An apparition that asks you for a lift, a place where hundreds of birds commit suicide, lake full of skeletons, guards being slapped by a ghost…seem like stories from a horror mystery novel don’t they? Believe it or not, these are occurrences that have actually been reported. Some of the enigmas are decoded, some still remain mysteries and others, for all you know are hearsay. Whatever they are, it makes for an interesting read.
1) The Aleya Ghost Lights: Seducing travellers to their doom
Locals believe that these are the souls of dead fishermen. Recently, a scientific theory has surfaced suggesting these lights are gases formed by the decomposing organic matter in the swamps. When they emerge to the surface and get mixed with oxygen, oxidization and ionization effects bring about a disquieting glow in the air.
2) Kongka La Pass: UFO Sightings
Those who believe in the reality of aliens would be glad to discover that there is a place where UFOs are sighted. The area in question is the Kongka La Pass, the disputed land on the Indo-Chinese border.
Locals from both sides of the border happen to believe in the underground UFO bases and have even reported them coming out of the ground. Remaining a case of enigma, the entry here is restricted and tourists are not allowed.
3) Brij Raj Bhavan Palace: Getting slapped by a ghost
It is said that the guards at Brij Raj Bhavan Palace in Kota, Rajasthan were apparently slapped whenever they dozed off on duty. While the possible explanation would be the presence of a supervisor or a person of authority who monitored them, the truth was that there was no living being in sight.
According to the beliefs, the man in action is a harmless ghost, Major Burton. He was murdered by Indian sepoys during the Mutiny of 1857 while serving as the British Resident of Kota. With a cane in hand, the Major is said to haunt this 178-year-old palace that is now a heritage hotel.
4) Sabrimala: Celestial Lighting
On 14th January every year, during the revelries of Makara Sankranti at Sabarimala Temple in Kerala, a rather mysterious phenomenon takes place. A kind of celestial lighting has been spotted on one particular hilltop. Hindus believe that this is none other than the act of Lord Ayyappan who asserts himself to bless his devotees.
However some state that the lighting is a manmade one. According to one theory, it is said to be the result of forest-dwellers who used to light up a lamp during this day. And even after they left, this ritual continued to take place. This theory is said to be debatable though.
5) Markonahalli Dam: Word of Caution
If you plan on going off-roading in Markonahalli Dam at Kunigal Taluk, a slight word of caution. Passing your bike through a certain ditch might cause it to stop altogether.
Many bikers recount this episode and claim that they had to drag their vehicle all the way to Bangalore in order to get it working again. According to some, this ditch is the very spot where an old lady was buried.
6) Living Tree Bridges of Cherrapunji: Unbelievable Sight
What appears to be a scene out of a Lord of the Rings movie, the Living Tree Bridges of Cherrapunji, Meghalaya, is just what the name suggests. Providing a rather mysterious and surreal sight, the rubber tree in question is said to have roots that go as long as 3000 feet.
7) Dumas Beach: Getting lost and not in the nice way
Famous for its back sand, Dumas Beach in Gujarat is said to infuse an ominous air. This is also a cremation ground where people gave claimed to experience paranormal activities. Apparently, taking a stroll by the beach is not a sunny affair as you may land up in some strange place.
There have been reports of tourists missing in the past here. Locals too warn people not to venture this beach at night.
8) Magnetic Hill: Car Slipping Uphill
9) Jatinga: Birds commit suicide
What seems to have come straight out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie, this phenomenon is a rather depressing one. Jatinga village, Dima Hasao, Assam is where several migratory birds just drop dead.
This especially happens between 6pm to 9.30pm on moonless nights during the months of September and October. Several theories have popped up regarding the bird suicide happenings but none have managed to be accurate.
10) Hide-and-seek Beach: Rare Phenomena
Imagine an entire beach appear and disappear in a matter of one day. Located in Orissa, the Chandipur Beach is also called the Hide –and-Seek Beach due to its nature. On one occasion you may witness the water and on another, do not be surprised if you witness nothing but Casuarina trees and sand dunes.
This happens as the sea water ebbs around 5kms during low tide and resurfaces to the shore during high tide each day. Whatever the reason, the phenomenal is rare indeed!
11) Skeleton lake: Case of Mystery
There were many theories looming around. Initially, they were believed to belong to the 19th century, later it was alleged that the skeletons were an effect of mass death during 9th Century AD. National Geographic dived into the matter as well and suspected that some of the bones still had flesh on them. Creepy!
