India is often considered as a land of undiscovered mystery. For centuries, travellers 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 not better country to start with.
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 peak 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:
Here is the list of Most Haunted Places in India:
1. Indian Ghost Town of Bhangarh – Ajabgarh, Rajasthan
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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 sun sets.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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, being 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. D’Souza Chawl in Mahim – Mumbai
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D’Souza Chawl in Mahim, Mumbai is also considered as among the haunted places in India. There have been many ghost stories surrounding one particular well in the chawl which is considered to be haunted. Residents of the chawl believe that there was a woman, who while filling water from the well, plunged to her death since the well was boundary-less.
Therefore, ‘the lady of the well’ is said to haunt the area surrounding the well every night. There have been many sightings of a white apparition who many consider to be the lady. However, the residents believe that the lady just walks around the area without actually harming anyone who happens to visit the area. As predicted, once the sun comes up, she vanishes into thin air only to appear again in the night. This particular place cannot be considered as a place many visitors can frequent though.
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4. The Shaniwarwada Fort – Pune
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The Shaniwarwada Fort in Pune is a historical delight in addition to being one of the ghostly places in India. In fact, there are many who are of the opinion that the story that is associated with this fort is one of the most chilling stories. Lauded for its architectural brilliance, this fort has witnessed various strange occurrences.
Legend has it that during a full moon, the level of supernatural activity increases. The mysterious story surrounding this fort talks about how a young prince was brutally murdered by one of his very own relatives in the fort. Therefore, his spirit still haunts the place and in the night, sounds of him shrieking almost violently can be heard. There are many locals who actually camp at night on the fort grounds just to hear that little boy’s scream for help. A chilling story indeed.
However, most visitors prefer to visit the fort during the morning hours as it is desirable. In fact, the fort is deserted at night except for maybe a caretaker doing the rounds.
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5. GP Block – Meerut
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GP Block in Meerut also makes it to the list of one of the places in India that is subject to paranormal activity. It should be noted that this place, though considered as one of the abandoned places in India, is not very well known or frequented by many people. Despite being relatively unknown, there have been sightings of ghosts on a number of occasions.
One of the sights that people who pass this place observe is that of four males sitting together and enjoying an alcoholic beverage in the company of a single lit candle. At first, this was not considered as scary as many who passed the area were of the impression that these ‘spirits’ were just normal friends enjoying each other’s company.
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However, once it was established that it was indeed four ghosts, people in and around the area became intrigued. In addition to this sight, there are some who have also witnessed a young girl coming out of the house in what many people believe to be a red dress. However, even as time has moved on, the people who used to frequent that place once upon a time have now stopped going there. It has truly become an abandoned place now.
6. The Vrindavan Society – Thane
The Vrindavan Society in Thane, considered as one of the most famous housing societies of Thane, is also the spot where many of its residents and night guards have experienced paranormal activity. However, this is perhaps the most unassuming place to be haunted as the society is beautifully constructed with spacious apartments, considered by many as a prime piece of real estate.
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However, it has been reported that there was once a man who lived in the society who happened to commit suicide. Therefore, his spirit is presumed to haunt the society at night. In fact, the night guards have witnessed a lot of strange activities which have also included a guard getting slapped in the face with such force that he nearly toppled from his chair.
Even as the other guard patrolling the other side of the society came to his rescue, they both could not find anyone around. With this incident, the residents are careful not to enter the society too late in the night, lest they fall prey to the ghost’s wrath too. However, the housing society still remains one of the best in the suburb of Thane.
7. Bombay Supreme Court – Bombay
For over 30 years whenever a murder trial is conducted here a vengeful bilingual ghost makes itself known by cursing and terrorizing anyone brave (or foolish) enough to enter.
8. Delhi cant – Delhi
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Most of the times, people see a lady standing in white dress asking for lift. if you go thru she will run as fast as the car runs & people reported her sitting there
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9. Ramoji Film City – Hyderabad
It is a big film city in Hyderabad,(like universal studios) the hotels in Ramoji film city are haunted. They say that the film city is built on war grounds of the Nizam sultans. Witnesses report the lights kept on top keep falling off, the light men- who sit with the lights on top have been pushed so many times and many have had grievous injuries.
The food left in rooms also gets scattered around the room and strange marks are left on the mirror, some script…. resembling Urdu…the language spoken by the sultans. Girls are the ghosts’ favorite to haunt. They trouble the girls so much, they tear their clothes, knock on the bathroom doors while the outside doors are locked. They create havoc. Many preventive measures have been taken to prevent hauntings……but of no use…they keep coming back after sometime.
