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10 Most Haunted Places in India

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Hauntings in India

India is a large country and in every city, big or small, you'll find various legends and folklore about paranormal activity. The places listed on this page are the 10 most haunted places in India.

The claims and stories of ghostly apparitions have been verified by various paranormal experts, on-or-off-the-record.

If you're aware of any place in India though personal experience, which is known for it's paranormal activity, please do bring it to our notice.



For the record, and as a responsible paranormal expert, I'd like to mention that ghost hunting is a dangerous activity and should only be performed in expert supervision, else there's a danger of inviting something in your life which government or any worldly authority can't take care of.

Be careful, if you're visiting any of these places.

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Forts of Bhangarh, Rajasthan

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Forts of Bhangarh, Rajasthan
People say that nobody returned from there who stayed there after dark.

Indian Government Warning Signboard

Bhangarh - No Entry Before Sunrise And After Sunset

Bhangarh - No Entry Before Sunrise And After Sunset
The biggest thing is that as per Govt. of India rules there has to be an office of Archaeology Survey of India (ASI) beside every historical structure in India. But even Government authorities couldn't dare to open an office there and they opened their office about one kilometer away from the ruins of Bhangarh.

Bhangarh, the most haunted place of India

VOA News

India, with its rich and long history, is full of mysteries. Perhaps none is as puzzling as what happened hundreds of years ago at a royal city in Rajasthan, now under excavation. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman went to look and has this report from the ghost town of Bhangarh.

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Real account from people who're missing now

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Real account from people who're missing now
"The place was absolutely dark! No artificial lighting. At all! we parked the car strategically so as make use of the car's headlamps and jumped the iron gate and, we were in. Of course, this didn't happen so fast and without a lot of discussions and thinking and some more re-thinking. Soon we were far from the car and the only luminescence in the pitch blackness was my phone flashlight. We'd gone way in and were scared to death, we'd dare not go inside the caves, there were bats. We wanted to stay away from the trees and wilderness, black panthers and snakes were common here.

The guard told us the story of Bhangarh, how a tantrik cursed the town so its inhabitants would die suddenly , he cursed- that none of the houses would have roofs over them. The guard then showed us that in fact none of the ancient houses had roofs other than the mandirs,the temples! I shit you not. And that moment, it was bone-chilling! He took us to the gate and made us leave. We left. I slept on the way and damn, I cant forget the nightmares I had that night."

Last entry:

"I woke up at 7 am to find myself in the middle of nowhere, turns out we'd lost the way back and my friend who was driving had parked the car and dozed off. Boy, he must have gone through crazy shit. But now, it was daylight, we felt safer, though we had no clue where we were and there were no people around! there was no no mobile network,so we couldn't make calls. that was still manageable, but the car? it would not start!"

A search party went looking for these boys but no success...only their car, a camera and a diary with these notes scribbled were found. Apparently, they visited the place for a night of ghost hunting.

Real Hauntings

Bell Witch Haunting
The sounds continued through the night. Each time a sound was heard, John and his sons would rush outside to catch it to no avail. The sounds then moved into the house.
The Proctor Haunting
But at about 1 a.m., Dr. Drury watched in horror as a closet door slowly swung open out of which floated toward him the ghostly lady in white. Drury screamed and charged the phantom, succeeding only in tripping over his friend Hudson.

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For the ghost enthusiasts who may not get an opportunity to have a real paranormal experience and are feeling bad about it, I maintain this list of movies which scary (really scary!) that you may watch online absolutely free.
The Blair Witch Project (1999)
Three film students travel to Maryland to make a student film about a local urban legend... The Blair Witch. The three went into the woods on a two day hike to find the Blair Witch, and never came back. One year later, the students film and video was found in the woods. The footage was compiled and made into a movie. The Blair Witch Project.
The Exorcist (1973)
When a teenager is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. One of the most scary movies of all times.
Insidious (2011)
When a teenager is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
Ghost Ship (2002)
After discovering a passenger ship missing since 1962 floating adrift on the Bering Sea, salvagers claim the vessel as their own. Once they begin towing the ghost ship towards harbor, a series of bizarre ocurrences happen and the group becomes trapped inside the ship, which they soon learn is inhabited by a demonic creature.
The Ring (2002)
A mysterious video tape is killing off anyone who watches it. Whenever the victim watches it, the phone rings, telling them they have only one week to live. A young reporter named Rachel is investigating these events, but after she and her small son watch the tape, it becomes a race against time to find out why the tape is killing everyone and how it could be stopped.
The Eye (2002)
A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realised she could even see ghosts. And some of these ghosts are down right unfriendly. So she embarks on a journey to find the origins of her cornea and to reveal the history of the previous dead owner.

