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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
At a time when the Covid pandemic has left millions of children confined to four walls of their home, a novel initiative of a camel-borne mobile library on a camel is drawing laurels across Rajasthan. This is the first mobile library to start operations in the interiors of Jodhpur district where vehicles find it difficult to operate due to the sandy terrain. Started under the International Reading Campaign 2021, the library has a total of 1,500 books of which most are story and drawing books.
Till September 8, it will tour the Osiyan sub-block. The initiative is a result of joint efforts taken up by the state Education Department and 'Room to Read' under the International Reading Campaign 2021 and has been started to ensure students can read and write at their homes.
The mobile library travels to far-flung areas to provides access to books to the kids residing there. Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash
The mobile library travels to far-flung areas to provides access to books to the kids residing there.
Officials said that Room to Read has launched campaigns under the themes of "India gets reading at home" and "Nahin rukenge nanhe kadam, Ghar per rah kar bhi sikhenge hum". (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Rajasthan, mobile library, camel, books,
India is renowned for its diversity as it is home to not only a mix of cultures and cuisine, but also varied landscapes. While the country houses a plethora of well-known tourist attractions, it also has a myriad of such lesser-known jewels that make even the most intrepid traveller swoon in awe struck delight.
With travel restrictions easing and Covid cases consistently dropping across the country, domestic travel is booming. In fact, visiting smaller, unknown destinations, far from the city, away from the crowds and stress helps to satiate your travel appetite.
Avoid the crowd with EaseMyTrip.com shares list of India's most enchanting and lesser-known destinations:
A hidden gem in India for tranquillity seekers is Jawai, named after the river with mesmerising views. The experience offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to engage with nature and wildlife. The granite landscape and highlands that surround Jawai are a sight to behold. As leopards dwell wild and free, Jawai symbolizes human-nature coexistence. The leopard safari is one of its kind in this wildlife haven, the city is home to wild animals, including nilgai, bears, wolves, hyenas, and chinkaras. In addition, Jawai is a well-known winter haven for migrating birds.
The leopard safari is one of its kind in this wildlife haven, the city is home to wild animals, including nilgai, bears, wolves, hyenas, and chinkaras. In addition, Jawai is a well-known winter haven for migrating birds. Wikimedia
Ziro Valley, Arunachal Pradesh:
While rolling over Scotland's lush green pastures may appear to be a distant travel goal on your bucket list, you can get all of this in India for half the price and twice the joy. With abundant reserves of untapped natural beauty, Ziro is a modest picturesque town, nestled away in the enchanting mountain-scape of Arunachal Pradesh. In addition to its unrivalled scenery and wildlife splendour, the tranquil town is known for its distinctive Apatani tribe. Verdant greenery and breathtaking paddy fields, a fascinating tribal culture unlike any other, and a pleasant weather all year round makes it a must-visit travel destination. Since the past few years, there has been a growth in airline routes to the region resulting in swifter travelling options.
Morachi Chincholi, Maharashtra:
Located 50 km away from Pune, this quaint village is the unofficial peacock sanctuary of Maharashtra. As the name suggests, Morachi Chincholi is a village of tamarind trees and dancing peacocks. Legend has it that the tamarind trees were planted during the Peshwa dynasty, which attracted peacocks to the village. A visit to this picturesque village will provide travelers a unique Maharashtrian village life experience as the villagers here offer visitors a bullock cart ride to the farm and help them get a practical experience of irrigation and farming life. One can also enjoy a simple meal of organic vegetables against the backdrop of lustrous ruby-green farms and dancing peacocks, which is a perfect escape into tranquility.
A visit to this picturesque village will provide travelers a unique Maharashtrian village life experience as the villagers here offer visitors a bullock cart ride to the farm and help them get a practical experience of irrigation and farming life. Wikimedia
Varkala, located in the southern part of Kerala, is known for its calm ambience and vibrant, serene beaches. The red sandstone cliffs and lush greenery around is a sight to behold. The coastal area is home to a black sand beach which is a hidden gem within the area. It is also a hub for the adventure enthusiasts as it is known for its water sports and adventure activities such as paragliding, rafting and parasailing. The destination is home to several fisheries, freshwater springs, hills and forts. Apart from holding the charms of a quiet beach, the coastal area is also home to pilgrimage sites such as the 2000-year-old Janardhana Swamy Temple and the Sivagiri Mutt, which can be spiritually rewarding as you travel to explore the unexplored.
With majestic Himalayan peaks and verdant woods surrounding it, Chaukori is a lesser-known hamlet with jaw-dropping splendor. It is one of India's finest and most distinctive hill stations, with breath-taking views of Nanda Devi, the Panchachuli peaks, and Nanda Kot. It is noted for its numerous Hindu temples, picturesque scenery, and tranquil ambience, and should be in the travel wish list for a peaceful getaway. In Chaukori, one may engage in leisurely walks and high-intensity treks, both of which provide a magnificent perspective of the landscape. Right from the scenic hill stations to gorgeous beaches to peaceful getaways among nature and culture, there is an interesting melange of landscapes across the country which are perfect alternatives for curious travelers looking for something different from the hustle and bustle of big, crowded cities. While travel slowly resumes in the country, it is important to ensure that safety remains paramount. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Travel, India, Covid19 , Rajasthan, Arunachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Uttarakhand
We know Jaipur as the pink city, the city of palaces and forts and a tourist hub. This city has as rich a cultural history as any city can have. Being one of the prime cities where Indian Rajput royalty flourished, Jaipur is one of the most important and great heritage cities in India, also known for the same internationally.
UNESCO, the wing of the United Nations that works for education, science and heritage all around the world identifies heritage as the legacy from our past that we live with and pass on to the next generation.
Jaipur was founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II in 1727 AD. Maharaja Jai Singh II was a Kachwaha Rajput king who ruled from 1699-1743. He was assisted by the architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya. Completed in 4 years, this city was planned as a set of 9 blocks which would later be painted pink under the rule of Maharaja Ram Singh in 1876.
Much of the old architecture like the great Amber Fort, arts and crafts like the Rajasthani miniature painting and the authentic cuisine comprising of daal, baati, churma along with the rituals and practices are all expressions of the royal culture Jaipur.
This culture combined with the warmth this city offers attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world. In fact it is the tourism industry that is the backbone of the city.
Keywords: Jaipur, Rajasthan, Heritage, India, Pink City