From ancient fortresses, scary tunnels to the famous tower and dense forests, we’ve all heard of that one creepy place that no one goes to. All of us have at least one place in our locality that we used to hear stories about from our parents or grandparents. That used to send a chill down our spine. If you want to experience that spine chilling moments again or you are sceptical about the supernatural or you are a ghostbuster here’s a list of places you can visit.
1. ISLAND OF DOLLS, MEXICO:
The Island Of Dolls is renowned as one of the most haunted places on earth. The small island is located just South of the centre of Mexico City, between the channels of Xochimilco. The island is covered by broken and deteriorated dolls, hanging from the trees. The original owner of the island was Don Julian Santana Barrera, he founded a drowned body of a young woman on the banks of the Santampa Chinampas. After that, he started to experience supernatural incidents. Then Julian started placing dolls that he found in the canals or in the garbage, thinking the dolls will help to scare away the spirit of the girl. He also found a doll near where the girl’s body was found, he assumed it belonged to her. He hung that doll to show respect. But the scary whispers and footsteps didn’t stop. Julian died by drowning at the same spot in 2001.
2. AOKIGAHARA FOREST, JAPAN:
Aokigaahra Forest aka the Sea of Trees is mostly known as the Suicide Forest around the world. On the northwestern flank of Japan’s Mount Fuji, Aokigahara Forest is thriving on 30 square kilometres of hardened lava. This dense forest has a historical reputation as a home to Yurei, which means the Ghost of Dead in Japanese Mythology. It is said that in the nineteenth century the locals used to perform Ubasute, abandoning someone to die, in the forest. Now the spirits of the abandoned haunts the forest. The dense forest is filled with twisted trees with their roots winding over the forest floor in a treacherous way, giving the visitors an eerie sense of solitude. Aokigahara forest is the world’s second most popular site to commit suicide and first in Japan. According to the records, more than 200 people attempted suicide in the year of 2010 in this forest. Because of the increasing rates of suicide, the officials placed a sign at the entry of the forest, urging suicidal visitors to seek help. They also stopped publicizing the numbers.
3. PARIS CATACOMBS, FRANCE:
The Catacombs of Paris, are underground ossuaries in Paris, France, was created as a part of the plan to eliminate the city’s overflowing cemeteries. Extending South from the Barrière d’Enfer (“Gate of Hell”) former city gate the, the Catacombs of Paris hold the remains of more than six million people. It was Alexandre Lenoir and Thiroux de Crosne that came up with the idea to place the bones underground. After that Louis-Etienne Hericart de Thury saw it as an opportunity to make it a work of art. Louis arranged the skulls and bones on the walls to create the artistic scene today. According to the locals, the spirits of the dead haunts the Catacombs. It is said that they also have been caught on tape. There are rumours that cultists steal bodies from morgues and bring them into the catacombs to perform evil rituals.
4. BHANGARH FORT, INDIA:
The Bhangarh Fort was built in the 17th century in Rajasthan, India. It is located on the border of Sariska Reserve in the Aravali range of hills. Built by Bhagwant Das for his son Madho Singh, the fort has been preserved by the Government. Even though Bhangarh is a beautiful place but it’s most renowned for the paranormal activities that happen there. Bhangarh is the most haunted place in India. Entering the fort after sunset and before sunrise is forbidden by the officials including the Archeological Survey of India. There are a few legends or folk tales about the fort. One of them is a wizard named N.K. Sinhai fell in love with Ratnavati, the Bhangarh princess. One day, the wizard followed her to and offered her a love portion however she refused and threw it onto a large boulder that rolled onto the wizard and crushed him to death. Before dying, he supposedly made a curse that Bhangarh would be destroyed soon and no one would be able to live within its precincts. The Mughals invaded the Bhangarh fort killing everyone including the princess. According to local folklore, the current state of the fort is the result of the wizard’s curse, and the ghosts of the wizard and princess haunt the fort.
