Abandoned Towns & Witches: 7 Haunted Trips You Need To Take

    We hope you know what you’re getting into. Just remember: If you notice a fight at a highway Dhaba, don’t try and intervene, especially if you’re on NH10. Keep driving, ’cause these destinations will give you all the thrills, spooks and chills you could possibly need.

    Brij Raj Bhavan Palace, Kota, Rajasthan

    Actually a stunning property, rumour of a late major’s ghost walking the corridors have given it a less than desirable reputation. Converted into a heritage hotel in the 80s, the property is rumoured to be ‘haunted’ by the spirit of Major Burton, who served as the British Resident to Kota, and was killed by Indian sepoys during the revolt of 1857.

    The former Maharaja of Kota claimed to have spotted him in the room in which he was killed. Although, we might just have a Casper on our hands; all he really does is keep an eye on property guards.

    Tunnel No 33, Shimla

    The Barog Tunnel {also known as Tunnel No. 33} is the longest tunnel in the Kalka-Shimla railway, and houses a dark secret. The construction of the tunnel has a tragic tale. Under the leadership of Colonel Barog, the workers were instructed to bore from both {opposite} sides of the mountain, a fairly common procedure as it speeds up construction. But, due to a miscalculation, the colonel quickly realised both tunnels would not meet. He was fined by the government {a grand sum of INR 1} and had all his crew hate on him.

    Because of the backlash, he shot himself and was buried in front of the incomplete tunnel. All these years later, it seems as though he never really died, or left the tunnel. At least his spirit didn’t.

    Hotel Savoy, Mussoorie

    Lady Garnet Orme, is believed to be a permanent resident of The Savoy, the still operational hotel, where she was found dead under mysterious circumstances. Apparently, she had been poisoned with strychnine. This story was so famous, Agatha Christie based her book, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, on it. All conjecture of course; you’re welcome to find out on our behalf.

    Bhangarh, Rajasthan

    This one gathers the most votes for the most haunted place in the country. You have to trudge through kilometres of broken roads before you actually get to this abandoned town. This one comes with a serious advisory, don’t stay past sunset, and the few that have dared, have allegedly heard screams, footsteps and just ‘felt’ someone’s presence.

    The town was built in the 16th century by Raja Bhagwant Das, and is complete with temples, shops, and homes. Stories about why this town in ruins is haunted differ wildly, but according to legends, a magician fell in love with the town’s princess, and cast a spell so she would reciprocate.

    She found out and had him killed, and he in turn, cursed the town on his way out of the world, saying no one would live and the city wouldn’t have any roofs. Look up, if you make it; there ain’t no roofs. Or people. For miles.

    Lambi Dehar Mines, Mussoorie

    Can we just start by saying anywhere in the hills, in the middle of the night can be quite scary, but couple it with a good story, and we’ve got goosebumps, and it’s not because of the cold. These mines were the cause of many deaths back in the day because workers started getting mining work-related diseases. They shut down more than 22 years ago, people in neighbouring areas also left and there have been reports of cars, trucks, and people disappearing, and a helicopter crash.

    Rumour has it the mines are inhabited by a witch, also sometimes seen running down the mountain.

    Dumas Beach, Gujarat

    Now how could a beach possibly be scary—sun, sand and spirits? Located close to Surat, the beach was apparently used for Hindus to burn the dead. There have been reports of people disappearing while taking a walk, and spooky sounds. Dogs close to the beach can be heard barking all night, because they can sense ghosts. Talk about a beach lifting spirits.