15 Haunted Places In Pune That You Must Not Visit Alone
Haunted places in Pune includes Shaniwarwada, Holkar Bridge, The Victory Theatre, Choice Hostel, The Mansion, Sinhagad Fort, Khadki War Cemetery, Symbiosis Road and many more. 

The cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune, is known for several things including its rich history, architecture, cuisine, etc. but through this write-up, we will acquaint you with the lesser-known side of the city and tell you about the
most haunted places in Pune. There are new thrills and scares at practically every corner and you can expect to spend days in the town, discovering new sites to get your ghost chills coming. 

Out of all the
haunted places in Pune, the royal fortress of Shaniwarwada has to be the most well-known. Not only the forts, the city’s mansions, dilapidated bungalows and abandoned homes are all bubbling with spooky tales.

You can also find stories of spirits on age-old builds, in posh hostels and in decades-old cinema halls! But, if you really want to get the rush going, try walking alone on some of the notorious roads in the middle of the night and you will truly understand why Pune’s name pops up when looking for haunted places to visit. 

Here some of the haunted places in Pune:

01

The Shaniwarwada Fort

 The Shaniwarwada Fort
Shaniwarwada is a historical fort situated inside the boundaries of the city of Pune in Maharashtra. It was built around the year 1732 and remained the seat of the Peshwas right until 1818 when the Peshwas lost to the British in the Third Anglo-Maratha war. Although a large part of the fort was destroyed by an unexplained fire in 1828, what remains today has been turned into a tourist attraction.

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!’


Location:  Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411030

Price: Rs. 25 for Indian tourists 
           Rs. 300 for foreigners 

Timing:  Daily, 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM 
02

The Victory Theater

The Victory Theater
The Victory Theatre in Pune has a rich history as it is more than a century old and was here way before India’s independence. In fact, it was built as a playhouse for the British but today has become one of Pune’s oldest one-screen cinemas still in operation.

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
03

Choice Hostel, Karve Road

Choice Hostel, Karve Road
Choice Hostel is the most expensive boys’ hostel in the city and kids from rich and affluent families come to stay here while they complete their studies. But, even money can’t keep the ghosts away! Choice Hostel is one of the better-known haunted places in Pune and although the interiors are impeccable, the place carries a depressing and cold vibe.

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
04

The Haunted House, M.G Road

The Haunted House, M.G Road
What can be more haunted than a house which was abandoned by the landlord after multiple efforts of habilitating it? This is the story of a spooky house that has been left to rot right in the middle of the thoroughfare in Pune. The large property has not been lived in for several decades and is covered in an overgrowth.

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

Price:  Free

Timing: Open all day long
05

The Mansion, Residency Road

The Mansion, Residency Road
An old bungalow, known as The Mansion which sits on Residency Road is reportedly as haunted as it looks. The old building is in ramshackle and no one has lived in it for years. It is said that the owner of the house, a lone woman, was murdered in her own house. People have reported hearing eerie noises coming from the house in the middle of the night.

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

Price: 
Free

Timing: 
Open all-day
06

Sinhagad Fort

Sinhagad Fort
Lying around 35 kilometers to the southwest of the city, Sinhagad is an ancient fort that has seen several battles, including the Battle of Sinhagad of 1670. The fort’s strategic hilltop location makes it a popular picnic destination but what may seem like a fun place during the day, turns into one of the most haunted places in Pune by night.

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
07

Khadki War Cemetery

Khadki War Cemetery
Khadki War Cemetery has perhaps one of the funniest ghost stories, probably in the entire country. The war cemetery holds graves that date back to the days of World War I and World War II. The place holds graves from both India and Pakistan and other commonwealth nations.

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

Price: 
Free

Timing: 
Daily; 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
08

Sinhgad College of Engineering

Sinhgad College of Engineering
Out of all the places imaginable, ghosts choose to haunt an engineering college! College life is supposed to be the best part of a person’s life but when the stress level rises, it can quickly turn into a nightmare. Something very similar happened in Sinhgad College of Engineering when a student jumped to his death because he had failed his second year.

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

Price: 
Free

Timing: 
Open to students
09

Symbiosis Road

Symbiosis Road
Symbiosis Road in Pune is one of the most beautiful and picturesque roads to drive in the city but if you think about it, it is not very improbable. The winding lanes, covered in trees are seldom occupied by traffic even during the day but as soon as the night falls, creepy things start to happen.

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 

Price: 
Free

Timing: 
Not applicable
10

Lady Halima Begum Urdu Primary School, Kondhwa

Lady Halima Begum Urdu Primary School, Kondhwa
The story of the ghost at Lady Halima Begum Urdu Primary School is a more controversial one and smells more of a conspiracy than a haunting. It is said that students saw an egg-shaped ghost, white in colour, with red eyes and fangs were seen coming out of a blackboard. This led to panic and an almost instantaneous emptying of the school.

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

Price: 
Free

Timing: 
Open for students
11

Chandan Nagar

 Chandan Nagar
Chandan Nagar is a locality in Pune and it might seem one of the most ordinary places on the surface, it is believed to be one of the most haunted places in Pune. It is believed that the hauntings began when a construction site collapsed in the area, resulting in the death of a little girl. It is said that the girl’s spirit never left the area.

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

Price: 
Free

Timing: 
Open all day long
12

Pune Cantonment

 Pune Cantonment
The haunting of Pune Cantonment, also known as Pune Camp, is a phenomenon generally accepted by the locals. Several instances of ghosts of soldiers who lost their lives in the numerous wars still haunt the area and keep resurfacing every once in a while. Apart from these, there are also stories of strange sounds, shrieks and apparitions that dissolve into nothing, being experienced by locals and visitors alike.

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

Price:
Free

Timing:
Open throughout the day
13

Holkar Bridge

Holkar Bridge
Holkar Bridge can easily be considered one of the most haunted places in Pune and the stories of it being spooked has been around even before India’s partition. The bridge was constructed in the 1800s by Madharao Peshwa and was named after Yashwantrao Holkar who is believed to have pitched his tents under the bridge several times.

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

Price: 
Free

Timing:
Open at all times of the day 
14

Gangapuram Society, Viman Nagar

As far as well-behaved ghosts are concerned, the one that haunts the Gangapuram Society in Viman Nagar, Pune seems to be topping the list. Several people have reported having seen an old-aged man in a shirt and lungi wandering the corridors of the society.

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
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  1. What are the best haunted forts in Pune?

    1. Torna Fort: One of Pune’s oldest Fort, the Torna Fort is reputed for being the first of Shivaji’s many conquests. The fort is, however, said to be haunted by the spirit of a priest that comes out to wander the place at night.
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    1. Choice Hostel: Choice Hostel is one of the most popular boys’ hostels around Pune, still in operation. However, at the same time, it is also believed to be one of the most haunted spots of the city. Several witnesses have reported seeing a woman walking around the hallways at night, accompanied with shrieks and moans.

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    3. Chandan Nagar: The locality of Chandan Nagar is said to be one of the most haunted places in Pune. The haunting is supposed to have started after a construction site in the are collapsed and killed a little girl. The spirit of the child is still said to haunt the place.

    4. Holkar Bridge: The popularity of the Holkar Bridge as one of Pune’s creepiest places stems from the sheer number of accidental deaths that have taken place here over the years. The eeriness of the place is complemented by the fact that there is a cemetery right beneath the bridge.
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