Haunted Places in Delhi

6 dangerous places in Delhi kids and weak-hearted should never visit.

In our search for unique holidays and places to discover, steering clear of troubled or haunted areas should top our list. Especially if one is travelling with kids. Kids need to discover traditions, languages, food and culture of different countries and states. Definitely not of another world called the paranormal. Here are the dangerous places in Delhi, kids and weak-hearted should never visit. But first read up on Why Delhi is such a favourite with the djinns and witches. 

Why Delhi is such a favourite with the djinns and witches.

Delhi and its troubled past: 

Since the times of Pandavas, Delhi has been a part of many battles and bloodbaths. In fact this Union Territory of India has been captured, ransacked and rebuilt way too many times to even keep a count of. Traces of different dynasty rule over the years have been found, from Ashoka to Firoz Shah Tughlaq to Shah Jahan to Mahadji Shinde to the British Government. Thousand have been massacred and thousands tortured and today's city lies on the ruins of at least eight forgotten cities. 

With a troubled past like this, how can Delhi's streets, corners and ruins stay pious and trouble free? In fact Khooni Darwaza (Bloody Gate), an arch just outside the Firoz Shah Kotla could well be a Guinness book record holder in witnessing infinite blood shed. The great Emperor Jahangir hanged his opponent's son's body here to rot and be mauled by birds.  His own grandson Aurangzeb hanged his own brother Dara Shikoh at this very Khooni Darwaza. Even the sons of the last Delhi emperor Bahadurshah Zafar, were shot dead by British Captain Hodson at this very spot. No wonder Khooni Darwaza has also made it to my list of ' No place with kids'. 

1. Bhuli Bhatiyari Palace – Last time when I visited this 700 year old shikargah with a group of youngsters that included young kids, the guard of that place threw a fit. No way, he persisted, would he permit small kids enter the haunted palace. When we asked about the reason for his tantrums, he simply whispered- "woh aajkal yahin ghum rahee hai! (She is wandering around here)."  He was referring to the spirit of a long-dead woman who is residing in these ruins, who has a fascination for young kids. Some people do believe that this place was gifted by the king to a Banjaran girl who he fell in love with. And who knows if it is her spirit many claim to have encountered here.  The neglected trees and overgrown shrubs add to the eeriness of this place, built by Firoz Shah Tughlaq in the 14th century. 

Why Delhi is such a favourite with the djinns and witches.

2. The secret rooms of Kotla- Adjacent to the famous cricket stadium of Feroze Shah Kotla is a dilapidated structure that once housed Sultan Feroze Shah. Buy 30 minutes to gain entry to this forlorn palace and you will be amused to see people from different classes and communities huddle in several dark rooms and chant some words. Especially on Thursdays. 
These people are invoking djinns and ghosts in these rooms. They hope that these spirits will help them in bad times. But there are some bad djinns too. A peer once told me a few years ago that there are some ghosts who take fancy to vulnerable women and young kids and follow them to their homes. And when you see people offering letters to these peers to pass them onto the djinns, you are tempted to follow suit. A casual visit here could start a dark chapter for some. best avoidable. 

Why Delhi is such a favourite with the djinns and witches.

3. The Lalkot Walls- How many of you know that buried inside the shrubs of Mehrauli are the ancient walls of Lalkot? Few know that these walls once surrounded the ancient city of Lalkot more than 1000 years back. Today, when you visit these ruins, you are greeted with thick jungles, poisonous snakes and dangerous pythons. While these animals keep a safe distance from you, a medieval graveyard obstructs you, should you decide to explore these walls.
You cannot cross this graveyard because the caretaker asks you to wait till his Auliya comes back from his gusl. How long will he take back from his gusl, you ask?
"Pata nahin", the caretaker says. The Auliya has been away for more than 500 years, he says morosely!
Our advice to moms is this- don’t take your kids to this dangerous place-ever! 

