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If you love the thrill of a horror tale, here are some places close home that will send a chill down your spine. Believed to be haunted, these spots have an eerie vibe around them and attract bravehearts or those looking for an adventure of a different kind. If you are in for a spooky tale, visit any of these 20 haunted places in India. Also Read - T20 World Cup 2021: Marcus Stoinis Hopeful of Bowling in Next Warm-up Against India

1. Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan Also Read - T20 World Cup 2021: Scotland Beat Papua New Guinea For Second Win in a Row

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If there is one haunted place in India that makes it to every list of the spookiest place in the county, it is Bhangarh Fort. So much so, that the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has put up a signboard outside the fort that no one is allowed to enter its premises post sunset and before sunrise. There are two legends that increase its spook factor. The fort was built by Man Singh I and was a palatial structure but it did not survive long enough due to a curse by Baba Balanath. He had an injunction that no one should have a house taller than his and cast a shadow. And if this did happen, there will be destruction in Bhangarh. According to the second legend, the damage was caused by a wizard who was infatuated with the princess. He knew black magic and decided to make her fall in love with him by switching her perfume with a potion that would draw her to him. The princess learnt the wizard’s evil trick and poured the potion on a large boulder instead. The spell worked and it rolled down to crush the wizard. But with his dying breath, he cursed that Bhangarh Fort will be destroyed. It is believed that several spirits haunt the fort even today. You can visit the Bhangarh Fort during the day and admire what is left of the structure.

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2. Grand Paradi Towers, Mumbai

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One of Mumbai’s first high-rise buildings became infamous for being haunted after a number of people committed suicide by jumping off Grand Paradi Towers. The towering structures in Kemps Corner have been home to the affluent of the city such as diamond merchants, businessmen, etc. However, the death of an elderly couple caused by jumping off one of the towers shook the residents. Soon, their son and daughter-in-law also committed suicide and later there were more such indents that led people to believe that Grand Paradi Towers are haunted. Since 1998, there have been about 20 suicides here from different floors but the eight floor of one of the towers is believed to be haunted. The residents of the towers were so concerned about the incidents that they even started counselling sessions for everyone. We don’t know whether Grand Paradi Towers are really haunted but there is something spooky about the place thanks to the number of people who have jumped off them.

3. Dumas Beach, Surat, Gujarat

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A black sand beach in Surat, Dumas Beach also makes it to the list of haunted places in India. The spook factor of this place is that it was an ancient Hindu burial ground at one point and it is believed that the spirits still roam here at night. The beach however, is buzzing with locals, vendors and tourists during the day. It is only by late evening and night that you find it to be eerie. A group of students decided to test if it was really haunted and spent a night on the beach. They did not encounter any spirits or have any untoward incident. However, their camera had a different story to tell. When they checked out their photos, they saw moving orbs even when no one was around. These orbs are a sign of the presence of paranormal activity. Some people claim to have heard voices and whispering even when no one is around.

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4. Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune

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Built in 1730 for Bajirao I, Shaniwar Wada was the seat of the Peshwas. The palatial structure was almost destroyed in a fire that broke out 1828 but whatever survived is open for tourists today. But there are murmurs that the spirit of a young prince still haunts the monument. His cries are heard on full moon nights. This young prince is believed to be Narayanrao who was brutally murdered when he was 18. According to the story, he came to power at a young age and his aunt did not like this at all as she wanted to be the queen. She plotted to get him killed by asking the guards to do so. When Narayanrao got to know this, he ran to his uncle but the guards succeeded in killing him. His spirit still haunts Shaniwar Wada and calls for help in Marathi.

5. Sanjay Van, Delhi

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Spread over 10 km, Sanjay Van is a forest with lush greenery and home to several species of birds. It is beautiful to take a stroll in Sanjay Van or rest under the shade of its trees but do the same in the night and you are likely to come back with a spooky story. The forest is believed to be haunted by several spirits including a lady in a white sari. It has graves of many Sufi saints and broken ramparts of Qila Rai Pithora. People have heard voices and cries of people and had an eerie feeling of being watched or the presence of someone even when no is seen around. The forest is a spooky place to visit after dark thanks to all these haunted stories about it.

