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    A still from The Shining featuring the Hotel Overlook

    Hotels are, primarily, establishments to provide comfortable and, maybe, luxurious lodging. But what if the moment you step into a hotel, a light breeze glides past your hair, windows and doors start squeaking, and strange sounds and smells fill up the spacious room?

    The above picture of the isolated Overlook Hotel from the famous psychological horror The Shining has spooked many of us. But we don’t need one from the movie, there are quite a few ghostly tales of haunted hotels in India. Yes, after most haunted places in India, we bring you the spookiest hotels that dare you to spend a night there!

    1. Hotel Brij Raj Bhavan, Kota

    A beautiful view of the gardens and entrance of the haunted Brij Raj Bhavan Hotel in Kota

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    Brij Raj Bhavan, a palace built in the 19th century, was converted into a heritage hotel in 1980. It is said to be home to the friendly ghost of Major Burton – an English official who was killed by the Indian sepoys in the mutiny of 1857. The ghost is rumored to walk the corridors of the palace and occasionally slap the guards who sleep on duty.


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    2. Hotel Savoy, Mussoorie

    Striking statues and the atmospheric turrets of the Savoy on a misty day in Mussoorie

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    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.

    P.S. Though number 2 on our list, this one, according to us, is scarier than Hotel Brij Raj Bhavan.

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    3. Hotel Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai

    A view of the grand Hotel Taj Mahal Palace at night

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    Hotel Taj Mahal Palace has an interesting history. Jamshedji Tata was once denied permission to enter the Watson Hotel by the British. Furious by the discrimination, he got the hotel plan made by W.A. Chambers. However, when Chambers returned from his England trip, he found that the hotel was made in a direction opposite to his architectural plans. The disheartened architect committed suicide by jumping from the 5th floor of the hotel. Rumors of the ghost of Chambers walking in the Old Wing have been popular ever since.

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    4. Hotel Fern Hill, Ooty

    A view of the drive-in and entrance of the Hotel Fern Hill in Ooty

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    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.


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    5. Hotel Raj Kiran, Lonavala

    A view of the serene but haunted Hotel Raj Kiran in Lonavala

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    If you are (bike) rider, Hotel Raj Kiran is a mere 2 hours’ road trip from Mumbai. Though not very huge, this hotel in the quaint city of Lonavala, has been confirmed as a haunted hotel in India by a number of experts on paranormal activities. A room in the corner behind the reception on the ground floor is claimed to be haunted. Guests have reported that bed sheets have been pulled off while they were asleep. Others have reported seeing blue light flashes at their feet. With the increasing reports of such incidents, the hotel stopped renting out this particular room.

    6. Morgan House Tourist Lodge, Kalimpong

    An early morning view of the spooky Morgan House Tourist Lodge at Kalimpong

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    Morgan House Tourist Lodge, erstwhile heritage house, is a bloodcurdling lodge in the tiny hill station of Kalimpong in West Bengal. It was built in 1930’s by George Morgan, who lived there till the death of Lady Morgan. Rumors about the ghost of Lady Morgan haunting the house makes the lodge one of the haunted places in Kolkata. Locals claim to have heard voices of somebody walking in high-heels in the wooden corridors.

    7. Hotels around Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad

    A view of the entrance of Hotel Sitara at Ramoji Film City

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    Ramoji Film City is said to have been built on the battlefield of Nizams. Also, it is believed that hotels in and around the film city are haunted by the ghosts of the deceased. Several incidents suggesting presence of ghosts in hotel rooms and the changing rooms of the film city make the region one of the most haunted places in Hyderabad.

    For those expecting a calm, good night’s sleep in these hotels, I am afraid you will end up being disappointed. But for those who lack the cowardly bone and seek the paranormal experience, book a room here and see for yourself.

    Further Read: The Cursed Ghosts Of Bhangarh Fort – The Most Haunted Place In India


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