By Rashi Wadhera and Talha Siddiqui

There’s nothing like a good spooky story, but what ups the ante, is when you can actually visit a supposed haunted spot. Although Delhi battles enough ghosts and demons metaphorically, there are actually myths, legends and old aunties clad in white saris, that rumor has it, come out to play ever so often. Here, LBB braves the supernatural, and tells you where you’ll get yourself a good scare.

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Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb, Mehrauli Archeological Complex 

Now it may sound like the Mosque is named after two Turkish Djinns, but on the contrary, it is named after a great Sufi saint and poet, Shaikh Jamali Kamboh, and his best aide, Kamali. Their bond has been eternized in the tomb they share next to the mosque. People who visit have reported being slapped and, almost like adding insult to injury, being pushed thereafter. Apart from the minor violence, sounds of animals growling, raging fights and laughing women have also been reported. A group of ghost hunters recently found a red triangle glowing on the mosque during the night, but its significance has not been deciphered as yet. As the park remains closed during paranormal rush hours, it becomes difficult to get hands-on experience of the spooks, but upon request, the ASI is willing to let you have your adventure. Just pack a lot of lights {as it gets really dark}, in addition to much-needed guts. Or you could gather the courage {you’ll need lots of it} to explore this next place…

Mutiny House, Kashmiri Gate

The Mutiny Memorial is a memorial situated in front of the Old Telegraph Building, Kashmiri Gate, built in memory of all those who fought in the Delhi Field Force during the Indian Rebellion of 1857. Built by the British in the 1800’s, people have claimed to have found decapitated body parts in motion, belonging to deceased officials. Fun!

W-3, Greater Kailash

You probably know this house and all the tales associated with it. Decrepit, run down, over grown trees, and if you catch it on a cold Delhi night, then the fog makes this set complete. It wasn’t always a run-down, ignored property. Cue music, and a vintage throwback visual. It was home to an aged couple, who were brutally slain one night. Their decomposed bodies were discovered in an underground water tank. Like any true Indian family, there were claimants for the property, but due to unresolved issues, it remained vacant. As for why it has a reputation, local residents have claimed to hear sobbing, screams, and other sounds coming from inside the house. We’ll never know if it’s just hear say; we’ll leave it to you to find out.

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Delhi Cantt.

Delhi Cantt. finds a mention on the all India list of most haunted places. Our paranormal protagonist here is a woman in white who comes out of the lush green and seeks a lift from passers-by.  If she is denied, she reportedly chases them, even reaching speeds equal to their vehicles, and sometimes overtaking them! It is widely believed that she was a hitchhiker who got lost in the forestry, or an unfortunate incident occurred, leaving her dead in the greenery. It is not so much the Spirit that gives this place its distinction, as it is the frequency with which the sightings are reported.

Apart from the stories, Delhi Cantt. is not a place for the faint hearted at night. It gets eerily silent and, on the whole, bears a haunted look.

Billa Ranga Road 

The Geeta and Sanjay Chopra kidnapping case was one that made headlines, and news across the country. Two children, Geeta and Sanjay, were kidnapped by two young men, Ranga Khus {Kuljeet Singh}, and Billa {Jasbir Singh}, with the intent of collecting ransom. Since they discovered the kids’ father was a naval officer, they dropped the idea, murdered Sanjay, and raped and killed Geeta. The duo were hung for their crimes, but the road came to be known as the Billa Ranga Road, and has come to be associated with the spirits of the two children. Just off Dhaula Kuan; travel at your risk.

Bhuli Bhatiyari ka Mahal, Delhi Ridge

One of Delhi’s lesser known and frequented {now we know why} monuments, it is an old hunting lodge of Tughlaq. No one can really validate why its considered haunted, but the truth is it lies abandoned and in the middle of the Ridge. So, that coupled with the fact that enough people consider it haunted, is enough for us.


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Khooni Darwaza 

A place with a name such as this has got to be haunted, and Khooni Darwaza does not disappoint. People have reported blood dripping from the ceiling during monsoons, and voices screaming out during the night. The monument gets its name from a cold-blooded murder committed by one William Hodson. Here, three sons of Bahadur Shah Zafar were shot at point blank range when William was in charge of disbanding the rebellion of 1857 for the British. The spirits of the three princes still float about within the monument.

Red Fort 

On the brighter side, one significant place that was declared “unhaunted” was the Red Fort. Many years ago, The Custodian of the Red Fort, Asghar Ali Khan, saw ghosts of Mughal princes and princesses when he was doing rounds during the night. The Army tried to bury the issue by saying that some army personnel were playing pranks on the old man. But Mr. Asghar swore sanity and challenged the Army’s version. It was later revealed that the Army was trying to bury the issue because it was in the public eye. What happened of the ghosts, no one knows, but by the sheer number of daily visitors, it is safe to assume that the Red Fort is safely “unhaunted”.

Karbala Graveyard, B.K. Dutt Colony

This particular graveyard saw its last burial in 1985, and was reserved exclusively for the funeral of tazias, the ritual coffins of Imam Husian Ibn Ali, the prophet’s grandson. The graves, few and far between, are covered with tasseled silk, broken in half, and even have plants growing out of them. Although located a short walk from IHC and three bustling market places, you’ll be uncomfortable if you’re there past sunset. Something about how isolated it is, and the birds retiring for the day doesn’t help its eerie setting.

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Lothian Cemetery 

The Lothian Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Delhi. Many who died during the 1857 revolt were buried here, including Gen. Nicholson, who was shot in the head, which assumingly disfigured his head. Now Gen. Nicholson spooks people at night. Another headless soldier story is that of a young Englishman who shot himself after his love, an Indian woman, failed him when she was married off to a local. But Lothian Cemetery looks deserted and creepy even in daylight. Adding to the overall spook factor is the looming presence of a strange looking woman who sits under a tree and offers you a drink. She is not seen everyday, but is known to appear often.

Sanjay Van

Many might be unaware of the existence of this place, leave alone knowing it to be haunted. Sanjay Van, squeezed between Vasant Kunj and Mehrauli, is an excellent habitat for many resident and migrating birds. The DDA had taken steps to make this an ecological park, but the reported presence of a woman in a white sari swinging on an old Peepul tree might have deterred them.

Note from the Editors: these are urban legends, and we mean no insensitivity towards anyone or their family.

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