The Shaniwarwada Fort
What makes this beautiful fortification one of the most haunted places in Pune is its bloody history. It is believed that when the fifth and then ruling Peshwa was murdered in the year 1773 by the guards on his own uncle and aunt’s orders, his soul was left behind to wander.
Legend has it that if you were to walk around the fort at a full moon night, you could still hear the cries of the Peshwa, calling for help, saying ‘Kaka mala vachva’ or ‘Uncle, save me!’
The Victory Theater
Whether it's the history of the place or the location that ranks it amongst the haunted places in Pune, cannot be clearly said, but people on several occasions have reported having heard disembodied voices and moving of chairs when the movie theatre was apparently empty.
Location: Survey 24/29, Opp. Kayani Bakery, General Thimayya Road, Camp, Pune
Price: Movie ticket between INR 70 - INR 180.
Timing: Depends on the show timing
Choice Hostel, Karve Road
Many residents have reported seeing a woman in a red saree roaming the corridors. They say that they have been woken several times by loud shrieks of the woman in the middle of the night. The paranormal activities reach their height during Saturdays, the day on which most of the hauntings have been reported.
Location: 127/36, Kothrud, Pune, Maharashtra 411038
Price: Not applicable
Timing: Open to residents only
The Haunted House, M.G Road
It is believed that a girl was murdered inside the house and her ghost lives on to this day. Residents in the surrounding area have reported having heard blood-curdling screams coming from inside the residence in the middle of the night. People who have dared to venture inside after dark, have reported hearing rhythmic tapping on the doors and windows as a last warning to leave.
Location: Taljai Forest Area, Pune, Maharashtra 411009
Timing: Open all day long
The Mansion, Residency Road
A group of people also described an incident where they saw a woman sitting on top of the house, staring straight at them. Upon looking back, she had vanished. Paranormal investigators also reported a heavy negative presence in the place.
Location: No. 3, Gen AK Vaidya Marg, Camp, Pune, Maharashtra 411001
Timing: Open all-day
In several instances, people have reportedly seen the spirits of Maratha warriors who lost their lives fighting for the kingdom. Apart from these, people have also spotted a school bus filled with children which fell off the cliff killing many. Another common apparition is that of a man clad in all white keeps jumping off the cliff.
Location: Sinhagad Ghat Road, Thoptewadi, Maharashtra 411025
Price: Rs. 20
Timing: Daily; 5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Khadki War Cemetery
It is said that the fallen soldiers from Eastern and Western Africa were buried in the cemetery while the Indians were not allowed space. Therefore, the Indians built a beautiful cemetery of their own in a plot of land nearby. Today, several people have reported sightings and noises that portray the ghosts from both cemeteries go on a battle every night to avenge the bias.
Location: Khadki Martyr Cemetery, Elphinstone Rd, Khadki, Pune, Maharashtra 411003
Timing: Daily; 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sinhgad College of Engineering
It is said that the bereaved soul still haunts the premises and the students are so scared of running into him that they refuse to walk in the campus alone at night.
Location: S. No. 44/1, Off. Sinhgad Road, Vadgaon Budruk, Pune, Maharashtra 411041
Timing: Open to students
The locals try to avoid the place as much as possible, especially during the night and full-moon nights and also warn the new students and residents to keep away. Incidents have happened where pedestrians have fainted on the road for no apparent reason and dogs start to bark at and chase empty spaces.
Location: Symbiosis Road, Viman Nagar
Timing: Not applicable
Lady Halima Begum Urdu Primary School, Kondhwa
Different students also reported incidents where they found notes like ‘You will die soon’ written on their notebooks. One of the students also reported that he fainted in the school for no apparent reason!
Location: 51, Kondhwa, Pune, Maharashtra 411048
Timing: Open for students
People have reported having seen the girl roaming the neighborhood wearing a frock, carrying a doll in her hand. Some have also said that they saw the girl coming towards them, screaming as it ran! The locals here prefer not to step out in the late hours in this locality.
Location: Chandan Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra
Timing: Open all day long
A dilapidated house in the area is believed to be the centre of all paranormal activity in the area. People who have tried to enter have come out within minutes, reporting a strong presence that gives you the feeling of uneasiness.
Location: Pune Cantonment, Maharashtra
Timing: Open throughout the day
Later, the area was used by the British soldiers to camp right up to 1947. The abnormally high number of accidental deaths on the bridge and the fact that there is a cemetery known as as the Holkar Bridge Cemetery underneath the bridge, contribute to people’s belief that the bridge is haunted.
Location: Holkar Bridge, Pune, Maharashtra
Timing: Open at all times of the day
Gangapuram Society, Viman Nagar
When people have tried to approach him in the past, he quietly disappears. Although he is harmless, people still do feel spooked out by his presence.
Location: Viman Nagar, Near Dorabjee's, Maharashtra 411014
Price: Free entry
Timing: Open throughout for residents and their guests