Haunted hotels all over the world often attract tourists who have an affinity towards mystery and the unknown. There are people who are thrilled at the experience of goosebumps and the wild adrenalin rush. Even I have tried out two hotels from the list of haunted hotels in India which I am going to share here.
Hotel Savoy in Mussoorie, Uttarakhand
Mussoorie’s heritage hotel, ‘Savoy’, is said to be one of the most haunted hotels in India. The ghost of Lady Garnet Orme is believed to frequent the hotel. She was murdered at the hotel most likely by mixing strychnine in her medicine. Later the attending doctor was also found dead in a similar manner. It is said that Agatha Christie was inspired by this incident and wrote her classic novel, ‘The Mysterious Affair at Styles.’ This hotel in Mussoorie is also a favorite of the famous author, Ruskin Bond. These are the reasons for which I chose to book a stay at Savoy. I did not experience anything eerie but definitely the Gothic architecture of this hotel of 1902, with numerous statues here and there, set on the Himalayan Mountains, gave me some chills through the spine.
Hotel Fern Hill in Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Fern Hill, a luxury hotel at Ooty, was permanently shut down due to paranormal activities. This attracted the famous director Vikram Bhatt to shoot the Bollywood horror thriller, Raaz. Rumors have it that the choreographer, Saroj Khan, and her crew experienced paranormal activities one night. The movie was super hit and these spooky tales spread like wildfire enlisting it among one of the most haunted hotels in India. The first Fern hill bungalow was built in 1844 as a private summer residence of Maharaja of Mysore. The palace resembles a Swiss Chalet and its manicured gardens with firs and cedars bring out the alpine look.
Morgan House in Kalimpong, West Bengal
There is seriously something uncanny about room number 101 at Morgan House. Set in the Kalimpong Hills of the Himalayas, this imperial building with awesome scenic beauty around, is known for visitors’ unearthly experiences. This property was built in 1930 by the Morgans and Lady Morgan still visits her beloved earthly home. Sound of heels on wooden corridor floor is often heard at midnight. The mystery of the sound of grand piano is eerie too. Some also report of hearing unexpected screeching sounds of horse carriage at odd hours.
Hotel Brij Raj Bhawan in Kota, Rajasthan
Isn’t it a better option to experience the spooky feeling but in a positive way? One often does this at this heritage hotel, a 19th century palace. A friendly ghost of an English Major, killed in Sepoy Mutiny of 1857, is said to roam about the property. Rumour has it that Major Burton’s ghost occasionally slaps the guards who sleep on duty. That’s definitely ensures security to the visitors. This palatial heritage hotel is significant among the haunted hotels in India.
Hotel Raj Kiran in Lonawala, Maharashtra
Lonavala is one of Maharashtra’s most popular hill stations for a weekend getaway. If you are looking for some relaxed spooky time amidst the secluded green hills, this is your place. Paranormal experts have confirmed of the presence of spirits in this hotel and so it makes to the list of most haunted hotels in India. A room in the corner behind the reception on the ground floor is claimed to be haunted and is no more allotted to guests. The guests staying in that room have often complained that their quilts or sheets have been pulled off while they were asleep. Many have reported that they saw light flashes at their feet.
Pineridge Hotel in Darjeeling, West Bengal
Located right at the corner of the mall, in spite of such an amazing location, this imperial hotel is categorized as a budget hotel. It is only because guests do not want to stay here. Almost everyone who stayed here experienced heavy unfriendly paranormal activities. A feeling of excessive fall in temperature and being followed by someone inside the hotel, are common experiences.
I know someone (not willing to share the name) who had a horrifying experience at this hotel. One night he started feeling too cold in his room which seemed darker than usual. His mobile phone and watch had stopped working. He was initially unable to get up from bed but somehow managed to leave the room and call the guard. The guard managed him another room for the night without questioning. The next morning as he went inside his room to get the luggage out, he found the cupboard and chest of drawers opened. Apparently, it may not sound too frightening, but the person who experienced it, felt awfully eerie. That person is a seasoned solo traveller who has travelled to different places in the Himalayas alone.
Here are some stories from the six most haunted hotels in India. It is up to you to chose between flight or fight. You may want to fight your fears and have an adventure with the unknown. Yu can also choose to avoid these hotels after reading the article.
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