India is a land of mysteries-too many questions, no answers. We've all grown up listening to many such stories about ghosts and spirits from friends and relatives. Here are 18 such places in India, some famous, some unknown, that have been known by the locals as haunted spots since time immemorial. We're not sure how true these ghost stories are, nobody knows. Anyway, true or false, these are some places and legends associated with their history that will get you into believing that ghosts do exist.
1. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
It is said that back in the old days, a 'tantrik' cast a black magic spell on the palace and the villagers around and Bhangarh was doomed forever. Visitors are not allowed in the area after sunset, owing to the paranormal activities reported inside. There's another story that has been doing the rounds since a long time now, according to which, the houses in some of the villages around Bhangarh are roof-less. If a roof is built even today, it collapses in no time. Spooked out? That's just the first one. 17 more to go.
2. Jatinga Valley, Assam
Jatinga is a beautiful valley in Assam. But come September, a particular stretch observes mysterious bird suicides in large numbers on every moonless night. The birds migrate to this place every year but not one of them flies back. What's the reason for these bird suicides? Even scientists have been trying to figure out since a long time, but there's no definite answer.
3. Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad
If you think ghosts and spirits live only in the ruins of ancient buildings, you're badly mistaken. A lot of hotels in the Ramoji Film City have been reported to be haunted. Locals believe that it is because the film city is built on the lands of Nizam Sultans that it experiences paranormal activities. Time and again, people have reported mysterious shadows, spooky figures appearing and disappearing and knocking sounds on doors.
4. GP Block, Meerut
Now, this one's very spooky. The most bizarre occurrences have been reported in this area. The building is double-storeyed and apparently, houses a lot of evil spirits. Four men can be seen having drinks - the same sighting has been reported by a lot of people, exact in detail. There have also been instances when people have seen a girl step out of the house in a red dress.
5. National Library, Kolkata
There have been so many instances of supernatural occurrences at the National Library, Kolkata that even the guards are sceptical about night shifts, even though they may not open up to the media about it. Ghosts of labourers who died building the library have been spotted. Long ago, there was a student who entered the library to do his research but never returned. A lot of people say that every morning, letters and papers are found scattered on desks in the library.
6. D'Souza Chawl Of Mahim, Mumbai
There is an infamous well in this chawl situated in Mumbai. If stories are to be believed, long ago, there was a woman who fell into the well while drawing water and died. Even today, her ghost can be seen tip-toeing around the well at night.
7. Dumas Beach, Surat, Gujarat
This one will literally scare the hell out of you. Since the beach has been used as a burial ground by the Hindus for several years, a lot of spirits reside here. Take a stroll along the beach and you may hear clear whispers of people talking when there's actually nobody around. Actually, don't visit this place ever, for there have been reports of people disappearing too.
8. The Church Of Three Kings, Goa
Located in the Cansulim Village in Goa, the church is known by the locals as the most haunted spot in Goa. According to some stories told by the people of Goa, this is where a certain Portugese king murdered two other kings and later committed suicide.
9. Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
Not many people know that the architect who designed the Taj Palace, Mumbai killed himself inside the hotel itself. It was because the final design of the hotel wasn't made as per his wishes. A lot of guests have reported witnessing his spirit appearing in the corridors of the hotel. Can you believe that?
10. Kuldhara, Rajasthan
Locals abandoned this place back in the 1800s itself, for the curse it carried seemed impossible to end. Some even say the last people to live there vanished suddenly, one fine night. And others believe a totally different story, according to which 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'd die.
11. Aleya Ghost Lights, Bengal
Ghost lights have been spotted several times in the marshes of West Bengal. There is no possible explanation for these mysterious lights that a lot of fishermen have been spotting. They believe that the lights are signs that there exist spirits of fishermen who may have died on those areas.
12. Tunnel No. 103, Shimla
The tunnel no. 103 falls on the Shimla-Kalka railway track. People believe that there's not one but many spirits that live inside it. It is damp and dark inside, and some people have even experienced a British spirit talking to them audibly. People have even seen a woman's spirit pass through the walls of the tunnel.
13. Agrasen Ki Baoli, Delhi
This is eerie. According to a very famous legend, this stepped well was once filled by black water that enticed people into committing suicide in it. Even today, it is believed that the place casts an evil spell on the visitors who stay there post sunset.
14. Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai
What makes this is one scary is the fact that every day hundreds of Mumbaikars stroll along the green expanses of this National Park. Apart from the news about wild animals devouring people in a second, there have been reports that suggest the presence of the spirit of a hitchhiker.
15. Brij Bhavan Palace, Kota, Rajasthan
The palace still houses the ghosts of a British general and his son who died in the same place during the revolt of 1857. According to the guards, the ghosts are generally harmless, but there have been instances when they have been slapped by invisible people during the night. Funny and spooky at the same time, right?
16. Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
People think it is unsafe to leave women unattended at the ruins of Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, for many instances suggest that there are evil spirits around that attack young women and haunt them later. It is even said that those spirits like to be offered sweets. This is too scary to be even tried.
17. Writer's Building, Kolkata
And we're back to Kolkata. Even the officials of this building are scared to stay after sunset in this building. The place is famous for its ghost stories all over the city. It is said that the ghost of an East India Company official named Captain Simpson roams about in the building after it gets dark.
18. Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune
One of the biggest forts in Maharashtra, the walls of this fort have mysterious tales to tell. A young prince was murdered by his own kith and kin inside the walls of this very fort. Even today, the spirit of the prince returns to the fort on full moon nights to avenge his death. No wonder, people are not allowed inside the complex after sunset.
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