Kolkata is known as the city of joy. But the city of joy has some dark secret places which are to be revealed. Among the hustle and bustle of this city lie some haunted places.
Here are the haunted places in Kolkata which will make you say, “The city of joy may also be called the city of spookiness”.
- The Writer’s Building
This once a most powerful building is one of the most haunted places now. Captain Simpson was killed in this building by 3 revolutionaries Binay, Badal and Dinesh. The guards have heard the shrieks of a person at late night even though the building is closed by 7 pm. So the guards also change their job after a month.
2. Lower Circular Road Cemetery
The lower circular road cemetery is not only haunted but several paranormal activities have been reported. The story of the place goes like this….There was a British soldier named Sir William Hay MacNaghten who was killed brutally in the first Anglo-Afghan war; his wife brought his dead remains back and buried them in the Lower Circular Road Cemetery. In case anyone narrates his story near his grave, the huge trees above the grave start shivering.
This building is located at Ahiritola, housing dolls of archaic and the Roman designs cover the terrace which will surely give you a chill in the spine. This place was originally inhabited by wealthy zamindars in old days who would sexually exploit young women in here and even killed some of them. Now it is said that the spirits of the women are still haunting the place in order to seek justice. There are some inhabitants in the house but they do not dare to move to the upper floor, especially after the dusk.
4. Wipro Office, Salt Lake
Built in Salt Lake, the IT hub of Kolkata, this Wipro office is said haunted as it is supposed to be built on a graveyard. The local residents also claim that they have seen strange visions during the night. People working there have often complained of hearing and seeing unnatural things. People are strictly advised not to wander in the Third Floor of the Tower 3 and the floor is shut most of the time, as it is believed to be haunted by many ghosts.
5. Calcutta High Court
The oldest high court of India also has some secrets hidden within it. It is said that an offender was hanged to death long time back in Court Premises. Some gatekeepers and workers reported having seen the spirit of that offender. So no one dares to stay at the Court premises after the sun goes down.
6. South Park Street Cemetery
Built in 1767, it is one of the oldest graveyards in Kolkata housing many graves of British soldiers. The name graveyard is enough to make you feel the sense of spookiness, along with its tall vegetation and age-old graves. A group of friends visited the cemetery for some photography purposes. Suddenly all of them felt dizziness and one of them even got an asthma attack even though he was not asthmatic. Even a few photographs captured some creepy shadows. Several paranormal activities have been witnessed by the people visiting here, such as shadows moving, cameras dysfunctioning or capturing eerie images and health deteriorating.
7. Royal Calcutta Turf Club
Royal Calcutta Turf Club is one of the oldest as well as the largest horse race venue in India. Here the story is like… back in the 1930s there was a racing maniac named George Williams. His favourite one was a pearl white horse named Pride. She was known as the Queen of the Tracks and she won many races for her master. But with years passing by, she was growing old and weak, and her last race was the Annual Calcutta Derby. Pride lost the race and George Williams lost his fortune. The next morning, she was found dead on the tracks and it is supposed that her spirit can still be seen now.
8. Kolkata Dockyard
Kolkata dock at Kidderpore was constructed by Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Awadh. Traders and sailors have reported about seeing shadows roaming around the dock area. Rumours say that Nawab wanders around to take revenge from the British for his betrayal.
9. Indian Museum
Indian Museum is the largest and the oldest museum of India. There is not only an Egyptian Mummy in this museum, there are also certain stories related to its spookiness nature. Many people have heard a lot of sounds made by the anklets worn by women during dance performances.
10. Nimtala Burning Ghat
It is one of the oldest burning ghats where the dead bodies are burned according to Hindu rituals. It is also considered to be one of the most haunted places in Kolkata. It is believed that on the night of the Kali Puja, the aghoris come to the ghat for their various rites and to invoke the Shamshaan Kali. It is also believed that the aghoris feed on the remaining flesh of burning pyre to evoke occult powers.
11. Ghats Of Ganga-Under The Howrah Bridge
The ghats of Ganga, especially those near the Howrah bridge, are haunted. There have been countless deaths including suicide or drowning accidents. The wrestlers who practice in that area claim that they see flailing hands in the river at the dawn. Some people also reported the incident of witnessing a lady in white, sobbing and calling their name in a nasal tone which traumatized the people.
12. New Market
New Market is one of the busiest markets of Kolkata. People have heard the voices of three Anglo-Indian ladies in night, asking for the help, though no people were around. Those ladies were believed to be three Anglo-Indian ladies who were assassinated there.
13. Indian National Library
National Library is the largest library of India. National Library was the former residence of Governor General during the British period. People reading alone in the library have felt the presence of someone breathing down their neck and, night guards and students studying till late have heard the footsteps of Lady Metcalfe, the governor general’s wife and have seen fade grey shadows on the wall. In 2010, while restoration work was on, Ministry of Culture and Archaeological Survey of India discovered a door-less secret room on the ground floor. It is believed that Warren Hastings used to punish the wrongdoers in that chamber. Some also believe that spirit of a person stays in that secret chamber.
14. Tagore House
The house of the famous writer Rabindranath Tagore is also enlisted as one of the haunted places of Kolkata. The story around this famous place is that Mrinalini Devi, wife of Rabindranath Tagore, appeared as a shadow behind her husband in a family picture taken two years after death.
15. Hasting’s House
William Hastings, once a Governor General of Bengal, built this ancient building as his residence. Presently it’s the Women’s College of Calcutta University. Rumours say that several girls and staff have heard and seen an English gentleman entering the premises on his horse and galloping throughout in search of his folder which contained some old papers that could have saved him from getting impeached in London.
16. Rabindra Sarobar Metro Station
Rabindra Sarobar is one of the busiest metro stations in South Kolkata. Suicide in Kolkata Metro has been a common thing, but it is quite weird that 80% of the suicides take place at Rabindra Sarobar Metro Station giving it the name of “Paradise of Suicide”. The last metro which reaches the station at around 10:30 pm is said to be haunted and people have seen eerie shadows and weird images moving and then disappearing in the gust of wind.