1. The Bhanghar Fort, India:

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Yup that’s right India is on the number One spot in the world’s most haunted places. The Bhanghar Fort in the Alwar district of Rajasthan, is that super scary place that get’s India the coveted number 1 position! The fort was built in 1573 and remains today a ruin of several temples, palaces, and smaller living units.

According to legend, the fort became cursed when a wizard who lived in the town fell in love with the princess of Banghar. Drawing on his skills in black magic, rather than on his interpersonal skills, he tried to woo the princess with a bowl of magic potion. It didn’t work. She figured out the play and threw the bowl against a large boulder. The boulder was disturbed enough to start rolling, and it rolled right in the path of the wizard. As the wizard faced down the boulder, he cursed the town, saying that it would be destroyed and become uninhabitable. He was crushed to death. Soon after, the town was invaded and pillaged. Most of its inhabitants, including the princess, were killed. Those who lived abandoned the fort.

The wizard’s curse remains, of course, and the ghosts of those killed continnue to haunt the fort. The Archaeological Survey of India, which manages the site, forbids anyone from staying at the fort after dark.

2. Bobby Mackey’s Music World, Kentucky, United States:

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In 1850, there was a slaughterhouse on this land. Researchers say that after the slaughterhouse was closed possibly humans were also slaughtered with animals for ritual purposes. In 1986,  a girl was murdered who’s head was chopped off and was probably slaughtered in the basement of the building. In 1920, it was transformed to a casino, where a murder took place and the casino was closed forever. In 1950, it was reopened as a nightclub. It is said the daughter of the nightclub fell in love with a singer who used to perform there and got pregnant. The owner, using his resources got assassinated the singer. After which the girl poisoned her father and committed suicide in the basement.

In 1978, a singer named Bobby Mackey purchased it and turned it into a music hall and a bar which still stands. After all these activities, all the corners of the hall is haunted. Staff has seen dark shadows and observed temperature drops there and hear voices like ‘Get out!’ and ‘Die Game, die game’ in Latin which means, ‘dying well, dying good.’

3. The Princess Theatre, Australia:

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Elsewhere in Australia, you’ll find the Princess Theater, which is haunted by a ghost named Frederici. According to lore, Frederick Baker, or “Frederici,” was an Italian baritone singer who died on stage in 1888. He was finishing a performance as Mephistopheles in Faust when a trapdoor dropped beneath his feet and he fell beneath the stage, dying from a heart attack. For many years, the Princess Theater saved an open seat for Frederic at every opening-night performance.

4. Tower of London, London, England:

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It used to be the prison for the crown of Great Britain. An many executions took place here, every year, hundreds of tales come up every year about some ghosts spotted by visitors and the locals. The most famous ghost here is the ghost of Ann Boleyn, one of the wives of Henry VII, whose head was chopped off. She has been spotted carrying her own head. Another spirit of Margaret de la Pole roams there. She was executed gruesomely in 1541 and her death is still re-enacted by other spirits residing there.

5. Aokigahara, Japan:

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If you’ve ever visited this haunted place, you’re way braver than I am. At the base of Mt. Fugi, you’ll find Aokigahara, Japan’s globally infamous Suicide Forest. Hundreds of people have journeyed into the forest to kill themselves amidst its dense trees and vines, so many people that the local police do annual sweeps to clear away the bodies. They no longer publicize the number of bodies discovered, out of fear that those numbers actually encourage suicides. In 2004, 108 people committed suicide there. Signs around the forest placed by local police plead with suicidal visitors to reconsider: “Your life is a precious gift to your parents” and “Please consult with the police before you decide to die.”

Understandably, many people believe that the forest is haunted by the souls of those who have died there. Others point to a different haunting origin, though. According to one legend, during times of famine in ancient Japan, families couldn’t feed themselves. Some would be abandoned in Aokigahara, where they died of starvation. Those ghosts haunt the forest today, of course.

It’s an all around terrifying place. 

6. Crescent Hotel, Arkansas, United States:

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 This 126 year old Hotel in Arkansas is haunted by not just one ghost. There are many. The Crescent Hotel holds the title of “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”. When it was being constructed, a stones man fell from the roof and died on the spot.

