Many of us trek to get closer to nature- to dip our toes in ice-cold streams, to sit on the moist grass, and to replace city noise with the chirping of birds. But there are a few of us who seek something a little bit more than a classic trek. For the thrill seekers and curious souls, who wish to explore the unusual, we bring you a list of five haunted trekking locations in India. So get ready for an adrenaline-packed read.
5 haunted trekking locations in India
1. Torna Fort, Maharashtra:
Maharashtra has close to 400 forts, and Torna is amongst one of the several crowning jewels of the Western Ghats. Lying nearly 50 km away from the city of Pune, this fort is one of the highest in Pune, which is why it is called the Eagle’s Nest. Besides its lofty abode and breath-taking views of the grasslands Bundhala Mache, it is also known for the countless spooky tales that surround it.
Though frequented by a lot of trekkers during the day time, there are numerous counts of brushes with the supernatural by campers who have stayed overnight. One of the most common paranormal occurrences that propagate around is that of someone knocking on the outside of the Menghai Devi temple door while campers rest inside. Campers have also witnessed broken food pots and other belongings being destroyed if they are out of sight for a few minutes.
Could it be that some troubled spirits from the countless wars fought between the Maratha and Mughal empire still linger around this fort?
2. Trichur Forest, Kerala
Kerala is the ultimate vacationer’s dream, but it isn’t just home to palm-strewn beaches and backwaters; its rolling hills and forests also attract a lot of trekking enthusiasts. One such forest is the Trichur forest in the district of the same name. The forest, with its lush green trees and gushing waterfalls, is also a mystery. There have been numerous sightings of the spirit of a young boy in the forest. Though harmless, the boy has been reported to have a dead stare that can send shivers down anyone’s spine. No one knows who the boy is or why could his spirit be roaming around the forest after dark, but the curiosity is enough to drive more trekkers to the place. Would you be willing to trek through the thick woods to see for yourself if the stories have any merit?
3. Dow Hill, West Bengal
Dow Hill lies in the small town of Kurseong, which is just 32 km away from Darjeeling. The scenic town is known to be one of the most haunted places in the country. The locals claim that the entire town of Kurseong is haunted, and trekkers often witness mysterious noises in the forests of Dow Hill. A popular ghost story associated with this town is that of a headless man who follows hikers through the woods. Some people claim that the scary sights were too much for a few trekkers, who committed suicide.
If you are looking for a quite place away from the over-crowded hills of Darjeeling, head to Dow Hill and experience the eerie forest for yourself.
4. Golconda Fort, Hyderabad
Forts have bloody histories associated with them; battles have been fought at these sites, and countless lives have been lost in gruesome ways. It is, thus, no surprise that another fort makes it on our list of haunted trekking routes.
Golconda Fort lies in the heart of Hyderabad. This huge façade, with its drawbridges, mosques, and cannons draws a lot of tourists, as well as a lot of horror stories. The trek from the base to the fort is an easy and short one, but exploring the forest takes some time. Trekkers who stay after 6 p.m claim to see strange shadows in the ruins. One of the spookiest tales about Golconda is the sighting of a dancing woman. Many people believe that this is the spirit of Taramati, who was a courtesan of the ruler Abdullah Qutb Shah.
5. Roopkund, Uttrakhand
The Roopkund Lake trek is perhaps one of the most picturesque treks in India. The route is a difficult one, spanning eight days. The main attraction of the trek is the Roopkund Lake, which is a majestic glacial lake. There are a lot of mysteries that surround this place.
A story that is often retold around the bonfire is that of a king named Jasdhawal, who was a father-to-be. To get the praisings of the goddess, he trekked to the Nanda Devi shrine. There was also a festive group headed up the same path, and the goddess, who did not approve of extravagance, killed the whole group. The legend says that the innocent king, his queen, and their unborn child all died in the massacre. The hair-raising story, along with the strong gusts of the wind that rattle the tents, is enough to put this in any list of haunted treks. However, the enigma of Roopkund has more to offer.
In 1942, a park ranger found human skeletons on the banks of the Roopkund River. Later, search teams found close to five hundred skeletons in the area. Studies determine that the skeletons are from the time period 850 AD, and probably belonged to people caught in a hailstorm.
Haunted or not, this is one trek that every adventurer should have on their list!
If you been on any of these treks, don’t forget to share your story in the comments below!
If the ‘haunted’ factors of these areas don’t appeal to you… set out and find your own off-beat destinations!