10 Places in India not for the Faint-Hearted

India is a land of various mysteries. It is home to more than centuries of culture and heritage. So naturally, it is also home to various haunted and spooky places. Although for some people, these places are the perfect spot for some adrenaline rush, others would just like to steer clear of them! If you’re someone who has a thirst for knowledge of the unknown and would like to know about them up close and personal, then here are 10 places in India not for the faint-hearted!

1. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan.

This town with the majestic fort is apparently one of the most haunted places in India- so much so that the Government has made it off-limits during sunset to sunrise. The story goes that, a magician fell in love with the princess and cast a spell on the land, to get her attention. When the princess got to know of this, she had him killed. But before dying, the magician cursed the land such that no one would be able to stay there. And from that time, the village and the Fort are not inhabited by anyone. Furthermore, if any temple or house is built, the roof is said to collapse. Although not many could stay the night, those who have, reported hearing footsteps and the screeching of a woman. Some have also reported having felt a presence over them!

Best time to visit: October to March.

How to reach: Bhangarh is located in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, between Jaipur and Delhi. The nearest airport is Santander Airport in Jaipur (56 km). The nearest railway station is Dausa railway station (22 km). You can get cars and public transport to Bhangarh.

2. Dumas Beach, Surat.

This beach in Gujarat was a Hindu cremation ground. So naturally, ghost stories are abundant! This is a beautiful place for an outing in the morning, but at night, it is extremely spooky. People have reportedly heard shrieks and whispers here at night. The hauntingly unforgettable sounds would surely make you lose your sleep at night. Also, apparently the sand has turned black here due to the ashes of the sheer number of people who have been burnt on the beach. Even the dogs who stay nearby bark throughout the night- probably sensing the paranormal!

Best time to visit: The beach in itself is beautiful and the best time to visit would be during sunrise or sunset. The rays of the sun on a beach is truly magnificent. But don’t stay after dark!

How to reach: It is located very close to Surat. You can take any form of public transport or rent a car from the town.

3. Savoy Hotel, Mussoorie.

This beautiful and majestic hotel was the scene of an unsolved murder back in 1911. Frances Garnett-Orme, a spiritualist, was said to have been poisoned here. People have apparently witness footsteps and whispers in its corridors. Some have even reportedly seen her aimlessly wandering in the hotel.

Fun Fact: You can find a mention of this story in Agatha Christie’s A Mysterious Affair at Styles and Ruskin Bond’s In a Crystal Ball.

How to reach: It is a 1 hour and 45-minute drive from Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun. You can get tourist taxis there which will drop you at the Savoy Hotel.

4. Raj Kiran Hotel, Lonavala.

This hotel is located in one of the most happening places in Mumbai. But people who have stayed here, state a different tale. There are particular rooms and places in this hotel which are a hotspot for ghosts! Some people have reported that their bedsheets were yanked from them at night, while some have said that they’ve seen a blue ray at the foot of the bed. Nowadays, the rooms are vacant and are not in operation. To date, what really happened here remains a mystery!

Pro tip: Some people who had stayed here had to undergo therapy. So stay here at your own risk!

How to reach: It is about 100 km from Mumbai and a taxi or rented car can take you there.

5. Ramoji Film City, Andhra Pradesh.

This is one of the biggest studios in India but is also extremely haunted. The Film City is said to be home to various spirits that roam around here. It is apparently built on a battlefield and the spirit of the dead soldiers are said to still haunt the place. Spooky occurrences include strange marks on mirrors, falling lights on the crew, food being scattered and clothes being torn off!

How to reach: Any form of rental cars and public transport and available from the major cities.

6. Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune.

If you’re visiting Shaniwarwada Fort on a full-moon night, then you’re in for a surprise! People have reportedly heard screams of a young boy while in the Fort. Apparently, the spirit of the young prince of the Peshwa throne’s heir was brutally murdered here. So his spirit still wanders the Fort, asking to be saved. Even people who are outside the Fort have reportedly heard the screams!

Timing: 8.30 AM – 6.30 PM.

Entry Fee: Rs 5.

How to reach: Shaniwarwada is located in the heart of Pune city. Pune is 145 km from Mumbai. You can take any form of transport to reach Pune.

7. Grand Paradi Towers, Mumbai.

This is one of the first high-rise building in Mumbai. Numerous suicides have also occurred here which make it a magnet for paranormal happenings. In here, you can experience the sound of unexpected footsteps at the most unexpected of times and random knocks on the door. Also, you can sometimes hear blood-curdling screams in here too! Residents who still live here need constant counselling as a result of these incidents.

8. Dow Hill, West Bengal.

Down Hills is situated close to Darjeeling. Apart from the various murders and suicides that have taken place here, this place is famous for its haunted forest and century-old Victorian-era Boys’ School. It is said that the ghost of a headless boy is seen wandering in the forest and following people, apart from the ghosts of various other children. Other than that, people have reportedly heard spine-chilling shrieks, laughter, and footsteps inside the school- even when the school is closed!

How to reach: This hill station is located just 3 km from Kurseong. You’ll get many forms of public transport which will take you to Dow Hill.

9. Tunnel No. 33, Shimla.

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Shimla is home to many horror stories. The most famous of them all is the ghost of Colonel Barog who loiters around Tunnel No. 33 at night. The Colonel is said to be a friendly ghost and will have a conversation with you, while you cross the tunnel. He as apparently a railway engineer at the time of the British Raj and is mostly a harmless soul. But of course, it is a bit peculiar to talk to spirits, right?

10. South Park Street Cemetery, Kolkata.

The South Park Street Cemetery was operational during the British period and houses around 1600 tombs. The cemetery is filled with flora and fauna and as such, the tombs are overgrown with plants. Many people have reported having experienced dizziness and a general eerie feeling. Others have also experienced seeing images while in the cemetery!

Timings: 9 AM – 5 PM.

So here was the list of the top 10 places in India not for the faint-hearted. These places are to be visited by people who love the thrill of the unknown and are not faint of heart. Hope you experience a good thrill while visiting these places! Happy travelling!

Contributor: Archi Sengupta. 

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