6. South Park Street Cemetery, Kolkata

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An iconic cemetery in Kolkata, South Park Street Cemetery was one of the largest non-church Christian cemeteries outside Europe and America. Today, it is no longer in use but people come here to admire the tombs, epitaphs and the detailing on the memorials. The architecture of this heritage site is Indo-Saracenic and Gothic. However, many believe that the cemetery is haunted. Though people have not seen any spirit or ghost, they have felt dizzy or breathless after a visit here. Some have captured weird structures on their cameras. You will find many who do not believe that the cemetery is haunted but those who have felt something spooky cannot shake off the eerie feeling.

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7. Agrasen ki Baoli, Delhi

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A narrow step-well constructed a long time ago, Agrasen ki Baoli is shrouded in mystery as there aren’t historical records that suggest when it was built or who really built it. The step-well is 60m long and only 15m wide that make it steep and a little claustrophobic a space. Earlier, it was filled with black water that is believed to have drawn people to drown themselves in it. There have been a number suicides reported here. The water has dried up and the place is infested with pigeons and bats. People who visit this place sense being followed by someone even when no one is around. this makes Agrasen ki Baoli spooky and even though you can visit the place free of cost, not many people come here.

8. Brijraj Bhavan Palace, Rajasthan

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Rajasthan is famous for its royal heritage that reflects in its architecture as well. Dotted with royal havelis and palaces that are now heritage hotels, you can expect finery and class in this state. However, it does have its fair share of haunted spots. One of them is the Brijraj Bhawan Palace Hotel which was once home to Major Charles Burton. He was murdered here along with his two sons in one of the upper rooms by Indian sepoys. It is believed that his spirit still resides here. Today, it is a palace hotel and guests enjoy living in a grand, royal setting. The good news is that the ghost is harmless. It does not disturb the guests but the guards here have complained of hearing a voice commanding in English to stop sleeping and smoking. Some have even been slapped by an invisible force if they’ve slept on duty.

9. Dow Hill, Kurseong

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A quaint hill station in West Bengal, Dow Hill is the lesser popular cousin of Darjeeling but equally beautiful and scenic. However, it is infamous for its ghosts and spirits rather than its waterfalls and toy train ride. Even the locals here are aware of the existence of these spirits and have learnt to live with the fact. You can hear numerous spooky tales from them and probably even go to one of these spots. The forest is definitely a place to spot something spooky. And the other one is the century-old Victoria Boys High School. Ghosts of children have been sighted here with the most famous one being that of a headless boy. Even during vacations when there are no students in the school, one can at times hear footsteps, shrieks and laughter coming from the empty classrooms. Now, that is something that can really spook anyone out.

10. D’Souza Chawl, Mumbai

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Mumbai maybe packed with people but there is no dearth of haunted spots in the city. D’Souza Chawl is in Mahim and is lined with tiny houses with a well in the centre without a boundary wall. The story goes that a woman went to fill water and fell in it and died. It is believed that her spirit still roams here. People have seen the figure of a woman near the well on certain nights. She does not harm anyone but comes here on occasions. Another spirit that haunts the chawl is that of a man that guards the area. He is sometimes spotted by a few residents. These stories have made D’Souza Chawl a known haunted spot in Mumbai.

11. Mehandipur Balaji Temple, Rajasthan

If you thought temples were the safest places to stay away from spirits wait till you hear the spooky story of Mehandipur Balaji Temple. Dedicated to Hanuman, it is a place where live exorcisms take place. People who are believed to be possessed are brought here and you will find them doing weird things like pouring boiling water on themselves or being beaten up by pundits. There are also some rules that every visitor who comes here must follow in order to keep the spirits happy. Taking anything back with you from here is prohibited including Prasad.

12. GP Block, Meerut

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A block with three buildings has been lying vacant since 1930s thanks to the haunted tales surrounding it. GP Block in Meerut is one of the most haunted places in the country with people claiming to spot a woman dressed in red sitting on the rooftop. They have also spotted four men sitting there at times or inside the house. Some people have tried finding answers to the mystery but so far no one has succeeded and the place is still vacant. Locals are divided about the truth of the place but there is nothing that is being done about it. The block even had caretakers at one point who stayed there for six months and did not experience anything strange. However, one day a lady spotted a woman in red and she freaked out and left the place.