Room number 218 of the hotel was built on the spot. His ghost still roams in the halls of the surrounding rooms. The place is haunted by at least eight spirits. These include the ghost of a young college going girl of 1920s, who is said to have died by jumping off the  roof, ghost of a frequent visitor who used to visit the place during his vacations , two ghosts of  unknown men, a cancer victim named Theadora, a man with long beard wearing victorian clothes, a nurse from the days it was a hospital and a stone-man mentioned above.

In 2005,  television program named “Ghost Hunters” recorded a ghostly  full body on their thermal imaging camera.

7. Iulia Hasdeu Castle, Romania:

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The Iulia Hasdeu Castle was built by Bogdan Petriceicu Hasdeu in Campina, Romania after the death of his 19-year-old daughter, Iulia. Hasdeu dedicated the castle and the rest of his life to lulia. He became a practitioner of spiritualism in an attempt to reconnect with her spirit, and designed one room in the castle solely for the purposes of these daily spiritual exercises. Its walls are all black. Iulia reportedly haunts the castle still, walking through the courtyard in a white dress and holding daisies. Oh, and she still plays the piano each night.

8. The Schooner Hotel, Alnmouth, United Kingdom:

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 This hotel is Great Britain’s most haunted hotel. In the past years, over 3000 sightings has been reported. Tales state suicides, murders, babies being burnt and massacres. There are over 60 ghosts in the hotel. Most of the activities occur in the room 17, 28, 29 and 30. People experience dark shadow, uneasiness, sickness and dizziness in their rooms. Many visitors stay in the hotel to experience ghost activities as here they get to experience quite easily.

9. Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland:

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 The most hunted place in whole of Scotland. In fact, the most haunted house in whole of Europe. It was a fortress  in past. Many people have seen a headless drummer at night. A ghost of dog is also seen in the cemetery area. Also, people have claimed to have seen a phantom drummer. The fact of this place being scary is that you’ll observe temperature drops at many points, see shadowy figures  and the ghost sightseeing is very common. Volunteers have observed burning sensations in the limbs and physical contact when they walked through the castle.

10. The Whaley House, San Diego, California:

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 Whaley house is located in San Diego, California. It was built in the middle of 19th century. The owner of the property was Thomas Whaley. Unfortunately the house was built on the land of a cemetery.

The most amazing thing about this house is that you’ll observe some supernatural activity in almost every room.

On the entrance to the music room, people have claimed to feel constriction in their throat. It is said that back in 1852, Yankee Jim Robinson was hung right there. On the 9th stair, that leads to the first floor, one can feel a cold breeze. It is said that Thomas Whaley’s wife Anna Whaley was once held on gunpoint by a mobster. Also, the ghost of Thomas Whaley is seen on the landing of second floor. In the music room, people have heard music from last century, some laughter and smell of burning cigar has also been reported. 2-3 Crystals on a lamp in music room are seen moving, while the others are stationary. The windows on the ground floor are sealed with nails are they open suddenly during night. Also, people have seen a dark figure on the windows of the second floor after everybody has left the premises. All these activities have occurred for a century and it is marked as America;s authentic haunted house by the government.

11. White house, Washington, United States:

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President Harrison is known to haunt the attic of the white house. President Andrew Jackson is seen in the white house bedroom. Ghost of President Abigail Adams is seen floating the hallway. But the most and frequently sighted ghost is of President Abraham Lincoln. Eleanor Roosevelt shared that she observed Abraham Lincoln keeping a look at her when she was working in his bedroom. Also a clerk had reported that he saw Lincoln taking off his boots in his room.

12. Borley Rectory, Borley, England:

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 It was built in 1863. Just after it was constructed, many unusual activities were reported. Activities like odors, moving objects, running horses etc were observed. Later in 1939, the rectory was demolished, but still after that, on the remains of that building, many unexplained entities can be seen. Gregson, who was the last resident of the rectory was often seen to accompany a lady in brown clothes the people. Marianne, who was the resident in 1930 had recorded on camera when an entity tried contacting her by  scratching on the walls. Still to this day, people have reported seeing unexplained objects floating in the air.

13. Raynham Hall, Norfolk, England:

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Raynham Hall was build in the year 1637. It is the country house in Norfolk, England.

The first authentic image of the ghost was captured here in Raynam Hall. However, ever since that photograph was taken the ghost had never been spotted.

The picture shows a lady walking down the staircase. Colonel Loftus, during his stay in the place , saw the lady in brown dress floating ahead of him with hollow eyes.

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