Saturday, November 10, 2012

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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.

  by the pond.

Real account from people who're missing now

A photograph and a diary entry

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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 Ghostbusted... @Rs 20 crore?

Ghostbusted... @Rs 20 crore?

Terra Vera, the 'haunted house' on St Mark's Road, is being razed. The 10,000-sq ft property was the butt of endless spooky stories and a favourite spot for adventure seekers

Terra Vera, the bungalow built in 1943 by E J Vaz, the late eminent advocate of the Bombay High Court, is being bulldozed. The derelict, weed-infested mansion on St Mark's Road had gained a notorious reputation as the 'haunted house', not unlike Tom Sawyer's, and for more than a decade has been a symbol of the mysterious, spiritual, unknown and downright fearful. 

In fact, the ghost myth is enveloping even the transaction of the property: It is not clear who has acquired the property; workers who were demolishing the structure on Saturday said they were unaware of the current owner(s) and that they were only given a contract to pull it down. An earth mover (JCB) was pressed brought in to aid the demolition. Sources in the realty industry say that the approximately 10,000 sq ft property could have been sold for Rs 20 crore, given its prime location. Real estate in the area currently goes for Rs 15,000 -Rs 20,000 per sq ft. 

The house is at the centre of a number of spooky stories, much of them now hardwired in urban legend. The ghost stories began floating around in 2002 following the murder of a 75-year-old woman in the house. The house was left unoccupied for many years thereafter. 'Ghost-hardened' miscreants had torn out windows, doors sagged and a Hillman Minx car rusted away on the porch. Furniture lay strewn around and the elements gave the house a burnt look. It all contributed to the perfect setting for eerie stories. 

Mohan Chabria, a businessman who regularly commutes past the house, said, "For so many years, the haunted house has gained so much ill-repute. Many considered even standing in front of the crumbling edifice for a second longer than necessary a bad thing. There are so many stories people tell about it." People have reported seeing 'ghostly faces stare out' of the windows and hearing a piano being played in the house. 

There are 'testimonials' of adventure seekers and self-styled paranormal-activity detectives entering the house at night, in the hope of 'spotting ghosts'. Their stories and unverified experiences made the 'haunted house' even more popular. The internet is littered with many of these stories. 


EJ Vaz had gifted the house to his spinster daughters, Vera and Dolce Vaz. Vera was an English tutor, while Dolce a piano instructor. The two sisters were the only occupants of the house until 2002. 

On the morning of September 4, 2002, Dolce, the 75-year-old younger sister, was stabbed to death by an unknown person. Vera was an eyewitness to the incident. The case, extensively reported and which shocked the city, is still listed as unsolved. In 2002, HT Sangliana, the police commissioner, asked Vera, then 80, to shift to a safer location. Vera, who had accused some of her relatives of trying to dispossess her of the property, eventually moved out, some say to Australia. Twelve years on, the mansion saw its end.

Haunted Dow Hill, Kurseong - Most Haunted Places of India


Haunted Dow Hill, Kurseong - Most Haunted Places of India

Dow Hill, Kurseong in West Bengal is one of the most haunted places of India. Especially the corridors of the school and the woods where a lot of paranormal activity has been recorded.

A number of murders have taken place in the woods and that has left an eery feeling in the air here.

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.


Friday, January 28, 2011

Haunted Hotel Savoy, Mussoorie - Most Haunted Places of India

One of the most haunted Indian hotel is the Savoy in 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. Apparently strychnine had been placed in her medicine bottle, but how it got there no one could tell.

The ghost is known for wandering aimlessly in the corridors at night. Witnesses mention that on encounter the ghost of the lady seems to be looking straight at you with a blank expression. It is said that she's still looking for the person who poisoned her.

Agatha Christie used the circumstance of the crime in her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). The case was quite a sensation in its time, as it involved crystal-gazing and table-rapping seances, the victim having been a practitioner of the occult

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Haunted Brij Raj Bhavan Palace in Kota, Rajasthan: Most Haunted Places of India

Haunted Brij Raj Bhavan Palace in Kota, Rajasthan: Most Haunted Places of India

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, ghost of 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.


Haunted Kurseong Dow-Hill,West Bengal,India

Kurseong is a hill station (and sub-divisional town) situated in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. Located at an altitude of 1458 metres (4864 ft), Kurseong is just 32 km from Darjeeling. It has a pleasant climate throughout the year and the winters are not as severe as Darjeeling.

The local name of Kurseong is called "Kharsang" which in the Lepcha language means "Land of the White Orchids". Kurseong is 47 km from Siliguri and is connected to the city by road and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra.The nearest major railway station is New Jalpaiguri [NJP], which is about 53 kilometers from Kurseong. The town is based mainly on schools and tourism. The best times to visit Kurseong are between March end and May and between the end of August and October.

This quiet town is arguably an ideal place to relax and chill out. Having known all these aspects about Kurgeong, very few people are aware of the mystery associated with this beautiful location. This place secures its position in the list of most haunted destinations.

A numerous murders have taken place in the Dow Hill forest that has left an eerie feeling in the atmosphere. Many locals have also heard footsteps in the corridors of Victoria Boys School during the December-March vacations. Woodcutters claim to have seen a headless young boy walking and then disappearing into the trees. All these things make this place one of the most haunted places in India.

Most Haunted Dow hill kurseong Investigation, West Bengal

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!
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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

Report by AajTak - Hindi

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
  • 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

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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'.

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Serial killer's first victim visited him daily after dying!

Borivli murderer has stated that after he killed his friend in 2008, his ghost frequented him and asked him to join him; only after he performed a pooja did the spirit leave

July 05, 2012

Shiva Devnath
while interrogating Borivli serial killer Gopal Pandey, cops have recorded spooky revelations by the dreaded criminal. In his statement, Pandey told the police that after he killed his friend Vijay Dubey alias Chhotu four years back, he started having sleepless nights, as Chhotu’s ghost visited him every night. And only after he performed a pooja did Chhotu’s spirit stop visiting him.

Soul searching! The Borivli police arrested Pandey along with his accomplices on June 28
According to Pandey’s statement, ‘whenever he slept or even took a nap, he saw Chhotu standing and smiling next to him, asking him to come along with him.’ Scared by the daily arrival of his friend’s spirit, Pandey decided to invoke the gods. Pandey visited the Trimbakeshwar Mandir in Nashik, and narrated the incident to the priest, but didn’t reveal that he had murdered his friend. After the pooja was performed, Pandey claimed that the ghost vanished.
Pandey, who hails from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, had called Chhotu to the city from Gorakhpur, as the latter wanted to work in Mumbai. Chhotu soon took up a job as a rickshaw driver. The two grew close to each other, and would consume alcohol every evening. After getting drunk, Chhotu would state, ‘Pandey bhai, I want to kill this man and that man.’
According to the police, Chhotu and Pandey’s daily ritual of drinking turned ugly one day after they had a spat. In a fit of rage, Chhotu told Pandey he would kill him. Enraged and fearing that Chhotu would really bump him off, Pandey kidnapped him with the help of his accomplices and then murdered him in a car, doused the body in petrol and set it on fire in the jungles of Manor.
Following similar modus operandi, he pulled off the murders of Chavan and Dhakan in 2010 and 2012 respectively.
Previous victims
Nitin Dhakan
Killed: 2012
According to cops, Dhakan and Pandey were involved in a property deal. On April 26, the two had a heated argument, following which Dhakan called off the deal. Pandey and the other accused then used Dhakan’s car to kidnap him, drove him to the jungles of Manor on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway, and then thrashed Dhakan to death.
Sanjay Chavan
Killed: 2010
Sanjay Chavan, who was a loan agent from Shimpoli in Borivli, went missing on March 11, 2010. Pandey has confessed that on March 12, 2010, he and his accomplice killed Chavan, who was insisting that Pandey return the loan of Rs 8 lakh he had taken to buy a car.