4. Literally meaning the “Bloody Gate”, Khooni Darwaza is a monument which has centuries of bloody history attached to it. But the most well known story is that the sons of the last Mughal emperor, Bahadur Shah Zafar, were executed here in full public view. It is said that their spirits still linger about this place but they don’t cause any disturbance to the Indians, but strange things have happened to foreigners who’ve paid a visit to this place. The fact that these brothers were shot dead ruthlessly by a British army captain before India got its freedom, might explain this choice of spirits. No reason for kids to be introduced to such a sad event I say. 

Why Delhi is such a favourite with the djinns and witches.

5. Dwarka Peripheral Road- This one has to be one of the spookiest road stretches in Delhi. It begins near the Sector 18 crematorium in Dwarka and ends 2 kilometers away toward south.
If you are unlucky then while driving down the road you can see a white lady waving frantically at you to stop. Don’t. Just carry on driving and pay no heed to her. Locals say that she is the ghost of a woman who was once knocked down by a speeding vehicle. The last thing you want your kids to see is a scary unexplainable event, where a woman without a face is running alongside your car, in the dead of the night.
Scary, isn’t it?

6) The Ridge
Even the quest for a green space in the middle of a busy town like Delhi, should not take you to the Ridge. It is notorious for murders and killings of innocent children and infamous for dreaded criminals like Ranga & Birla. Little surprise then that a walk down this green belt will haunt you forever. If you don't encounter eerie silence and unseen gazes, then unexplained fear might follow you all the way to your dreams. 

I am personally enamoured by it and you can find some interesting tales on my website ahauntedtravel . Who knows whether these paranormal experiences are just a creation of our fear or a reality we are not ready to face. But a city that lies on the graves of  both innocent and ruthlessly ambitious people, a blanket of gloom is always there. We might loose it to the noise of cars, cacophony of everyday life and even the laughter of our loved ones. But, they are there, watching us closely. The last thing we want to do, is walk into their terrain and be captured by them forever. 

So if you want to discover India with Kids, travel to Chandigarh, don't miss out on the disappearing places, check our itinerary for Delhi in 24 hours and the Food cities of India

pn; All pictures used have bee sourced from Flicker 

Comments (14)

Prerna Sinha Posted on Nov 30, 2017

Will surely keep this post in mind while traveling to Delhi along with my kids, thanks for sharing!

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Snigdha Prusti Posted on Nov 30, 2017

Oh my god... Never heard about these places... So scary...

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Snigdha Prusti Posted on Nov 30, 2017

Oh my god... Never heard about these places... So scary...

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Meena Posted on Nov 30, 2017

This is so terrifying and yet fun post

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Papri Ganguly Posted on Nov 29, 2017

OMG. Such spooky stories. This post is must read for every parents. Thanks for sharing

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Nisha Malik Posted on Nov 29, 2017

Even I would not go near these places now. I had no clue. Thanks for this unique article about Delhi

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Www.flavorsofworld.com Posted on Nov 29, 2017

Its so scary never heard about this place.. Thanks for giving us the safety

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Makeupadda Posted on Nov 29, 2017

OMG I didnt know about this.. It\'s been ages been to Delhi..

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Reetuparna Saha Posted on Nov 29, 2017

Goodness..I must thank you for this post..I will definitely stay away from these places...shudder to think about the atrocities.

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Jhilmil Posted on Nov 29, 2017

Oh my, living in Delhi and I didn\'t knew this! So now I know where to take my hubby for wintery date next, lol! Thanks for this list.

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Minakshi Bajpai Posted on Nov 29, 2017

Never heard about these dangerous places near to delhi . I have no idea about these but i wonder to know about such places still exist in cities like delhi.

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Snehalata Posted on Nov 29, 2017

Seriously this is so scary, I was reading n getting goosebumps

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Richa Posted on Nov 28, 2017

my god this was so scary and haunting!!! The bloody door is all the more funny and scary choice of spirits and all!!! \r\n\r\nAllThatsmom

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Tripti Posted on Nov 28, 2017

Ohh.. This is new to me.. Thanks for sharing :)

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Swayam Tiwari

I took up serious blogging just 5 years ago. Initially, I wrote just for fun but now, blogging for me is my profession. I write about unknown Indian stories, Indian culture and Indian people at www.ah

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