12) Bullet Baba: Self-starting Bike
Om Banna, an avid bike lover was on his way during the elections to meet some people on his Bullet bike. En route, he met with an unfortunate accident and passed away. The cops seized the vehicle and put it in the police station, only to discover that it was missing the next morning. After a few searches, they found it at the same accident site. Even after placing the vehicle back, the incident repeated again.
It was believed that the late owner himself rode it there. Today, they have built a temple in that location in his memory where people come to worship him as the accident preventer. Another interesting fact, some of the devotees actually offer ‘Bullet Beer’ to him. This place is located 20 kms before Pali city, in Rajasthan.
13) Bhangarh Fort: Cursed by a Wizard
A 300-km drive from Delhi, Bhangarh Fort is known as one of the most haunted places in India. Many paranormal activities are said to occur here. It is alleged that people who stay at this place post sunset are never to be found. When here, you will stumble upon a board of The Archaeological Survey of India stating that no one is allowed to stay in the fort before dawn and after dusk.
14) Gadikal: Apparitions on a Rock
For those who have travelled through Gadikal in Chikmagalur at an untimely hour, the story ahead has been a mysterious and chilly experience indeed. Somewhere along the way, there is a sharp U-turn with a rock in between the road. What appears to be people sitting on the rock on closer inspection are apparitions.
Legend has it that one uneventful day, a bus had lost control and ran into the rock. There were some people waiting here who got killed in the accident. These are the same people who are seen sitting on the rock.
15) Kuldhara: Disappearing Villagers
Various interpretations have emerged; some say that they did so to flee from an oppressive landlord and others mention about a love-struck young couple. The tale states that the father of the girl was an important man in the village and did not approve of the alliance. Whatever the cause was, nobody knows where they went to.
16) Loktak: Only Floating Islands in the World
Image Credit: Hemam Bishwajeet – FlickrThe Loktak Lake in Manipur offers a mysterious and spectacular sight. There are large circular clusters of vegetation that float on the surface. Termed as the only Floating Lake in the world, the formations (phumdis) are made of vegetation, soil and organic matter. This place has been a case of interest and fascination among many.
17) Dow Hill: Headless Boy Disappearing in the Woods
With towering trees that let little sunlight seep through and a misty air that looms large, Dow Hill, Kurseong makes for an ideal backdrop in a horror movie. What’s more chilling is the apparition of a headless boy disappearing into the woods.
He is said to be travelling from the road and vanishing into the density of the forest. Locals have claimed to have strange sightings and experiences. It is also believed that anyone who comes across the spectre commits suicide due to depression. There have been many murder cases here too.
18) Agrasenki Baol: Hypnotises People to Commit Suicide
Agrasenki Baoli on Hailey Road near Connaught Place has a rather gloomy story to it. According to the tales of the locals, the structure belonged to the 14th century and was constructed by Maharaja Agrasen.
19) Delhi Cantt: Lady in White Saree Asks for a Lift
She asks for lifts from motorists and knocks on doors of cars passing by. Speeding up your vehicle would not help since she is said to match up to your speed. Stopping the car is not a wise option either!
20) Khooni Nadi: A River That Sucks People In
Like the name suggest, the Khooni Nadi is where some unexplainable occurrences take place. The water body flows across Rohini in Delhi. It is believed that anyone who enters the river gets sucked inside by a mysterious force. There are several who have lost their lives here and the reason is still unknown.
21) Himalayas: Home to Yeti, the Snow Monster
People who have traversed here have witnessed strange happenings like red snowfall with red spots scattered all over the ice. Due to the ardours terrain, there have been many who have passed away in a desire to reach the summit. Folks from the Indian Army too have reported sceptre visions of dead climbers and soldiers.
22) Banni Grasslands Reserve: Strange Dancing Lights
Banni Grasslands Reserve in the Rann of Kutch lends its own charm. Since centuries locals have claimed to have spotted few mysterious dancing lights. Labelled as Chir Batti, they are alleged to be as fierce as a mercury lamp and can apparently change their colour into blue, red, yellow to a pear- shaped moving ball. Sometimes they are still and other times they move at a fast pace.
There have been visitors and soldiers who complained that these lights seemed to have followed them. Scientists refute paranormal activities here and believe that the occurrences are due to oxidation of methane from the marshes.