Lucknow is famous for its ‘shaano-shaukat’, ‘tameez’ and tahzeeb’. But the spooky stories of Lucknow are equally enduring and add to the charm of the City of Nawabs. Here are 7 most haunted places in Lucknow which will surely send chills down your spine!
1. Balrampur Hospital
Built on a graveyard, people here claim to witness paranormal experiences. Patients here have reported hearing sudden cries, sounds of footsteps or knocking at their room doors at nights. You should definitely visit this place if you wish to be treated by ghosts instead of doctors!
2. Begum Kothi
This monument in Lucknow is said to have witnessed the death of 600-700 freedom fighters during the independence struggle. The restless souls of these freedom fighters still haunt the premises of Begum Kothi. Unusual sounds and images have been experienced by many people in this historical monument.
3. OEL House
Presently occupied by the vice chancellor of Lucknow University, OEL house was the formal residence of Wajid Ali Shah. It is believed that many British soldiers were killed here by the Indians and the bodies of the slain were thrown into the well here. Since then ghosts of the dead soldiers haunt the premises of OEL house. According to a tale, the well was sealed because of the strange events leading upto the death of the son of one of the vice-chancellors. It is said the son would throw stones into the well which awakened the souls.
4. Bada Imambara
You will be shocked to know that even this famous monument is under the spell of some supernatural powers. It is believed that the building eats up whoever tries to explore this place without a guide. When Bada Imambara was under construction, a major famine hit the city which lead to the loss of many lives. ‘The Tehkhana’ built in the premises of the Imambara was used by the British to lock up Indians. The walls of this spooky building still have troubling and haunting images of people losing their loved ones.
5. Sikandra Bagh
The story behind why this place is haunted will send shiver down your spine! According to sources, around 2300 Indians were killed by 72 British soldiers here. However, the British did not let the grieving families perform the last rites of the deceased. Bodies of the brave Indians were left to rot in the open in Sikandara Bagh. Vultures feasted on the corpses while still others slowly decomposed. Locals say that the spirits of the dead roam here and creepy voices are heard in the night.
6. Railway Quarters
Who knew that an extra-marital affair could have such grave consequences! One of the houses here was allotted to Bill Turner who was the chief engineer of the Oudh Rohilkhand Railways. He was happily married to a beautiful young lady. However, when he found that his wife was having an extramarital affair, he killed both the lovers and later himself in the same house. People here say that the spirit of Turner still haunts the railway quarters. Locals have seen a tall white man walking around the quarters and have heard strange voices from the house.
7. Nirala Nagar
Although a populated and busy locality in Lucknow, Nirala Nagar is believed to be haunted. Nirmala colony in Nirala Nagar was built in 1960 on a cremation ground. People living here have witnessed spooky images and spectres and have heard cries of children at nights. It is also believed that the spirits here can even impact the lives of people living here.
Article by Vidisha Singh