Tourist Guide to Top 10 Haunted Locations in India

Updated on Dec 21, 2023 | Indian e-Visa

If you are on a tour to India and wish to explore some of the most spectacular haunted sites, you are in for a treat. Haunted locations undeniably titillate our curiosity. No matter what age bracket you belong to, you are always inquisitive about mysterious unexplained incidents.

The otherworldly always manages to attract us even though a part of us knows that it might be dangerous to visit such locations, the rest of us is justifiably lured to the place. Most times, it is not even the spectres that attract, it is the folklores and tales that garners our attention. All of us love ghost stories. We have grown up with friends and cousins who would share all kinds of true and untrue spooky tales stories, huddled together around a bonfire. To top this, we further have films which trigger our suspicion to a different level, so much so that we wish to travel to such locales and find out the truth ourselves.

To help you with your quest for the undead, we have curated a list of places to visit in the diverse country of India. Have a look at the locations mentioned below and see if you have the courage to visit them.  To add to the excitement, it would be best if you travel in groups. The experience would be one of a kind, something to remember and talk about for the rest of your life.

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Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan

Probably, the ancient Bhangarh Fort of Rajasthan is the most haunted location to visit in the country of India. The spectacular fort inculcates a very uneasy feeling amongst the visitors. It has been confirmed with people again and again, over time, that the place does harbour a very strong negative vibe, a vibe that makes you feel restless and physically unwell after a point.

Some locals even say that people who trespassed and stayed on the property at night, have gone missing. The government of India has prohibited entry into the fort after 4 p.m.; such is the terror that reigns the place. People have often heard shrill cries of a woman coming from the interiors of the fort. The various incidents and unsettling stories that encircle the Bhangarh Fort has only added to its popularity, making it one of the most visited haunted locations in India.

You can surely visit this place with your friends and try and wrap up your journey by three o'clock. You do not want a how-do-you-do with the ghosts of the place, do you?

Dumas Beach, Gujrat

The Dumas beach in the state of Gujarat is a cremation site laced with several horror stories. The locals of the place have complained to have heard strange and creepy voices at odd hours, especially at night. They even complain to have heard strange chant-like whispers, as if someone is trying to warn of the danger that lurks around the proximity of the beach. It is now widely believed amongst the locals that this beach, which is a Hindu crematorium, is haunted by the dead spirits of the people who are cremated here. 

Taj Hotel, Mumbai

Taj Hotel Mumbai is of the top 5 hotels in India which are known to be the welcoming place to most of the celebrities who visit India from across the world. While the grand structure of the hotel is highly commendable and offers flawless service to all its guests, it is believed to be haunted by the spirit of none other than its creator. 

Seems like the architect was too much in love with his creation to bid it farewell, therefore, decided to stay back to dwell in its beauty. If you happen to visit Mumbai, do drop by this location and have a look at the mesmerizing display of the Taj. 

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Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad

Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad is famous for two things: its love for Bollywood and its love for ghosts. While the film city has been the preferred location for many Indian film directors over the last 25 years, this 1666 acres of land is also the preferred hangout place for ghosts.

It is believed that this very well-crafted film city was built on the remains of the war ground of the Nizams of India. It is entirely because of this reason that the place is haunted by the ghosts of dead soldiers. Seems like the innocent warriors forgot to transcend to the other universe and chose to stay behind on their respective land.

While shoots still take place in this spectacular location, there have been scenarios where actors or crew members of various films have complained of feeling uneasy on the set. Some have even admitted to seeing silhouettes of people on the property of the film city. Not just for a ghostly adventure you can even visit this location for what it has to offer in the name of a film set.

Jatinga, Assam

Assam is a state in India that has always been associated closely with unsolved mysteries and mythical tales rolling down for ages. The hill village of Jatinga in Assam only furthers the spookiness in the book of Assam's creepy stories.

One of the stories suggests of a 'sleepy hamlet' located in the North Cachar Hills (a small district in Assam), called Jatinga. Situated at a distance of about 9 km from Haflong, the district headquarters. If you take a bus ride down to Haflong from Guwahati and then take local conveyance, you will finally reach a very mystic village in the heart of Assam.

One of the most bizarre/disturbing phenomenon to occur at this godforsaken place is the annual mass bird suicide. Yes, you heard it right. Scientists are still clueless about this weird phenomenon which occur religiously every year. They have no concrete conclusion to this happening yet. Starting from the month of early September to late November, millions of birds plunge themselves to death by storming into various buildings and tall trees. A few suggest that this phenomenon might be the reason behind the late monsoon wind which puzzle the birds causing them to feel disoriented about their path; resulting in mass death.

