Remember those scary adventures you had while going on nature’s call at midnights after watching Zee Horror Show or The Conjuring and then watching the terror-stricken faces of friends while we made up some spooky stories on the go (Fun inexpressible! Feeling nostalgic?).
India has been home to the most mysterious secrets and stories that remained sealed in ashes of time that resurfaced with incidences of paranormal activities. Do the stories of agonising deaths of ancient kings, their palaces, treasures and other spooky tell-a-tales send an adrenaline rush through your veins? If yes, then keep reading. We, right now, are going to explore some of the strange and mysterious historical places out there that will send chills down your spine. Don’t forget to check out the seventh, our favourite ones. Do visit these sites at your own risk!
1. Shaniwar Wada – Pune, Maharashtra
Built in the 1730s, the ancient walls of this historical place tell a strange story of a young prince who was killed by his own relatives so his spirit returns during the full moon to take vengeance. People in the area claim to have heard an unknown voice crying for help ‘Kaka Mala Vachwa’ in Marathi, which means ‘Uncle save me’. You can witness scary paranormal activities odd apparitions during this time hence entry to this place is restricted at night.
2. Brij Raj Bhavan’s palace, Kota, Rajasthan
Want to explore the ‘unknown’? If yes, then this is probably the perfect place! As per the story, Major Burton and his sons, who were residents of this palace were killed during the 1857 revolt. It is said that their ghosts still loiter in this palace (now, a heritage hotel), well, they don’t harm anyone. However, the guards claim to have been slapped by the imperceptible hands at midnight.
3. Bhangarh Fort, Ajab Garh, Alwar, Rajasthan
This notorious fort has a very captivating legend about Singhiya, a tantric, who fell for Princess Ratnavati and used some black magic spell to get her love. However, the spell backfired, and he died. Before taking his last breath, he cursed the fort that anyone who stays in the fort will die.
Owing to unusual paranormal activities, visitors are strictly prohibited from visiting this place after sunset. For a long time, another famous story is doing rounds in Bhangarh, which says some of the villages in Bhangarh have roofless houses. Even today anyone who builds it, it collapses in seconds.
4. Feroz Shah Kotla Fort, Delhi
In 1354, this ghostly fort was rebuilt by Feroz Shah, but even today it hardly sees visitors. It is only on Thursdays that a crowd visits this Kotla ruins to pay obeisance to the djinns by praying and lighting candles.
Some even write letters to Laat Wale Baba and tie them to the railings that guard 2000 old pillars. This place is said to be dangerous especially for young women, as the evil spirits often attack and haunt them.
5. Sinhgad Fort, Pune
This fort is the most renowned historical fort of Maratha Empire. Many people during their journey to and fro from this fort are said to have experienced some mysterious events. People report of hearing faded reverberations of war cries during the odd hours at night.
6. Kuldhara, Rajasthan
Time for the most interesting spooky story! Built in 1291 by a prosperous clan of Paliwal Brahmins, this ghost village is deserted since the 1800s. According to the legend, Salim Singh, once the minister of the state, fell in love with a beautiful village girl. He threatened the villagers to levy heavy taxes if they did not allow him to marry her. To protect the girl’s honour, the villagers decided to abandon the village and migrate somewhere else. One night in 1825, people from 83 villages in Kuldhara, vanished all of sudden in dark. It is further said that the villagers cast a spell that anyone who inhabits the land will be cursed. Since then it is believed to be the village of the most belligerent spirits.
7. GP block, Meerut
This place in Meerut is quite infamous for the paranormal activities. This double-storey building houses some evil spirits. People often see four men having drinks and a girl in red dress stepping out of the house. Over a period of time, this place was abandoned. However, it still holds fancy for the people who love the supernatural.
8. The church of three kings, Goa
There lived three kings who always had conflicts among themselves to claim the throne of Goa. Holgar, one of the kings, called the other two at this church and poisoned them and soon claimed the throne. When the secret of the king’s death spread, King Hoglar chose the same fate and committed suicide by consuming poison. All the three kings were buried in this church, and their souls still haunt this place.
9. Agrasen ki Baoli, Hailey Road, New Delhi
Who would believe that this enticing ancient stepwell, known for its unique blend of architecture and design, holds some mysterious legend? Eerily this stepwell that was once supposed to be filled with black water is said to lure people to commit suicide. Even today, it gives a mystic feeling of being followed by an invisible power. The intensity of the feeling increases when you walk faster. So, are you ready to experience it first hand?