The Paranormal Caught On Film

The Paranormal Caught on Film is a mysterious and mesmerizing collection of photographs depicting ghosts and other extraordinary phenomena from around the world. Believers will marvel at the range of unexplained activity captured on camera and sceptics will not be able to resist debating the provenance of these enigmatic images.

The book covers everything from the unfathomable to the downright spooky--mediums and spiritualists producing bizarre phenomena, eery lights, fogs and auras, astonishing appearances, levitating children and flying objects.

Each compelling picture is accompanied by illuminating commentary from ghost expert and psychical investigator, Dr Melvyn Willin.
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Real Ghost Photos

Unexplained Shining Strand in Cemetery
Agate Cemetery near Trout Creek, Michigan. Taken by John Cachel, GRS Patron Member, in the late evening on July 4, 1998.
Floating Globe in Graveyard
A floating orb in Mt. Thabor Cemetery, northern Illinois. This picture was taken with a Polaroid camera at about 10pm and shows a small orb apparently floating just above the ground near an old marble monument.
Ghost Mist near the Cannon in Gettysburg
This picture was taken by Chris Payne of Woodbridge, New Jersey at the Gettysburg National Battlefield in 1988. The camera used was a simple 110 Instamatic with a flash around dusk.

Dumas Beach, Gujarat

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Dumas Beach, Gujarat
Hindus burn their dead bodies on the beach, and this area has been reported numerous of times for it's paranormal activity. People have experiences with hearing strange whispers on the beach. It's like the wind around this area is full of spirits of dead people.

Real Hauntings

The Enfield Poltergeist
The spirit did reveal itself to Grosse as a man named Bill, who died in the house of a brain hemorrhage. After a few weeks of Bill revealing himself, a man contacted Grosse and claimed to be Bill's son.
Real Exorcism of Anneliese Michel
An exorcist in a nearby town examined Michel and believed she was suffering from demonic possession.The bishop issued permission to perform the rite of exorcism. After years of unsuccessful psychiatric treatments, they gave up on medical treatment and chose to rely solely on the exorcisms for healing.

Ghosts Caught On Film: Photographs of the Paranormal

Ghost Caught on Film presents an extraordinary collection of strange and unexplained photographs that offer the exciting possibility of ghosts and paranormal activity captured on film.

The book features early photographs from the Society for Psychical Research of psychics and mediums producing ectoplasm, ghost pictures and other paranormal phenomena as well as celebrated modern images such as the Hampton Court ghost.

Each picture is accompanied by a description of its circumstances and the steps taken by Willin, the Society for Psychical Research and the Royal Photographic Society to establish that there is no `normal' explanation for the phenomena.

The incredible photographs will stimulate the interest of everyone who sees them. Whether you are a complete sceptic or a semi-believer, you can't help but be drawn into the mystery.
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Real Ghost Photos

Dead Old Lady in the Window
This is a photograph that was taken by a friends son. Adam was working for a roofing outfit from Tremont, Illinois Koch Construction. He snapped this photograph with his camera phone.
Watertown Ghosts
Seaman James Courtney and Michael Meehan were assigned to clean out a cargo tank. While doing this task they were overcome by gas fumes and died before help could reach them.
Real Ghost Photo From "That's Incredible"
A Toys 'R Us located in Sunnyvale, California was the scene of inexplicable events such as items falling off shelves, strange feelings by employees, cold spots and other strange paranormal happenings.

Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad

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Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad
This film city is build on the war grounds and is said to be haunted by notorious ghosts of dead soldiers. A lot of paranormal activity has been reported during film shootings. Several people have sustained serious injuries due to hauntings as well. These stories though well known are not revealed officially due to business reasons.

Read more, how invisible ghostly hands push people off the ceiling at link given below.

