The history of this world has given birth to a lot of mysteries, including some really horrible incidents that make us shudder even to this day. These incidents are believed to have been the cause of hauntings in a lot of places. India, home to some of the most mystery-laden folklore, is home to a lot of famous luxury hotels that have been infamous for hauntings by the dead.
As per the legends, untimely death of people in these properties has given rise to hauntings, making guests experience inexplicable events for years. Located in different parts of the country, these ‘haunted hotels in India’ have also attracted a lot of travellers who consider it an adventure to stay in one of these properties. If you are one of them, take a look at this list of the most haunted hotels in India and set some ghostbusting goals. But remember, do so at your own risk, as you have been warned.
Hotel Savoy, Mussoorie
Hotel Savoy in Mussoorie was built way back in the year 1902 and is one of the oldest hotels in the region. In the year 1910, a guest named Lady Garnet Orme was found dead in one of the rooms of this hotel. It is the same incident that inspired one of the most popular murder mysteries by the queen of thrill Agatha Christie. The lady was, supposedly, murdered in the hotel by adding strychnine to her medicines. Since then, it is believed that the hotel’s corridors and halls are haunted by the lady’s ghost. In fact, years later, the doctor who was looking after the lady was also found dead inside the hotel under similar circumstances. While the guests staying in this hotel have reported a lot of unexplained sightings and events, the Indian Paranormal Society has also recorded a lady’s whispers!
Hotel Brij Raj Bhavan, Kota
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Although it is one of the most beautiful heritage hotels in Rajasthan, Hotel Brij Raj Bhavan in Kota is 178 years old and was originally home to a royal family of Rajasthan. It was in the year 1980 that the property was turned into a hotel. What, as they say, haunts this hotel is the ghost of Major Burton, a British official, who stayed here with his family for 13 years before he was killed by Indian sepoys during the mutiny of 1857. As per the sighting reports from this place, the ghost of Major Burton has been sighted walking in the corridors of the hotel. Besides, it has also been reported that the ghost slaps guards who fall asleep while on night duty! Reportedly, even the queen of Kota has spoken to journalists about her experience of seeing the ghost in this hotel.
Hotel Raj Kiran, Lonavala
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Although not one among the fanciest and luxurious hotels, the paranormal activities in Lonavala’s Hotel Raj Kiran have earned it a place in the list of the most haunted hotels in the country. According to guests’ experiences, the hauntings have been reported from a room in a corner behind the reception of this hotel. As per the experiences of guests who stayed in this room, the entity living in it forcefully pulled off the bed sheets when the guests were asleep. Some guests have also reported sightings of a ray of blue light when they woke up in the middle of the night. The hotel management has stopped renting out the said room to guests now.
Hotel Fern Hill, Ooty
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Built in 1844, Hotel Fern Hill is a heritage hotel in Ooty that is known for its beautiful classic British architecture. But there is one more thing that made this hotel famous. It was during the shooting of Bollywood horror film Raaz that this hotel’s hauntings came to the fore. Choreographer Saroj Khan and her crew were staying in this hotel, and they woke up in the middle of a night when she heard noises of furniture being rearranged on the floor above. She called up the reception immediately, but there was no one to take her call. Next morning, to everyone’s horror, the receptionist revealed that the hotel has no first floor at all. The hotel was even shut down for some time due the reports of paranormal acitivities.
Morgan House Tourist Lodge, Kalimpong
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The Morgan House Tourist Lodge in Kalimpong is set within a beautiful old British house, which itself makes for a great travellers’ attraction on a hill station. The hotel was built in the 1930s and it belonged to an Englishman named George Morgan and his family. The family is believed to have stayed in this property before the untimely death of Lady Morgan, whose ghost still haunts the place as per the locals. If the rumours are to be believed, the ghost of the lady walks the halls of this establishment. A lot of guests have even heard the sound of someone walking the wooden corridors of the hotel in high-heels.
Hotel Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
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As surprising it may seem, but the iconic Hotel Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai is believed to be haunted. The hotel has been home to a lot of historical events including the unfortunate terrorist attacks a few years back. According to the legends of this place, the hotel’s plan was originally designed by French architect W.A. Chambers. But when he returned from a trip to England, he was shocked to find that the construction of the hotel was not done according to his architectural plan. Chambers was so heartbroken that he committed suicide, jumping off from the fifth floor of the hotel. According to first hand reports of several people, including the hotel staff, the ghost of Chambers still walks around in the Old Wing of the property.