Have you had enough of relaxing vacations? In your search for excitement, have you tied a rope around your feet and plunged off some godforsaken height? Enough of the tomfoolery! Next time you want to get excited, just book a room in the following hotels:
1. Morgan House Tourist Lodge, Kalimpong
Lying in the tiny hill station of Kalimpong in West Bengal, Morgan House is a small chalet that has been converted into a tourist lodge. It was constructed in the 1930s by George Morgan, who lived there with his wife till the latter passed away. Evidently, Lady Morgan loved the house so much that she refused to leave even after death. Morgan House is reportedly the most haunted place in West Bengal due to Lady Morgan’s constant unwanted presence. Locals say they hear the lady moving about the place in high heels.
2. Hotel Savoy, Mussoorie
Cecil D Lincoln, who was a barrister in Lucknow, had gotten this beautiful hotel built, and it was completed in 1902. However, the hotel soon earned itself a horrific reputation. Lady Garnet Orme was murdered in the hotel with a dose of strychnine in her medicine. Years later, her doctor was killed in the same way. The murder mysteries were never solved and it is believed that the unhappy Lady Orme still haunts the premises. The case had gained such popularity that it inspired Agatha Christie to write ‘The Mysterious Affair At Styles’.
3. Hotel Brij Raj Bhavan, Kota
This building is 178 years old and the former residence of Major Charles Burton of the 40th Bengal Native Infantry. Major Burton was killed by Indian sepoys during the revolt of 1857; the Major, in his turn, decided to hang on and haunt the place. The building was converted into a heritage hotel and in 1980, the former Kota maharani told a journalist that she had spotted the Major’s ghost often. Apparently, Major Burton remains a stickler for discipline even in death as he is known to slap those guards who fall asleep on duty.
4. Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai
Once upon a time, Jamshedji Tata was refused entry into the Watson Hotel by some snooty Brit folk. He promptly had architect WA Chambers make a plan for the Taj Hotel. When Chambers returned from a trip to England, he realized that the hotel had been built in the reverse direction. The agonized architect committed suicide by jumping from the fifth floor of the hotel. But alas, even in death he could not escape the failure of his plans as his ghost now haunts the Old Wing of the hotel, scaring the hell out of staff and guests.
5. Raj Kiran Hotel, Lonavala
Lonavala is a popular tourist destination in Pune district so its hotels are often booked in advance and at full capacity during tourist season. Yet one room at the Raj Kiran Hotel in Lonavala stays empty now no matter what. Guests who have stayed in this room complained about sheets being pulled off them and a mysterious blue light glowing at the foot of their bed. The guests who stayed there apparently need to get psychiatric help in order to get over the experience. After constant complains about ghostly apparitions, the room has stopped being used.
6. Dow Hill, Kurseong
Though Kurseong is overshadowed by its neighbor Darjeeling when it comes to tourist destinations, it is very popular with those who wish to know more about this town, which has been called India’s most haunted place. Here you can pick just about any hotel and still be in the midst of eerie sights and sounds as the entire town seems to be haunted. Dow Hill is famous for its headless corpse who starts following people walking to and from the area. There’s a mysterious female ghost who sings, invisible boys who laugh and play, and glowing eyes that peer from dark places.
7. Ramoji Film City hotels
Making movies is hard work, but making movies in Ramoji Film City seems to be more risky than usual. Actors, light and sound technicians and even stuntmen have all claimed to be harassed by ghostly visitors from the era of the Nizams. The film city is built on the war grounds of the Nizams and is haunted by dead soldiers who have instilled such fear in the staff that some rooms remain unused. The guests who have stayed in hotels in the area have reported seeing Urdu being written on mirrors and being locked inside their rooms by unseen forces.