Real Ghost Photos

Real Ghost Photo clicked on Queen Mary
An older man was on The Queen Mary and took a photo of what he thought was just the vestibule. When he had the film developed he seen what appears to be a ghostly man walking.
Moundsville Prison Shadow Ghost
Really excellent and spooky picture taken by Polly Gear of the Mountaineer Paranormal group at Moundsville Prison, West Virginia of a shadow person.
Hospital Ghost
At an ICU in a hospital in Colorado, a nurse was testing her flash in the room with the lights off. Unknown date other then recently.

Paranormal State: My Journey into the Unknown

In Paranormal State, Buell gives readers a chilling, in-depth look at some of the most disturbing cases-including some that have never been aired-revealing startling new facts and incredible new discoveries. Buell relives the origins of the Paranormal Research Society-discussed here for the first time-and the strange path his life has taken since the show's beginning.

With unparalleled candor, Ryan discusses the intriguing mysteries, the difficult decisions, and the struggles with questions of faith, sanity, and the very concept of reality.
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Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai

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Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai
This lavish hotel of India (sadly, now known for the infamous 26/11 terrorist attack), is haunted by the ghost of it's architect.

Real Hauntings

Mumbai Airport Haunting
"After that, the towing vehicle sped off at lightning speed by itself.''As the men stood watching openmouthed, the vehicle swerved and turned around, rushing towards the aircraft.
The Brown Lady
The next week Colonel Loftus again saw the figure. This time, however, he got a better look at her. He said she was an aristocratic looking woman.

Haunted Happenings: With New Photos of Old Ghosts

Ghosts... are they merely lost souls trapped in some kind of time warp, probably not knowing how to proceed to the next world?

Maybe they might feel that they have some important unfinished business here. Whichever it is, this book should entertain you and, hopefully, give you further insight into the realm of the unknown. It will also provide you with a unique history concerning our forever haunting and mysterious New England.

"With new photos of old ghosts," is true to its name. Packed with extensive, well-researched and documented history, as well as contemporary first-hand accounts of true ghost encounters and hauntings, actual photography of spirits captured on infrared film is included. The pictures are amazing, and will send chills down your spine!

You will laugh with Bob Cahill and shiver as well, as he writes with such an engaging sense of humor about his and his compatriots' adventures. His partner for most of the book, Brian-the-monk, a Franciscan lay-monk and spirit photographer, accompanies Bob on his sojourns into many a haunted place, with exceptional results. Brian aims his infrared camera at every nook and cranny, and the results are astonishing. There is one picture of John Stone that is especially amazing.

I am so happy this little book is available again. This humorous but very serious look into historical and contemporary hauntings is a bone-chilling addition to any ghost library. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the subject!
Haunted Happenings: With New Photos of Old Ghosts (New England's Collectible Classics)

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Real Ghost Photos

CCTV Camera Capture at Hampton Court Palace
This remarkable image first appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times (12-21-03) and was apparently captured with a closed-circuit security camera at Hampton Court Palace in London, England. The palace was built in 1525 on the River Thames 10 miles west of central London and was one the the places that King Henry VIII lived.
Brown Palace Hotel Ghost
When taking the pictures I did not observe anything unusual. We got home on June 22 and before going to bed I downloaded all my pictures from my camera. I use a Kodak Easy Share CX6445 camera.
Ena Sharples' Ghost in the window
I took this photograph at the Blackpool waxworks UK 9th August. It clearly shows a face behind my husband. The strange thing is that the photo was taken at the coronation street exhibit (long running UK soap) it shows the face of who I think may be Ena Sharples who died in the 1980's and was one of the original main characters.

Hotel Savoy, Mussoorie

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Hotel Savoy, Mussoorie
During British Rule, a Lady Orme was poisoned in mysterious circumstances, and is said to still wander aimlessly in the corridors of the hotel.

Mystery of serial killings in Mussoorie's Haunted Hotel Savoy

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Several people have been killed in Mussoorie's Hotel Savoy after a British girl was mysteriously killed by her companion. It is believed that the hotel is haunted. However, the locals believe that some super natural power is behind this.