Laila Khan case: Human remains found at her farmhouse, say sources
Nashik: A team of officials from the Mumbai Police crime branch has reportedly found human remains at Bollywood starlet Laila Khan's Igatpuri farmhouse, where she was allegedly killed along with her relatives. The remains will now be sent for analysis to ascertain identity, say sources.

Around 1000 policemen had launched the search after main accused Parvez Tak told the Jammu and Kashmir Police that the actor and her five relatives were murdered and their bodies were buried around her farm house in Untdari behind Ghatan Devi. Tak had reportedly told the Jammu Police that Laila, who had been missing for 11 months, was murdered along with her mother, Celina, her two siblings and two half-sisters.

During interrogation, he reportedly revealed that they were shot dead near Mumbai by three men who included Celina's second husband, Asif Sheikh, and a man named Afghan Khan, who was allegedly Laila's lover. Tak, who is Celina's third and current husband, was the other man involved in the murders, he confessed, according to sources.

Tak was brought to Mumbai from Jammu on Sunday night by the Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police for questioning in connection with the case.

The Mumbai Crime Branch had begun investigations immediately after taking custody of Tak. A team of officers reached Laila's farmhouse in Igatpuri early on Monday morning. During the search at the farmhouse, four kilometers of the area around was cordoned-off and barricades put up.

Crime Branch officials have also detained Jolly Guilder and Mehboob, who Tak had hired to drive the Mitsubishi Outlander from Igatpuri to Indore and onward to Delhi, and finally to Kishtwar.

Laila lived in a suburban Mumbai flat with her mother, three siblings, and another relative. They disappeared from their flat on February 7, 2011.  The Mumbai police say they were taken by her stepfather, Parvez Tak, to the farmhouse in the Nashik district. This was the last location traced through Laila's cellphone records. A few days later, the farmhouse was set on fire.

The motive for the murder was allegedly the property owned by Laila and her mother. They owned two flats in Mumbai, and Celina's second husband and Laila's boyfriend wanted to stop her from selling these apartments.

Laila was last seen in a movie 'Wafaa' with actor Rajesh Khanna in 20

Laila Khan's Farm house, Parvez Tak
Deception point: An enraged Parvez Tak (inset) killed six members of the family at the farm house in Igatpuri when he learnt that Saleena’s first husband was alive and her second husband had been handed all the authority and properties

6 persons' remains unearthed at Laila's Igatpuri farmhouse

Crime Branch closer to solving year-old mystery surrounding disappearance of actress and 5 members of her family with recovery of bodies, 2 cellphones

July 11, 2012

Shiva Devnath
The Mumbai Crime Branch (CB) finally made a much-awaited breakthrough in the Laila Khan case with the discovery of human remains of six individuals buried in the backyard of the starlet’s farmhouse in Igatpuri along with two mobile phones.

After descending on the spot early on Monday morning and working throughout the day and late into the night with no success, the sleuths found the remains buried around six feet deep on the premises yesterday evening.

Where the bodies lay: Cops cordon off Laila Khan’s home and laid a barricade around the home stretching for over 12-km. The police dug up five spots before they found the remains. Tak who until now had been booked for kidnapping, will now be booked for murders. Pics/Sameer Markande
Crime Branch official resumed the search operations yesterday by 11 am and finally made the discovery around 5 pm.
Police personnel from eight police stations in Igatpuri and personnel from various police training schools in Nashik district were roped in to keep the media at bay.
Over a thousand personnel turned the location into an impenetrable fortress by laying siege and barricading a 12-km radius surrounding the property and the routes leading to it, including the three kilometre stretch from the highway.
Digging deep
Five buses full of police personnel from Mumbai reached the spot, Parvez Ahmed Tak was secretly brought in a police mobile van and three teams of forensic experts followed suit.
According to the police, Tak has proved a hard nut to crack and had been misleading his interrogators.
After pointing out five spots, which were dug up with no success, they finally found the right spot after Tak was treated to stronger measures.
A temporary tent was erected over the spot and the digging began.
By 5 pm and four feet into the dig, the sleuths began finding bones.
The digging continued till the trench was six feet deep and besides human remains, the sleuths found two mobile phones and a pillow, which they suspect was used in the crime.
Forensic experts have taken the bones, fingerprints and other vital evidence, which will be sent to the Kalina lab.
 Laila’s Igatpuri farmhouse
DNA taken from the spot will be matched with Nadir Patel to ascertain if they belong to Laila and the rest of her family.
Tak who until now had been booked for kidnapping, will now be booked for murders.
DCP Ambadas Pote of the CB confirmed the findings. He said, “The investigation is progressing in the right direction and only after the forensic reports it will be established if the remains are of Laila and her family.”
Sonu returns from Dubai
Tak in his confession to the J&K Police said he and Shakir Hussein, both residents of Nali Bhunzwah, Kishtwar District, J&K, murdered all six family members a few days before the victims were to leave for Dubai. Laila Khan was going to Dubai to solemnise her marriage with Sonu alias Vafi Khan, who is the son of close Dawood aide Kamal Jadhwani. Based on Tak’s confession, the Mumbai Crime Branch summoned Jadhwani for questioning. Six hours later, he spoke to his son in Dubai and convinced him to return. Sonu reached Mumbai on Saturday and will be questioned by the CB today to ascertain his involvement in the case.

