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10 Most Haunted Places in India That Will Scare the Toughest of You

Updated on August 16, 2019
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Ghosts and Supernatural has always fascinated the human mind. India is a beautiful country and yet mysterious too which beholds the secrets & conspiracies of the Kings & the royal families, their treasures and the traitors who died a painful death. That's why there are lots of forts or palaces or valleys in India with a touch of mystery attached to it and the folklore still has intriguing tales to tell.

Existence of spirits and ghosts have often been a matter of debate. Many people don't believe in their existence but many do. Scientists have failed to explain the reasons behind many supernatural phenomenon. There is no denying the fact that many people have witnessed paranormal activities which are beyond any reasonable or logical explanation. Here are 10 most haunted places in India that will scare the toughest of you:

Bhangarh Fort
Bhangarh Fort

Bhangarh Fort – Ajabgarh, Alwar, Rajasthan

The ghost town of Bhangarh in Rajasthan is considered to be the spookiest and the most haunted place in India which is now luring tourists from all over the world albeit for all the wrong reasons. It's strictly prohibited to visit the Bhangarh fort after sunset and before sunrise as the place is said to be haunted. There is even a signboard at the fort which is posted by ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) specifying that it's a restricted area during night.

The local folk tell the tales of a magician who practiced black magic. He fell in love with the local princess and decided to cast a spell on her so that she accepts his advances. However the princess came to know of his wicked plan & managed to get him killed. However before his death, the magician cast a spell on the palace, thus causing its doom.

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D’Souza Chawl
D’Souza Chawl

D’Souza Chawl in Mahim – Mumbai

D'Souza Chawl in Mahim is said to be the most haunted place in Mumbai. It is said that the spirit of a woman haunts this place. This woman fell into the well near the Chawl and died by drowning while crying for help. Many people have witnessed a mysterious woman lurking around the corridors of the Chawl and nearby the well. Cries of a woman can be heard in the dead of the night from the well.

Even more than dying itself, I'm scared of the horror-movie changes that happen to the human body as it ages. I think of it as a sort of haunted-house effect, living inside a crumbling, creaking structure that is full of ghosts and will, some day, fall down.

— Kate Christensen
Fernhill Hotel
Fernhill Hotel

Fernhill Hotel, Ooty

Fern Hill Hotel in Ooty was shut down after occurrence of bizarre, haunting incidents repeatedly happened in the hotel scaring the guests away. The hotel came to spotlight after spooky incidents were reported there during the shooting of horror movie Raaz in the hotel. Renowned choreographer Saroj Khan and her troupe checked in late at night at the hotel and were kept awake by someone rearranging the furniture in the room above. Disturbed by the noises and unable to sleep, they tried calling up the reception to find that the phone was dead. On going down to complaint, the receptionist escorted them outside where they discovered to their horror that there was no floor above.


Kuldhara – Rajasthan

The village of Kuldhara in Rajasthan is an abandoned village that has been deserted since 1800s. All the people in Kuldhara and nearby 83 villages vanished in the dark of the night in 1825- all of a sudden, without any warning and without any apparent reason. These villagers were never found again. The village has been deserted ever since as the place is said to be cursed by the villagers before they deserted it.

The Shaniwarwada Fort
The Shaniwarwada Fort

The Shaniwarwada Fort – Pune

The Shaniwarwada fort is famous not only for its architecture but also for the spooky incidents which reach its peak on every full moon night. A young prince was brutally murdered here and his spirit haunts the place. The shrieks of the young prince can be heard in the dead of the night.

The moon is hidden behind a cloud...

On the leaves is a sound of falling rain...

No other sounds than these I hear;

The hour of midnight must be near...

So many ghosts, and forms of fright,

Have started from their graves to-night,

They have driven sleep from mine eyes away:

I will go down to the chapel and pray.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Ramoji Film City
Ramoji Film City

Ramoji Film City – Hyderabad

Ramoji Film City is one of the biggest film cities in the country but at the same time, it has also been in controversies due to the reported supernatural activities on the sets. Witnesses report that the camera lights kept on the top keep falling off during shoots, the light men have been pushed many times and many have had sustained serious injuries. The hotels inside the film city have also been a target of paranormal activities and the guests have often complained of bizarre incidents happening in the rooms. Bathroom doors get locked from outside, sometimes the food is found to be scattered in the rooms and strange marks are found on the mirrors. Many preventive measures were taken but all in vain.

The Brij Raj Bhavan Palace
The Brij Raj Bhavan Palace

The Brij Raj Bhavan Palace in Kota – Rajasthan

The Brij Bhavan Palace in Kota which is now converted into a heritage hotel is haunted by the British Major Burton who was killed during the 1857 revolt. Major Burton along with his sons was shot inside the palace. His ghost still haunts the palace. Although the ghost doesn't harm anyone and is considered peaceful but some night guards of the palace have claimed to have been slapped by an invisible hand in the middle of the night.

Bengal Swamps
Bengal Swamps

Bengal Swamps – West Bengal (Aleya Ghost Lights)

Aleya lights or marsh ghost lights are the ghost lights reported in the marshes by the local fishermen. These ghost lights confuse them and cause them to lose their bearing. There has been no explanation of these Aleya lights. Many bodies have been washed ashore which the locals attribute to these ghost lights whom they believe to be the ghosts of the fishermen who have died in these swamps.

Savoy Hotel
Savoy Hotel

Savoy Hotel, Mussoorie

The beautiful hill station of Mussoorie tells the stories of the ghost of Lady Frances Garnett-Orme. She was found dead in the Savoy Hotel in 1911 under mysterious circumstances. She was said to be poisoned. Guests have often spotted a lady in white walking down the corridors. Strange noises and disturbances have often been reported from the room where she was murdered.

Delhi Cantonment Area
Delhi Cantonment Area

Delhi Cantonment Area

Delhi cantonment area which is a beautiful lush-green space during the daylight turns to a haunted place during the night. Hundreds of people have witnessed the eerie presence of the ghost of a lady in white saree. Many people have sighted a woman in white after midnight, often asking for lift and sometimes even chasing the vehicle to the horror of the drivers.

Ghosts, spirits, black magic and the paranormal activities seem to be the figment of a writer's imagination. But the above mentioned places seem to defy all logic and confirm the existence of the paranormal. There are still many unsolved mysteries which science has yet to explain.

Rocky-Mayur in the haunted city of Bhangarh

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2016 Shaloo Walia


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    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      3 years ago from India

      Thank you Scott!

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      scott Andersen 

      3 years ago

      Fun, a little scary and well done!

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      4 years ago from India

      @Chitraganda India is full of surprises :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      This is so interesting and surprising at the same time to me! Interesting because I didn't know such places existed in India. And surprising because I haven't been to any of them , although I have covered most of the states of India.

      Thanks a lot for the information in the form of this well presented hub!

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      5 years ago from India

      Thank you, Missy! It's hard to believe in the ghosts but there are numerous incidents & places which can't be explained by logic.

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      Missy Smith 

      5 years ago from Florida

      Eeeekkk...I love to read stories like this, but I have to say, I felt chill bumps up and down my arms as I read. These are very scary stories. If I ever was to get lucky enough to visit India, I know where I'm not going.

      I like this, Swalia. Very interesting read. :)


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