Shimla: Christ Church, Kamna Devi Temple and Chadwick Falls
Kolkata: Victoria Memorial, Central Park and Tagore House
Shimla: Even if you're not much of a ghost hunter, take a ride on the UNESCO recognized Shimla-Kalka railway for an enchanting journey through forested mountains
Kolkata: Take a tram ride, or go boating on the Hoogly
Shimla: A selfie on the Toy Train
Kolkata: Photographs in the Victoria Memorial gardens
Shimla: Channa Bhaturas from Sita Ram and Sons, Fruit Chaat from Bihari Lal Sharma Stall and Ice Cream from Embassy Ice Cream
Kolkata: Kathi Rolls at Kusum, Biryani at Arsalan and Sandesh at KC Das
Kolkata: This city is a favourite haunt for many spirits. Oher famous haunted places include the National Library, the Park Street cemetery and Putulbari (House of Dolls)
Ever taken a late train on a deserted train station and had the jitters? Well, if you’re at one of the train stations on this list, you might not just be imagining things:
Begunkodor Train Station, West Bengal
Located in a remote village in West Bengal, this station is reportedly haunted by a white-sari draped spectral, the ghost of a lady who was run over by a train there. She has been seen dancing on the platforms and wandering along the tracks, and the sight has allegedly caused the death of a railway employee. However, these reports were rubbished by the government and the station was reopened in 2009 after being deserted for 42 years.
Rabindra Sarobar Metro Station, Kolkata
Often called the ‘paradise of suicide’ station, this metro station in Kolkata is known for the many suicides it has seen on its tracks. Late-night commuters report seeing shadows constantly appearing and disappearing around the station, apart from hearing sad screams.
The Barog tunnel/tunnel no 33/tunnel 103 is the longest tunnel on the Kalka Shimla Railway route. It takes about 2.5 minutes to cross this tunnel. Colonel Barog, a British railway engineer who was originally assigned to construct the tunnel, felt humiliated and depressed when a miscalculation about the engineering led to him being fined by the government and reprimanded in front of his workers. He ended up shooting himself while taking a walk. Though he was buried outside the then incomplete tunnel, one wonders if his spirit ever left the tunnel. It is believed that he still lingers in and around the eerie and damp tunnel making his presence felt.
Though people haven’t particularly ‘seen’ figures or shadows, a ghostly presence has been felt here; possibly of the unfortunate souls of the freedom fighters who perished in Naini Jail, not too far from the station.
Of course, we have no way of confirming these hauntings, but if you have already visited any of these places, or are the kind who likes to go ghost-hunting, do let us know in the comments below. Meanwhile, we’re planning to fly to our next holiday destination.
Saanya is known for two things: her excellent musical taste (read: Pink Floyd) and her magical ability to sniff out the best eateries in any locale. An avid traveller, and Economics student, Saanya does what she loves and loves what she does!