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Rajesh Khanna's bungalow Aashirwad was haunted

Ali Peter John, Mumbai Mirror J
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Sometime in the sixties, Carter Road was just a cluster of bungalows, mainly belonging to the East Indian community and Parsis. The only known bungalow facing the sea was Aashiyana built by the music director, Naushad, who had just tasted big success. There was another bungalow close to it; a two storeyed one in a decrepit and dilapidated state. People in the locality called it a haunted house aka bhoot bangla. There were no takers for it, and it stood there without anyone willing to buy it even when it was offered at dirt cheap prices.
A friend brought the existence of the bungalow to the notice of Rajendra Kumar, who was then a young man, a victim of the Partition, who had just landed in Mumbai and made a name for himself in the industry. He was willing to buy the bungalow but didn't have enough money. He rushed to the well-known filmmaker B R Chopra and told him he was not only willing to do Kanoon (India's first songless film) but also two other films if he were paid in advance. The kind-hearted Chopra paid him Rs 90,000 in cash. Rajendra found out who the owner of the bungalow was, and sealed a deal for just Rs.60,000. He shifted there but not before consulting his best friend, actor Manoj Kumar. Now Manoj had heard of the bungalow being haunted, however he advised Rajendra not to take the stories seriously and instead perform a puja and move in.
Rajendra gave the bungalow a new look and named it Dimple, after his daughter. He was so grateful to Manoj that he kept a room on the upper floor for Manoj's use at any time. He even named his son Manoj, who was to later become actor Kumar Gaurav. It was during the time Rajendra lived in Dimple that he saw the kind of success very few stars had seen. Every film he starred in was at least a jubilee, so much so he earned the moniker 'Jubilee Kumar'. He grew richer and built another bungalow at Pali Hill, which he again named Dimple.
It was at the same time that a newcomer called Rajesh Khanna was taking his first big steps as a star. He came from a rich family and had even made enough money on his own. He realised Rajendra was looking for a buyer for his Carter Road bungalow and felt it would be a good investment. His superstition became his guide --- he believed Rajendra's success would rub on to him if he shifted there.
After much begging and pleading, Rajendra finally decided to sell the bungalow to Rajesh for just Rs 31/2 lakh. Rajesh too wanted to name the bungalow Dimple, but Rajendra flatly refused because he had already named his Pali Hill bungalow by the same name. So, Rajesh shifted into the bungalow, gave it a fresh look, and called it Aashirwad.
Call it superstition or whatever you may, his entire life and career changed as soon as he shifted there. Success chased him all the way till he became India's 'first superstar'. His belief or 'superstition' paid him rich dividends. It was in this same bungalow that he, by some quirk of fate, married a very young Dimple Kapadia, and this was the same bungalow which became more popular than any of Mumbai's famous sites. It was from here that he looked out of his window to see hundreds and thousands of people, mostly girls, waiting for hours, only to get a glimpse of him. It was in this bungalow that he planned all his moves, and sat with his friends drinking till late in the night, devising ways to increase his popularity. It was here that he saw the kind of success no other star has ever seen.
However, this was also the bungalow that saw his fall from grace as one film after another flopped at the box office and a stage came when an actor called Amitabh Bachchan, with eight big flops to his name, struck gold with Zanjeer, and snatched away all the glory from the greatest superstar. Life was never the same for him again. His wife and children left him, and this house.
Success also left with them. He reached a point where he had no work, no fans, and not even those so-called admirers, who made being with him their way to earn a livelihood. A time came when he stopped receiving even a single bouquet on his birthday and there was absolutely no fan mail (this was the same Rajesh who received love letters from girls inked in their blood). Finally, this one-time haunted house started haunting him and he spent most of his time in his office on Linking Road, going home only to sleep in a tiny bedroom in a corner. The story took a bizarre turn when he first fell sick and then never recovered, and finally it was from this bungalow that he had to leave the world forever.
His daughters are now planning to convert Aashirwad into a Rajesh Khanna museum, but it is still very early to say. Whatever happens, the one-time haunted house will always be remembered as the house of the superstar Rajesh Khanna.
The Times of India

Spooky tales from the hills

IANS Jul 19, 2012, 12.00AM IST

Ghosts from Shimla's past are back to haunt this picturesque hill town. Shimla-based writer Minakshi Chaudhry has come out with another set of 16 spooky tales of the spirits that refuse to die down.
"Spirits wander in these hills - the English nurse, the theatre manager, the lord and his sister, the ghost who gave away his treasure - these are real encounters narrated by the local people of Shimla and nearby areas," says journalist-turned-writer Chaudhry.
With thrilling twists and turns, each story recreates the horror of the victims and the fear of the unknown, she says.
Her latest book " More Ghost Stories of Shimla Hills" (Rupa and Co), released last week here by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, is a collection of 16 stories about the supernatural, originating from Shimla folklore to the trail of the Raj.
The author's earlier book, 'Ghost Stories of the Shimla Hills', published in 2005 also by Rupa and Co, became a bestseller and is in its 10th reprint.
"Ghost Stories became so popular that I was repeatedly asked to bring out the second volume," Chuadhry told IANS.
For the 42-year-old writer, Shimla, which served as the summer capital of British India between 1864 and 1939, is the perfect place for the supernatural beings, the main characters of her stories, to survive the onslaught of modern times.
Dark moonless nights, lonely stretches, mist enveloping hills and valleys, something howling in the faraway jungle - everything in the Shimla hills gives an appearance of these unearthly beings.
In these 16 stories, she says, the readers will encounter bhoots (ghosts) and churails (witches) who wander in the Shimla hills. These stories also tell us about the cultural and religious life of hill people. Generations of Shimlaites grew up hearing stories about bhoots and churails. These tales based on facts and experiences shared by people, have been narrated in a fictionalised way.
Chaudhry, who has 11 books to her credit, says when she started working on the second collection on spirits, she was amazed by the response she got from the people.
"The surprised look that I got from people when I had wandered in and around Shimla in 2003, collecting tales for 'Ghost Stories of Shimla Hills', was gone. It was no longer a frustrating or embarrassing experience. This time no one said to me: ghosts in this age? I met so many people who had not only enjoyed the book but who even expressed their disappointment that I had not included the real tale they knew or that a popular story from their area was left out," she says.
The new book includes tales about the spirit of an English nurse who wanders in the wards of Lady Reading (now known as Kamla Nehru hospital in Shimla), taking care of the children in need; a theatre manager - an Englishman who died before India's Independence who was so much in love with Shimla that he did not leave even after he died and his spirit haunts the (Gaiety) theatre and roams there on dark nights.
In these stories we meet people who can talk to the spirits and who live between the two worlds - living and the dead! We also travel to the strange world of fairies, who land and take off at the lawns of Pari Mehal (a locality in Shimla) and meet members of a unique family that claims to have met ghosts just as we meet each other.
"Most of the bhoots and churails narrated in the book are not scary. In fact, some of them are naughty," Chaudhry says.
"There is a touching tale of a Muslim ghost who came to Shimla hills (in Nankhari village, some 100 km from Shimla) after partition and stayed back. It plays pranks on people but as it grew old, it lost interest in teasing people and longed to go back to Lahore but could not do so," she says.
The writer, who herself never had a ghostly encounter, has learnt a lot about their spooky ways through research and interviewing people who have experienced an interaction with a spirit or ghost.
"Ghosts prefer thick, dark groves, murky alleys and lonely spots, uninhabited forested paths, 'bowlis' (natural water points) and springs. Ghosts and spirits love mountains," she adds.

Haunted Mumbai: Guess which well-known hotel is missing a 13th floor

Mumbai's freaky and supernatural haunts

The Trident Hotel at Nariman Point -- a victim of triskaidekaphobia.You can’t get to the 13th floor of the Trident Hotel at Nariman Point because there isn’t one.
In fact, it is not uncommon for skyscrapers in Mumbai’s commercial district -- like Hoechst, Maker Chambers and Atlanta -- to exclude 13 when numbering their floors.

However, urban legends and local superstitions in haunted Mumbai go beyond mere triskaidekaphobia.

