• Lavanya Nair

The 5 Most Haunted Places in the World!

Updated: Jul 13, 2018

When grazing the topic of the supernatural, many find themselves divided as skepticism and blind belief, violently clash not to the mention the individuals voicing their sheer curiosity of the existence of ghosts. I fall into the latter category and my intrigue towards the subject, prompts me to bring up the discussion among friends and family; some of whom are also torn. Nevertheless, one can't deny that a good old haunting proves to be quite lucrative especially in the real estate and tourism industry. Whether or not you believe the legends, here's 5 'haunted' locations that are supposed to be some of the scariest in the world!

1. Bhangarh Fort, Bhangarh, India:

Shahnawaz Sid | Flickr

Built in the 1600's, to protect a rather small and secluded village of around 10,000 natives, this fort was the result of King Sawai Madho Singh's desire to provide security and reassurance to his subjects. Legend dictates that a sorcerer cast his lustful gaze upon the King's daughter, while attempting to seduce her, died an untimely death and in the process, placed a curse on the entire town. Some time later, invading enemies took over the fort and killed every single one of its inhabitants. In current times, the locals vehemently refuse to reside anywhere near the establishment which is always closed after dark; a consequence of there being reports of spirits roaming around the premises. There are also cases whereby those who spend a night in the fort, often turn up dead the next morning.

2. The Myrtle Plantation, Louisiana, USA:

Shanna Riley | Flickr

As you may predict, this particular location holds checkered ties to slavery; one of the greatest tragedies in history as it involved the degradation and discrimination of one particular race. Many of its inhabitants and slaves met their demises as a result of disease or murder while rumour has it that a slave was lynched there after he poisoned the family who had acquired him. Visitors have stated that they see ghostly apparitions, walking around the grounds and inside the house.

3. Beechwood Lunatic Asylum, Victoria, Australia:

Beechwood Lunatics Asylum

As the now insensitive but once perceived as apt name suggests, this establishment was viewed as more of a holding cell for those who were deemed 'criminally insane' and was opened in 1867. Instead of rehabilitation, torture was a commonly used method of either 'curing' patients, or dolling out punishments for various transgressions. Even now, one may hear the shrill, ear-piercing screams, emanating from the hallways along with the sudden closing of doors of their own accord.

4. Chateau de Chateaubriant, France:

Dennis Jarvis | Flickr

This castle can be traced back to the 11th Century so was forever, tormented by war and bloodshed. During the 16th Century, the wife of the owner was killed, presumably due to her committing adultery with the King of France. According to historic lore, every year on October 16th; her birthday, a bloodstain appears in her room and she is now rumoured to haunt the halls of the castle.

5. Aokigahara, Mount Fuji, Japan:

Guilhem Vellut | Flickr

You may recall this particular forest from a rather tasteless video that was put online at the beginning of 2018. However, from that, many learned that this was in fact a location that was and is still being used as a final resting place for many depressed locals who entered the woods to kill themselves. Many who simply venture through the forest have reported sightings of spirits wandering the grounds; many of which are not very amicable. Japanese folklore has even described the place to be filled with demons.

There are many more frightening sites to be written about which I may do in a later post but for now here was 5 of the ones that stood out the most to me!

Lavanya Nair

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