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5 Haunted hotels in India

Updated on June 28, 2017
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Shaloo Walia is an astrologer and tarot reader. She is an Art of Living teacher and also an ardent Krishna devotee and a follower of ISKCON.

Hotels are meant for a comfortable stay while you are travelling. But imagine if you have to encounter a dark and mysterious setting and your night is disturbed by paranormal activities! Scary, isn’t it?

Here are a few haunted hotels in India which have some spine-chilling tales to share:

Brij Bhavan Palace, Kota
Brij Bhavan Palace, Kota

1. Brij Bhavan Palace, Kota

This palace was turned into a heritage hotel about four decades ago. Indians were ruled by Britishers for almost 150 years. The first war of Independence started long back in 1857 and so did this ghost story. The hotel is said to be haunted by the ghost of Major Charles Burton who was a British employee and lived at this place along with his family for thirteen years. He was brutally killed along with his family here during the Mutiny of 1857. Since then the ghost of Major Burton is said to roam in the corridors and various witnesses have claimed to have seen or experienced it. The staff in subdued voices often talk of an English voice being heard by the watchmen that says Don’t sleep” followed by a sharp slap.

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Brijraj Bhawan Palace Hotel,, Civil Lines, Nayapura, Kota, Rajasthan 324001, India
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Fernhills Palace , Ooty
Fernhills Palace , Ooty

2. Hotel Fernhills, Ooty

Fernhills Palace was the erstwhile summer residence of the royal family of Mysore.The first Fernhills bunglow was built in 1844 as a private residence and resembled a Swiss Chalet. Spread over 50 acres of green lawns, stylized gardens and dense woods, it offers spectacular views of terraced te gardens and the lush green valley. It has been shut down after repeated incidents of paranormal activities. The hotel shot to fame during the shooting of Bollywood film ‘Raaz’. Famous choreopgrapher Saroj Khan and her dance troupe checked in late at night but were unable to sleep due to the noises from the floor above. They found that the phone lines were dead and so someone went downstairs to complain at the reception. The receptionist escorted them out to show that there was no floor above.

Hotel Savoy, Mussoorie
Hotel Savoy, Mussoorie

3. Hotel Savoy, Mussoorie

The Savoy is a classic, luxury hotel in Mussoorie which is built in English Gothic style architecture, mostly in wood. Spread in over 11 acres, this luxurious hotel was built in 1902. The hotel became haunted after Lady Garnet Orme, a 49 years old spiritualist was murdered in the hotel in 1910 by poisoning. The murder was never solved and her doctor was also found dead due to posioning a few months later. The corridors of the hotel are said to be haunted. Agatha Christie’s first novel ‘The Mysterious Affair’ was inspired by this hotel. Ruskin Bond’s ‘A Crystal Ball- A Mussoorie Mystery’ is also said to be inspired by the same.

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai
The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai

4. The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is a five star heritage hotel in the Colaba region of Mumbai. The hotel contains 560 rooms & 44 suites and has hosted many distinguished guests including Presidents to business tycoons and showbiz stars. W.A.Chambers, the architect of the hotel on his return from a vacation to his country found that the front of the hotel was constructed in the reverse direction. He was so depressed at this serious mistake that he committed suicide by jumping off the fifth floor of the hotel. Several staff members have claimed to see his ghost in the old area of the hotel. Someone is often heard crying in the corridors.

Raj Kiran Hotel, Lonavala
Raj Kiran Hotel, Lonavala

5. Raj Kiran Hotel, Lonavala

Raj Kiran Hotel in Lonavala is not a big hotel but haunted for sure. Several paranormal experts have confirmed this hotel to be haunted. A room behind the reception on the ground floor is said to be haunted. Guests who have stayed in this room have claimed that some invisible force pulled off the bed sheet when they slept. Some claimed to have seen a blue light when they woke up in the middle of the night. Ghostly apparitions keep floating in this room. The guests who have stayed here complained of experiencing strange things in the room and requested to change the room. An eerie silence always prevails the room. After repeated complaints from the guests, the hotel management has stopped renting that particular room and it now kept vacant and locked.