Stories of ghosts, unexplained serial suicides, abandoned mills, haunted houses and territorial widows in white saris determined to make people’s lives miserable from the afterlife, populate a large unofficial body of local folklore.

Despite the catalog of gruesome urban legends, Mumbai is a city with its head on its shoulders; a city with too much grit to capitulate to ghost stories.
No one will ever stop driving down the winding road from the Tower of Silence that offers one of the best views of the city; and the price of an apartment at Grand Paradi will surely frighten a Mumbaiker before any old story about spiteful spirits.
A spate of suicides here makes the luxurious Grand Paradi apartments one of Mumbai most notorious residential  …

1. Grand Paradi Towers

Arguably the most famous haunted Mumbai house is situated in one of the city’s most affluent areas.

On the eighth floor of the Grand Paradi Towers in Kemps Corner, a series of freakish suicides drew attention to what appeared to be a gruesome pattern of deaths and accidents in the building.

In 2004 an elderly couple jumped out of the window of this apartment. Their children and their grandchild followed suit within the year.

“There was something unacceptable to our rational minds that a whole family, three generations, living in one house should commit suicide in the same way," says a resident who has lived in the building for 30 years. "There have been up to 20 fatal accidents and suicides since the building was constructed in 1976. Many involving children and even a maid who either jumped or fell out of a window."

After the series of unfortunate events the building society began to believe that paranormal forces were at work.
“After the suicides of the family the building society decided to do a puja and a havan (prayer ceremonies) and since then everything has stopped but the flat remains unoccupied," another resident tell us.
You think this gate could keep the phantom hitchhiker out?
2. Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Located on the northern fringes of Mumbai, this large protected area is usually where visitors go in search of wildlife.

There are rumors however, that at night people see a phantom hitchhiker.
Dubious as this sounds, forest guards insist it's true.
For nearly 30 years the derelict Mukesh Mills was used by film and television crews. It's now making way for a …
3. Mukesh Mills
Shut down in 1980, this enormous abandoned mill in Colaba has been the shooting ground for numerous Bollywood films and advertisements.

Deserted and rundown, Mukesh Mills is a ready-made set for horror films and Gothic shows, especially considering the mills are actually considered to be haunted.

Many directors, actors and producers refuse to work here past sunset.

One television actress claimed to have had a particularly bad experience when one of her female co-stars suddenly began speaking in a manly voice, as if she were possessed, telling the crew to leave the premises immediately.

Others say this haunted Mumbai area is jinxed and people are always losing their belongings, wallets and phones.
Mukesh Mills will soon be demolished and replaced by a new high-rise residential and commercial complex and a five-star hotel.
The Tower of Silence, a Parsi temple near Bombay, circa 1955.
4. Tower of Silence

Sounds ominous doesn’t it? The Tower of Silence is actually a Parsi cemetery situated rather picturesquely on Malabar Hill in South Mumbai.

Custom dictates that Parsis leave the bodies of their dead for vultures to feed on.

The graphic images that come to mind lend themselves to all sorts of horrifying stories.

The winding road that leads down the hill is particularly desolate and eerie at night and the place has become recognized as a kind of ghoulish hangout.
The weird happenings at the Grand Paradi Towers for instance, were blamed on spectral forces emanating from this cemetery.




Bhangarh Investigation by GRIP (Part 1)



Bhangarh Investigation by GRIP (Part 2)

  mystery surrounds Alton's Chained Oak, it has undoubtedly existed in it's present state for some considerable period of time but you will not find any information about it in any local history book or guide (or web site until now). The only source of information is word of mouth from the locals.

As can be seen from the photograph above. The tree is an oak of some considerable age with branches, for whatever reason, chained up to each other. The chains have been in place for some considerable period of time as the tree, in places, has grown around it. The tree also has a set of stone steps leading up to it. one thing is for sure, and that is, that someone has spent much in the way of time and resources to create what is now something of a mystery.
One story
Probably the most interesting story is one which has also been adopted by nearby Alton towers for one of their new (in 2000) attractions, "The Hex".
During a stormy night in 1821, Charles Thomas Talbot, the 15th Earl of Shrewsbury was making his way, via the baraby gutter, to Alton towers (his ancestral seat) in his carriage and was accosted on the way (at the site of the tree) by a beggar woman asking for money. The Earl refused and ordered his servants to drive on, at this the woman placed a curse on the Earl "for every branch that falls from this tree, a member of your family will die". That night the storm worsened and lightening struck the tree causing a branch to fall. Also that night a member of the Earls family suddenly, and inexplicably, died. The next day the Earl sent his workmen to chain up the remaining branches of the tree so that no more should fall and where the chains remain to this day.
It should be noted that on my last visit to the tree (early 2000) a branch had fallen (note the empty loop of chain in the centre of the picture above). Perhaps a descendant of the Earl has recently shuffled of their mortal coil?
So that's one story, take it or leave it. If you know of any other stories please let me know (e-mail

Earls of Shrewsbury
The park (and indeed enthusiasts) often recall the name of the Earls of Shrewsbury in relation to attractions in the modern park, such as Hex or the Magic Theatre. And indeed the Earls were extremely important to the park we know today, as it was the 15th Earl who first had the thought to create the gothic house and park on the slopes of the Valley.
Here we take a brief look at the history of the Earls from the creation of the Earldom right through to the present day Earl of Shrewsbury.
If you have any information on the earls please email the team.
   1st Creation - Roger De Montgomery and sons

