India has a rich & interesting legacy of supernatural phenomenon. Since ancient times, there have been numerous tales of ghosts, ghouls and witches casting spells and haunting places, and sometimes even (allegedly) harming humans.
Many people have reported chilling cases of paranormal sightings and hauntings in cemeteries and forts in India. Locals near these locations have reported spooky tales of shadows, screams and apparitions. While there have been many instances, not all of them have been taken seriously. However, there are some tales that have become urban legends. These tales have gone on to become fearful tales of horror.
Often, they have taken the country by storm and have shocked many people. Let us take a look at a few nerve-tingling haunted places in India and the legends behind them.
Haunted Forts in India
1. Bhangarh Fort
Let us begin with a place that is popular as a tourist attraction and a haunted place, the Bhangarh Fort. Many legends tell tales of the fort in Alwar being haunted.
One such folklore is that a black magician left a curse on the town and since then inexplicable events like roofs being destroyed on their own and people going missing, have occurred.
Most of the town is abandoned and entry to the fort is restricted post 6 pm.
- Where: Bhangarh, Rajasthan
2. The Shaniwarwada Fort
During the day, the Shaniwarwada Fort is visited by thousands of tourists who come to gaze at the lovely architecture. But, at night, the fort turns into a haunted spot.
There have been reporting and recountings of screams and shrieks from the fort premises. Many midnight campers near the fort have heard the shrills of a young boy from the fort.
Legend has it that a young prince was murdered and it is believed that his spirit still haunts the fort at night. The occurrence happens on a full moon night.
- Where: Pune, Maharashtra
3. Golconda Fort
Not many know that the Golconda Fort is actually thought to be haunted. People who have worked at the fort believe that Queen Taramati haunts the alleys of the fort at night. Some employees have seen her spirit dance in the alleys of the fort and have noticed frames on the walls hanging upside down. Some have even heard screams at night in the fort premises.
- Where: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Haunted Cemeteries in India
4. Lothian Cemetery
The Lothian Cemetery is one of the oldest Christian Cemeteries in Delhi. The place has some stunning gravestones, but it is considered to be haunted. Locals have told tales of a headless man roaming through the premises of the cemetery at night.
There is another tale, that of Sir Nicholas who committed suicide because his beloved rejected his proposal. It is believed that at night his spirit calls out to the woman he once loved.
- Where: Lothian, Delhi
5. South Park Cemetery
The South Park Cemetery is a historic site. A cemetery for the Anglicans, it has some lovely gravestones that are decorated with gothic architecture. While it is a good place to explore in the morning, avoid going at night. The cemetery is considered to be haunted by spirits of many young Englishmen who were buried here at a young age.
Those who have dared to go at night have captured weird structures and silhouettes on their camera. Some have even fallen sick and have felt dizzy while inside the cemetery.
- Where: Park Street, Kolkata
6. Jafarganj Cemetery
The Jafarganj Cemetery houses the graves of the Nawabs of Bengal. Inside the cemetery, you can find stunning graves of the royals of Bengal. During the day, the place is a popular tourist spot, but at night it is spooky and quiet. The place is deserted as it is considered to be haunted.
It is said that the wife of the one of the Nawabs haunts the place, looking for her loved ones at night.
- Where: Jafarganj, Murshidabad
7. Digboi War Cemetery
The Digboi War Cemetery is where you will find the graves of soldiers who died in the war. While the graveyard looks gorgeous in the day, avoid visiting the cemetery at night, it is believed to be haunted. Locals have often heard voices whispering in the graveyard at night.
- Where: Digboi Town, Assam
8. Dutch Cemetery
Even though the Dutch Cemetery is a historic place, it is believed to be haunted. Many locals and workers at the cemetery have noticed weird things happening and have heard strange voices at night. Because the place is haunted, the Dutch Cemetery is closed to the public, but it is opened on special request, and tourists can peek at it from over the surrounding wall.
- Where: Dutch Cemetery Road, Fort Kochi
Other Haunted Places in India
9. Ramoji Film City
A shocking fact about the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad is that it is haunted. Many actors and crew members who have shot for films have seen or heard ghosts wandering around the premises of the film city park. Lightmen have also seen strange figures moving around the walls and premises.
Legend has it that the spirits of many of the Nizam’s soldiers often wander around the Ramoji Film City.
- Where: Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad
Kuldhara is an old village near Jaisalmer that was abandoned years ago. No one lives in the village because it is believed to be haunted. In the past, there have been numerous cases of villages and tourists disappearing without a trace. Many theories exist on the sudden abandonment of Kuldhara village, such as earthquake, drought and persecution by the ruler at the time.
- Where: Kuldhara, Rajasthan
11. Dumas Beach
While the Dumas Beach is a great place to relax, it has a harrowing shadow cast over itself. There have been plenty of rumours that the beach is haunted. The beach was formerly a burial ground and many who have visited at night have heard strange sounds at night. There is a myth about the place that some people have even gone missing from the beach.
- Where: Surat, Gujarat
12. Tunnel No. 33 on Shimla-Kalka Route
The tunnel number 33 along the Shimla-Kalka train route pass is haunted. Many have seen a vague image of a woman running through the tunnel and then just disappearing. Some have even heard whispers of an English captain who apparently committed suicide in the tunnel.
- Where: Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
13. D’souza Chawl
This chawl located in the suburb of Mahim in Mumbai is haunted by the ghost of a woman who fell into a well here and died. Locals say that she roams the alleys of the chawl and tries to make friendly conversations with people around. Although no one has been harmed, the thought of a ghost walking through the lanes of the chawl is eerie.
- Where: Mahim, Mumbai
14. Mukesh Mill
Mukesh Mill was once a thriving mill in Mumbai, it was shut after it was gutted by a fire. Today, the place is vacant and sometimes film shoots take place. Locals who roam around the mills at night have sighted strange shadows and heard vague sounds.
Film crew members have also gone missing while shooting at Mukesh Mills.
- Where: Colaba, Mumbai
15. Grand Paradi Towers
You would normally associate towers in Mumbai with wealth and affluence. This one is the same, except that it is considered haunted. There is something peculiar about the Grand Paradi Tower in Kemps Corner. There have been 24 suicide cases in this building and all of these are by jumping off the balconies of the building.
- Where: Kemps Corner, Mumbai
There are many places that are believed to be haunted in India, but the ones we have listed down are the most popular. If you are the daring kind, you might want to visit, but we would suggest that you do not attempt visiting, especially at night.
Do you believe in ghosts, have you ever spotted one? Do let us know about your experience in the comments section below.