectly healthy.
9- Dow Hill, Darjeeling
Girls boarding school in Dow Hill is believed to be haunted. Many students and staff members have heard the sound of footsteps after the closing time. Also, the forest surrounding the boys’ high school in Dow Hill is known for several sightings of a headless ghost. As per legends, several murders have been committed in this forest.
Many people have also seen a scary red eye watching them. There have also been stories of a woman roaming around the forest and disappearing if someone tried to follow. Also, it is said that many people who went into the forest lost their mental balance and some even committed suicide.