The current line of the Earls of Shrewsbury isn't the first family to be granted the title. The first creation of the title (sometime also styled as the Earls of Shropshire) was for Roger de Montgomery in 1074 and was awarded for prowess in battle by William the Conquoror.
After his death the title was inherited by his son Hugh in 1094. After Hugh's death in 1098 the title passed to his older brother Robert de Montgomery who forfeited the title in 1102 when he rebelled against Henry I.
   2nd Creation - John Talbot, 1st Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1390
Earldom: 1442-1453
John Talbot was well distinguished in battle and is mentioned by Shakespeare in Henry VI as well as the St Crispins day speech of Henry V.
Before he was made Earl of Shrewsbury, he was already Lord Justice and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. He faced and was defeated by Joan of Arc, but was later exchanged as a prisoner due to his importance.
At the same time as becoming Earl of Shrewsbury he was also named as Lord High Steward of Ireland and Earl of Waterford.
He had been victorious in 40 battles before he faced the defeat at the age of 63 that saw his death.
   John Talbot, 2nd Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1413
Earldom: 1453-1460
The second Earl of Shrewsbury shared his father's prowess in battle, taking part in the War of the Roses, fighting on the side of Lancaster. It was after only seven years holding the earldom that he was killed during the war in the Battle of Northampton
   John Talbot, 3rd Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1448
Earldom: 1460-1473
The third John to take the earldom became the third earl at the tender age of eleven. Like his father, he took part in the war of the Roses fighting in the second battle of St Albans at the age of 12, after which he was knighted.
  George Talbot; 4th Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1468
Earldom: 1473-1538
George Talbot carried on the family's connection with Royalty, carrying the sword at the coronation of Henry VII
   Francis Talbot, 5th Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1500
Earldom: 1538-1560
The fifth Earl served under both Mary I and Elizabeth I, though he died only two years into the reign of the latter. This may have been for the best as his Roman Catholic credentials would not have served him well during this era.
   George Talbot, 6th Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1528
Earldom: 1560-1590
George Talbot was also closely linked to Elizabeth I, continuing the family's close links to royalty. This led to the Earl taking custody of Mary Queen of Scots between 1569 and 1584 and later being present at her execution. He was married to Bess of Hardwick, who built Park Farm, opposite the main gate of Alton Towers, and despite his desire to divorce the queen would not allow it. Bess took control of his wealth using it for her famous building projects.
   Gilbert Talbot, 7th Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1552
Earldom: 1590-1616
Gilbert was George's son by his first marriage, though he was married to Bess of Harwick's daughter. After his father's death he refused Bess her inheritance as widow, causing a rift between him and his mother in law.
Both his sons died in childbirth, which mean his brother inherited the title whilst his daughters inherited many of his estates, though they would play an important role later in the line for the title
   Edward Talbot, 8th Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1561
Earldom: 1616-1617
The one year earl. Having succeeded his brother he died after only one year in the earldom, leaving no direct heir.
   George Talbot, 9th Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1567
Earldom: 1617-1630
Edward's nearest male relative was George, a Roman Catholic priest. As such he too left no direct heir, meaning the title passed on to his nephew.
   John Talbot, 10th Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1601
Earldom: 1630-1654
Little is know of John Talbot, the tenth Earl, though he was the first Earl for a few generations to have had a son to pass the Earldom onto.
   Francis Talbot, 11th Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1623
Earldom: 1654-1667
Francis Talbot once again linked the Talbot family closely to royalty, and as a Royalist  went into exile with Charles II.
Having returned with the king in 1660, he was killed in a duel with Villiers, Duke of Buckingham with whom his wife was having an affair.
   Charles Talbot, 12th Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1660
Earldom: 1667-1717
Charles was the godson of Charles II, after whom he was named. He became the Earl at age 7, and whilst previous earls distinguished themselves in battle he was much more active in politics. He was one of the signatories who invited William and Mary to lead the Glorious Revolution against James II, bring them to the throne in 1688.
He was also active in the reign of Queen Anne and was present at her death. Upon her death he instantly declared George I king, to secure the line for the Elector of Hanover. He was also the builder of Heythrop Hall, the seat of the Earls up until it was moved to Alton Towers.
In 1694 he was also made Duke of Shrewsbury and Marques of Alton, although both of these titles died with the Earl due to his lack of a direct descendant.
   Gilbert Talbot, 13th Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1673
Earldom: 1717-1743
The earldom then passed to Charles' cousin Gilbert, yet another Roman Catholic priest. Gilbert's time as Earl of Shrewsbury marked the end of the line's close connection to the royal family. Whilst later earls did still come into contact with royalty, they never again shared the close ties of former generations.

   George Talbot, 14th Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1719
Earldom: 1743-1787
Again Gilbert left no direct heir to the line, causing the title to pass on to his nephew George. Carrying on the tradition George also left no heir, instead passing the title to his nephew Charles.
   Charles Talbot, 15th Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1753
Earldom: 1787-1827
Charles Talbot is the all important Earl related to Alton Towers. It is he that came to the hunting loge, Alveton Lodge and saw the potential to create an estate befitting the Earls of Shrewsbury.
Work started in 1800 when construction started on the bridge over the river Churnet, that many guests still pass over today. Whilst he enlarged the lodge to create Alton Abbey, Charles is more notable for starting to lay of the spectacular valley gardens.
It was also he that obtained the Enclosure Act that created the park as we know it today, privatising the land and roads, forming many of the paths that guests still move around today.
   John Talbot, 16th Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1791
Earldom: 1827-1852
Charles' nephew John took over the estate, and set about creating the Alton Towers we know today from Alton Abbey.
As well as massively expanding the house, John also laid out the formal gardens nearer to the Towers as well as completing the valley gardens , installing the Choragic monument in its current position in memorial to his uncle.
After a fire at Heythrop in 1931, John moved the seat of the earls of Shrewsbury to Alton Towers and was well known as a generous man who supported both schools and churches.
   Bertram Talbot, 17th Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1832
Earldom: 1852-56
Upon John's death the title and states passed to the invalid Betram Talbot. The new earl continued the Towers' building programme, adding the Pugin Rooms and continuing the house's decoration.
Betram knew he was not long for this world before he died at the young age of 24. In order to try and avoid the estate passing into protestant hands he named his heir as the infant Lord Edmund Howard.
   Henry Chetwynd-Talbot, 18th Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1803
Earldom: 1860-1868
However other members to the Talbot family had other ideas and several others lay claim to the earldom, including the Politician and Naval Commander, Henry Chetwynd-Talbot, Earl Talbot of Ingestre and  descendant of the 7th Earl of Shrewsbury, Gilbert.
He entered into a legal battle with the Duke of Norfolk (on behalf of Lord Edmund), Princess Doria (daughter of John, 16th Earl) and Major Talbot (descendant of William, 4th Earl).
In the end the courts found in favour of Earl Talbot, who took all the hereditary title as well as the estates. Unfortunately this had come at such a great expense that the contents of the house had been sold at auction in 1857 to pay for the trial.
Henry was also the first Earl to open the Gardens to the public in order to raise funds.
   Charles Chetwynd Talbot, 19th Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1830
Earldom: 1868-1877
Henry had been known as a generous benefactor and had been a popular recipient of the earldom of Shrewsbury. After his death the title passed on to his son Charles, who went on to run the estate in a much more businesslike way, being both fair but also demanding much from those in his employ.

   Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, 20th Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1860
Earldom: 1877-1921
The 20th earl was very different to the Earls that had gone before, being much more of a businessman, setting up various businesses such as various companies from horse drawn cab companies through to entering into the motor industries and helping create Talbot Cars.
After Ingestre Hall burnt down in 1882, the Earl rebuilt it with electricity running throughout, making it one of the first houses in the UK to be lit entirely by electricity.
He caused scandal by eloping with Ellen Miller-Munday, a married woman. After they later separated he lived at Ingestre whilst she resided at Alton Towers. During this period he allowed the house deteriorate in order to try and drive her out, which landed them in court.
Later he would put in motion the sale of Alton estate, selling off the out-lying estates and putting the house itself up for sale as well.
   John Chetwynd-Talbot, 21st Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1914
Earldom: 1921-1980
After his grandfather died, his grandson John, who inherited the title and who finally sold the house and gardens to a private company in 1924.
He would later go on to also sell Ingestre Hall in 1960, moving the family seat to nearby Wanfield Hall .

   Charles Chetwynd-Talbot, 22nd Earl of Shrewsbury
Born: 1952
Earldom: 1980-
The current Earl of Shrewsbury, still sits in the House of Lords today as one of the remaining elected hereditary peers of parliament after the House of Lords Act of 1999.
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Eerie Evenings

You never know who might come to dinner...