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  • Several people have been killed in Mussoorie's Hotel Savoy after a British girl was mysteriously kil
  • Several people have been killed in Mussoorie's Hotel Savoy after a British girl was mysteriously kil
  • Several people have been killed in Mussoorie's Hotel Savoy after a British girl was mysteriously kil
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Footsteps in the Attic: More First-Hand Accounts of the Paranormal in New England

With Footsteps in the Attic, Paul Eno gives us sixteen more of his own heart-stopping cases of New England ghosts and poltergeists. But there's much more. In his breezy style, he brings to these experiences a unique combination of science, clear thinking, compassion and breath-taking vision that literally spans the universe and offers love and hope to us all.

In this book, he lays out his utterly unique and ultimately convincing view that what we call "ghosts" are really far more complex, and really arise from slips in time and alternate un
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Real Ghost Photos

The Watcher Ghost
In 1959, the ghost picture known as "The Watcher" was photographed in Corroboree Rock at Alice Springs, Australia.
Lord Combermere's Ghost
In 1891, the above ghost picture was taken in Combermere Abbey Library by Sybell Corbet. It is believed that the see-through man sitting on the chair is the Lord Combermere himself, a distinguished cavalry commander of the 1800s.
World War I Soldier
Taken in 1919, this ghost photo of a RAF squadron from World War I has an extra ghostly face in the picture. It is believed to be Freddy Jackson, an air mechanic who had been accidentally killed by an airplane propellor two days before the pic was taken.

Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune

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Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune
Full Moon nights are especially haunted here. It is said that this fort is haunted by the ghost of a prince who was brutally assasinated when he was 13 year old by a relative. His ghost can be heard shrieking in the middle of the night.

Real-Life Stories of Supernatural Experiences

Paranormal experiences told by the people who lived them are revealed in these three collections of haunting encounters. Skeptics will ponder where reality stops and another dimension begins after reading these spine-tingling and compelling stories.

Real-Life Stories of Supernatural Experiences includes personal stories of an old sea captain who always leaves a puddle of seawater in the kitchen of a house where he once lived; a man who kept going to work even though he had died; and a little girl who cannot leave the place where she died tragically, a place where the family currently living prays for her final release.
Real-Life Stories of Supernatural Experiences (Haunted Encounters)

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Real Ghost Photos

Caergwrle Bridge Ghost
Members of the Cheshire Paranormal Society took this fantastic picture on Packhorse Bridge, Caergwrle, Wales. Although this was just a random shot, orbs had been captured by the group already and several members felt uneasy at the time.
Little Girl's Ghost in an Abandoned Building
This picture was clicked in 1995 of a burnt down abandoned building. You can see an apparition of a little girl who's believed to have died in the fire.
Ghost Face Apparition
After taking the picture I checked it using the view screen and was kind of amazed to see another figure in the image in the lower left hand corner of the picture.

Dow Hill, Kurseong, West Bengal

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Dow Hill, Kurseong, West Bengal
A number of murders have taken place in the woods and that has left an eery feeling in the air here. Many locals have also heard footsteps in the corridors of Victoria Boys School during the December-March vacation.

Real Hauntings

The Proctor Haunting
But at about 1 a.m., Dr. Drury watched in horror as a closet door slowly swung open out of which floated toward him the ghostly lady in white. Drury screamed and charged the phantom, succeeding only in tripping over his friend Hudson.
Dwarka Haunting - White Sari Ghost
A woman ghost wearing white sari and glide around with a candle is a popular sighting in many parts of Delhi. The sotto voce conversations during heady cocktails, confession to priest at churches, and even innumerable blog postings refer to these sightings.

Ghosts Caught on Film 2

From shadowy figures, strange mists and apparitions to angels and demons,Ghost Photos is a compendium of extraordinary phenomena caught on film. The author has spent over 10 years studying thousands of photographs and here he presents a collection of the most intriguing in seven enigmatic chapters.

This book includes a gallery of explainable photographic effects that are commonly mistaken for pictures of ghosts.
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Real Ghost Photos

Ghost in Confederate Cemetery
This photograph was taken by a tourist visiting the Confederate cemetery near Carnton Mansion in Franklin, Tennessee.
Fire in the sky
This picture was taken on a warm Sunny afternoon in July 1980 at Three Valley Gap which is located 12 miles west of Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada.
Ectoplasm (Psychic Photograph)
This photograph was taken with an old-styled Polaroid land camera in 1959 at a location on north Damen Ave. which no longer exists. It shows a real girl standing on the stairs and this strange mist-like substance which seems to be exuding from her stomach region and collecting along the entire stairway.

