All of us, at some point of time or the other, have heard tales of ghosts and supernatural activities. Hotels have been an important feature of these stories. Whether it is Bollywood or Hollywood, hotels have turned out to be among the top picks for horror storytellers. Often it is a local legend or some landmark event which leads to the creation of haunted hotels in India. For brave hearts that have sought amusement, delight and occasional goosebumps from such hotel stories, we have created a list of 7 haunted hotels. So experience the thrill related to these locations which are straight out of Gothic tales!
Hotel Raj Kiran, Lonavala
For those seeking a relaxed yet spooky weekend from Mumbai, Hotel Raj Kiran is at 2 hours’ get away from the city. Experts on paranormal activities have confirmed the hotel is amongst the most active haunted hotel in India. A room in the corner behind the reception on the ground floor is claimed to be haunted. The hotel has often received complaints from the guests whereby their bed sheets have been pulled off while they were asleep, seeing blue light flashes at their feet. The hotel stopped renting out this particular room for quite some time now.
Brij Raj Bhavan Palace, Kota
Brij Raj Bhavan was a palace, built in the 19th century, and was converted into a heritage hotel in 1980. It is considered to be one of the spookiest hotels in India. A friendly ghost of Major Burton – an English officer who was killed by the Indian sepoys in the mutiny of 1857 is said to stroll on the property. Rumour has it that Major Burton’s ghost occasionally slap the guards who sleep on duty. Even the Queen of Kota claims to have seen the ghost of the dead roaming the halls of the palace.
Hotel Fern Hill, Ooty
It was during the shooting of the Bollywood horror thriller – Raaz – that the hotel shot to fame. The horror stories were believed to be true and the hotel was permanently shut down. The story goes that choreographer Saroj Khan and her crew woke up one night on hearing the noise of rearrangement of furniture on the first floor. They tried to contact the reception, but the line was dead. Next morning, to their horror, the receptionist pointed out that there was no first floor in the hotel.
Morgan House Tourist Lodge, Kalimpong
According to reports, George Morgan abandoned this building after the death of his wife, Lady Morgan. This building has now been converted into a tourist lodge but, guests have reportedly. seen someone walking around the halls of this establishment, trying to make their presence felt. Many visitors also claim to hear Mrs. Morgan walking around in her high heels.
Trident Hotel, Mumbai
Trident Hotel at Nariman Point has checked all the boxes when it comes to being a haunted hotel in India. Whether it is the 13th floor, unnatural sounds or paranormal sightings, the list goes on and on. To one’s surprise, the hotel does not even have a 13th floor in the building! The elevator takes the guests directly to the 14th floor by skipping the number 13, altogether. Due to the 13th association with evil, it has often been a subject of discussion when it comes to ghostly stories.
Pineridge Hotel, Darjeeling
Pineridge Hotel is yet another haunted hotel in India. The locals tell a tale that the owner’s son had passed away inside the hotel building which has been haunted since then. The guests have reported hearing strange noises and felt unnatural movements on the first floor. The hotel guests have been subjected to whispers and murmurings which has made them uncomfortable.
Hotel Savoy, Mussoorie
Rumor has it that the ghost of Lady Garnet Orme haunts the Savoy Hotel in Mussoorie. The story speaks of her murder in the hotel by adding strychnine in her medicine bottle. Years later, the doctor who was tending to her was found dead in a similar fashion. The buzz of this story spread far and wide and even made it to the Agatha Christie classic – The Mysterious Affair at Styles.
Contributed by Mansi