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India is a country with many historic and fascinating locations as well as great natural beauty. It boasts some of the oldest inhabited areas on the planet so it isn’t a surprise that it should have its fair share of haunted locations. Here we look at some of India’s creepiest places, many of which are definitely only for the brave!
Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
Top of almost any list of India’s creepiest places is the Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan. The fort was built back in the 17th century and is very well preserved, partly because people refuse to live within its boundaries and a village has sprung up outside where the locals live. The fort was built by Man Singh I for his brother Madho Singh I and was named for their grandfather, Bhan Singh.
Stories are varied about what makes the place so haunted and so dangerous. Some say that a sadhu or a holy person called Baba Balak Nath lived in the fort and he said that no parts of it should be taller than his house or the fort would be cursed – but builders ignored him. The other story tells of a black magic wizard who fell in love with a princess from the fort and tried to trick her into falling in love with him. But she outsmarted him and he was crushed by a boulder – but first laid a curse on the fort. Within a year, everyone in the fort was dead.There are plenty of tours of the location – but not at night. At night, the fort is locked up tight and no-one is allowed to enter without special permission for fear of what might happen. It is the only ‘Legally Haunted’ spot in India and it is illegal to enter with the government prosecuting anyone who ignores the rules. However, reports of everything from disembodied lights, screams, footsteps and unexplained noises have been reporting as well as feelings of horror and terror, people feeling ill and being followed by threatening shadow figures.
Shaniwarwada Fort, Maharashtra
Another spot with a bad reputation is the Shaniwarwada Fort in the city of Pune in Maharashtra. It was built in 1732 and was the centre of the Maratha Empire until the early 1800s. The fort was destroyed mostly in an unexplained fire in 1828 but there are still parts standing to tour.
Whether during the fire or not, the reason for the haunting of the fort is connected with the death of a young price who was murdered there. He can be heard roaming the fort, shrieking and screaming, with the haunting being particular strong on nights of the full moon, perhaps an anniversary of some kind. The fort is closed off at night apart from a caretaker.
GP Block, Meerut
The city of Meerut is in the state of Uttar Pradesh and is an ancient settlement dating back to the times of the Indus Valley Civilisation. It’s most haunted location is the spot known as the GP Block. A group of four ghosts are seen in the building sitting around a single lighted candle and drinking beer. The four men have even been seen on the rooftop of the building. The ghost of a young girl is sometimes seen leaving the two storey house so perhaps some past tragedy is being replayed.
Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad
The Ramoji Film Studio is said to sit on the site of old war grounds from the times of the Nazim Sultans but is itself a modern building, being built in 1996. It is one of the biggest filming centres anywhere and includes an amusement part. The haunting actually occurs in one of the hotels in the complex where filming often takes place. Lights fall over, people report being pushed by invisible hands and there have been some serious injuries. Rooms with food laid out for a meal have been wrecked in mere minutes between staff setting up the food and leaving while mirrors have words scribbled on them in Urdu, the language of the Sultans. Stars report doors being knocked on when no-one is there and even phantom soldiers are seen walking the grounds.
Dumas Beach, Gujarat
Dumas Beach is a popular tourist spot known for its black sands as well as the Dariya Ganesh Temple that is located just off the beach. It has also seen more than its fair share of creepy activities including strange whispers, people disappearing without explanation and most often these things happen at night. There is warning not to cross a certain point on the beach as it may have been a Hindu burial ground but this may just be a local legend.
Karkardooma Court Complex, Delhi
The Karkardooma Court Complex is a modern building that is home to main justice courts in the Indian capital but this hasn’t stopped it gaining a reputation for being haunted. According to stories, CCTV cameras have caught strange happening in the library and the bar offices in the building. A white shadowy figure appeared on footage around 11:30pm on night and all the computers in the room suddenly turn on. Another time, strange bubbles appeared to float around the room.
People working in the building believe the haunting is connected to a lawyer who was killed with his family in the floods. Others think that an electrician who was killed in the building in an accident is responsible for the haunting. People have noted seeing spirits around the building but describe them as harmless.
Bengal Swamps, West Bengal
Ghost lights are a phenomena known around the world and India’s most famous version is found over the Bengal Swamps in West Bengal. Fishermen have reported seeing the lights and find themselves disorientated when they do, sometimes becoming lost. Bodies have washed ashore and the locals believe they have died after seeing the lights. Others believe the lights are the spirits of fishermen who died in the swamps and are actually trying to help the living, though sometimes not with the greatest success.
Do you have a story from one of these locations? Or do you know of other creepy spots that have a story to them across India? I would love to hear about them.