Raj Kiran Hotel in Lonavala, Mumbai

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Raj Kiran Hotel in Lonavala, Mumbai
One room in this hotel is particularly haunted. It's not rented out anymore, after a lot of reports of paranormal activity. A lot of people have gone through mental treatment after staying in that room. Something really scary goes on in that room during the nights which leaves people scarred for life.

Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places

"Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places" is one of the finest compendiums of ghost stories I have ever seen. In fact, I doubt that it would be possible to find a book that features more information on the best known reports of a haunting, along with lesser known reports published for the first time.

Along with the stories, Steiger furnishes many of the techniques employed by modern paranormal investigators. This information is simply missing from most other collections of ghostly tales and helps the reader understand the current theories and approaches investigators have in this field.

Could a second-hand sofa in a California home have been possessed by an evil force? Are the mysterious spirits known as "Vardogrs" actually the ghosts of living humans who often precede them to appointments? Did the spirit of a woman's father appear before her as a translucent midget on the night of his death? Has the shade of Brownie, a beloved pooch, been photographed in Daytona Beach, Florida? Was the phantom ship, the Palatine, repeatedly materializing and dematerializing off of Block Island south of Rhode Island for a period of over 70 years?

These are just a few of the intriguing enigmas that are probed in Brad Steiger's encyclopedic new volume, "Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places." Covering everything from haunted inns to spirit parasites to phantom armies, the comprehensive nature of this work has set a new standard for the coverage of paranormal topics.
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Real Ghost Photos

Headless Monks in Hull House
A black and white infrared picture taken at Hull House in downtown Chicago, Illinois by Dale Kaczmarek in November of 1980. This is enlarged blowup of the interior staircase of this most haunted house in Chicago.
Ghost apparitions on the grave
An SX-70 picture taken by a Ms. Sahah of Chicago, Illinois in November of 1982 at the gravesite of her grandmother who died in April of 1934 at the age of 83.
Apparition of a boy on the grass
This photograph was by Jackie Rhame of Florian, Alabama during a visit to a Six Flags Great America Amusement Park in Arlington, Texas. It clearly shows a semi-transparent figure of a little boy in the grass dressed in a red sweater with a white collar or shirt.

d'Souza Chawl of Mahim, Mumbai

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d'Souza Chawl of Mahim, Mumbai
A well in which a woman drowned and died a very painful death is still seen around this place.

Real Ghost Photos

Tantallon Castle Ghost Photo shot 30 years ago
Tantallon Castle is a mid-14th-century fortress, located 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) east of North Berwick, in East Lothian, Scotland. It sits atop a promontory opposite the Bass Rock, looking out onto the Firth of Forth.
Most Convincing Real Ghost Photo shot at Tantallon Castle in Scotland
This photo taken at the Tantallon Castle in Scotland was voted the most convincing ghost photo by nearly 250,000 people. This picture was part of a larger study conducted to find the best haunted amateur photos.
Ghost of kid in a home photo
This picture was taken by a group of friends during a house party in a phone camera. The little girl crying in the picture kept complaining that somebody is pulling her dress. Everybody was astonished looking at the face of the kid appearing in the photograph when seen on a larger screen.

Seeking Spirits: The Lost Cases of The Atlantic Paranormal Society

One could not have two better guides than Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson when it comes to understanding the permeable membrane between our world and the one inhabited by paranormal entities. Seeking Spirits is must-reading for those who have experienced supernatural phenomena or those who have a passing curiosity about ghosts.

Hawes and Wilson educate about the science of their field while relating compelling personal experiences, and gently remind us that being a ghost hunter is not just about understanding the dead, but about helping the living explore the parameters of this world.
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Real Hauntings

Bell Witch Haunting
The sounds continued through the night. Each time a sound was heard, John and his sons would rush outside to catch it to no avail. The sounds then moved into the house.
Haunted Call Center - Cebu City, Philippines
When he opened his eyes, he saw the little girl sitting in the wall urinal in front of him, reciting the prayer with him. He screamed to death, running out the men's room.

