When you think about locations of paranormal activity India should come to mind. India is home to more than thirty-five locations reporting paranormal activity. India is a gorgeous country with lush gardens, ancient stone architecture, and black sandy beaches. It is a country full of places tourists gather each year both locally and internationally. India’s ghost town of Bhangarh-Ajabgorh in Rajasthan is one of the places visited every year reported to have paranormal activity and visitors are forbidden for entering after sundown. Dumas Beach in Gujarat is another place known for its black sandy beaches and haunting history. D’Souza Chawl in Mahim has a chilling history drawing visitors to explore its houses. Shaniwarwada Fort in Pune has beautiful stone and brick walls housing the story of its young prince and his vicious uncle and of course the GP Block of Meerut that has been deserted since the late 1950s.
List of Top 5 Most Haunted Places in India:
1. Bhangarh-Ajabgorh, Rajasthan
One of the oldest forts in India is Bhangarh-Ajabgorh in the state of Rajasthan. This fort was established in the year 1573. It is located between Delhi and Jaipur. The fort was established during the reign of Bhagwant Das as the residence of his son Madho Singh. The ruler following him was his son Chhatr Singh. After Chhatr met his death in 1630 the fort declined, and the population began to recede and die out. After the famine of 1783, the town has remained desolate.
There are two myths contributing to why this fort met the end of its population. One of the myths is the city was cursed by a Guru named Guru Balu Nath who gave the city one condition stating that “The moment the shadows of your palaces touch me, the city shall be no more!” (Sumedh, 2012) When an inhabitant of the city built the palace height up casting a shadow that covered Guru Balu Nath’s forbidden ebb he cursed the town as he had foretold.
Another myth surrounding the city is that of the Princess of Bhanagarh who was said to be the jewel of Rajasthan. It was told that a magician tried to trick her into giving him her hand in marriage with an enticing enchanting oil. When the Princess cast the oil to the ground and it created a large boulder which crushed the magician to death and he used his dying breath to curse the palace and its inhabitants. Legends have long said that the fort contains ghosts and sounds of people walking or dancing wearing Indian ornaments such as anklets. The fort has a sign forbidding entry after sunset which legal action is threatened if this law is broken.
During the day the fort allows visitors to lay their eyes upon its lush gardens, its pool called the Bowli where people can jump from as high as fifty feet into the water below, and its beautiful architecture. If locked in after nightfall its large gates reaching thirty feet are locked tight and the fort is surrounded by barbed wire making it impossible to escape. People have reported that in the Bowli sounds echo in spiral movements without explanation. The Fort of Bhangarh is an attraction for tourists and a beautiful place to visit during the day but with its chilling ancient history, nighttime adventures here are strictly prohibited.
2. Dumas Beach, Gujarat
Black sand is an exquisite site on the beaches of Dumas Beach in Gujarat also known as the haunted beach of India. This beach is located along the Arabian Sea, approximately 21 kilometers southwest of the city of Surat in the state of Gujarat. Dumas Beach has been rated one of the top tourist destinations in India. Some many years ago Dumas Beach has used a cremation site for the Hindu population which is the most common method after death. The remains of the dead were then scattered into the ocean where they believed the spirit could move on after death.
The beach is no longer used for cremation purposes, but people have reported mysterious drownings and disappearances along the beach. The appearance of the beach does give an eerie feel with its black sand caused by volcanic soil, its muddy water, and its bony wild scrubs. During the day, residents and tourists enjoy the beach as normal.
After nightfall, the beach is said to an overwhelming sense of sadness and desolation. The night air takes on an electrically charged quality with a vast smell of rotting decay. Humanoid figures and that of dogs have been spotted on the beach and have known to chase people. Some have had problems with cameras malfunctioning and then later have the presence of orbs in their pictures.
In the water, there has been spotted a white apparition luring people into the water to their deaths. Dogs that are brought on to the beach at night and even dogs that live close by bark and howl and some on the beach stop dead in their tracks and refuse to walk any further, others bark at something that isn’t there but during the day the dogs behave normally. Dumas beach is a spot highly trafficked by tourists and a lot of the suspicion regarding the paranormal activity is credited to the souls that were cremated there and never moved on after death and others say that alcohol plays a huge role in what is spotted at this beach.
3. D’Souza Chawl in Mahim, Mumbai
D’Souza Chawl of Mahim is a residential building area with houses lining both sides known to house the poor but working-class families. In the middle of the chawl is a well that does not have a wall protecting its users from falling into its depths. A woman was said to have fallen into the well after trying to fetch fresh water for her home. Residents have spotted her figures on numerous occasions around the well. She has been spotted in other places surrounding the houses. Residents say she is harmless and doesn’t cause any issues. There have been other reports of a sighting of a guard spotted only at night guarding the compound. Many people have tried to debunk the theories surrounding the chawl, but it is still known as one of the top haunted places in India.
4. Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune
Another fort known for its beautiful stone and brick architecture is Shaniwarwada Fort in Pune part of the Maratha Empire. After the demise of its ruler, Baji Rao his son Balaji Baji Rao also known as Nana Saheb took rulership of the Maratha Empire. He had three offspring all sons. The eldest son, Madhav Rao acquired the kingship after his father died in battle. The second son Vishwas Rao also died in battle. Madhav was so traumatized by losing his father and his brother that he took his own life. This left the third son Narayan Rao, only sixteen years old at the time the ruler of this empire.
Narayan relied heavily on the guidance of his devilish uncle. His uncle wrote a letter to a nearby tribe to murder Narayan. The tribe’s chief sent people from the tribe to kill Narayan. They threw his body into the river. The fort is also said to be populated by disembodied spirits of people who were killed in a fire that engulfed the fort. Visitors are discouraged from entering the fort after 6:30 pm. On full moon nights, there have been reports of people hearing the cries of the young prince, although entry after nightfall on any night is discouraged.
5. Gp Block of Meerut
Gp Block of Meerut consists of three buildings that have been deserted since the 1950s. The buildings are the tall stone that is now populated by wild plants. In the past, the block has been known to house criminals involved in illegal activity and a hangout for gamblers. In 2014, Army caretakers were allowed to reside in the bottom floors of one of the buildings but the mother of one of the caretakers reported seeing a woman in red sitting on the rooftops.
They were also involved in illegal activity and was asked to vacate the premises. Other sightings four men sitting inside the houses and on the rooftops drinking beer have been reported. Having a history of paranormal activity wasn’t enough to deter criminals from using the buildings for illegal activity so an iron gate was constructed to preserve these houses.
India is home to many haunted sites which attract local and international tourists. India has a ghost town forbidden to be entered at night with large gates and barbed wire all around. A beach with volcanic soil and unexplained events with a bone-chilling history. A residential area where a woman fell into a well and her spirit has since dwelled. An empire where a young prince lost his life at the hands of an evil uncle and stone walls that survived and engulfing fire killing many inhabitants. A block of three houses used for various criminal activities home to the lady in red. India should be thought of when thinking of visiting sights of paranormal activity.