10. Raj Kiran Hotel – Lonavla, Maharashtra
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Reports of bed sheets being pulled off and continue to be pulled even after the guest is woken up. This room is in the corner and at the backside of the reception on the ground floor itself.
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11. Sanjay Van (near Qutab Institutional Area) – New Delhi
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Sanjay Van is a huge forest area spread over around 10 kms. There is a cremation ground also there, many people have reported having seen a lady dressed in a white saree appearing and disappearing suddenly.
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12. Dow Hill in Kurseong – Darjeeling
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Dow Hill in Kurseong, Darjeeling may not necessarily be considered as one of the abandoned places in India but it can surely be one of the most haunted places in India. This small township is famous for some of the best boarding schools in West Bengal. The Dow Hill Boarding School for Girls is at the center of supernatural activity by all accounts.
There have been many reports of the school’s corridors being haunted. Additionally, the forest that surrounds the school is also considered to be haunted. In fact, many woodsmen who visit the forest have reported seeing a headless boy who suddenly appears and then disappears into the forests. Legend has it that there were innumerable murders which took place in this forest area.
13. The Brij Raj Bhavan Palace in Kota – Rajasthan
The Brij Raj Bhavan Palace in Kota, Rajasthan should also be on your itinerary as one of the most ghostly places in India. This old palace which has now been converted into something of a heritage hotel is apparently haunted by a British ghost who was killed during the Revolt of 1857.
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There are some who also add that a Major Burton (the ghost) along with his sons was shot right inside the palace and therefore, he haunts the place. In fact, in this palace, considered by many as one of the most mysterious places in India, the ghost of the Major does not really harm anyone, but during the night, there have been reports of guards getting slapped in the face. Therefore, visit the palace at your own risk.
14. Kuldhara – Rajasthan
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Kuldhara is a village in Rajasthan that is said to be haunted. There is a horrifying evil aura in this town. According to the legend, residents who had dwelled here for centuries vanished overnight. Since 1800’s this village has been deserted.
According to the tale, Kuldhara village was initially inhabited by very wealthy people, the Paliwal Brahmins. The stories claim that there was a Minister named Salim Singh, who fell in love with one of the villager’s daughter. He threatened all the villagers that if he wasn’t allowed to marry this girl, then he would burden them with irrationally high taxes.Image Source: chispita_666 – Flickr
The villagers from Kuldhara left the village and moved elsewhere, in order to protect the girl and themselves from the Minister’s tyranny. It is said that when they left they cursed the village, because of which no one dwells in this area.
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15. Jatinga – Assam
Mass suicide has always managed to freak us out. Imagine walking on a road and watching birds fall to death. These are mass suicide committed by birds. Jatinga a village in Assam has witnessed this paranormal phenomenon for years.
What is creepier is the fact that this happens only on no-moon days between 6.00 PM to 9.30 PM, during the months of September and October. It is also said that these bird suicides happen only on a stretch of 1 mile by 600 ft land.
Many have tried to explain this occurrence through theories, but none of them have been convincing. This unusual happening intrigues several travellers and researchers.
16. Agrasen ki Baoli, Hailey Road – New Delhi
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Do you know how it feels to be stalked? Being constantly watched and followed, wherever you go. It is even more terrifying when the entity following you is not living and unknown. The Agrasen ki Baoli, is an age old step well located on Hailey Road in New Delhi.Image Source: Neha Viswanathan – Flickr
It is very popular for its antiquated architecture, but unfortunately has no records of who built it and when. According to the sources, people who have visited this Agrasen ki Baoli claim that something invisible followed them and the faster they ran the quicker it chased. Presently this sight is being taken care by the ASI, since it has historical significance.
17. Chandan Nagar – Pune
A little girl dressed in white, with a creepy smile has the power to play havoc in your head. Several horror movies have used such portrayals to trigger your fear. Chandan Nagar is a small area in Pune, where a young girl was murdered at an under construction site, approximately 10 years ago.
As per the sources, this girl has haunted this area and is often seen around 12 AM. Also, if you happen to come across her, she would charge at you screaming loudly. Residents and trespassers have also said that she is always seen with a doll in her hand and that she smiles back at you in case you look at her.
18. Fernhill Hotel – Ooty
Do you remember the popular horror movie Raaz? Watching this film was a spine tingling experience for its spectators. But something more horrifying happened behind the scenes. The cast and crew of this movie were victims to some paranormal activities.
According to a social media platform, Actress Bipasha Basu said, “Once Sarojji and her troupe checked in late at night and were kept awake by someone rearranging furniture in the room above. The dancers who had an early morning shoot tried calling reception but the phone was dead.