5. ANCIENT RAM INN, ENGLAND:
The Ancient Ram Inn is said to be England’s one of the most haunted hotels. The former pub is a Grade ll listed building in the market town Wotton-under-Edge within the district of Gloucestershire. Many people have owned The Inn since 1145 but it was first owned by the local St. Mary’s Church. It was in the private ownership of John Humphries. John passed away in December 2017. The Inn has been investigated many times over the years by paranormal researchers. It has featured in many TV shows including the Ghost Adventures, Most Wanted and The Ghost Club. The famous legend about The Ancient Ram Inn is that there was a witch who was burned at the stake in the 1500s. Most people believe that women’s spirit took refuge in one of the rooms, called The Witch’s Room of the hotel before she was killed. Her spirit now haunts that room. There’s said to be also a ghost of a Monk that haunts the room The Bishop’s Room. Many people including the last owner John and the previous owners have experienced some paranormal activities such as grabbed by the arm or even dragged from the bed across the floor.
6. TOWER OF LONDON, UK:
The Tower Of London is a historic castle which is located in central London on the north bank of the River Thames. One of the city’s top tourists attraction is also one of the most spooky places in the country. Nearly 1000 year old, this castle has witnessed a fair share of torturous murders and executions. Though there’s no exact number of how many but it’s said to be quite a few spirits that haunt this place. Including Anne Boleyn, who was beheaded in 1536 for treason against her husband Henry Vll. She supposedly haunts the Church of St Peter ad Vincula in the Tower, where she is buried and has been said to walk around the White Tower carrying her head under her arm. The other ghost sightings include the spirits of Henry VI, Lady Jane Grey, Margaret Pole, and the Princes in the Tower. The night staff at the Tower have reported many other nameless, formless terrors.
7. EDINBURGH CASTLE, SCOTLAND:
Standing on the Castle Rock Edinburgh Castle is a widely popular historic fortress that dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Not only the Edinburgh Castle, but Edinburgh itself is also one of the most haunted cities in Europe. There have been numerous reports of paranormal activities in this area. Shortly before Oliver Cornwell attacked the castle in 1650 there were reports of former prisoners haunting dungeons. Also, the spirit of prisoners from the Seven Years War and colonial prisoners from the American Revolutionary War were seeing. There’s also a rumour of a headless drummer roaming around the castle. Some visitors even reported seeing a phantom piper.
8. SCREAMING TUNNEL, CANADA:
Located in the northwest corner of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, The Screaming Tunnel is a small limestone tunnel, running underneath what once was the Grand Trunk Railway lines now the Canadian National Railways. Constructed in early 1800s the tunnel is said to be one of the most haunted places in Canada. There is a legend of a girl who was burnt alive in that tunnel. According to some locals, the young girl who died in that tunnel was escaping a nearby burning farm building with her clothing ablaze. Another version of the story is that the girl’s father set her on fire after a nasty divorce and losing the custody of his children. There is also another version that says, the girl was raped inside the tunnel and her body was burned to prevent evidence. In all the versions the Tunnel ends up filled with screams of that girl burning to death.
9. Rose Hall, Jamaica:
Rose Hall is a mansion in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Jamaican Georgian style with a panoramic view of the coast was built in the 1770s for colonist Fulke Rose. In the 1800s it became the property of John Palmer. According to legends, there’s a White Witch in the mansion named Annie Palmer. Supposedly she murdered three of her husband. It is said that she used to practice dark magic. Apparently, In the early 2000s, one medium visiting Rose Hall fell into a trance after arriving, and the ghost took over her body. There are some spooky videos about this place on the internet.
10. Monte Cristo Homestead, Australia:
Located in the town of Junee, New South Wales Monte Cristo Homestead is a historic Australian property. Standing on a hill overlooking the town this double-story late-Victorian manor was Constructed by local pioneer Christopher William Crawley in 1885. After Crawley passed away in 1920, Elizabeth, his wife became a recluse. She left the house only twice before she died. Her spirit is thought to roam between the rooms. There have been reports of visitors feeling a chill down their spine whenever she shows up. sometimes she holds a silver cross. There have been other ghost sightings too including a spirit of a maid who had plunged to her death from a balcony of the house, a boy who reportedly was burned to death by his master, and also a mentally disabled man who was chained in the caretaker’s cottage for 40 years.