The ancient fortresses, abandoned houses, old cemeteries, and dense forests – all of the haunted places in the world have a weird, eerie feeling associated with them. Adding to the fear of stepping on the most haunted places in the world are the reports of tragic accidents and ghosts sightings.
Bringing you the spookiest of places and their horrifying tales, we dare all you brave-hearts to go across the globe to check out what foreign beings of the foreign lands are up to. Starting from India, we move to haunted places in Australia, Europe, America, and Africa.
1. Bhangarh Fort, India
The hauntedness of the Bhangarh Fort has put this fort from the Alwar district of Rajasthan among the most haunted places in the world. According to one of the folklores, tantrik Singhia tried to use magic to win the heart of Princess Ratnavatil. The princess became aware of his evil plans and ordered him killed. Before dying, the tantrik cursed the residents of the village to die and the houses of the village to remain roofless. Even today, if a roof is built, it collapses.
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2. Fern Hill Hotel, India
Horror stories related to the scariest of the haunted hotels in India came to limelight during the shooting of the Bollywood horror thriller – Raaz. The story goes that choreographer Saroj Khan and her crew woke up one night hearing the noise of rearrangement of furniture on the first floor. They tried to contact the reception, but the telephone line was dead. Next morning the receptionist pointed out that there was no first floor in the hotel. This incident was only one of the many cases due to which the hotel was eventually shut down. This popular real-life incident led to the consideration of the hotel as one of the real haunted places in the world.
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3. Monte Cristo Homestead, Australia
Monte Cristo Homestead is a haunted mansion in the New South Wales state of Australia. The mansion is popular as one of the haunted places in the world because of the haunted stories related to Mrs Crawley. The erstwhile owner never came out of the house for 23 years after her husband died. And when she died, it is believed, her body-less phantom has been haunting her room. People have claimed to witness her body-less ghost in the window, strange voices, flickering lights, and the floating ghost in the corridor. Reports of accidents and murders in the mansion have also been there in the past.
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4. Aradale Lunatic Asylum, Australia
The Aradale Lunatic Asylum in Victoria is the largest abandoned mental hospital. Opened in 1867, the 60-building complex housed some of the worst lunatics of the British Empire. Stories of the ghost of Nurse Kerry have made it a popular entry from Australia in the list of most haunted places in the world. The ghost is believed to haunt the women’s wing. Another popular tale is of the ghost of Old Margaret, one of the many patients who were forced to leave the asylum when it was shut down in 1990s.
5. Highgate Cemetery, England
Established in 1839, the Highgate Cemetery in North London is one of the most haunted places in the world. The final resting place of over 1,70,000 people has been the site of many supernatural reports. But it is the tale of the 7-feet tall phantom of the Highgate Vampire with hypnotic red eyes and long black coat. The vampire is believed to cause sudden drop in temperature, time freeze, and more. The story of the vampire gained significant popularity when a badly charred body of a woman was found decapitated.
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6. Ancient Ram Inn, England
The 12th-century inn located at Gloucestershire has been popular for its satanic sacrifices and malevolent entities. The owner even reported being snatched out of the bed by an invisible spirit on his very first evening in the house.
7. The Tower Of London, England
One of the haunted places in the world, the Tower of London is a popular tourist spot by day. Several princes and others have been executed in the tower itself that dates back to 1078. The local tower guards, aka Beef Eaters, have reported seeing the headless ghosts of Lady Jane Grey, Anne Boleyn, and the two princes who murdered their uncle – Richard III – in 1483.
8. Mark King’s Close, Scotland
The Mark King’s Close was a series of underground streets and tunnels in Edinburgh that led to several homes and business houses in the 16th and 17th centuries. When a plague broke out in 1645, the area was abandoned. Currently a part of the city tours, the Close has been in news for sightings of ghosts of an elderly lady, a woman in black, and young Annie. These paranormal sightings have made the Mark King’s Close one of the top haunted places in the world.
9. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
The iconic heritage castle is known to sit on the grounds dating back to the Iron Age. In addition to being a popular tourist destination by day, the castle is the home to a spectral dog, a headless drummer, and a phantom piper. During a 10-day scientific survey of the castle in 2001, several volunteers and scientists reported ghost sightings. Ever since, people have started taking the Edinburgh Castle seriously as one of the haunted places in the world.
10. Greyfriars Kirkyard, Scotland
The Greyfriars Kirkyard is a cemetery in Edinburgh that has been popular as one of the haunted places in the world, thanks to the rumored sightings of the Mackenzie poltergeist. According to a popular tale, a homeless man once broke into Sir George Mackenzie’s mausoleum. Ever since, many paranormal activities have been reported. Nearly 200 people have blacked out in the cemetery while many others escaped, albeit with many bruises and scratches.
