20 Most Haunted Places in India

Ever thought of hanging out with your buddies in a place with paranormal activity? They are said to be haunted by the visitors who witnessed some really sinistrous and ghostly presence in the places. While wondering whether or not this is real, check out the reasons why they refer to those places as “haunted” and why you should go there.

1. Dumas Beach, Gujrat:

Several tourists have reported hearing strange whispers in this urban beach along the Arabian Sea, located 21 km south west of Surat City in Gujarat. The black sand adds itself to the spookiness of the beach. Hindus’ ritual of burning dead by the side of the ocean has been one of the prime reasons to support the theory of dead spirits wandering in and around the beach. Several incidents of tourists disappearing along the beach have been reported. And these are just some of the stories that are known. Only a visit to that place will probably tell you what’s the real mystery of the beach.


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2. Jamali Kamali Masjid:

It is both a mosque and a tomb, located in the Archeological village in Mehrauli, New Delhi. The tomb is the resting place for the two sufi saints of the pre-Mughal dynasty, Jamali and Kamali, buried adjacent to each other. People complain of nightmares post a visit to that place. As of my personal experience, the locals have reported the presence of souls. Anyways, the place is a scenic beauty with one of the earliest Indo-Persian architecture.


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3. Bhangarh Fort:

Located on the border of theSariska reservein the Aravali hills of Rajasthan, it is the only place which is officially recognized as the ‘most haunted place’ by the Government of India. There are a couple of legends to describe its hauntedness. One version is that a saint named Balanath lived within the fort area. It was his injunction that any houses built in the precincts of the fort should not be taller than his house and in case the shadow of any such house falls on his house, it would result in destruction of the fort town. In another version, it is said that Singhiya, a wizard, adept in black magic, got crushed in the streets and cursed the fort.


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4. The Lambi Dehar Mines:

The deserted mines are located in the outskirts of Mussorie. In 1990, nearly 50,000 workers died here in an unexpected tragedy. The houses in this area are abandoned and the surroundings will give you goosebumps for sure.


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5. D’Souza Chawl Mahim:

It is believed to be the most haunted place in Mumbai and in Maharashtra as well. The story goes like: A woman, trying to fetch water from the well, lost her life by falling into the well. The locals have reported that she is not harmful and appears during sunrise and midnight only.


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6. Agrasen ki Baoli:

It is a 60-meter long and 15-meter wide historical step well on Hailey Road near Connaught Place, a short walk fromJantar Mantar, New Delhi. As per the tales of local people, the step well was filled with black water and the water hypnotized people to commit suicide in the step well.

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7. The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel:

It is the most luxurious hotel in India, comprising of two buildings, built at two different times, facing the Arabian sea in Mumbai. The grand hotel’s architect is believed to have killed himself as the building was not constructed according to his plan. People have witnessed seeing his ghost in the corridors of the hotel.


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8. Lothian Cemetery:

Located at half a kilometre from Kashmere Gate, New Delhi, it is a 200 year old cemetery, known for paranormal activities. The reason might be the mass burial post 1857 war and the haunting headless ghost of Sir Nicholas, a British soldier, who sacrificed his life for an unfulfilled love with an Indian woman.


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9. The Church of  Three Kings:

Located in the Cansulim village of Goa, the church is believed to be the most haunted spot in Goa. According to the theory of the locals, a certain Portuguese king killed two other kings here and later committed suicide in the same place. Three at the price of one, one must say!


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10. Feroz Shah Kotla:

Built by the Tughlaqs, located in New Delhi, the fortress is said to be unsafe for women. It is a pandemonium of evil spirits wandering around the ruins of the fortress that attack young women and haunt them later. It is even believed that the spirits like to be offered sweets. This might be a real spot where one can prove one’s bravery!


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11. Grand Paradi Towers:

It consists of three towers at Kemps Corner, Malabar Hill, South Mumbai, constructed in 1975. It is believed to be the most haunted tower in Mumbai because of several suicides and deaths. Even the management is said to be under the same impression.


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12. Kuldhara Village, Rajasthan:

The entire village was abandoned by the locals in the early 19th century because of the curse it bore. The last people who lived there are said to have suddenly disappeared one night without a trace. Others say that a minister once wanted to marry a beautiful village girl. The villagers opposed and the minister threatened to double their taxes. The villagers migrated to someplace else, leaving an undying spell in the land, according to which if anybody every inhabited their lands, they would die.


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13. Tunnels of Shimla:

Hundreds of horror stories have been associated with these tunnels. It is believed that many spirits live inside these tunnels, especially the tunnel no.33 and 103. It is pitch black inside these tunnels. People have reported seeing a woman’s spirit walking inside the tunnels.


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14. Shaniwarwada Fort:

It is a royal palace in the city of Pune and one of the biggest forts in the city. The royal fort is haunted by the ghost of a young prince, who was murdered by his own people in this very fort. You can hear the ghost shrieking during the night and is very active during full moon nights.


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15. Ramoji Film City:

The largest film city in the world, located in the outskirts of Hyderabad city is believed to be haunted. It might be because it is built on the ground where a fierce battle was fought during the Nizam’s rule. Thousands perished on this battle ground. Although the management ensures the stories don’t leak, there have been strange incidents of lights turning on, clothes tearing on their own etc. Last, but not the least, it is a place which has everything a film lover would aspire to have.


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16. GP Block, Meerut:

Stories of a woman sitting on the roof and women wearing red cloaks getting in and out have been heard of this place. The sight of the block is indeed scary in itself. As per the tales of local people, four boys are seen sitting inside the house with a single candle light.


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17. Malcha Mahal, New Delhi:

The mysterious place is famous for its hound stories. Begum Wilayat Mahal, the great granddaughter of Nawab of Oudh was given this place along with her children Prince Riaz and Princess Sakina by the Government after her long protest for the return of her properties spread across the country.  Wilayat Mahal committed suicide and her children have lived here ever since with their hounds, with no connection to the outside world. Located deep inside the forest, the palace is awfully scary.


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18. Dow Hill, West Bengal:

Located in the Kurseong region of Darjeeling, the dow hill is the most haunted place in West Bengal. It is rumoured that many murders have taken place in the forest and that’s the reason many spirits roam in the nearby areas. Locals have reported seeing a headless boy in the forest. There haven’t been any reported events of casualties.


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19. Brij Raj Bhavan Palace, Kota:

The palace is the residence of a ghost named Major Burton, who was murdered along with his son by Indian sepoys during the first war of independence. The ghosts are harmless except they slap the security guards during night!


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20. Delhi Cantt:

In this mysterious place surrounded by dense wildlife, a lady in white asks for a lift and if you refuse, she starts running with the same speed as your car, coming in your way and leading to accidents.


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Sanketh Ajmera
2nd year Mechanical Engineering student at IIT-Delhi. A japanese anime addict, he loves sketching and exploring new places in his free time. Has acquired a new found love for reading and writing.



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