Ghost-filled forts and tombs, darkened graveyards, “possessed” roads, creepy trees and “haunted” houses are so pervasive in Delhi that even the city tourism office has turned to promoting haunted tours.
Delhi Tourism’s extensive list of allegedly haunted sites in the Indian capital includes the Khooni Nadi river in the Rohini District, the historic Agrasen ki Baoli step well (water temple), and Feroz Shah Kotla fort.
Ghost tours range in price from R500 to R5000 (US$7-$70). Many take place during the daylight hours because the sites are of cultural significance and so protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). However, there are some that venture into the night when the mood is always much spookier.
Among Delhi’s many haunted locations are:
- Khooni Jheel at Northern Ridge: Many believe this lake is haunted by the ghosts of fleeing British soldiers killed during the 1857 uprising.
- Bhuli Bhatiyari Ka Mahal: A hunting lodge said to be haunted by the spirit of a woman called Bhatiyarin, who lost her way and perished.
- Jamali Kamali Masjid: The burial location of Sufi saints Jamali and Kamali. People have reported hearing screaming voices or being slapped by an invisible hand.
- Feroz Shah Kotla Fort: Djinns (genies) are said to reside amid its ruins of this 14th-century citadel. On Thursdays, locals light candles and incense sticks to appease the spirits.
- Chor Minar: According to legend, 13th-century ruler Alauddin Khilji had the severed heads of thieves displayed on spears protruding the 225 holes of the 13th-century minaret as a deterrent to future theft.
- Nicholson Cemetery: Local residents claim to have seen the headless body of Brigadier-General John Nicholson, killed during the 1857 rebellion, wandering the cemetery at night.
- Khooni Darwaza: The notorious “Gate of Blood” is where three Mughal Dynasty princes were executed by British Captain William Hudson during the 1857 uprising. The place is said to be haunted by their spirits.
Even if you don’t believe in ghosts, these tours provide an insight into Delhi’s history, people and folklore. Ask Creative Travel about the various haunted tour options and get ready to explore a quirky and unique aspect of India’s capital city.Tags: Creative Travel Ghost tours, Delhi, Delhi Ghost Tour, India