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Indian soil has been the most prominent witness to one of the oldest cultures in the world, the Harappan Culture. Since that time, starting around 2500 BC, the country has observed numerous transgressions, especially in its North-Western region. Most of the old myths that stem from those times involve a number of famous and not-so-famous plunderers and looters, who chose India as their home.
Nowadays, people come from all over the World, eager to learn more about the culture and the traditions of this 5,000 year old civilization. The most striking, and at the same time scary tales and fables, give some a rush of adrenaline to come and explore the places mentioned in them, while others prefer to stay away. So let’s examine 5 spooky places in India which are believed to be haunted. Are you scared yet? (Hint: well, you should be!)
Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan
Our very first destination, the Bhangarh Fort, is situated on the border of Sariska Tiger reserve in the Aravali range. It’s a deserted town in Rajasthan that can give one a real jolt. Why? Well. The Bhangarh Fort is known as one of the most haunted historical places in Asia, as well as the whole World.
Before it was built in the 17th-century, an ascetic Guru Balau Nath used to meditate around this area. He was blessed with a strong magical power, which was widely known and respected by many. Hence, prior to constructing the fort, King Madho Singh decided to ask for his permission since he didn’t want him to curse the place.
Eventually the King was able to get his permission though on one main condition – a shadow from emperor’s palace should never touch the Guru’s retreat. In addition, the wizard declared that all the houses built around the fort must not be taller than his habitat. Furthermore, if this rule were violated – the city would be turned into wrecks.
According to an old myth, at some point the rule was in fact broken and the psychic power of Guru Balu Nath’s had ultimately destroyed the entire town.
His grave can still be found there, though the entrance is strictly forbidden before the sunrise and after the sunset. The reason behind this stringent rule is based on the fact that people who stayed in this mysterious place for a night, had never… returned the next morning.
Another version of story says that once upon a time a vicious black magician Singhia, who was also known as a tantrik, fell in love with a princess of Bhangarh, named Ratnavati. Ratnavati was very beautiful and also remarkably intelligent.
Singhia, was utterly smitten by her, though he knew that the beautiful princess would never accept his proposal. So one day he devised a wicked plan. He decided to decoy the princess using his occult powers. He put a spell on the oil that the princess normally used, and turned it into a “love potion”. A mere touch of this “love potion” should have enchanted the princess, and as a result she would have surrendered herself to him.
Luckily, the astute princess discerned the wizard’s trickery on time, and poured the oil onto the ground. The tantrik was captured and killed immediately thereafter, though before he died he managed to curse the whole town.
Whoever was brave enough to stay at the abandoned fort for a night, usually said that they heard female screams and screeches, footsteps, as well as a sound of bangles in the rooms. These adventurers also reported that they could feel a constant presence of someone, or something, close to them.
Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune
One of India’s best cavalry generals, Peshwa Bajirao Ballal Balaji Bhat, has dreamed about a great residency that would not only reflect his exceptional bravery and triumphs, but would also provide a rock solid defensive security to Peshwa. So in accordance with his plans, this 18th-century edifice was constructed to honor this extraordinary general of the Maratha’s Empire.
Apart from the heroism, this place quickly became known for the pain, wickedness and treachery of the people who used to reside here.
Peshwa Nanashaheb had three sons: Madhavrao, Vishwasrao and Narayanrao. During one of the battles, Nanashaheb and his middle son, Vishwasrao were killed, making his oldest son, Madhavrao the next Peshwa.
Sometime later, Madhavrao had also died, transferring the title to the youngest son Narayanrao, who was only 17 at the time. Unfortunately, he was too young for this role, and that is why his uncle Raghunathrao took charge of the estate on his behalf.
As it often happens, the situation quickly turned into a contemptible game to subjugate the kingdom. Hence, not long after, the young Peshwa was murdered by a group of assassins sent by his uncle’s wife.
When he realized that he was about to be killed, Narayanrao ran in the direction of his uncle’s chamber, shouting “Kaka Mala Vacchva” (Uncle save me). Unfortunately he was captured. The killers cut his body into small pieces and threw them down the river.
The spirit of the young Peshwa Narayanrao can still be heard wandering around, while crying and shouting his last words, especially on a gusty full-moon night, in the Shaniwarwada Fort. The fort was later destroyed by a fire, in the early 1800s, and no one lived there ever since.
Dumas Beach, Surat, Gujarat
Dumas is an urban beach located southwest of the city Surat, right along the Arabian Sea coast. This beach is a very well-known touristic destination, especially for its beautiful black sand and well… for its chilling reputation. It is widely believed to be one of the scariest places in Gujarat, as well as the entire country.
According to an old legend, Dumas beach was once used to burn dead bodies. Some believe that those who die with an unfulfilled desire, or with some unfinished business, cannot find peace in the afterlife. As a result, the spirits roam around the place where they were last seen alive. The myth also states that Dumas’s sand turned black because of the exorbitant amount of ash that came from these cremated bodies.
Numerous people claim to have had creepy experiences around this area. Some heard a scream, a whisper or a raucous laughter upon entering the beach during the off-limit hours. Rumors state that a number of people had disappeared from this beach under mysterious circumstances and have never been found later. So as a general precaution – you might want to stay away from this eerie place after dark.
Dow Hill and Kurseong, West Bengal
Kurseong is small town, located not far from the beautiful hill station in Darjeeling, West Bengal. The breathtaking view and the serenity of nature are absolutely perfect for spending a day here peacefully. Yet, this magical beauty has a strangely dark side to it.
One of the most terrifying stories which surround Kurseong, is that of a headless boy. The local wood-cutters claim to have seen his ghostly image disappearing among the trees a number of times, on the road between the Down Hill and the Forest’s office. That is why this trail has become unofficially known as the death route.
According to the locals, Victoria Boys High School which is located in the vicinity of the forest, is the most ominous place in all of Darjeeling. Whispers and cries, loud footsteps and other eerie sounds are quite the ordinary things that are often heard in the school’s building, when it’s closed for a break.
Apart from that, a large number number of people were allegedly murdered in the forest. A wide number of individuals also claimed that someone or something had chased them in there. Because of that traumatic experience many take a long time to recover, while others never do and unfortunately end up committing suicide.
Malcha Mahal, Delhi
Malcha Mahal, also known as Bistdari Mahal, was built during the times of Feroz Shah Tughlaq, around the 14th century. It is located in a private, secluded wooden area, which is forbidden to the outsiders.
On December 10, 1993, Princess Wilayat Mahal, the Begum of Oudh, who used to live in a deserted shack around this area, had sadly committed suicide. After her death, her two children did not bury her right away. They allegedly slept with their mother’s body for ten straight days.
In fact, the children still live there, with no water or electricity, surrounded by thick forestry. The entrance to this spooky place is apparently guarded by a number of large dogs.
At one point, some strongly believed that there were hidden treasures buried around Mahal. In 1994, someone decided to raid this place to dig up its purported valuables. Begum Wilayat Mahal’s grave was also dug up and disturbed. Later on, her children decided to burn their mother’s body, probably to protect her from vandalism.
The entire area around Mahal has a dark history filled with murder and torture. Numerous people who decided to go in there for fun, came out petrified, while some have never even returned. The mystery as to their whereabouts remains still.