Brij Raj Bhavan Palace in Kota, Rajasthan

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Brij Raj Bhavan Palace in Kota, Rajasthan
British Army's Major Burton was killed here during the battle of 1857, his ghost is seen wandering during the night.


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Mumbai: Neighbours swear that these properties take on a new dimension after sunset. Sunday MiD DAY explores the unknown, the unexplained in the city's twilight zones 
There are places in our city that could inspire the likes of the Ramsey brothers and Ram Gopal Varma, whose names are synonymous with celluloid mystique and horror. Stepping into the twilight zone, Sunday MiD DAY investigates the phenomena of the supernatural, which allegedly exists in the heart of this concrete jungle we call home. Apparently, we are not alone.
With no intention to spread superstition, we provide our list of 12 of Mumbai's Most Haunted.
Case 1
Over 16 years, a spacious, uninhabited bungalow, in the bylanes of JVPD scheme and in the neighbourhood of many Bollywood stars including the Big B, is being gradually reclaimed by the elements of nature. An array of imported cars gathering dust in its compound, a mass of vegetation and thick undergrowth now cover the prime property worth crores.

Neighbours swear that the property takes on a new dimension after sunset. The chirping of birds, the only residents of the bungalow, reach a crescendo and what follows is an abrupt silence and the presence of an eerie energy.

Neighbours further claim that the owners of the bungalow, which is now under government custody, apparently vanished into thin air after they were accused of pilfering money from a public limited company they had floated.
Case 2
Numerous water wells of Mahim which never run dry, are not only a Mecca for the water tanker operators, but also a source of forbidden mysteries.

With water tankers parked on the either side of a lane, right behind the Paradise cinema, lies a building called Ram Sakit and in its compound is a sealed well, supposed to possess the spirit of old lady Sulochana who met her watery grave on the very spot, over 20 years ago. "I knew the lady, who was in her fifties and hailed from a Maharashtrian family. It was around 10 am when she stepped out to wash her clothes and slipped into the well and died," claims an old resident adding that the entire neighbourhood believes she still appears during Amavasya and vanishes in the morning.

The belief is said to be so strong that a person called Richard, who claims to be the landlord, carries out exorcisms of laying flowers on the well (see pix) everyday, to mollify the spirit, which is said to not be malicious in nature.
Case 3
In less than a kilometer radius of the Mahim railway station, lies the dreaded Nasserwanj Wadi, where no local likes to venture after midnight. "Don't venture inside or you will get possessed. Don't expect any one from the area to come and help you," warned a group of ladies standing near the gate as this reporter approached the wadi (old settlement) compound.

Folklore has it that the property once belonged to a Parsi gentleman called Nasser, who was brutally burnt in a cabin close to a well inside the compound. "The gruesome murder was committed around 16 years ago, but the Parsi landlord still takes his daily stroll over here after midnight, keeping a watch on his property. He is known to torment anyone who crosses his path," alleged Francis, a resident.

Francis confessed that moving out of his house was a total taboo for him and his family and they always kept a crucifix and slept with a light on. "More than seven people have lost their lives here, within a span of one year after the Parsi landlord died, so we concealed the well under a pile of rubble. But this has not really helped," he alleged.
Case 4Eight months ago, in a scene right out of Omen, a huge, black dog appeared out of nowhere and made the second floor corridor of a building in Santa Cruz (W), his permanent home. His uncanny presence coincides with the death of a lady, simply known as "second floor ki bhabi", who committed suicide after a tiff with her husband.

The dog simply doesn't budge from his place; he just sits there quietly. But every night, he lets out a series of low frequency howls and a veiled lady appears and strolls in the corridor. Next, the silence is broken as the building lift mysteriously comes to a standstill on the floor, as if on command, casting ghastly shadows from its tube light.

