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What if something is lurking in the shadows, making its presence known to us in a variety of strange ways?

While most people make every effort to avoid coming in contact with the paranormal, a considerable number of us deliberately seek out the adrenaline rush that comes from being surrounded by the fascinating and unfathomable unknown. While the reality of ghosts and spirits has been disputed for ages, the conclusions we get from our personal experiences are the only ones that matter. When it comes to haunted stories, they're entertaining to hear and even more entertaining to watch on a TV screen. But what if something is lurking in the shadows, making its presence known to us in a variety of strange ways?

Even if you do not believe in ghosts, these locations and their stories make for an intriguing and engaging read regardless of your beliefs. The list of haunted locations in India is extensive, with each location connected with a frightening historical or folklore tale. They range from derelict forts and towns to abandoned mines and spooky hotels and more unexpected locations such as courtrooms and schools. If you want to push the limits and look for evidence of the supernatural, these are some of the scariest locations in India that you can visit:



  • Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan: Rajasthan is one of India's most popular tourist attractions, both for Indians and visitors from other countries. While most visitors come to see the royal palaces and fortresses for their architecture, many are also drawn in by the many ghostly tales circulating in the area. The abandoned village of Bhangarh, located in the Alwar area, is considered to be India's most haunted destination. According to one of the narratives, a priest fell in love with Princess Ratnavati. The priest intended to cast a spell on her for her to fall in love with him as well. But the priest was executed when the princess became aware of his plot. He cursed the land before he was assassinated. It's in ruins now and is uninhabitable. The roofs of temples and homes are thought to collapse as soon as they are constructed. Those who have risked spending the night in the fort have reported hearing footsteps and the screaming of a woman in the darkness.


Haunted Bhangarh fort Those who have risked spending the night in the fort have reported hearing footsteps and the screaming of a woman in the darkness. Pixabay


  • Dow Hill, West Bengal: Residents claim that frightening spirits haunt the hill station of Dow Hill, the surrounding forest, and the Victoria Boy's School, which is located in the surrounding area. The Victoria Boy's High School in Kurseong and the Darjeeling Dowhill Girl's Boarding School dwells numerous ghosts. Locals claim that they can hear children's footsteps, screams, and laughing even when the school is closed for the summer break and the ghosts of some of the students haunt the halls of the schools. As the sun begins to set, one can sense the spookiness in the air.

top view photography of white and brown concrete houses The Victoria Boy's High School in Kurseong and the Darjeeling Dowhill Girl's Boarding School dwells numerous ghosts. Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


  • Kuldhara Village, Rajasthan: More than 1,500 Paliwal Brahmins resided in Kuldhara around 200 years ago, descended from a population that had been in the area for more than five centuries. But then, suddenly, the whole population, which comprised inhabitants of 85 villages, fled overnight. The Minister of the State was reported to have fallen in love with a girl from the village and threatened to tax the whole village enormously if they did not marry her to him. To safeguard the girl's honor, the chiefs of Kuldhara and the surrounding regions abandoned their settlements and cursed the land to stay uninhabited forever.


Abandoned village The chiefs of Kuldhara and the surrounding regions abandoned their settlements and cursed the land to stay uninhabited forever. Wikimedia


  • Jatinga, Assam: Jatinga, a tiny hamlet in Assam, offers all you might want in a relaxing vacation destination. However, instead of being known for its beautiful greenery and mountainous scenery, Jatinga is renowned for a weird phenomenon that occurs every year during the late monsoon months. During September and October, hundreds of migratory birds commit mass suicide in this area just after sunset; this occurs on an annual basis. The locals believe that demonic spirits in the sky are to blame for the incident. Scientists have been puzzled by this phenomenon since they have been unable to provide any logical explanation for birds falling lifeless from the sky.


Dead birds The locals believe that demonic spirits in the sky are to blame for the incident. Wikimedia


  • Raj Kiran Hotel, Lonavala: Hotel Raj Kiran is situated in Lonavala's main town. Several of the visitors who have stayed there have reported strange occurrences. In the Raj Kiran Hotel, there is a room that is said to be haunted, on the ground floor, near the reception. Some people claim to have seen a blue light near their feet at night, while others claim to have sensed someone following them. Many guests reported that their bedsheets were pulled from their beds in the middle of the night, even though no one was around. After that, the hotel staff decided to lock it up and not allow anybody to stay in the room unless necessary.


gray glass frame Many guests reported that their bedsheets were pulled from their beds in the middle of the night, even though no one was around. Photo by Thomas Willmott on Unsplash


So, these were some of the eerie locations in India that are guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. Although there are many more, I believe that this amount of spookiness is sufficient for the day.



Keywords: mystery, rajasthan, bhangarh, kuldhara, dow hill, lonavala, raj kiran


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