Writers' Building, Kolkata

The construction of this building first began in 1777 and was finally made open to the public in the year 1780. The architecture of the Writers' Building, or simply referred to as Writers', is something to marvel at.

While the building originally served as the principal administrative for junior clerks during the colonial era, it now serves as the secretariat building for the state government of West Bengal. Along with serving as the secretariat building, it is also home to many of the ghosts who inhabit the place for the past 200+ years. 

Ghosts as old as time itself are believed to lurk around the vacant rooms of the Writers' Building which have remained unopened for several long years. As soon as the office hours get over, no employee stays behind on the property for even a second. After sunset, everyone leaves the office as soon as possible. People have complained that sometimes they hear shrill cries of children and women coming from many of the vacant rooms, stories also suggest that sometimes there is a temperature fluctuation in the rooms while the employees are still working. A few of the employees have even admitted that sometimes important files and folders fall on their own or go missing. 

If you ever happen to visit Kolkata, the city of joy, do not forget to drop by this location and have a look at this majestic building. The Writers' Building is indeed not just famous for its horror stories but the magnificent structure is also known for its design and how it has been constructed 240 years ago.

Agrasen ki Baoli, Delhi

Located right in the heart of Delhi, we have this stunning piece of art of 108 steps to descend into a small water body, also known as Agrasen Ki Baoli. Although there is no historical record of who constructed this magnificent staircase, it is believed that Raja Agrasen got it constructed in 3000 BC. While it is a display of brilliant architecture, it is also home to some of the most disturbing spirits.

It is believed that if you keep on descending from the stairs of the baoli (essentially a reservoir of water built during the Indus Valley Civilization), you would be further lured inside to the dark waters of the reservoir. Legend suggests saying that the black water of the well draws people inside causing them to drown themselves and die. It only strengthens as you go deeper with nothing but the echo of your footsteps coming from the walls of the baoli. For true horror enthusiasts, the baoli ranks quite high on the list of adventurers looking for something thrilling.

Many of the famous films in Bollywood like ‘Pk’ and ‘Sultan' have been shot here. 

National Library of India, Kolkata

National Library of India is also the largest library in India. This library is not just a library of books but also harbours stories of the undead. While it attracts bibliophiles from across the world, it equally attracts ghost hunters looking for answers. Rumours of this library suggest that the ghost of Lady Metcalfe still looms around the corridor and alleys of this beautifully built library and has been a part of the library for quite a while. If this was not enough to scare you to the bones, there have been testimonies of readers who complained that they felt someone watching them while they explore books. Imagine how spooky it would feel to be watched by someone dead.

Adding to this horror, in 2010 there was an Archaeological Survey done by ASI on the mystery of some of the hidden chambers of the library and it was discovered that those chambers were used as torture rooms by the Britishers. It is unimaginable to think of the kind of torture and abuse the walls of the library must have witnessed over time. While the renovation of the library was on, 12 workers succumbed to death while working on-site.

If that is not ominous enough, we do not know what is. If you plan on visiting this place, be mindful of what happens around you.

Tower of Silence, Mumbai

This tower in Mumbai is used for cremation by the Parsi community. The ritual requires the mourners to place the dead on the top of the tower so that the scavengers like vultures, crows and other birds can feed on the meat of the dead. Owing to the name of the tower, it indeed talks about the silence of the dead. The place is known for paranormal activities that occur from time to time. People often complain of feeling or seeing an eerie presence when they cross the region. This place is notably one of the top haunted locations in Mumbai.

Another known haunted location in Mumbai would be Madh Island Road with its own set of paranormal forebodings. Passers-by have often reported a bride's ghost running after them and scaring them away. There are also locations like Mukesh Mills which serve the purpose of a famous movie location but gets deserted as soon as evening settles in.

If you plan on visiting any of these locations usually can but know that most of these places have a vigil to bard off humans from lurking around after sunset.

Shaniwarwada, Pune

Some of the most gruesome tales of murder have taken place within the mighty walls of the fort of Shaniwarwada in Pune. The fort was originally built by the rulers of the Peshwa dynasty and has witnessed heinous crimes committed during the rule of the Peshwas. One of the few bone-chilling stories of the fort is about the murder of the prince; the true heir to the throne of the Peshwa dynasty. The worst part was that the murder was planned and executed by the prince's relatives to unjustly usurp the kingdom. 

Locals of the area opine that they still hear the shrill cries of the prince asking for help from within. While the location is infamous for its horrific tales of murder and crime, the Shaniwarwada Fort is excellent in architecture. It can be separately viewed as one of India's most celebrated archaic beauty. Many of the renowned films in India have been shot in this location for the fort's glamorous display.

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