11. Akershus Castle, Norway
Many claim the erstwhile strategic fortress and prison built in 1290s to be the most haunted place in the world. The castle that was also a site for Nazi executions is said to be haunted by a robed woman and a Malcanisen dog. It is said that whoever sees the spirit of the Malcanisen is doomed to die in the near future.
12. Chateau de Brissac, France
The 11th century castle, located at Maine-et-Loire, is one of the world’s most haunted places. The beautiful castle witnessed a double murder. Rumors have it that the ghost of the Lady in Green wanders through the castle. People have reported seeing a rotten-faced woman in a green dress. People have even reported hearing moaning voices of a woman.
13. Paris Catacombs, France
The very appearance of these spider-webbing tunnels beneath the French capital can scare the hell out of you. Though the catacombs were not meant to house human remains, many remains were laid in artistic arrangements in the tunnels due to the overcrowded cemeteries in the 18th century. In addition to reports of people witnessing apparitions in these catacombs, people have been reported ‘disappeared’ altogether within these tunnels.
14. Island Of Dolls, Mexico
The artificial Island of Dolls is one of the most haunted locations across the globe. The legend talks of a girl who died here after drowning in a Mexican canal. When Julian Barrera moved to this island, he was haunted by the spirit of the girl. To please her spirit, he hung several dolls across the island. After a while, Julian told his nephew that the girl wanted him to join her as a playmate in afterlife. His body was later found in the canal at the same spot as that of the girl. Visitors to the island have reported that the eyes of the dolls follow them. They have even reported hearing voices of whispers and laughing.
15. St Augustine Lighthouse, USA
Built in the 19th century, the lighthouse located in Florida is still functioning. However, thanks to repeated paranormal sightings, it has been rated as one of the world’s most haunted places. Several ghosts have been reported by visitors. These include the ghost of a former lighthouse keeper smoking a cigar, the spirit of a woman in blue velvet dress crying for help, and ghosts of two girls wandering through the lighthouse.
16. Screaming Tunnel, Canada
The tunnel at Ontario is located beneath the railway track from Toronto to New York via Niagara Falls. The legend talks of the death of a young girl about 100 years ago when her farm house, located at the south entrance of the tunnel, caught fire. The girl, burning in fire, ran towards in search of help but died inside the tunnel. Ever since, if anyone lights a fire inside the tunnel, the screams of the girl are heard and the fire dies out.
17. Rose Hall, Jamaica
Rose Hall is a former plantation house at Montego Bay. One of its former female owners is said to have killed several husbands and slaves using voodoo. Reported to be haunted by their spirits, the Rose Hall is considered as one of the most haunted places in the world.
18. Aokigahara Forest, Japan
The Aokigahara Forest, or the Sea of Trees, has been considered as the most haunted place in the world by many because it has witnessed the largest number of suicides. The annual number of suicides too is second only to that of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge suicides. The spirits of those who committed suicide here are said to haunt the forest.
19. Old Changi Hospital and Changi Beach, Singapore
The Changi beach and the old hospital built in 1935 are claimed to be haunted. Many Chinese soldiers were killed by the Japanese on the beach. The Japanese Kempeitai (Japanese Imperial Secret Police) occupied the hospital and turned it into a torture camp during World War II. The now-abandoned hospital is claimed to be haunted by the spirits of the Chinese soldiers. There have also been reports of headless soldiers on the beach at night.
20. Castle of Good Hope, South Africa
Built by the Dutch East India Company at Cape Town in the 16th century, the Castle of Good Hope was used for replenishment of ships that were to venture into the dangerous waters. For years, the guards on duty report seeing the ghosts of a screaming woman, a tall gentleman, and a black dog. The ghost of the screaming woman, however, reportedly stopped making appearance after a woman’s body was excavated near the castle.
Spooky, right? Whether truths or mere rumors, nothing can be ascertained for sure. But with multiple reports of paranormal activities from these most haunted places in the world, you should be watchful while exploring these locations. Let us know if you have experienced any such spooky incident yourself.
Frequently Asked Questions About Haunted Places In The World
A. The Headless Horseman is the scariest haunted house in America that has a spooky laboratory. It is one of the best places to visit during Halloween celebrations.
A. Borley Rectory is the most haunted house in Britain. It was a Victorian house once upon a time that gained popularity after being described as the most haunted house in England by psychic researcher Harry Price.
A. The Bhangarh Fort is the famous haunted fort in Rajasthan that is located on the border of the Sariska Reserve in the Aravali range of hills in Alwar district of Rajasthan. The nearest village is Gola ka Bass.
A. Saffron B.P.O in gurugram is the most haunted place in Haryana, it was built on top of a graveyard and employees have often experience paranormal activities in this building. Hence, it is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Gurugram.