If you think Bhargarh tops the list, then you are wrong! India is a home to some of the spectacular forts belonging to the grandest royal families. Most of them have now been taken over by the government or have been converted into museums for general public. However, some of these mysterious forts in India have creepy tales linked to their gruesome past. Have a look!
1. Shaniwarwada Fort, Pune
Yes, this is the same fort that you must have seen in the Bollywood flick ‘Bajirao Mastani’ starring Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, and Deepika Padukone. Established in 1732, this fort is considered to be one of the most mysterious forts in India. It was constructed by Peshwa Bajirao, played by Ranveer Singh. 41 years later, in 1773, Narayanrao, the fifth and ruling Peshwa then, was murdered on orders of his uncle Raghunathrao and aunt Anandibai. Local legends say that on every full moon night, cries of “Kaka mala vachava” (Uncle, save me) can be heard loud and clear. That’s not all; in 1800s a fire eruption killed many in the fort. People reported hearing groans and shrills frequently.
2. Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
For the longest time, the Kakatiyas family controlled this fort constructed in the 13th century. It was restored to the whims of its many rulers, but it is now believed to be one of the preserved haunted forts. Locals say that the king and queen of the fort who have been buried here still live around. Sometimes, the spirit of a retired courtier often walks and dances at night in the palace. People say that after sunset they hear screams and feel hissing pain from the fort. Some also saw pictures hanging upside down on the fort walls. A very famous incident comes from this fort where a film crew had to abruptly end their shooting due to unnatural occurring. Spine-chilling!
3. Sajjangarh Fort, Udaipur
Built-in 1884 on a hilltop overlooking Lake Fateh Sagar, the Sajjangarh Fort or Monsoon Palace remains inaccessible for visitors and tourists until today. Initially, this palace was converted into a sight-seeing location where people could come to enjoy the grandeur of Rajasthan. However, soon the visitors began complaining of being ill and anxious when they explored the rooms of the palace. As the number began to rise, the authorities decided to shut down that part of the fort completely. Even today, no tourist is allowed to stay in the fort after 7 pm.
4. Uparkot Fort, Junagarh
Located on a plateau right in the middle of Junagadh City, this magnificent fort attracts a large number of tourists every year. This fort is renowned for its many attractions, including the Temple of Hanuman, the Buddhist Caves, and the caves of Baba Pyara.
The fort is home to Jama Masjid, which is said to be built by demolishing a Hindu temple. There are stories that claim the surrounding areas to the mosque are haunted. The locals are actually so frightened that after the sunsets, they don’t dare visit the structure.
5. Mehrangarh Fort
Mehrangarh Fort is both stunning and fascinating. Rao Jodha laid the foundation for the fort in 1459. A very sacred hermit who resided on the top of the hill was displaced during the construction this building. Rao Jodha had a young man called Rajiya Bambi set on fire to appease the hermit – his soul was sacrificed. Since that, Rao and his family have been accompanied by a series of misfortunes, and that malaise rails this haunted fort in India.
Which one did you find the most fascinating haunted forts in India? Would you ever go to one of these forts on a silent night to feel the spook? Tell us in the comment section below!