“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson.
Indeed, traveling increases one’s perception of things. A few people go to enjoy a reprieve from work; some travel to spend some leisure time with family and friends. However, there is a class of travelers who love to travel for an adrenaline rush. No, we are not talking about adventure sports here, but something that most of us would not dare to do.
Visiting haunted places in the world is fast becoming a trend among youngsters. Some do it to challenge the legends; some just do it for an experience. For them, here’s a list of top 10 most haunted places in the world:
Top 10 Most Haunted Places In The World
1. Edinburgh Castle, Scotland
Belonging to the medieval era, the castle is known for its beauty and grandeur. However, a walk down the narrow alleys inside will turn your blood cold. According to legends, one can hear echoes of the dead. The castle’s dungeons, the vaults of the South Bridge and Mary’s King Close are some of the hotspots here for ghost lovers. Mary’s King Close in fact, is a street that was used to isolate and bury plague victims. Locals claim to have seen ghosts of dead dogs, that of a headless drummer, and illusions of bodies of prisoners.
2. The Ram Inn, England
The creaky floors and the misty smell inside are rather unsettling when one goes inside the house. Although, there have been no reports of ghost citing, the house is uncanny for the very fact that it is built on a pagan burial ground.
3. Bhangarh Fort, India
This fort in India tops the most haunted list in the world. Located between Alwar and Jaipur in Rajasthan, this fort is said to be cursed by a black magician (also known as ‘tantric’ in India). According to legends, the tantric, Singhia, cursed the palace, trapping everybody’s souls there forever.
However, what makes it more interesting is the fact that the houses in the area have no roofs because whenever a house was built, the roof collapsed. It has also been observed that the people who visit this place experience restlessness and anxiety. Certain behavioral changes have also been observed. Thought to be one of the top most haunted places in the world, Bhangarh has an ASI warning board at the entrance, warning visitors to avoid the place at night as it is said that no one comes back from that location after sunset.
4. The Screaming Tunnel, Niagara Falls
Off Warner Road, the passage keeps running under the railroad tracks that connection the Niagara Falls to Toronto and New York City. As per local legends, if a match is lighted in the middle of the tunnel at midnight, the flame goes out abruptly, a girl can be heard screaming. Indeed, one can name it as one of the top 10 most haunted places in the world.
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5. The Berry Pomeroy Castle, Totness
The castle apparently belongs to the ghosts of a White Lady and a Blue Lady. Dating back to the 14th century, the castle is known for its eeriness. As per legends, the ghost of the White Lady is that of Margaret Pomeroy, who was starved to death in the prison by her jealous sister. Hence, her spirit is restricted to the dungeons. However, the Blue Lady is not confined to just one place. She can be seen luring people inside the prohibited areas of the palace.
6. Moundsville, West Virginia
With a history of 120 years, the city was infamous for captivating violent criminals of that time and holding them in prisons without any necessary facilities. They were not even given food. Many such criminals died of the scary interiors of the jail and lack of provisions.
In 1995, the prison was closed because of a widespread belief that it was haunted. One of the most haunted places in the world, echoes of former prisoners crying can often be heard here. Souls of dead prisoners, wandering in the building, have also been cited.
7. The Stull Cemetery, Bumfuck
Located in a small town, the cemetery belongs to the 20th century. At that time only 20 people resided in the city. However, the peace of the town was shattered when its residents- a father-son duo- were mysteriously killed in an accident; they were buried in the farmlands. The years following were marred by mysterious deaths, which involved people being murdered and hung from the trees.
8. Monte Cristo, Australia
Considered to be one of the top 10 most haunted places in the world, this mansion in Australia is home to the ghost of a woman, who died in isolation after the death of her husband. It is believed that the woman did not come out of the house for 23 years after her husband’s death. Mysterious apparitions can often be seen here. Apart from that, whispers and sobs can also be heard from the house. People have also seen paranormal activities like automatic switching off lights, phantom faces in the window and more.
9. Ramoji Film City, India
Being the biggest film city in India has not excused this place from being haunted. Many strange and paranormal activities have been observed here, branding it one of the most haunted places in the world. For example, lights falling off in the sets, workers being pushed, women being attacked. In fact, it is said that the ghost here is more aversive to women than men. Many women have complained that they have felt a strange force ripping their clothes off. They have also heard knocks on their bathroom doors, despite their rooms being locked from inside. Strange markings too have been found on the mirrors of the green room.
10. Ohio University, USA
Well known as the most haunted spot by the British Society for Psychical Research, this place found a place in the 10 most haunted places in the world for its spookiness. The five cemeteries that form a pentagram around the University, the Jefferson Hall, all have reported supernatural activities. The Ridges, which is an abandoned asylum, was infamous for its electric shock treatments and is now considered haunted.
Now that you have the list of 10 most haunted places in the world in your hand waste no time. Pack your bags and enter the world of the supernatural.