Alton Towers
Picture Gallery

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Alton Towers Exterior
Alton Towers Gallery
Alton Towers Corridor
Alton Towers - Another View
Alton Towers Banquetting Hall
Alton Towers Window
Alton Towers Interior
Alton Towers as Depicted in 1880

Hidden away in the grounds of Britain's No. 1 tourist attraction, lies a derelict gothic mansion - the original Alton Towers. Few of the revellers who visit the theme park in their millions every year are aware of the house, or the haunted folklore which surrounds it.
The site itself started life as an Iron Age fort around the year 1000BC. It later became the fortress for the Saxon King Ceolred of Mercia who took over the site in 700AD.  He only ruled for seven years before insanity overtook him, inspiring tales that the ground upon which his fortress stood was cursed.
This notion of a curse was reinforced during the 19th Century according to a famous legend. During the first two decades of this century, Charles Talbot, 15th Earl of Shrewsbury, began the transformation of the building into the one we see today. The story goes that in 1821 Charles was returning to the Towers in his coach when an old beggar woman appeared in the road asking for money. Having had her request refused, the old crone pointed to a nearby oak tree and told Charles that 'for every branch of the tree that falls, a member of your family will die'. Allegedly, later that night there was a great storm and in the morning it was discovered that one of Charles' relatives had died, and upon checking, a branch of the tree had indeed fallen (some versions of the story assert that Charles' son was killed while out riding by a branch falling off the tree). Determined not to have the same fate befall any more of his loved ones, Charles ordered the tree to be chained up, and these chains can still be seen to this day.
The ride 'Hex', housed in the original armoury and picture gallery of the mansion, depicts the story of the chained oak, and it is here that some of the paranormal activity associated with the site occurs. People queuing for the ride have reported seeing children dressed in Victorian clothing as well as being pelted with stones from unseen hands. When Living TV's Most Haunted visited the location, they too were apparently attacked by stones in this area.
However, the ghostly occurrences at Alton Towers are not confined to the Hex ride. The presence of a large man has been witnessed in and around the Music Room, and the disembodied footsteps heard in this vicinity are usually attributed to him. Other footsteps have been heard in the banqueting room but in this instance they are accompanied by a dark shadowy figure. Interestingly, Most Haunted's psychic medium, David Wells, allegedly picked up on an aggressive, hooded male spirit roaming the building.
Perhaps the most commonly seen ghost of Alton Towers is that of a lady in a long black dress, who has been witnessed wandering the corridors on many an occasion. Her apparition is often accompanied by a strong aroma of perfume. One member of staff believed her to be a guest who was still in the park after hours and asked her to leave. This she did, but by slowly fading away, much to the staff member's surprise! David Wells' psychic opinion was that she was a past governess who still believed herself to be in charge of the mansion.
The Most Haunted episode was a particularly notorious one. The team had stones thrown at them throughout filming, and Karl was apparently assaulted by unseen forces on one of the upper floors, leaving him dazed and with a cut to his head. The venue has since become a favourite with ghost-hunters due to the amount and regularity of paranormal activity experienced there.
Once the thousands of people have left for the day, the site takes on an ethereal quality which has to be seen to be believed. As dusk falls and darkness descends on the house, it is quite easy to believe you have stepped into one of Henry James' classic ghost stories, complete with derelict gothic mansion. This location is not for the faint-hearted by any means, but we are confident that an Eerie Evening at Alton Towers will be a unique and unforgettable experience.
"Just to say a big thank you for the lovely night we had last night (May 2nd 2009) at Alton Towers! It was amazing and we had a night to remember forever! ...We can't wait to come to more events!" - C. Maeer

An Eerie Evening at Alton Towers Includes:
~ Welcome Drink of Traditional Mead
~ Platform Readings from our Spiritualist Mediums
~ Walk-around with Mediums
~ Genuine Ghost Hunt & Paranormal Investigation
~ Opportunity to use Ghost-Hunting Equipment
~ Séance and Controlled 'Contact Experiments'
~ Refreshments Throughout
*The event will run from approx. 9pm - 4am*


One of the archeologically important sculptures of the ruins of Bhangarh

Scary ghost

‘Ghost’ wants clean cops; police station locked up for 6 months

‘Ghost’ wants clean cops; police station locked up for 6 months

JABALPUR: The foremost qualification for a posting to Pandola police station is "saatwik" (pure) character, declares Gokul Suman, former sarpanch of Pandola gram sabha in Sheopur. The expression, he explains, means an austere life. Those who don't fit the bill, Suman says with all seriousness, "cannot last a day in the building known to be haunted".

Suman has seen many men in khaki walk in and then walk away in the past year. The last one was driven off by the 'resident spirit' approximately six months ago, he added. And since then, the police station has been firmly locked. Policemen don't fear bandits in this tribal-dominated town in the dreaded Chambal belt. But fighting off unseen forces is certainly not their cup of tea. Consequently, there in no night patrol in Pandola and the villagers are left on their own, complains Daulat Ram Gupta, former chairperson of Sheopur Nagar palika.

The building is a relatively new construction with three rooms. The sanctioned strength of the police station is one sub-inspector in charge, one head constable and four constables. This is how the system worked until last year, before things began to go haywire.

Manohar Singh and his sarpanch wife Vilasi Devi recall, "how the beat constable on duty was attacked, possessed and managed to flee somehow". Suman corroborates the story and even remembers the duty constable's name: Suresh Sikarwar.

"These cases happened in quick succession and now the policemen do come in case of an untoward incident, but they carry out their paper work standing in the compound," Manohar told TOI.

Alarmed by the reports, Sheopur MLA Brijesh Singh demands a probe into the mystery and also a 24x7 presence of the force to clear the air. "Turning a deaf ear will not sort out the problem. Senior officers must go and camp here and see what exactly is happening. This will take away the dread from the villagers' hearts," he declares. However, if the problem persists, there is no harm in shifting the police station to some other building, Singh adds as an afterthought.

Sheopur superintendent of police Mahendra Singh Sikarwar trashes the spooky tales. The only reason for the absence of men from the police station is paucity of force, he claims. The building has been locked, he concedes, but "we have not given it up".


Ghosts host these haunted houses!


Picture this. A young, successful husband; a beautiful, stay-at-home wife; a haunted house. What follows is two hours of chills and thrills and a hit Bollywood movie.

But wait, 'Bhoots' aren't limited to the make-believe world of the big screen. Kyunki, Delhi abounds in spots which have acquired the tag of being haunted by ghosts.

The fact of the matter is that what are otherwise suitable residences are believed to be bhoot bungalows haunted by tenants who nobody has a ghost of a chance of seeing! In GK I, for instance, House No W-3, situated opposite the police station there, has acquired the dubious distinction of being haunted by supernatural forces.

The history of the house reveals that an aged couple was murdered at this address more than a decade ago. As this couple had no children, advertisements published in newspapers asked legitimate relations of the couple to show up. Certain people did come forward to lay claim to the house, but due to want of substantial proof, nobody was granted possession.

''Various sounds, ranging from sobs to screams, emanate from the house. Also, certain people claim to have seen an apparition there. Children, in turn, are too scared to even go near the house,'' says Gaurav Kapoor, a software executive who lives in the locality.

