The mysteries of India will bring your soul and imagination to life.

Not everyone can handle India; you will either love it with every fibre of your being with the exploration of its mysterious locations becoming like an addiction. Or you will detest it: India will drive you out.

I believe it comes down to what you focus on. If you come from the West, you have to open your mind and be willing to truly leave your comfort zone to connect with what makes India such a deeply special place.

India is full of mysterious places and stories spanning back over the centuries that are just beckoning to be explored. Some you may have heard of, but some are rare tourist places in India that will take a little more getting to.

Often the road less travelled takes us to the most memorable places. That’s why we created this guide on the most mysterious places in India – they will leave you in awe.

The Ganges or Ganga - one of the most mysterious places in the world
Mama Ganga, take me home.

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Best Mysterious Places in India

Many of the ancient mysterious places can be found right here in India, which is what makes this country so unique for backpackers. India itself is enshrouded by fascinating stories, deep history, and creepy paranormal activity. As we introduce you to the most mysterious places in India, it is hard to not let your imagination run too wild.

When you visit these places, you will see that so much of what happens seems to go way beyond anything that could be explained by your own imagination… But don’t worry, if the creepiness is a bit too much to handle, you can always check out India’s (normal) places to visit.

A mysterious Indian Sadhu
Hello, my friend! Take a picture?”

1. A River That Sucks People In: Khooni Nadi

This may actually be one of the most dangerous places in India. The Khooni Nadi River, also known as ‘the bloody river‘, is one of the spookiest and most mysterious places to visit in India. There are many terrifying accounts of people being sucked into the water, never to be seen again. Even if you’re not a believer of the paranormal, this is definitely somewhere you do not want to go for a swim. In fact, it’s not somewhere you should really visit by yourself.

Khooni Nadi - a dangerous and mysterious place in india
Would you risk swimming here?

It is spooky enough that the water has claimed so many lives but the fact that many bodies have never been recovered is even creepier. There are many unresolved stories and unknown mysteries of India but the ones where people are never found again are not to be taken lightly! Therefore, this is our top spot for the most mysterious places in India.

2. Unsolved Mysteries of India: The abandoned village of Kuldhara, Rajasthan

Abandoned towns and villages have to be one of the most creepy things about India. What you often find about the mysterious places in India is that there are so many stories, much told and retold, regarding their history. It all overlaps to a point where you can’t quite get to the bottom of what happened: these unsolved mysteries of India are truly fascinating.

abandoned village of Kuldhara - an unsolved mystery of India
Silent Hill: Rajasthani Edition

There are actually many ruins in this region. These are often best explored with a motorbike and camping gear. Though, you would have to be made of tough stuff to sleep after hearing about all the paranormal activity surrounding Kuldhara.

Legend has it that the last successful inhibitors, the Paliwals Brahmins left suddenly in the night, never to be seen again. They say they left a curse on the place. Since that time, anyone who has since tried to re-inhabit the area has been chased out by evil spirits. Check out this post to find out more about India’s ghost towns. If you’re into ghost stories, this is definitely one of the best mysterious places in India you could wish for!

3. A Drowning Church: Shettihalli

Drowning churches are quite a fascination across the world. Something about them captures the imagination. Shettihallli may not be the most secret place in India, but it is one of the more mysterious places in India. However, rather than being spooky, many people say that it is a deeply peaceful place to explore.

Shettihalli - mysterious places in india
What a strange place! Definitely our favorite under all the mysterious places in India.

It is sometimes referred to as the floating church, sometimes the drowning church. As you may have guessed this is due to the fact that waters around it rise and fall. Rather excitingly, if you are visiting during monsoon season, you should be able to explore by boat!

India is, of course, a Hindu country which is perhaps why this church was abandoned in the 1960s. Due to this contrast with the myriad Hindu temples, some may find this church is one of the more mysterious places in India.

4. The Whispers of the Dead: Dumas Beach, Gujarat

This will make the hairs on your neck stand up! We tend to associate beaches with relaxing in the sun. Not at Dumas Beach in Gujarat! Many have reported the same haunting experience of walking down the beach and hearing whispers, but as they turn around, there is no one there.

Dumas beach - unsolved mystery of India
A cold chill brushes your shoulder at one of the mysterious places in India…

More concerning, there have been reports of people going missing on this beach. Whatever you believe, these unexplained mysteries of India could genuinely be dangerous. So however you decide to visit this one, please be safe. On a side note, it is actually quite a pretty beach!

5. The Village That Slithers: Shetpal

In Shetpal, Maharashtra, you will come across the village that slithers. Even just its name will have some people’s skin crawling. Snake worship runs deep for many Indians and dates back to ancient times. If you can hack it, this mysterious place in India is definitely worth putting on your itinerary.

Shetpal mysterious places in india
Maybe not one of the scariest, but definitely one of the most fascinating and mysterious places in India.

What fascinates many about this place and makes it one of the most mysterious places in India is that there is a harmony between the snakes and people. Many would associate cobras with being aggressive and try to keep away from them.

However, in this village it is mandatory to have a resting place in each home should a cobra decide to bunk with you. Since adopting this relationship with the snakes, the locals have experienced virtually no problems with them, bar the occasional occupation of the bathroom.

6. Most Mysterious Places in India and the World: Kodinhi – Town of Twins

This is by far one of the strangest and most mysterious places in India! Kodinhi is so mysterious it actually caught the attention of an international science team who went to investigate it. Fascinatingly, they couldn’t actually get to the bottom of why this one village has more than 500 twinned siblings!

Kodinhi - top mysterious places in india
Class roll call is a real bitch.

The locals say this phenomenon dates back to 1949. Some experts have theorised it to be linked to a chemical found in the local water. This, however, has not been conclusive and has thus been dismissed by many doctors and scientists.