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Desperate for sleep, some went down to complain, only to have the receptionist escort them outside and point upwards to show that there was no floor above.” Many more unusual events happened post this incident and since then the hotel has been closed down.
19. National Library – Kolkata
The National Library in Kolkata is not only well known for its stupendous book collection but is also identified as cursed and possessed. This library has witnessed several inauspicious events. Once when this library was undergoing a renovation, twelve labourers died in a very tragic accident.
It was also reported that a student who was busy referring some books in the library was found dead and according to the sources the reason for his death was abnormal. Sources also claim having heard footsteps, which they say are of the Governor’s late wife. The security guards here dread working after sunsets.
20. Sanjay Gandhi National Park – Mumbai
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Sanjay Gandhi National Park, one of the most visited parks is amongst the haunted places in India. ‘Mamma told me, don’t be talking to strangers, because strangers are danger’. These lyrics from a very famous dance number are genuinely applicable at Sanjay Gandhi National Park.
The wilderness at this park is engulfed with something really creepy. Visitors claim that they have come across a spirit of a lady dressed in white who asks for a lift. The guards here have also acknowledged the fact that the park is infected by a spirit and it is highly advisable that the travellers avoid giving lifts.
21. Mukesh Mills – Mumbai
Mukesh Mills is one of the most famous haunted places in India. Due to a disastrous fire at the mill, in the year 1980 it was shut down. Since then it has been deserted. This place came to limelight when the film industry started using it for shooting horror movies. But the cast and crew of these movies started witnessing paranormal activities.
Even today several actors say no to shooting at this mill. One of the most told tale is when one of the actresses who was at the mills shooting for a movie warned the crew members to leave the place immediately in a manly voice. They all believed that she was possessed by a spirit who dwelled in those mills.
22. Writers Building – Kolkata
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The writers’ building was an age old building from the British era. It was built for the writers who worked for the East India Company. Unfortunately it was destroyed during a natural disaster. Then the government rebuilt a new writer’s building in the same premises. It is believed that this building is ghostly.
According to the stories, the soul of Late Captain Simpson who worked with the British East India Company dwells in this building ever since being murdered by three revolutionaries. Residents claim that they have heard footsteps and voices post sunset.
23. Towers of Silence – Mumbai
One of the creepiest haunted places in India is the Towers of Silence. It is situated at the Malabar hills in Mumbai. This building is like a cremation ground for the Parsi community. As per the rituals and customs this community leave those who are dead on the roof top of this tower, to be eaten by the vultures.
These spine tingling rituals are further backed by stories that say that these towers are an abode to paranormal happenings. It is believed that these ghostly forces originate from this cemetery at the Grand Parsi Towers.
24. Malcha Mahal – New Delhi
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The mysterious occurrences at Malcha Mahal in New Delhi make it famous among the most haunted places in India. This Mahal is located amidst the wood in close proximity of the Buddha Garden.
All those who live close to this place like the residents, forest officers or reporters dread entering this property. There is sign board that displays a warning related to the hound dogs and a trespasser being gunned down. As per the sources the government has given the authority to shoot down anyone who is seen as a threat to this property.
25. Three Kings Church – Goa
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The Three Kings Church is located in Goa. As per a tale there were three kings, who were fighting to get this property and even killed each other in this battle. Locals and visitors claim that this church is possessed by the spirits of these three kings.
They believe that their soul roam around the premises. If you are a daredevil then explore this spooky place in India.
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26. The Lambi Dehar Mines – Mussoorie
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The Lambi Dehar Mines at Mussoorie, witnessed a very terrifying incident a few years ago. It is looked upon as one of the most haunted places in India. Over a million miners who worked here died due to inappropriate working conditions.
The sorrowful fact is that they died coughing blood. The sources claim that this place has been haunted by a witch and that she is often seen on these hills. They also mentioned that this witch has killed many people.
27. Kalpalli Cemetery – Bangalore
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The Kalpalli Cemetery is situated on the Old Madras Road in Bengaluru. It is also known as St. John’s Cemetery. The sources state that, those who traverse on this road have come across a ghost like entity at this cemetery.
They claim that a human figure is often seen on prowl at the cemetery. If you are a weak hearted person it is advisable that you keep away from this cemetery.
28. The Mansion, Residency Road – Pune
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Are you on the Residency Road in Pune? Did you come across the frightening sight of the Mansion? Now wait because you would soon hear terrifying sounds, weird laughter and loud screams late at night. The locals tell a tale that this place is haunted by a wicked old lady.
Those who have been victims of this experience, call the Mansion one of the most haunted places in India. Don’t take up a challenge and explore this place, because the residents here vouch for its spookiness.
Have you visited any of these places? Did you find them to be scary? Do let us know.
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