It was late at night and I was driving down a solitary lane along with two of my friends. It was rather still and calm outside and yet, unexpectedly, the wind started howling & whistling; we thought it was a normal irregularity of Delhi’s unpredictable weather but suddenly we saw a woman clad in a white Saree standing on the roadside. I kept driving on without looking at her as I had heard about a few spooky instances happening on this particular road. After travelling ahead we gathered all our strength and looked back and what we saw drained our blood and a chill ran down our spine. We saw the woman stuck to the boot of our car staring at us with her bloodshot eyes. I looked straight ahead and drove as fast as I could without looking back again until I had traversed that patch completely. It is then that we caught our breath and found that the woman had disappeared altogether!
Seems right out of a horror movie, but this is one of the many instances narrated by Delhiites about the evil spirits found on the roads, abandoned houses, mansions, parks & monuments etc. So for those who believe in the supernatural, here's where to go looking for them!
The Tree Near Dwarka, Sector 9 Metro Station
People travelling in call centre cabs at night have experienced an energy slapping them and a woman appearing and disappearing, travelling along with the speed of the car. Yes, it sounds creepy but according to many, it’s true.
Dwarka Sector 9 Metro Station | New Delhi-75
A lush green area managed by the security services of our country is supposedly a shelter for a spirit of a lady who died in a car mishap there. Many people have confirmed her presence time and again clad in a white saree with greying hair and hairy hands, trying to get the attention of various passers-by.
Delhi Cantonment | South West Delhi-10
House No. W-3, GK I
It is an abandoned house located in South Delhi where an aged couple were murdered a decade ago. Various sounds ranging from sobs to screams emanate from the house as reported by the neighbours. Similar haunted houses can be found in Defence Colony, Green Park, Lajpat Nagar, Lodhi Road and many places where properties worth crores have been deserted since decades due to the paranormal activities happening in them.
House No, W-3 | Greater Kailash I, New Delhi-48
The first impression that you get after a brief look at the Feroz Shah Kotla fort, is that of a haunted place, especially, because it does not see many visitors today. The fort was built back in 1354 by Feroz Shah Tughlaq, who built Firozabad (one of the seven cities of Delhi). It is situated on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, where a narrow lane leads to this macabre citadel. This site is said to have Djinns residing in the ruins and the dark halls. Every Thursday, one can see the locals lighting candles, incense sticks, leaving offerings of milk & grain and writing letters to appease the djinns hoping for their wishes to come true.
Feroz Shah Kotla | Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi-02
Khooni Nadi (Bloody River)
This flows across Rohini in Delhi and it is believed that whoever enters the river is sucked inside it by a mysterious force. Many have lost their lives there which appears to be suicide; the reason behind this phenomenon is still unknown.
Khooni Nadi | Rohini, New Delhi-85
Sanjay Van is a stretch of about 10 Kms, a green lung of the city but also known to be haunted by spirits as it houses innumerable Majaars (masouleums of sufi saints) & graves punctuated with broken ramparts of Qila Rai Pithora. Many encounters of crying children, pushing and clawing has been reported here ever since its existence.
Sanjay Van | Near Vasant Kunj and Mehrauli in South-West Delhi-70
Located in a village called Malcha, this place is surrounded by forests and what is known as the Delhi Ridge. It was originally a Tughlaq era hunting lodge and currently very little is known about its mysterious inhabitants. This is what adds to the enigma of Malcha Mahal and by merely being near the place amidst the dense forest, you can experience that eerie feeling you may never expect anywhere else.
Malcha Mahal | Near Delhi Earth Station, Bistdari Road, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi-21
A memorial built by the British to commemorate the death of their officials in the revolt of 1857, people have found chopped-up moving arms and legs of the deceased officials in the evenings. It truly must be a ghastly sight for those who have witnessed it first hand.
PC: Ajit Garh
Mutiny Memorial | In front of the Old Telegraph Building, Kashmiri Gate, New Delhi-55
An old hunting lodge of Tughlaq, the name of this place is said to be derived from Bu-Ali Bhatti's name (the female caretaker of the lodge) which got twisted to Bhuli Bhatiyari. The entry to the monument from the North-East, interestingly, is twin-gated, strange for a structure that is deemed 'not so' important. It has remained abandoned and left unoccupied for centuries and is known to be haunted with various sounds and invisible shuffling activity around this part of the ridge.
Bhuli Bhatiyari ka Mahal | Jhandewalan, Near Jhandewalan Metro Station, New Delhi-05
Karbala is a Shiite burial ground in BK Dutt Colony for the funeral of tazias, the ritual coffins of Imam Husain Ibn Ali (the prophet’s grandson). If you look carefully, you’ll be able to clearly see the auspicious material (or whatever remains of them now) used to perform the rituals on or near a couple of graves. There is an eerie and gloomy ambience about this place, marked by cries and a certain loneliness which may get to you especially if visited during the evenings.
Karbala Graveyard | Karbala Rd, Civil Colony, BK Dutt Colony, New Delhi-03
The Delhi ridge, an extension of the Aravalli Hill Range in NCT of Delhi is a haunting rocky & hilly, forested area where some of the most gory events of history took place. One can witness firangi ghosts still hovering the ridge, marking their territory. It is notorious for its moody ghosts and be careful as parts of the Ridge don't get any network.
The Ridge | Timarpur, New Delhi-54
Located within the folds of Mehrauli Archaeological Park, Jamali, the renowned sufi saint was buried here in 1535 alongside Kamali. You get an unsettling feeling once inside the chamber of the tomb and can also experience all kinds of noises calling out to you from the nearby graves, marking it unsafe to visit during night time.
Jamali Kamali Tomb & Mosque | Mehrauli Archaeological Park, New Delhi-30
This is one of the oldest cemeteries in town, dating back to the British era and there are a lot many graves of British soldiers, their wives and children buried here. As you walk inside, the first thing that strikes you is that the entire place is engulfed in pin-drop silence however often you can feel a nagging presence lurking and following you, hidden behind the huge tamarind trees and palm trees found here. You can ignore their presence but just make sure that they don't follow you home.
Nicholson's Cemetery | Club Road, Civil Lines, New Delhi-54
Based on word-of-mouth experiences, these places have received the notoriety of being haunted. It is believed that positive and negative energies work hand-in-hand. Moreover, beliefs cannot be explained as they emanate from our mind and are embedded in our hearts. We cannot test the truth or falsity of the metaphysical realms. So, whether you believe in ghosts or not, just be mentally alert and careful while crossing these places or else you may have to face the consequences.
Other places include Khuni Darwaza, Tughlaqabad Fort, Chor Minar & certain areas of Tilak Nagar.