The villagers really embrace the phenomenon and tend to honour it by intentionally dressing identically. This really is one of the most mysterious places in India as well as another of its unsolved mysteries. Definitely worth an investigation of your own if you are exploring the South of India.

7. Who Ya Gonna Call?: Jamali-Kamali Masjid, Delhi

Taking photos of abandoned temples in India is one thing, knowing the story behind them is another. At a glance, many wouldn’t even know that Jamali-Kamali is indeed a mosque and tomb. It’s important to learn the stories of where you explore.

Jamali-Kamali Masjid - abandoned temples in india
Photo: Varun Shiv Kapur (Flickr)

Some mysterious places in India are easier to get to than others. Jamali-Kamali is easy to reach for those visiting Delhi; it is open most days and free to visit. What is less easy is hanging on to your senses as you walk amongst the densely haunted atmosphere.

There are many reports of unexplained noises and movements and just general freak-factor as you walk around the spooky 16th-century mosque and tomb.

8. The Most Mystic Places in the World: The Ganges

Most seasoned travellers have heard of the Ganga (Ganges). It may even seem a little too obvious to mention, so you may be wondering why it has made it into our top ten mysterious places to visit in India. Quite simply, the Ganges is enshrined in mystery and if you miss out on the depth and significance of the Ganges, you miss out on real India.

The Ganges - Most mystic places in the world
Life-giver, cleaner of sin, and resting place for the living and dead alike: Mama Ganga!

It is the most sacred place of worship in India. Many Indians go to Varanasi either as a pilgrimage or to burn their dead. Walk along the banks, still your heart, and watch the cremations and ceremonies that take place every day as locals revel in their oldest of traditions.

Listen to the locals’ stories about spirits and the afterlife. Walk with them join their journeys and truly connect with one of the most mystic and mysterious places in India.

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9. The World’s Mysterious Places: Alwar

Strangely, even the most mysterious places in India normalize as you become acquainted with the culture. It’s paradoxical I know but it does happen. There are several forts in and around Alwar that have been reported as haunted; many Indians actually claim Bhangarh Fort to THE most haunted and mysterious place in India!

Alwar - a haunted and mysterious place in india
So beautiful yet so haunting…

The tiny town of Alwar fascinated me. I have to say it is without a doubt one of the strangest places in India. At first, It seems like a perfectly average little town, I thought it would have been a non-event of a place to visit when we first arrived, oh how wrong I was!

When you’re thinking of mysterious places in India, try to find at least a few that are off the beaten track. They often have a way of becoming some of the most memorable places. Some mysterious locations in India just can’t have their gravity be put into words… but we can certainly try!

If you’ve got some time in your hands, read about our bizarre time in Alwar!

10. Mass Bird Suicide – Jatinga, Assam

This is one of the most mysterious things in the world; not just in India.

One of the weirdest stories you’ll hear in India that turns out to actually be true and takes place every year between September and November in the northeast of India. Well, it’s mostly true, many scientists have tried to explain and quantify it, but they still can’t get to the bottom of it. This makes it one of the top unsolved mysteries of India.

Bird death festival - most mysterious things in the world
Why like this?

No amount of trying to rationalise it detracts from how ominous it is when the intense event takes place. Do what you can to make this one of the places in India you travel to and see for yourself.

As the sun begins to set, hundreds of birds begin falling from the sky – an avian act of mass suicide. It is such a remarkable happening that the locals have now developed a festival around the phenomenon.

Many locals believe it is due to evil spirits and they are eager to share their own stories about it. The atmosphere is truly intense and it is hard to not get freaked out by it. Go to Jatinga … I dare you.

Rounding Up the Top 10 Mysterious Places in India

Mysterious Place in IndiaFamous ForThe Vibe
Khooni NadiThe river that sucks people in.Dangerous
Kuldhara, RajasthanThe abandoned village.Creepy
ShettihalliThe drowning church.Peaceful
Dumas Beach, GujaratThe whispers of the dead.Haunted
ShetpalVillage that slithers.Creepy or phenomenal (if you like snakes)
KodinhiThe town of twins.Unexplained phenomena
Jamali-Kamali Masjid, DelhiThe haunted mosque and tomb.Haunted
The Ganges, VaranasiThe life-giver and taker.Mystical
AlwarThe hauntings and bizarre behaviour.Haunted
Jatinga, AssamThe birds drink the kool-aid.Unexplained phenomena

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Summing up the Most Mysterious Places in India

God damn, that’s some spooky-ass shit! India is so special, man. It’s another planet!

These are our top ten mysterious places in India, but, as you may imagine, there are many so more. India is truly one of the most mysterious places in the world. However, no matter how much of a ghostbuster you are, please do approach and explore these places with care. People have gone missing and although it can be exciting to explore these places, some of them do pose a real threat.

Everyone who’s been to India has a crazy India story. That’s the beauty of India: no one leaves unscathed. India changes people.

We’d love to hear your stories too. Please share them in the comments below – genuinely. There’s nothing I love more than an excellent “I got India’d” story!

Indians waving goodbye summing up the most mysterious places in India list
Bye, my friend! …Selfie?

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Emma Tryon

Emma Tryon

Life loving, thrill seeking, Adventure chasing, hitch-hiking, nomadic Pad Thai fiend. Find me in the mountains, follow me through the jungle and brace yourself for mishaps if you’re daft enough to follow my blog GLOBE MAD. I can’t get enough of monkeys, bad yoga and noodles! When I’m not climbing mountains, chasing monkeys, abasing yoga and eating noodles I’m writing blogs to inspire other crazy cool intrepid types and taking photographs for my awfully superlative Instagram ‘globemademma’.

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