The whistling wind, the dark moonless ecliptic nights, bats flapping around and the hoots of owls – a typical spooky canvas right? Well, a village in Uttarakhand is known for its dark history and ghostly present which is way more which just any ghostly place and the state government is planning to promote ghost tourism to attract tourists.
Ghost tourism has boomed over past decade all over the world but somewhere, somehow India is slacking behind in the spooky race. Although there are spook-house connoisseurs like Bhangarh fort and Kuldhara in Rajasthan, D’Souza Chawl in Mumbai, Shaniwarwada fort in Pune, and Dumas beach of Surat, something still seems to be missing when it comes to promoting scary tourism. To kick off and usher in the global trend of attracting tourists to scare the hell out of them, Uttarakhand is planning to promote ghost tourism by upscaling the sites with a reputation for being haunted.
The Himalayan state is already famous for its spiritual attractions but now it’s time for something really offbeat to cash in some money with the mysterious supernatural swag. The state tourism department has listed 15 haunted sites by now. So if you visit the haunted towns of Uttarakhand, you might heath the heavy thuds of the 19th century legend and British adventurer Frederick Wilson’s aka Pahari Wilson’s boots or even see him hauling around with his rifle which could be a goose-bump delivering entertainment.
Or who knows you might even be teleported by the spirit of Lady Frances Garnet Orme, a British spiritualist who was slaughtered on the staircases of a 1902 built hotel in 1911. It is said that her ghost roams around in the corridors or hotel searching for her killer and teleports from one room to other!
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One of the other super supernatural sites is the British-era Lambi Dehar limestone mines which is located near Mussoorie. More than 50,000 miners have been buried in the mines over time and the scariest take here is that the dead scream for salvation every single night! Wow, not that is what could make tourist hypnotically draw towards itself.
So these are just few of the haunted places in Uttarakhand and we accept that the state has fair share of supposedly spooky mansions, cemeteries and legends with fascinating and mysterious historic takebacks. What is your take about ghostly tourism? Have you got the gut and the steel nerves to visit such places?