Mumbai is home to Bollywood, is the financial capital of the country, and is famous for its happening nightlife. But the pretty lanes, shady neighbourhood and historical buildings are also home to ghosts and spirits. Are you someone who loves a good ghost story? Check out these haunted places in Mumbai, and if you make it alive, tell us about it!
Taj Mahal Hotel
Fancy a stay in one of the finesse hotels of the city? Hotel Taj Mumbai has numerous tales to tell, but do you know its haunted too? Yes, the iconic landmark is haunted by the architect who designed the hotel in the first place. As it turns out, the hotel was accidentally designed the wrong way, and the architect couldn’t bare it. He is known to haunt some specific parts of the hotel. On the other hand, some sources believe it to be a rumour. Well, if the place is haunted, we at least know it’s by a friendly ghost who loves the building.
Mumbai High Court
Another historic building in the city, it is surely hard to believe that a place as crowded as the High Court, could be haunted. Well, as it turns out, the courtrooms are haunted by the spirit of a lawyer. Interestingly the spirit takes a special interest in murder trials and is also known to scare convicts into pleading guilty. Do you believe it?
Grand Paradi Towers
One of the most haunted places in Mumbai, this tower is housed in one of the poshest areas of the city. Once home to the richest of the rich in the city, many homes remain empty now, as more than a dozen people jumped to death from the towers. Apart from the serial suicide, the residents of neighbouring towers claim to see spirits and hearing voices, especially from the 8th floor, from where five members of the same family jumped to death.
Aarey Milk Colony
Not the safest place at night, as the area is known for petty crimes and wildlife threat, apparently it is also one of the most haunted places in Mumbai. As if the deserted street with huge trees on either side and dimly lit rodes were not enough to give you creeps, people often hear cries of children on this route. One of the most common incidents is of a woman dressed in white saree asking for a lift, but disappearing soon. Yeah, we’re not taking that route anytime soon, especially in the night.
The D’Souza Chawl
Mahim is known to be one of the spookiest places in the city, and D’Souza Chawl is one such haunted place. Legends have it, an elderly woman fell into an open well and died on the spot, and she haunts the Chawl till date. We’ve heard stories of hazy figures and unnatural shadows being seen in the neighbourhood. Mahim dwellers, have so seen any? Tell us it’s a rumour or a fact.
Another Mahim neighbourhood makes it on our list, and this time it’s a sprit of a Parsi man who was murdered two decades back. Since then, the man named Nasser has been patrolling his property. We are sure you wouldn’t want to cross paths with him. May his spirit rest in peace!
The tower was the target of a bomb blast in 1993, and four years later another incident caused a wall crash. These incidents left several people buried in the rubble, and are said to haunt the area. So much so that the security guards have reported rattling noise, and some even left the job.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park
One of the popular tourist spots in the city, we’re sure you weren’t aware of the supernatural activities going on here. Locals are often heard narrating a story of a hitchhiking woman clad in white, who soon vanishes in thin air. Combine it with the dense forest and dead silence of the night, and you’re bound to have nightmares for weeks.
Marve And Madh Island Road
One of the most picturesque routes in the city, the road to Marve and Madh islands is also hunting grounds for a ghost. According to stories, people often spot a bride asking for help on the street. If the stories are to be believed, a woman was murdered on her wedding night and was dumped in this area. It is also said, the spirit has also caused a few accidents on the route.
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We’ve seen films or serials where a funny ghost slaps a sleeping watchman, right? But, what if the story gets real? According to the locals and residents of Vrindavan Society in Thane, the ghost of a suicide victim haunts the neighbourhood. The guards also claim to have heard close whispers while patrolling at night.
Mumbai has several mills spread across the city, but this one is one of the oldest and dates back to the British era. On an unfortunate day in 1982, the mill suddenly caught fire and burned to the ground. No one dared to visit the spot until Bollywood directors thought of it as a cool place to shoot horror films. Well, the tables turned, and the paranormal activities took over the horror script.
St. John’s Baptist Church
Isn’t the picture enough to give you the creeps? Well, if you still need a story, this church in Andheri was abandoned after an epidemic in the 1800s. A ghost of a bride is said to haunt this place. The place is not haunted anymore as an exorcism was performed in 1977. As the story goes, during the exorcism people heard shrieking and screaming which was followed by a splash sound from the nearby pond. All the fishes were found dead the following day! gulps
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