Story Of The Guardian Ghost of Jeolikote
The following story is a oral account by the villagers and lack of written history makes this tale questionable. However, read on.
It was sometime in the late 19th century when a certain Lt Col Warwick arrived in the village of Jeolikote near Nainital. Jeolikote was a designated station where the British men and horses rested before they proceeded to Nainital, a popular hill-town among the British who seeked the pleasure of European summers in India.
Warwick fell in love with a local girl and decided to construct a mansion here and live with the girl who he eventually married. This village, until then a camping site for the British, became home to many other officers after Warwick's house came to existence.
After a few years into the marriage, his wife passed away. Alone, Warwick lived in this massive house with 20 rooms all by himself. The servents weren't allowed inside and trespassers were often chased away. He had a personal church and a hospital within the property and the dilapidated structures still stand there.
After Warwick's wife's death, villagers noticed something strange. Every night they saw a woman riding a horse around the village and they could hear it galloping. Some curious villagers found out that it was in fact their Warwick Sahab who dressed up as his wife and rode his horse around the village every night.
Some say it was the despair of the young lover who missed his wife, others called it a sexual awakening of Warwick but the village accepted their Sahab's behaviour. People started believing that Warwick dressed up as a woman on a horse was their protector at night from not just dacoits but also wild animals.
Years later the believers still hear the horse galloping at night and Warwick dressed up as his wife on a horse is the Guardian Ghost Of The Village.