Similarly, a 'numberless' house in Defence Colony's C-Block has been lying vacant for more than 20 years now. Apart from claiming to hear eerie sounds, residents of the area maintain that they have seen physical proof of the presence of ghosts.

Incidentally, 44 Ashoka Road — the official accommodation of the late Phoolan Devi at the time she was murdered — earned the reputation of being a haunted house. While the house remained vacant for quite some time, it finally found a taker in minister of state for social welfare Kailash Meghwal, who reveals that his family faced problems after moving in.

''Even after we moved in, neighbours insisted that they often spotted Phoolan Devi in the house. We conducted a puja and everything is fine now,'' says Deepak, the minister's nephew.

Close encounters of the spooky kind are also linked to a tree near the DDA flats in Qutub Enclave Enclave Phase II. People claim to have sighted a corpse hanging upside down from the tree. According to old-timers, the land on which the DDA flats stand today was once a graveyard. ''Though I have never seen the corpse myself, many of my friends contend that they have seen it,'' reveals Amit Kaul, a resident of the area.

According to a senior estate official, ''Some spacious bungalows in Lutyen's Delhi lie vacant because bad omens are associated with them. We do not want to publicise this since these houses are situated in prime locations such as BD Marg, Talkatora Road, Lodi Estate and Pandit Pant Marg. Since these sprawling bungalows are believed to be haunted by the ghosts of the dead, they are mostly used for wedding ceremonies or parties.'' 
 Encounters with Ghosts

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I truly believe that there are people who can see ghosts and other things and ... I once knew of a woman that was being scared to death by a cars lights on a .... State police and county police worked for years trying to find out who had ..... My cat isn't acting out, but will sit and stare into this corner of my living room for hours.
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'Havan' in Tonk school to ward off 'ghost' of girl

'Havan' in Tonk school to ward off 'ghost' of girl
"Three students of Class VIII, VII and VI respectively reported on February 11 that they had seen a ghost," said the villager. 
JAIPUR: Nearly 300 people performed 'havan' and religious rituals in an upper primary government school in Tonk district on Sunday on suspicion that it was haunted by ghosts. Nearly 170 students of the school have not been attending classes for the past five days after three children fainted here on seeing the "ghost" of a girl. To local government administration's horror, the parents of other children stopped sending their wards to school considering an 'evil spirit' the reason behind the trio's fainting.

The rituals ended on a high note on Sunday as one of the villagers was possessed by the local deity 'Tejaji'. Through this villager, Tejaji advised parents to regularly perform puja at a temple in the school to free it of evil spirits.

Several education department officers and local public representatives participated in the puja on Sunday.

A villager, Badri Gujjar, told TOI that the Upper Primary Government School in Beejwara was closed since February 11. "Three children Tulsiram, Dharmaraj and Shivraj, students of Class VIII, VII and VI respectively reported on February 11 that they had seen a ghost," said the villager. The three students were made to come to the school toilets. "They say that they saw a girl who pushed them towards the toilet. As the three children fainted simultaneously, it caused panic in the school. How was it possible that three children would faint at the same time without any reason," said the villager.

The story of the girl's ghost and trio's fainting spread in this small village like a wildfire. The villagers stopped sending children to school since February 12.As the news reached the local education department officers, they arrived in the village and tried to persuade them to send the children to school. They argued that the school was safe and not being haunted by any ghost.

Additional block education officer Ramratan Arya even performed some puja and chanted some mantras in front of villagers on Saturday to convince them that the school was pure.

However, the villagers insisted on performing special prayers. "They sang religious songs throughout Saturday night. In presence of some priests, special prayers, chanting of mantras and havan were performed on Sunday. The villagers have now agreed to send children to school from Monday onwards," said the officer.

When the special prayers were being performed, a sudden event consolidated the faith of people in ghosts even more. A villager named Gopal Kumar was possessed by local deity "Tejaji".

"There is a Tejaji temple in the school. Tejaji told villagers through Gopal that the ghosts came to the school because the villagers stopped performing puja at the temple since the past two months. Tejaji told villagers that if the prayers were performed, the ghosts would go away and would not return," said a villager.

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By Mihika Pai

If their fabled histories aren’t attractive enough to inspire a visit to these places, perhaps their spooky sagas will.


If their fabled histories aren’t attractive enough to inspire a visit to these places, perhaps their spooky sagas will. Though the Indian Paranormal Society (IPS) does not have enough evidence to prove these spots are actually haunted, they are definitely scary enough to send a shiver down your spine.


The Paliwal Brahmins who inhabited Kuldhara and 83 villages around it are said to have vanished overnight in 1825. There are several explanations for the disappearance, the most popular one being that an evil king had been molesting little girls, drawing a curse on the area. The residents fled, leaving behind their belongings. A visit to the village is an insight into life in the early 1800s. There are ruined homes, carts, utensils and beds. Balls reportedly bounce around of their own accord, stones whiz through mid-air and mysterious voices are heard. The IPS has recorded sudden dips in temperature and unexplained fluctuations in the electromagnetic field, evidence of an otherworldly presence, they say. It is said that no new structure can be built here without it bursting into flames. Location: Kuldhara is on the western outskirts of Jaisalmer. (Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; entry ₹10.)


Bhangarh was built in 1573 by Raja Bhagwant Das as the residence for his second son Madhoo Singh. The structure is said to have been abandoned in 1783 amidst a severe drought. The area is dotted with banyan trees and ruins of temples, havelis and peasant homes. The Shiva, Gopinath, Mangla Devi and Keshava Rai temples are the best preserved ruins here. Local legends offer two alternative explanations for the town’s ruin. One story involves an arrogant king and an offended sadhu, while the other is a tale of obsession involving a tantrik and a beautiful princess. Whichever version visitors choose to believe, many agree that the ‘no entry after dark’ sign put up by the Archaeological Survey of India is justified by the unsettling presence of an otherworldly force, bizarre sounds and accompanying anxiety.
Location: Bhangarh is 80 km northeast of Jaipur. (Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; entry free.)


Textbooks have plenty to say about this imposing 13th century structure and how it shaped the history of South India. A visit to this ancient city is a history lesson in itself. It has seen the rise and decline of various dynasties and was the original home of the famous Koh-i-noor diamond. But history books don’t talk about the spirits of thieves that are said to live in the trees, the baffling shadows seen gliding around, and the sounds of people crying out in pain. The spirit of Taramati, a courtesan turned queen, is often spotted here. Visitors aren’t allowed to linger after dark. But since it’s a popular film location, movie crews are often here past the deadline and see much more than they’d like.
Location: About 13 km from Hyderabad city centre. (Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; entry ₹30.)


Built in Mussoorie in 1902, The Savoy was amongst the grandest hotels of its time and the guestbook read like a social register. But in 1910, a guest named Lady Garnet Orme was found dead in her room. Strychnine had been slipped into her medicine bottle. Agatha Christie found this to be the perfect setting for a mystery story and based her first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, on Lady Orme’s death. The perpetrator was never found and the ghost of Lady Orme is said to still roam the halls of the hotel. Guests have reported hearing flushes going off, seeing the floating silhouette of a lady, and doors opening mysteriously. The IPS has recorded the sound of a woman whispering and singing softly. Perfect for guests who need a lullaby at bedtime.
Location: The Savoy is in Mussoorie. (0135-2632010.)


