10 Abandoned Yet Gorgeous Places In India

by Jinal Inamdar
10 Abandoned Yet Gorgeous Places In India

Tales of abandoned places and ghost towns are good to hear. But are these for real? Well, who knows? What we know is that these places are beyond beautiful and so much has gone into its construction. So, here are 10 abandoned yet gorgeous places in India for you adventure seekers. So add these to your bucket lists and plan a trip here with your friends, do keep those horror stories handy! For people seeking another dose of thrill, Delhi’s Malcha Mahal is at your service. 

1. Bhangarh Fort In Rajasthan

Bhangarh is known to be one of India’s most haunted forts and is well-known for its ruins. It’s situated on the hillside of the Bhangarh town and the fort is spellbindingly beautiful. There are different Havelis and beautifully carved temples here. Bhangarh Fort is also famous for being one of the most haunted places in India. 

The Story of Bhangarh Fort, India's Most Notorious Haunted Site

2. Dhanushkodi In Tamil Nadu

Dhanushkodi is a ghost town in Tamil Nadu. And that’s because it was completely ruined by a cyclone some 55 years ago. But Dhanushkodi’s beaches, Pamban Bridge and the ruins are some of the most beautiful creations you’ll ever see! The Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet at a Dhanushkodi, the southernmost tip of Rameswaram. And that’s exactly why you must add this place to your wishlist.

3. Ross Island In Andaman

Being one of the famous islands of Andaman, Ross Island was abandoned in 1945. The ruins of these old buildings built by Indian prisoners are still present here, covered in thick roots of peepal trees that take us back to an era. The magnificent caves, old church and history have a unique vibe here

Ruins of Old British church at Ross Island, Andaman & Nico… | Flickr

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4. Fatehpur Sikri In Agra

Having been the capital of the Mughal Empire at one point of time, it was abandoned in 1585. The architecture here is a preserved collection even today and the Buland Darwaza, Panch Mahal and Jodha Bai’s palace are worth a visit to enter history. Near Fatehpur Sikri, you can also find the majestic Marble tomb of Salim Chishti.

Fatehpur Sikri Agra – The Most Beautiful Ghost City | Manthan Diary

5. Roopkund Lake In Uttarakhand

This mystery lake is known to have over 100 human skeletons. Some researchers have found out that these are skeletons of eastern Mediterranean people who had travelled to the Himalayas 220 years ago. Situated at over 5000 metres above sea level, today Roopkund Lake is famous for trekking.

India's Skeleton Lake Has Bones Separated by Centuries - The Atlantic

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6. Shettihalli Church, Karnataka

Situated by the Hemavathi River, this church is now just an abandoned spot in Karnataka. Built by French missionaries in the 1860s, Shettihalli Church is a gorgeous example of Gothic-style architecture. And the fact that it stays submerged in the water during monsoons makes it even more special and beautiful. Interestingly, a Bangalore church became the first in Asia to organise a drive in mass amid the lockdown. 

Shettihalli Church: Rising from the waters - RailYatri Blog

7. Jamali Kamali Tomb, Delhi

Right next to Qutub Minar is another Archaeological site and that’s the Jamali Kamali mosque. There are a number of stories about this mosque being haunted, of which one is that there are still jinns who stay here. But once you enter, you’ll see the arches are beautifully adorned. The walls and nooks of the mosque are inscribed with verses of the Quran.

Jamali Kamali Mosque and Tomb, Mehrauli, New Delhi | Flickr

8. Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mumbai

Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a biosphere reserve and trekking site but also one of the haunted places of Mumbai. It’s not abandoned, but many people have reported seeing a hazy shadow gradually vanishing in air and even some forest guards have reported the same. But despite being haunted, the park is still one of the most visited parks because of its beauty which stood the test of time.

Also Read: Fun Things You Can Do At Sanjay Gandhi National Park In Mumbai

9. Shaniwar Wada, Pune, Maharashtra

Constructed by Peshwa Bajirao this fort has suffered many military attacks and it even went up in flames in 1828. Shaniwar Wada isn’t currently abandoned, but a number of people have reported paranormal activities here. But if you go by history, then it’s a great place to visit to tick off your historical travel destinations. After all, who gets to freely walk in a palace in this day and age!

Browse Shaniwar Wada, Pune Photos and Image Gallery | HolidayIQ

10. Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

The Kakatiyas ruled Andhra Pradesh in the 13th century and built the Golkonda Fort. People believe that the fort’s queen Taramati, haunts the fort till date, along with her husband, who are both buried under the fort. Today, the fort is a tourist site and it’s a great example of brilliant engineering and architecture. Post 5:30 pm, the fort bans visitors unless you’re attending a light show.

Haunted India: Golconda Fort, Hyderabad

Well, we hope we have tickled your wanderlust with our video, more than having scared you! Folklores keep floating around, but nothing can take away the beauty from our amazing India!