Delhi, being the capital of India, is considered to be the coolest metropolitan city of the country. Known for its spectacular diversity, lip-smacking cuisines and amazing nightlife, this city has an infectious energy that'll make you fall in love with it. However, with a history that's both rich and tragic, it's also home to some of the most ancient monuments and dilapidated forts in the country. And with old places, come old legends that are guaranteed to send shivers down your spine. Because let's admit, even the happiest places have a dark side, don't they?
So, if you've been feeling a bit too adventurous lately and have a thirst for all things scary and blood-curdling, here's a list of the 8 most haunted places in Delhi that will surely give you goosebumps. Are you ready to be spooked?
Situated right next to a cricket stadium that goes by the same name, this fort becomes a popular hangout spot for youngsters during the daytime. But a strange fear continues to reside in the minds of the locals. During the reign of the Tughlaq Dynasty, it appeared to be one of the most occupied places for controversial discussions and plotting of secretive invasions in the country. Since then, this place has been known to be the home of Djins (invisible spirits that possess humans). And locals try to please these djins by making offerings with milk and grains every Thursday. What happens if they don't? The djins follow them and other visitors into their homes and make their lives - a living hell!
Location: Balmiki Basti, Vikram Nagar, New Delhi - 110002
The name, Khooni Darwaza, which literally means 'Bloody Door' is true to its spine-chilling death history. It was at this exact same spot where Bahadur Shah Zafar's sons - Mirza Mughal and Mirza Khizr Sultan and his grandson Mirza Abu Bakht were killed by a British soldier, Captain William Hudson. He shot them dead after stripping them naked in front of everybody to create an illusion of fear in the minds of anyone who dared go against them. So, those who stay in the neighbouring areas continue to feel the troubled spirits move around them and their anguished cries and painful screams at night.
Location: Delhi Gate, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Delhi - 110002
Built during the 14th Century by Maharaja Agrasen, it's one of the most beautiful architectural beauties of the city and a popular tourist spot - but only during the daytime. The now empty baoli (reservoir) was believed to be once, filled with black-coloured water containing hypnotic qualities or unearthly forces which enticed people to commit suicide by diving in and drowning themselves. So, as you descend further down the 104 level step-wall, beware! You may feel followed, watched or even nudged to go closer and closer towards the end. If you find yourselves getting carried away, take a step back.
Location: Hailey Road, Near Diwanchand Imaging Centre, K.G Marg, New Delhi - 110001
Its a place where all nature lovers head in the mornings for a walk or sight-seeing during cosy, winter afternoons. But amidst this lush green wilderness lies something inhuman that can only be felt during the night. It's believed that several years ago, a woman hung herself from a Peepal tree before killing her own children out of poverty and frustration - but her soul never attained rest. Since then, she roams around the forest in search of a human to possess and the desire for a better life. Hence, there have been visitors claiming to hear children laughing in the middle of the night, not just inside the forest but even on the roadside - as she uses them as bait to lure people inside the forest.
Location: New Mehrauli Road, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi - 110016
Ever heard of 'what goes around, comes around'? Well, this little eerie roadside incident tends to be a gentle reminder of the same. According to the legend, many years ago, a woman was known to be brutally raped, tortured and murdered by some guys in a car whom she had asked for directions or maybe, a lift. Since then, many passers-by have claimed to see her spirit or a woman clad in a white saree, asking for a lift at odd hours in the night. And when denied, she is seen pacing right next to their vehicles or in some cases, even causing severe accidents and disturbing nightmares, thereafter.
Location: Palam Road, Sport View, Delhi Cantonment, New Delhi - 110010
This may sound like a cliched horror story but if you heard the residents near this place talk about it, you wouldn't feel the same anymore. According to the reports, back in 1986, two dead bodies of an aged couple, Yadu Krishnan Kaul and Madhu Kaul were found in the water tanks of their own house. They were believed to be brutally murdered by their own Yoga teacher over possession of their wealth and property. Since then, the house is said to be unquestionably haunted as those who dare to step inside for a look, find themselves feeling dizzy and followed by unhappy spirits. Many neighbours also shifted to new premises on hearing wailing sounds and voices of moving furniture from the vacant house every day.
Location: House No. 3, Block - W, Greater Kailash 2, New Delhi - 110048
As one of the oldest courts in Delhi and bustling with lawyers all day, this place takes an eerie turn once everybody leaves. The employers had begun reporting the appearance of spirits and shadowy figures in the office so much so that they decided to install CCTV cameras - and guess what? It was true! Their videos surely proved the occurrence of paranormal activities taking place in the court after office hours. In some of them, white figures were seen emerging from the walls, flickering computer screens being turned on and off and drawers were opened and closed on their own. When paranormal experts were brought in to decipher the situation, it turned out that these spirits were harmless - for now, at least!
Location: Maharaja Surajmal Marg, Arjun Gali, Vishwas Nagar, Shahdara, New Delhi - 110032
Saffron was an organisation in Gurgaon that ran successfully for many years. However, it was built on a graveyard - and this fact was kept hidden from its employees. But a few years ago, a woman named Rose began working in this office and soon, became one of the most loved colleagues in Saffron. She was not only praised for her high intellect but was also known to be extremely efficient with her work. She rarely took any leaves from office until one day, she did - and went missing thereon. On contacting her landlord, her friends were informed that no such woman ever existed. When they spoke to her family, it turned out that Rose had been dead for almost 8 years. This news shook everybody and soon, the office was shut down. What had once been a place of fun and work, now remains as silent and creepy as a graveyard itself. So, go there at your own risk!
Location: Building No. 113, Udyog Vihar, Phase 1, Gurgaon, Haryana - 122016
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