The Meerut Army Cantonment was the site of the Mangal Pandey uprising in 1857. The British cracked down on Indian revolutionaries and crushed rebellion. Over 150 soldiers were killed here. This is where history leaves off and legend begins. It is believed that the spirits of the soldiers who died here still wander the abandoned cantonment, although their activities are less regimented nowadays. Visitors have reported seeing headless apparitions, spooky shadows, hearing mysterious sounds of dripping water and sensing a supernatural presence. Gaurav Tiwari of the IPS spent a night here and says that the presence does things like running around in circles and making animal-like sounds.
Location: Meerut is 70 km northeast of Delhi. (Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; entry free.)


The Jamali Kamali mosque and tomb are a part of the Mehrauli Archaeological Complex. Jamali and Kamali were Sufi saints who preached here and were buried in the tomb when they died, around 1528. The tomb and mosque are now said to be home to jinns, but not the benevolent, wish-granting sort. Some visitors say they have heard the inexplicable sound of animals growling, others report being chased (and even slapped), and some claim that they have had recurring nightmares after their visits.
Location: Mehrauli is in South Delhi. (Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; entry free.)

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Mumbai: Meet the fake policewoman who has terrorised Aarey

People going to Aarey Colony from the Marol side are both mystified and scared of this woman who poses as a cop and tries to stop vehicles late at night, only to shout at or attack passengers
If you see a woman in a police uniform standing in your way late at night, preventing you from entering Aarey Colony from the Marol side, don’t stop your vehicle.
This woman has scared many locals by posing as a cop and asking vehicles to stop, only to shout at the passengers or hurl stones at them
This woman has scared many locals by posing as a cop and asking vehicles to stop, only to shout at the passengers or hurl stones at them
For the past week, motorists and residents in the area have been baffled and frightened by this woman, who poses as a cop and stands in the middle of the road to stop vehicles only to speak gibberish and then shout at citizens or attack them with stones.
She stands in the middle of the road to block the path of vehicles, and when that fails, she can be seen writing something in her notebook. Many motorists halt when they see her do this, thinking she is noting their vehicle details
She stands in the middle of the road to block the path of vehicles, and when that fails, she can be seen writing something in her notebook. Many motorists halt when they see her do this, thinking she is noting their vehicle details
Such is the terror amongst locals that many have now started turning away the moment they spot her, preferring to go the extra miles and enter Aarey Colony through Goregaon instead. The local police have confirmed that she is not a cop, but several unsuspecting motorists were taken in by her uniform and halted when they saw her gesticulate.
Others saw her write something in her notebook which she always carries and suspected that she was noting down their vehicle details. But their confusion only deepens when they stop and ask her what the matter is. According to a few people, no one can understand what she says or what language she speaks in.
Many said that they tried to press her for information, she began to shout at them and allegedly even pelted stones at them.
While there are some who think the woman may be mentally unsound, there are even rumours that she might be a ghost. Aarey Colony is famously considered to be haunted, and among other ghost legends, there have been reports about a woman not this one walking on the deserted road in the dead of night, who stops vehicles to ask for a lift.
No one really knows who the fake policewoman is or what she does in the area so late at night,
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Aarey Milk colony, located in the Goregaon East of Mumbai was initially set up for the Aarey Dairy employees in the year 1949. Today it is perhaps one of
 Not only is she causing great inconvenience to locals, but people also fear that her own safety is at risk, especially as the area is often isolated at night, and she is often seen there as late as 1 am.
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Imran U, a local resident, said, “First of all, I was shocked to see a lady standing near the Aarey Milk Colony police check post on the Marol side at 1 am. I saw her shouting and thought she might be mentally unstable. At least there are police officials present at the check post who don’t allow her to enter Aarey, which is even more deserted.”
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This incident happened in December 2006. I have a friend who stays near L & T near Powai (Mumbai) while I stay in Dahisar (Mumbai). She was visiting me one afternoon and when

But even this can be a challenge for the cops, as the woman’s usual haunt the Marol check post lies between the jurisdictions of the MIDC and Aarey police. While both branches are confused about who should deal with her, it is usually the Aarey police who are seen requesting the woman to go away. But she often slips into Aarey when they police are busy checking vehicles, creating chaos for them as well.
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DCP Punjabrao Ugale (Zone XII) said, “It’s a very important matter and I will immediately inform the senior police inspector from Aarey police station and ask him to look into the matter and solve it at the earliest.

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Another one…if you are wondering what the brown spots are, well that is dried cow dung!
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Another Path
Well this is one of the smaller ones :P
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The sunset, hidden by the bushes
The final moment before the sun disappears to rise again, another day

Nobody wants to live in 84 cursed' villages

| TNN | Jul 5, 2010, 12.06 AM IST
JAISALMER: The story goes back to 175 years and 84 villages in Jaisalmer district that still has the memory of cursed' night. Nobody dared to live in these villages fearing the curse of Paliwal Brahmins would fall on them.

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People say that a diwan, who came to a village, wanted to marry a girl against the wishes of the villagers. The villagers, mostly Brahmins, defied the diktat of the diwan and preferred to leave the village instead of living in disgrace. They fled on the eve of Buddha Poornima night, cursing the diwan and the village as nobody even now dared to live there.

The government had posted a guard in Kuldara village, but he doesn't stay for fearing of life. He tried to live in the village. But unfortunately, according to the villagers, he had to pay a heavy price for his defiance as his father, wife, daughter-in-law were met with premature death. Since then when the sun sets, he leaves the village to return to his shelter set up about 2 km from the village.

Though these ghost villages are attractions for the tourists and serial makers in recent times, they also stay away from the villages at night. Noted historian Nand Kishore Sharma narrated the story of the village. Paliwal Brahmins after the fall of the Pali kingdom in the 12th century fled to the desert region and found shelter under the Jaisalmer royalty.

About 20,000 Paliwal Brahmins numbering about 1,01,340 were gradually settled in about 84 villages in the desert area and they built their homes after long struggle against hostile conditions. However, an incident in the last leg of the 18th century turned their lives upside down. The villagers had to leave behind everything to save their honour and escaped through a tunnel forever never to return to the village. The abandoned village still carries the memory of the incident.

As the story goes the incident took place three days before Buddha Poornima. Diwan Salam Singh Mehta of Jaisalmer royals came to the Kuldara village with his contingent. He saw a 16-year-old pretty girl fetching water from a well. He was attracted towards the girl and wished to marry her. The villagers objected to it as the diwan was 50-year-old and had five wives. But the diwan was not in a mood to listen to anybody. He gave the ultimatum to the villagers. Either the girl be happily married to him or he will forcefully take her away. The village panchayat was convened to deliberate on the issue. The panchayat decided to leave the village rather than handing over the girl to diwan. They fled the village in the night through a tunnel.

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