Many of us have had those eerie experiences where we felt someone’s presence, but when we turned around there was no one to be seen. There are spooky and haunted places all around us with troubled and violent past. Some of these so called haunted places in India are strictly out-of-bounds.
Those of you who don’t stand for such hocus-pocus, here is a chance to put your money where your mouth is. Tripoto has put together a collection of six haunted places in India where, if legends are to be believed, only the eagles dare. Enter at your own risk!!
Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune
This haunted fort ‘s past reeks of deceit and murder and is considered one of the most haunted places in India. There was a mysterious fire in 1828 which destroyed much of the Fort, but what did survive, especially the main gate and facade, is still impressive.
Legend says, if you’re there on a new moon (or full moon, according to some people) night, you might catch sight of a boy’s ghost begging, ’Kaka, mala vachwa!’ which translates to ‘Uncle, save me!’ Needless to say, the boy wasn’t saved by his uncle; indeed, he needed saving from his uncle. Narayanrao, the young ghost, was a Peshwa prince. When his older brothers died, he became the heir. But his uncle, Raghoba, and his aunt, Anandibai, decided that they didn’t want power by proxy; they wanted the real deal. So Raghoba sent a letter to a tribe of skilled assassins, called Gardi, with whom Narayanrao had had real differences, asking them to capture the young prince. Anandibai managed to change a letter in the message and turned it into an order to kill the prince.
So in the dead of the night, the assassins came; the young prince realised what was happening and ran, beseeching his uncle to save him. But nobody came to his aid; he was brutally murdered. Hope lives on even after death and now, some nights, the young prince’s spirit beseeches that his uncle save him.
And you thought your family was dysfunctional!
Dumas Beach, Surat
We’re taking this one with a giant pinch of salt, but Dumas beach in Surat is supposed to be quite haunted. What seems to be a fun beach by day turns into a spooky, desolate stretch of sand – with the ocean giving a convenient place to hide your body forever, too – where people hear eerie whispering voices. According to rumours, this beach used to be a burning ghat at one point and the souls of the many people who were supposed to rest in peace didn’t quite get the memo. However, knowing just how difficult it is to hear any whispers on a beach with the wind and the waves making sounds that sound very like whispering, you might want to see something before you believe this. Of course, no guarantees that you’ll live to tell the tale.
Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
Bhangarh Fort is arguably one of the most haunted places in the world. When the Archaeological Survey of India puts up a notice saying nobody is allowed to stay there overnight, you have to give the legends at least some credence. Bhangarh was reportedly cursed by a sadhu or a wizard, depending on which legend you believe. The first is fairly straightforward: a sadhu demanded that nobody build a house taller than his, and the curse kicked in when the shadow of a house fell on his. The other is more intriguing.
A wizard set his evil eye on the beautiful young princess who lived in the fort. When the princess wanted perfume, he tried to trick her into taking a potion that would make whoever used it be irresistibly attracted to him. The princess, who was too smart to fall for that, threw on a big boulder instead of using it. Unfortunately for the wizard, the boulder fell for him and pretty much on him, crushing him. But before he was squashed like a bug, he cursed Bhangarh. Since then it’s had all kinds of misfortunes and the paranormal has been blamed even for deaths in Bhangarh. Both he and the princess are said to haunt the fort to this day.
Agrasen Ki Baoli, Delhi
A Baoli is an ancient water temple, and the one built by Agrasen, in Delhi, is quite remarkable, with 103 steps of red stones going down to it. It’s a well-preserved piece of history that can give you goose bumps even without the haunted house stories that goes with it. As you go down the steps and the outside world slowly disappears in the darkness. You begin to feel as if you’re being followed by someone, or something.
The story goes that at some point, the water in this well turned black, and acquired evil properties. It drew people who were depressed and sad, making them horribly attracted to the water. Unable to resist, they would disappear into the well, never to be heard of again. There are even legends that some of the people who died here can still be seen.
Dow Hill, Kurseong
Kurseong, a small hill station, can actually be seen from Darjeeling and the crawly story of one of its school, Victoria Boys’ High School, can send shivers down your spine. On Dow Hill stands one of the oldest schools in the country,. It’s been reported multiple times that even when the school is closed for summer vacations, people have spotted teenagers looking out of the window, or heard them running, talking and laughing. Even more blood-chilling is the report of the headless boy who haunts not only the school but the forest nearby.
There have been no reports of any deaths, accidental or otherwise, in the school, and the management obviously denies all of this. Perhaps part of the answer can be found in the fact that it’s an old building where a lot of teenagers live for most of the year. Would you let these haunted stories die out if you were one of them or would you give them a helping hand?
Brijraj Bhawan Palace, Kota – Rajasthan
The story behind the haunting of Brijraj Bhawan is gruesome. Major Burton and his two sons were killed during the 1867 mutiny, and it’s said that he never left Brijraj Bhawan. According to the former Queen of Kota, who used the room where he was killed as her drawing room, he was a fairly frequent companion. But he doesn’t seem to harbour thoughts of bloodthirsty revenge – he just has a way of slapping guards who fall asleep on duty at night. Brijraj Bhawan has been turned into a heritage hotel, so if you fancy checking this out yourself, you could simply check in.
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