India, our country is known to be the land of many unsolicited mysteries over the eras of its many histories. For decades and centuries, travelers and historians from all around the world have come here to search for the root of that mystical aura this land possesses and often been mesmerised by the rich history of this mysterious place.
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 chicken out to visit these places in person, reading about and sharing stories of these mysterious places in India might just 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 the slightest of strange occurrences which they then monitor and verify 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:
1. The Ghost Town of Bhangarh – Ajabgarh, Rajasthan
The Indian Ghost Town of Bhangarh, Rajasthan is one of the scariest places in India and the world 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.
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. Sanjay Van (near Qutab Institutional Area) – New Delhi
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.
Of all the night gedi’s in Delhi, this route is widely avoided by everyone out of fear and love for their life and sanity.
3. The Shaniwarwada Fort – Pune
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.
4. Delhi Cantt – Delhi
Most of the times, people see a lady standing in white dress asking for a lift. If you go through she will run as fast as the car runs & people reported her sitting there.
5. Kuldhara – Rajasthan
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.
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.
Have you visited any of these places? Did you find them to be scary? Do let us know and look out for more travel destinations that may or may not scare the life out of you!