As you all know, Mumbai is the city of dreams, bright lights, and fast paced hustle and bustle. However, what most of you may not know is that Mumbai has its own not-so-little secrets that will cause shivers down your spine. Any guesses? We’re talking about the dark and spooky side of Mumbai, as we tell you about the most haunted places the city has to offer.
Before we get started, we’re not going to get into the horrific details of each haunted spot, but if you’re the type of person who cringes at the very thought of anything even remotely scary, don’t say we didn’t warn you! However, if you’re a traveller whose curiosity has officially been piqued, let’s take a look at Mumbai’s supernatural locations.
1) D’Souza Chawl, Mahim
Legend has it that because of the D’Souza Chawl, Mahim has quickly become one of Mumbai’s most haunted places because once upon a time, a woman fell into a well and was never saved despite her cries for help. Today, inhabitants of the area and nearby claim that they’ve seen a ghostly woman who roams around the well.
2) Aarey Milk Colony
Aarey Milk Colony is a long stretch of almost 10 sq. km, which is known for its paranormal activities, mostly because the locals have narrated more than one spooky story. One story goes like this: a “woman” lurks on the side of the road, asking strangers for a lift at odd hours of the night. Some even say that she turns violent! Other stories include an old man that disappeared a little too mysteriously and the sound of babies crying and screeching at again, odd hours, but nobody knows where the sounds come from.
3) Mukesh Mills, Colaba
No longer in service, Mukesh Mills was established by the East India Company, and is now closed down because of a fire outbreak back in 1980 that killed thousands of people. It’s now abandoned and apparently haunted, which incidentally makes it a great location for Bollywood movies. Does the fire scene from Om Shanti Om ring any bells? Not to mention the eerie parts of the set. That being said, many directors and actors try not to shoot at Mukesh Mills because of its paranormal activities. In spite of it being a spot for scary Bollywood films, nobody likes to stay past sunset because rumour has it that actresses have been possessed.
4) St. John’s Baptist Church, Andheri
St. John’s Baptist Church in Mumbai was built in 1579, but was abandoned in 1840 because of an epidemic. According to the locals, there’s an old legend about a “ghost bride” who apparently tormented people who lived in the area. This paranormal sighting was so strong and scary that an actual exorcism took place in 1977. To make things even more spooky, the witnesses claim that they heard some screaming and shrieking during the exorcism, which was then followed by a “splash” in the pond nearby. Wondering why the pond is significant? The next day, the fish in the pond were all found dead! Since the exorcism, the “ghost bride” seemed to disappear. If you ask us the setting of an ancient abandoned church with an eerie history is more than enough to spook us out.
With ZipHop, why not be a little daring and venture into these spooky haunted locations in Mumbai? Whether you believe in ghosts or not, these haunted spots sure do make for a good ghost story.