Halloween is here, and these super spooky places are as eerie as it gets in India. Explore at your own risk!
An abandoned fort in ruins or a thick forest with a mysterious fog in the air—curiosity, and fascination for the unknown can take people to even the most ghostly corners of the world. But no need to tread far. Take a sinister trip this Halloween (or bookmark them for later) to the most haunted places in India, where lingering spirits are said to roam free, whispers are heard after dusk and a paranormal aura is a constant motif!
13 Most Haunted Place in India
If there’s one thing you do this weekend… dare you to visit alone listed below haunted places in India.
Even before you enter the ghost town of Bhangarh, located 84kms from Jaipur in the lap of the Aravallis, signage by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) legally prohibits you from entering it after sunset and before sunrise! The 17th-century fort was built by Raja Bhagwant Singh and has many local narratives attached to its now-abandoned premises. The most popular one being that of the princess Ratnavati, tales of whose beauty spread far and wide, reaching a tantrik priest (wizard), who tried casting a black magic spell on her to make her fall in love with him. But when his evil plan failed, he cursed the entire village of annihilation. Till date, it is said to be condemned to desolation and only inhabited by the ghosts of the dead villagers!
Other than abundant natural beauty, rolling tea estates, and tribal culture, Assam is also associated with mythical folklore. A sleepy hamlet nine km from Haflong in the Cachar Hills, Jatinga is infamous for the annual mass bird suicide, which to date remains a dreadful unsolved mystery for the locals. From September to November every year, hundreds of birds die as they plunge down from the sky towards the ground, crashing right into the buildings and trees right after sunset. One possible reason behind this is the theory that the birds get disoriented by the late monsoon season amid wind and dense fog, but it hasn’t been scientifically proven yet.
Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, Telangana
Popular as the world’s biggest integrated film city, the 1,600-acre Ramoji studio complex is visited by millions of tourists every year, many of whom have talked of getting a sense of an otherworldly presence. Some say it is because of the ghosts of the crew members who died on set over the years, others blame the notorious ghosts of the soldiers and generals who died on the land, then a battlefield, while fighting for the then Nizam of Hyderabad. Claims have been made of finding mirrors scribbled with strange words, ripping of costumes, and even people being pushed in broad daylight.
Dumas Beach, Gujarat
Once a Hindu cremation ground, the black-sand Dumas Beach running along the Konkan Coast beside the Arabian Sea in Gujarat, is believed to be lurking full of spirits of the dead people whose ashes are buried with the sand here. Locals and tourists alike have reported hearing distressing cries, along with strange whispers warning them of the danger of being at the beach.
Ross Island, Andaman
Ross Island, an abandoned British settlement in the remote Andaman archipelago, looks hauntingly beautiful, rising from the middle of the Indian Ocean, completely reclaimed by an unyielding forest. The 19th-century bungalows, a church, and even a graveyard, all are in varying stages of dilapidation today. Eerie and desolate, Ross Island stands witness to a brutal colonial past, being the death ground of thousands of disease-ridden, overworked, and emaciated convicts and political prisoners back in the day.
Agrasen ki Baoli, Delhi
In the heart of the capital city, lies the historical step well of Agarsen, which is a major draw for both architecture lovers and thrill-seekers. Legend has it that the black water at the very end of the 103-step baoli lures visitors and leads them to drowning themselves in it. They say the lure strengthens as you go further down the stairs, with nothing but the echo of your own footsteps following you! Spooky, indeed.
Barog Tunnel, Himachal Pradesh
The infamous Tunnel No. 33, Barog Tunnel on the Shimla-Kalka railway stretch is famous for a supernatural tale. Back in 1903, the British government had assigned Colonel Barog with the task of building a tunnel in the then remote area. A miscalculation, however, led the proudly dedicated engineer to dig parallel tunnels, making him a laughing stock. Embarrassed, Colonel Barog shot himself inside the unfinished construction. The tunnel was later completed by another engineer, but the deceased engineer’s harmless spirit is said to be still lingering in the area, often making his presence felt to the visitors.
Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune, Maharashtra
Once the pride of the Maratha Empire, the mighty fort of Shaniwarwada in Pune is riddled with the bone-chilling story of the atrocious murder of Narayan Rao Peshwa of the region at the time—at the hands of his own uncle. It was 1773 when the 16-year-old prince was brutally murdered and his body thrown into a river nearby. According to local belief, the fort is also populated with the wandering spirits of people who lost their lives in the fire that engulfed it years later. People are advised against visiting Shaniwarwada after dusk, especially on full moon nights, when the heart-wrenching cries of the young prince seeking help, can be heard all around.
Dow Hill, Kurseong, West Bengal
The tales of a headless boy roaming on the ‘death road’ has given sleepless nights to many in Dow Hill at Kurseong in West Bengal’s Darjeeling district. Other than that, the Victoria Boys’ School of Kurseong is also believed to be haunted by numerous notorious spirits and locals claim to have heard footsteps, whispers, and cries coming from the school even on days when it is closed.
Kuldhara Village, Rajasthan
It is possible that you’d have heard the name before. Kuldhara, popular as the ‘ghost village of Rajasthan, is just about 20km west of bustling Jaisalmer. It was left completely deserted after when, some 300 years ago, the villagers decided to flee their homes overnight. It is said that Salum Singh, the diwan of the region, levied huge taxes because of which it became extremely difficult for Paliwal Brahmins to survive in the village. Another story says that the debauched minister had his eyes on one of the village girls and desired to marry her by force, but was disapproved of by the community. When he threatened the villagers of dire consequences, Paliwals here, along with the people of 84 other villages nearby, left the area overnight. But not before cursing Kuldhara of forever staying deserted. Not a single soul in sight for miles and a constant eerie presence makes the village check our spooky list!
Three Kings Church, Goa
A haunted, historic chapel in ruins might sound like it’s taken from the plot-line of a Hollywood horror drama, but the Three Kings Church in South Goa’s Cansaulim saw the killing of two kings by a rival, who wanted the throne. Soon, the public outcry made him kill himself too. The three kings were buried in the church’s premises and today, it is said to be haunted by their spirits. While the church precincts offer picture-perfect sunset views, visitors aren’t allowed here in the dark hours as locals and visitors have reported hearing strange noises and feeling a strange, ominous presence in and around it.
Bengal Swamps, West Bengal
Imagine struggling to wallow your way through some dark and eerie marshes, and seeing a flickering ball of light at a distance. A ray of hope, maybe? But the more you try to swim towards it, the more you seem to be drowning in the deep! If the thought scared you, you might want to stay off from sailing in the swamps of the Sundarban mangroves at night. Scientists vaguely attribute the mysterious Aleya Ghost Lights seen here, to distinct theories like ionisation of methane or geological faulting, but locals believe that these colourful bright lights come from the stranded spirits of the dead fishermen who lost their lives in these swamps.
Lambi Dehar Mines, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
The Lambi Dehar aka ‘the mines of death’ on the outskirts of Mussoorie paints the lush green and breathtakingly beautiful landscape of the region with a dark, sinister tale. In the 90s, over 50,000 mineworkers were assumed to have died due to a mishap. These deaths were agonising, to say the least, and the mines were shut down right after. Bone-chilling shrieks, a paranormal presence, and strange road accidents are common in the deserted region and people leave it alone post-sunset, with good reason.