"The veiled lady never harms anyone, but has all the neighbours scared to death and they refuse to even speak out her real name. You just have to be in the building at midnight to feel her presence," alleged 23-year-old Nadeem Sheikh, a local resident.
Case 5
A famous South Bombay hotel is supposed to have a friendly ghost in the form of its original architect. Folklore has it that the Frenchman, who created the blueprints, went off on a trip to his country in 1903.
On his return, he was stunned to find that the hotel frontage had been made in the reverse direction, and committed suicide. His ghost is still believed to manifest in the old wing, but has never bothered anyone.
Case 6
Close to the Pawan Hans quarters, near the Juhu aerodrome is a century old peepal tree, which residents claim is the home to a 20-year-old girl called Salma who poured kerosene and set herself ablaze for no apparent reason in 1989.

Her presence was so strongly felt that a resident called Anthony D'Souza, a devout Catholic, built a Hanuman mandir to protect residents from harm after he was apparently guided to do so in a dream. "On special nights, the girl can still be seen running, with her clothes still on fire and disappears into the tree," claimed Mehboob Sheikh, a local resident.
Case 7
In the backyard of SNDT, Girls College, Juhu are a few dilapidated structures, once used as staff toilets by the gardeners and other menial staff workers. Residents of the neighbouring building swear that post 1.30 am, sounds of a teacher thrashing her students can be heard clearly.

"First the lessons start, and the teacher can be heard reciting mathematical tables, invariably followed by thrashing sounds and the wails of children. It's been practically heard by everyone in our building and goes on till the wee hours of the morning," alleged Riyaz Ansari, a local resident.

"Once, out of curiosity, we formed a group of 10 boys to investigate the phenomena, but found only an eerie emptiness. By the time we reached back home, the cries from the structure had restarted and no one has ever dared to venture out there again," added Riyaz.
Case 8
With mangroves on either side, a narrow strip of road, which leads to Marve and Madh Island is notorious for many automobile accidents. It's said that a lady in full bridal attire, seen especially on full moon nights, distracts the drivers, which leads to the mishaps. Dozens of uncharacteristic sightings have been reported, not only by locals, but by staff of beachfront hotels who return from late night shifts.

The trick, they say, is to not look directly in to the mesmerising eyes of the beautiful lady and to just ignore her. Legend has it that an unknown bride was brutally murdered on her wedding night and her body dumped in the isolated mangroves over 25 years ago. The spirit is apparently still on the lookout for the culprits.
Case 9
In the dead of the night, it requires sheer guts to cross the dimly-lit Aarey Road, which connects Goregaon to Powai. Danger lurks not only from the leopards who come down from the National Park to feed on easy prey, but also from the paranormal.

The spirits, which seldom attack the locals, are known to target only outsiders, especially rickshaw drivers who would rather take a longer route to reach their destination than risk this terrain. A strange old man in white kurta pajama is known to hire a rickshaw. Within a span of 15 minutes, the man disappears into thin air, leaving the driver under a strange state of hynopsis.

Said one driver who was 'struck' by the spirit, "I felt as if I was surrounded by a flowing water body and was helpless. Covered in perspiration, I was vaguely aware of being approached by another man, who slapped me to get me to my senses."

Case 10
In the heart of IC colony, Borivali is an open garden plot so dreaded that no child has played here for the last 30 years. Old residents claimed that a gardener committed suicide here after fearing he would lose his job when the property changed hands. Said to be so possessive of the land, the gardener allegedly targets any child playing on the property, which is now covered in undergrowth.
Case 11
The mango groves surrounding the LIC colony at Borivali add a strange mystique to the quiet area. But it is the tall water tower, surrounded by huge boulders, known as the 'reservoir', which emits a creepy energy. Residents make it a point to never go near there alone. Those who have, complain of giddiness and vomiting, beyond the spectrum of medical science, that vanished within a week.
Case 12
Moving across the newly completed Jogeshwari Link Road stands a row of pink buildings, said to possess the spirit of an airhostess who was allegedly murdered in her second floor flat. Residents say that soon after her death, the company flat was allotted to another airhostess, who encountered a weeping lady on the terrace one day.

On enquiry, the sobbing lady stated that she was unable to go home, as the flat she was residing in had been occupied by someone else. When asked for details, she quietly pointed her finger at the same flat where the new airhostess resided, before vanishing in to thin air.

Ghosts or not, all these 12 places are said to have an unexplained energy... believe it or not if you will, but fiction overrides fact in these Mumbai 'haunts'.