Its that time of the year again when friends will dress up and ghosts and prank you. It’s time for costume parties and fancy dresses. But, if you want the real deal, and enjoy the thrill of ghostly encounters, then there are some destinations where you can have an amazing experience.
Here are seven such places, which have been qualified as some of India’s spookiest places.
Where A Whole Village Disappeared Overnight
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Kuldhara in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan has been certified as scare by the Archaeological Survey of India. Kuldhara has a legend of Paliwal Brahmins. Set 200 years ago, it was the story of a community who had vanished overnight, leaving behind a ghost village to narrate their tale. You can undertake a night trail to experience pure thrill. An old man leads the night tour, telling the sad tales that surround this ghost town. Rajasthan also has other places that can give you a ghostly thrill.
The Ghost From 1857
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You can spend a night with a harmless ghost of Major Burton, who was killed by the Indian sepoys in the mutiny of 1857. He roams the corridors of Brij Raj Bhavan Palace in Kota, an old palace built in the early 19th century and converted into a heritage hotel in 1980. The spirit is believed to walk the corridors at night, and slap the guards who sleep on duty.
The Black Sand Beach In Gujarat
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If you want a gothic experience by the seaside, you can visit the Dumas Black Sand Beach in Surat. It is believed that the beach was used as a burial ground for so many years, that now you can hear the tortured souls through the sand. Some have heard whispers when they are alone on the beach, and legend has it that those who visit it at night never return.
The Gothic Ghost In Goa
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Behind the Church of Our Lady of Snows in South Goa, people have experienced the supernatural in broad daylight. Locals believe that anyone taking that route around 2 to 3 PM runs the risk of being taken over by an evil spirit. The deafening silence of the road and the mystical air around that part provides quite a perfect setting for this local legend. There are many other places that have ghostly tales in this land of sun and sand.
The Girl In Red Dress In Meerut
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One of the most haunted places in north India, the GP Block in Meerut is known for its many ghosts and spirits. People have often sighted a girl in a red dress, and there are even instances of male spirits sitting outside the building in the evening, enjoying a drink, though no one seems to recognise these appearances.
Tunnel No. 33
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This tunnel on the Kalki Shimla train route is supposed to be one of India’s most haunted places. It is said that a British engineer, Captain Barog, killed himself out of humiliation when he could not complete the tunnel on time, and the authorities fined him for this. Locals suggest that the spirit talks warmly to anyone who happens to see him, though the scarier encounter here is of a woman who screams and runs into the tunnel, only to disappear suddenly.
The Writer’s Favourite
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The ghost of Lady Garnet Orme is supposed to reside in the Savoy Hotel in Mussoorie. She is so popular that even Agatha Christie knew about her, and wrote about her in her book ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles’. Even today, this is considered of the most haunted hotels in India.
So, if you like vacations that bring you closer to the spirits from another world, you should consider a trip to one of these spookiest destinations in India.