13. Charleville Mansion, Shimla

The mansion is supposed to be haunted and many owners who have stayed here have soon left after experiencing something spooky. From Indian couples to Britishers, those who have stayed here had a story to tell about this mansion. It is said that one of the upper rooms is where the spooky activities took place and therefore it was kept locked most of the times.

14. Kuldhara, Rajasthan

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The story of an abandoned village that still lies vacant, Kuldhara is in Jaisalmer and today is a tourist attraction. The village however is still uninhabited and people do not spend the night here as it is believed to be haunted. The story of Kuldhara is also a fascinating one. According to the legend, the Diwan of Jaisalmer Salim Singh who was known for his debauchery, wanted to marry the village chief’s daughter. In order to make sure his wish is fulfilled, he told the villagers that he would levy heavy taxes on them if this did not happen. Fed up with his antics, the entire village fled Kuldhara without leaving a trace of where they went. But it is believed that their spirits still roam here and they cursed the village that no one will be able to stay in Kuldhara. Hence, it has been abandoned since two centuries.

15. Three Kings Church, Goa

This church in Goa is more popular for its haunted tale than for anything else. It is believed that there were three kings who wanted to rule the village and in order to do so, one king invited the other two over for lunch but poisoned the food. The two kings died after eating this but the public came to know about this and were ready to lynch the third king. He ate the same food and died out of fear. They were buried close to the church and their spirits still roam here believe the villagers.

16. Mukesh Mills, Mumbai

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Once a thriving cotton mill, today Mukesh Mills is mostly used for films and ad shoots. It is in a dilapidated condition after a fire destroyed it. The mills is believed to be haunted and even though actors come here to shoot, the crew seldom stays back post evening for the fear of getting possessed or upsetting the spirits. Bollywood actors who have shot here have also claimed to have some kind of spooky experience including Bipasha Basu and Varun Dhawan. According to one of the stories, a crew member got possessed by a spirit and started talking in a hoarse, manly voice asking people to leave the premises. If you are keen to explore this place, you’d be happy to know that these days Mukesh Mills is available for private parties and get-togethers.

17. Writer’s Building, Kolkata

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Writers’ Building in Kolkata functions as an office space now but it was constructed in 1700s for writers who worked in the East India Company. The building is believed to be haunted till date and those who work here do not stay in office after dusk. The fifth floor is believed to be where supernatural activity is higher than rest of the building. Writers’ Building is haunted because three revolutionaries stormed here and shot the general inspector colonel Simpson. His spirit still roams here and people have heard footsteps, laughter and cries when no one is around. This is why no employee dares to stay back after office hours.

18. Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai

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Sanjay Gandhi National Park is both famous as well as infamous. From its rich flora and fauna, the national park attracts visitors from all over the country. However it also has some species from the other world. Spirits roam in the forest at night and guides will tell you more stories about the same. The national park is believed to have a ghost of a woman in a sari that asks for lift from people and then vanishes. If this isn’t spooky enough, people have heard voices and the feeling of being followed by someone when there is no one around. That’s why people are advised not to visit the park in the evening.

19. Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad

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Known for its majestic sets and film shoots, Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad is often visited by a number of people. However, the place is believed to be haunted even if the authorities deny this. Crew members can vouch that they have experienced weird things happening such as being pushed by an invisible force and injuring themselves. Some of the hotel rooms are also haunted as it is believed that the ground where this film city is built was where many soldiers lost their lives and their spirit still roams here.

20. Vrindavan Society, Thane

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One of the prime properties in Thane, Vrindavan Society opened in the ‘80s and has over 100 buildings. It is known for the spirit of a slapping ghost that roams here at night. A man committed suicide in his flat years ago but his spirit still roams in the society. It has slapped many guards and many have spotted him in their building too. The spirit refuses to leave even after so long. Even though the society is populated but such stories do the rounds even today. If you visit the society, ask the security guards for more stories about it.

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