The Taj Mahal Palace Five Star Luxury Hotel in Mumbai (Colaba) near Gateway of India

© 2017 Shaloo Walia

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      Shaloo Walia 2 months ago

      Thanks Stuart!

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      Stuart 2 months ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      Wow super interesting article, Nice writing.

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      Shaloo Walia 2 months ago

      @Radhika Not all. Taj palace, for instance is much renowned and attracts distinguished guests from all over the world.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 months ago from Mumbai,India

      These hotels are so intimidating that one would not dare to stay in during holidays. Good info..

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      Shaloo Walia 2 months ago

      @Rajan Rajkiran Hotel is not very big. It's only claim to fame is the fact that it is haunted.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      The Raj Kiran hotel looks the most haunted of all. Just looking at these hotels gives me an eerie feeling.

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      Shaloo Walia 2 months ago

      @Kara Yes, the ghosts in these hotels seem to be harmless because no untoward incident has been reported yet.

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      Kara Skinner 2 months ago from Maine

      This article was great! I honestly want to see all of these hotels. I know they are haunted but none of the ghosts seem particularly malicious so it would be kind of cool to stay in one of these hotels. (Maybe not in the haunted room, though. That's still a little too close to comfort for me.)

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      Shaloo Walia 2 months ago

      @Dora Not the famous tomb Taj Mahal which is the symbol of love ....But Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

      The Taj Mahal too? Strange things do happen in the spirit world.

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      Shaloo Walia 2 months ago

      Yeah Harish... Paranormal stuff generate curiosity

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      Harish Mamgain 2 months ago from India

      You have written some scary but interesting facts about these five hotels, not known to many. Believe it or not, these stories never stop. When I saw the title , I was immediately drawn to read the whole article.

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      Shaloo Walia 2 months ago

      @manatita You are right. A realised soul is fully surrendered and has absolute faith in the divine plans. Transcendental loving devotional service to the Supreme Lord is their only goal.

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      manatita44 2 months ago from london

      I agree, Shaloo.

      Tantra has taken on such a bad name. Some modern teachers have tarnished it, and again, most modern teachers, Ramakrishna excepted, did not follow that Path.

      By the way, the disembodied spirit needs help, they cannot truly help. Other 'good' spirits' if you like, can help.

      Again, Guruji used to say that Spirituality/Yoga is such a vast subject. There are many with tremendous occult powers who still do wrong things and will still fall or fail.

      The Realised Soul is at one with God's Will and rarely uses occult power. They act in accordance with the Will of the Supreme. Hari Om Tat Sat!

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      Shaloo Walia 2 months ago

      Thanks John! Paranormal activities are scary for sure and though most of us don't believe it but the fact remains that there are certain eerie phenomenon which are unexplainable.

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      Shaloo Walia 2 months ago

      @manatita Royalty was often embroiled in conspiracies and murders. Ancient palaces and forts have so many secrets buried beneath them. No wonders, they are often among the list of haunted places. I do believe in spirits. I know of some people in astrology course who were involved in tantra and siddhis with the help of spirits. However, I have always stayed away from tantra because it's often misused.

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow, this was an amazing read, Shaloo. Very scary stuff, and the size of those hotels is astounding. Thanks for sharing.

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      manatita44 2 months ago from london

      Ah, Shaloo. Great stuff!!

      I'd like to see them. They are known as disembodied Souls. The great master, Rakhal or Swami Brahmananda, a foremost disciple of Ramakrishna, used to see spirits. He used to pray for them so that they could get release after they recognised his height (Sainthood), and came for help.

      Guruji saw many and also lots in the killing fields of Cambodia. I guess they die in unfortunate or untimely circumstances and remain unfulfilled.

      Such beautiful places. I would love to go to one of them! Next life, perhaps. Next life. Interesting that Royalty and murder seems to be a part of it. Om Shanti!