Ghosts and spirits – the stories we all keep hearing about since childhood. Have you ever wondered how true they might be?
Rumours and news about hauntings have been doing the rounds for some time now, with many places in India marked as ‘haunted’. Many historical sites in India are termed so because people believe that the spirits of the royals who once lived at these sites still exist.
While the truth about these hauntings can be found out only if we visit the place ourselves, here are 5 interesting ‘so-called ‘haunted’ historical sites in India:
1) The Shaniwarwada Fort in Pune, Maharashtra:
Being the most haunted place in Pune, it is advised that this place should be visited during daytime as the fort is deserted at night. This fort has witnessed horror activities. At this fort that is known for its brilliant architecture, locals have said that supernatural activity occurs every full moon night. The folklore says that a young prince was brutally murdered here and his spirit haunts the fort. On full moon nights, the boy’s shrieking sounds are heard. Locals take the lamp along at night to hear the sound of the boy’s screams many times.
2) The Brij Raj Bhavan Palace in Kota, Rajasthan:
This place is very interesting as it is one of the most haunted places in India. It is said that a ghost of a Major roams this place. Back in time, Major Burton along with his sons was shot right inside the hotel during the revolt of 1857. However, the old palace is now converted into a heritage hotel. The people at this palace say that the major’s ghost that haunts this place does not harm anyone. Once the night guards claimed that they were slapped by an invisible hand in the middle of the night!
3) Bhangarh Fort in Ajabgarh, Alwar, Rajasthan:
The fort that has been called ‘haunted’ by a large number of people is located near a popular forest and is a tourist attraction. Tourists are not allowed to visit the fort after sunset – as per a board installed by the Archaeological Survey Of India. The tale goes that a magician, who fell in love with a local princess of the area wanted to get married to her, however no match was possible. The magician was the master of dark magic decided to cast a spell on her to make her surrender to him. The princess learned of his plans and decided to kill him with planning but before that the magician cast a dark spell on the fort cursing it, forever. Many people have ventured into the fort at night only to find out the truth. Some say that the fort is haunted, the others say it isn’t.
4) Writers Building in Kolkata, West Bengal:
This new writers building is constructed inside the old fort after a natural disaster demolished the first one. The British captain Simpson of the British East India Company was killed by revolutionaries Binay, Badal and Dinesh in this building. People say that the Captain’s ghost still resides in the building and the ones who stay nearby many times hear the noises of footsteps in the dark but cannot see anybody!
5) Malcha Mahal, New Delhi:
This palace is situated behind the Buddha Gardens of Delhi in the forest area. Visitors keep fair distance between the fort and themselves, thinking twice before entering the premises. Paranormal activities in the Malcha Mahal are famous across the city of Delhi. It is said that the government has given authority to shoot down anyone who proves to be a threat to the property. The place has an eerie feeling to it with an air of mystery surrounding it, sending out negative vibes.
Fact or fiction? Find out for yourself!