Ghost covered with a white ghost sheet on a rural path (for representational purposes)
Halloween is going to be upon us on October 31, 2017. And while it’s celebrated more seriously in the US, that does not mean we shouldn’t have some fun of our own in India especially when we have our own ghosts haunting castles, forts and old mansions. So, in the spirit of All Hallow’s Eve, we decided to look at five of the most haunted places in India, and we’re leaving out the more popular ones like Bhangarh Fort in Rajasthan and Mukesh Mills in Mumbai. We also have a more comprehensive list of the Top 20 haunted places in India that could scare you to death. Also Read - YouTube Sensation Lilly Singh's Sunday Advice-Cum-Fashion Goals in THIS Sizzling Picture Makes Fans Take Note
Dow Hill of Kurseong, West Bengal
Kurseong, Darjeeling. West Bengal, Photograph Courtesy: Shahnoor Habib Munmun/Wikimedia Commons
Dow Hill is considered the most haunted place in West Bengal by many. The Victoria Boys’ High School and Dow Hill Girls’ Boarding School have long been host to spooky activities. Several murders have taken place in the woods around the boys’ school, and people have reported hearing and seeing ghosts in the corridors. Some have even claimed to see a headless boy around the woods, and footsteps after the school has closed. Also Read - YouTube Sensation Lilly Singh Cracks Fans up as She Dresses up Her Scarbro Dog For Halloween
Dumas Beach, Gujarat
Dumas beach near Dariya Ganesha Temple, Photograph Courtesy: Marwada/Wikimedia Commons
Think a beach is all ocean breeze, white sands and suntans? Well, think again. Dumas Beach in Surat is an otherwise cheerful little beach when the sun is up, but the atmosphere flips at night. The beach is said to have been a burial ground, and it is said that the ghosts of those resting beneath the sands still roam at night. People have talked about hearing everything from quiet whispers to shrill shrieks while walking in the night. Dogs near the beach can be heard barking throughout the night, as if sensing that there is something going on. Also Read - Urvashi Rautela's Annabelle-Ileana D'Cruz' Maleficent Look Along With Other Pagalpanti Stars Spooks Fans on Halloween
Savoy Hotel, Uttarakhand
Although not technically haunted, the Savoy Hotel in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand definitely deserves a spot in this special Halloween list just for the fact that it inspired the first novel by the renowned Agatha Christie, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), and a thriller book by Ruskin Bond. The story goes that Lady Garnet Orme was murdered in thee hotel in 1911, poisoned by a cyanide-like acid. Her doctor was found dead a few months later, mysteriously under similar circumstances. Some say that the ghost of Lady Garnet Orme still roams the hotel.
Shaniwarwada Fort, Maharashtra
Shaniwar Wada, Pune
The Shaniwarwada Fort, or what remains of it, is remembered largely as the center of the Maratha Peshwas for decades. As the political center of the Maratha Empire, it has also seen its fair share of plotting, scheming and, occasionally, murder. One such murder that was committed within this fort was of the young 13-year-old prince Narayan, heir to the Peshwa Empire. He is said to have been murdered brutally, crying out his uncle’s name for mercy. Some say that you can still hear his piercing cries, especially on full moon nights.
Kuldhara in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, Photograph Courtesy: Suryansh Singh/Wikimedia Commons
We end this list with another place that isn’t haunted per se, but still deserves a spot in our Halloween 2017 list for the mystery associated with it. In northern Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer region lies Kuldhara, a village that has been abandoned since one fateful night in 1825. On this night, all the people from this village and 83 nearby places vanished, without a trace. And since then, nobody has lived there. Some say that the villagers fled fearing the minister at the time, Salim Singh, but left their homes after cursing that nobody else would live in their lands.
Of course, a lot of these places follow the same old archetype, old buildings and places with a questionable, bloody history. With the exception of the Shaniwarwada, the rest of the entries are far from an urban city setting. For those of you more interested in India’s urban ghosts, we also have a list of 10 haunted places in Mumbai that will give you sleepless nights. Have a wonderful Halloween by visiting these places this year.