Supposedly Haunted Hotels in India
If you love to get scared silly, here's a list of some supposedly haunted hotels which you can try for a real eerie and spooky experience on your next travel trip in India. Cold gusts of wind, bodiless footsteps, bats gliding over your head and blood chilling screams-you must have watched it in movies, heard horror stories and read it in books. But, now if you want to experience the chill yourself, then go on a spooky trip to one of these haunted destinations:
1. Dumas, Near Surat, Gujrat:
People walking by the ocean here have heard voices tellin gthem not to go further, to turn around and go home. Many have been chased by dogs right after this, but locals say they ae just running away from something else. Legend has it that this place was a burning ghat, and the spirits do not seem ready to leave just yet.
2. Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune:
This fort is from the times when the Peshwas ruled in Maharashtra, and contains a chilling story within its walls. Narayan, heir to the throne after his brother Madhavrao died, was killed on his uncle Raghoba's wife's orders. As his assassins chased him all across the fort, the 13 year-old boy yelled, again and again "Kaka, mala vachva!" (Uncle, save me!). Visitors to the fort after nightfall can still hear his cries for help.
3. Dow Hill, Kurseong, West Bengal:
A number of murders have taken place in the woods here, leaving the hills with an uneasy feeling. On the stretch between Dow Hill Road and the Forest Office, woodcutters claim to have seen a headless young boy walking and then disappearing into the trees. Many locals have also heard footsteps in the corridors of Victoria Boys School during the December-March vacation.
4. Raj Kiran Hotel, Lonavala, Mumbai:
There is a particular room on the ground floor of this hotel, where guests have reported their bed sheets had been pulled off while they slept. Some have woken up in the middle of this, but that hasn't stopped the ghosts from continuing with their pranks. The room, however, has now been stopped being rented out.
5. The Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai:
After designing this hotel, architect W A Chambers went back to his country, France for a while. He came back to discover that it had been built in the reverse direction! The shock was too much for him and he killed himself, but his ghost roams the floors of the old wing of the hotel, lamenting the travesty.
6. The Savoy, Mussoorie:
The hotel formally opened in 1902, two years earlier than the Taj Mahal hotel. It is said that the halls and corridors of this hotel are haunted by the ghost of Lady Garnet Orme, who was found dead in mysterious circumstances many years ago in early 1910s. The hotel that inspired Agatha Christie's first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), has all the elements of a quintesential horror story: the unsolved murder of the owner, Lady Garnet Orme, a gloomy waiter and sightings of the spirit of a lady looking for justice. The case came to a dead-end when Lady Garnet Orme’s doctor was also found dead (of strychnine poisoning) a few months later.
7. Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad:
This film studio was reportedy built on the war ground of the Nizams, and they still seem to be around! During film shoots, repeated incidents of lights falling and lightsmen getting pushed off their stations has taken place. The hotel here is the most haunted of all: plates of food left in empty rooms gets scattered all over the place and writing resembling Urdu is left on the mirrors. Girls are the favourite targets of the ghosts. Some have had their clothes torn off, others have had bathroom doors banged upon even when the door to their hotel room is locked!
8. Bhangarh, Rajasthan:
Bhangarh was established by Madhao Singh in 1631. Some say that Singhia, a black magic tantric, cursed the township so that their souls would languish there forever. Also, if ever rediscovered, the town would remain invisible, only temples would be seen. True to the tale, only a few temples are scattered. According to locals, no one who has stayed in the ruins after sunset, has ever returned. The Archaelogical Survey of India, instead of building its office next to the excavations, as the Govt. of India rules demand, has located itself 1 Km away. A signboard has been put up next to the area saying "Staying After Sunset is Strictly Prohibited in This Area." Another very strange phenomenon is that all the houses nearby are built without roofs. Apparantely, any roof that is constructed ends us collapsing.
9. Brij Raj Bhavan Heritage Hotel, Kota, Rajasthan:
The 178-year-old Brij Raj Bhavan palace of the former princely family of Kota in Rajasthan, which was converted into a heritage hotel in the 1980s has a resident ghost, namely that of Major Burton, who, while serving as the British Resident to Kota, was killed by Indian sepoys during the 1857 Mutiny. The sepoys killed Major Burton and his two sons in the central hall of the building. The former maharani of Kota told British journalists in 1980 that she used to see Major Burton frequently, as the room in which he was killed, was being used as her drawing room then.
An elderly man with a cane in his hand, Major Burton does not harm anybody. But during his night visit, if any of the guards are sleeping or dozing, Major Burton gives them a slap.