Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India
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Bhangarh kingdom was a beautiful kingdom built by the Kachwaha ruler of Amber, Raja Bhagwant Singh, in 1573. He was succeeded by his son, Chatr Singh, who had a beautiful daughter, Ratnavati. Legend has it a wizard fell madly in love with the Princess, who cruelly rejected his advances. Crushed, he cursed the entire village and local guides believe it’s forever condemned to desolation. If any villager tries to build a house inside the deserted fort, it apparently mysteriously collapses.
Malahide Castle, Malahide, Ireland
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King Henry II of England built this stately castle in 1185 for his friend Sir Richard Talbot – the head of one of the most powerful families in Ireland. The castle has numerous ghosts but none more famous than Sir Walter Hussey. He was killed on his wedding day in the 15th century and is said to wander the castle at night. Lady Maud Plunkett, who lived there for a short time, is said to chase her husband’s ghost through the castle, screaming at him.
Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland
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On the north side of the Achill Island – the largest island off the west coast of Ireland – lies Annagh, accessible only by foot or boat. There lies a monolithic tomb and a deserted booley village (summer houses for shepherds). Overnight campers have reported ghostly encounters – one group of girls who camped in one of the houses reported their dog being thrown on top of them by an invisible force.
Poveglia Island, Venetian Lagoon, Italy
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Only a short gondola ride from the canals of Venice, beautiful Poveglia is said to be the world’s most haunted island. In the late 1800s, it was used as a quarantine station for ships carrying passengers with the plague and, later, as an asylum for the mentally ill. Those who have visited its picturesque shores claim they feel as though they’re constantly being watched while psychics report a strong presence of angry spirits.
Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa
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Built in the 17th century, this fortress is the oldest colonial building in South Africa and has been home to government and military operations for two centuries. One of the ghosts said to haunt its corridors is Governor van Noodt, who apparently died of a heart attack while sending several soldiers to be hung on his order. There’s also the ghost of a big black dog that reportedly disappears as you approach it.
Château de Châteaubriant, Châteaubriant, France
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Built in the 11th century, the haunting of the Château de Châteaubriant in France didn’t begin until the 16th century, when the sad tale of Jean de Laval and his wife Françoise de Foix begins. The local resident was called to King Francis I’s court. His wife Francoise joined him, becoming lady in waiting to the queen and mistress to the king. When de Laval discovered the betrayal, he locked her in the chateau where she died mysteriously, perhaps poisoned by her husband. Every year on the day of her death, October 16, she apparently walks the halls of the castle.
Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
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With 900 years of history, it would be a surprise if this castle on a hill weren’t haunted. When the tunnels that run from the castle to Royal Mile were discovered a few hundred years ago, a piper was sent to explore them, playing music on his bagpipe so people could track where he was. Suddenly, the music stopped and the piper disappeared. It’s said that you can hear him playing in the streets above the tunnel.
Mount Everest, Nepal
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The world tallest peak has claimed the lives of more than 220 people, and many bodies remain on the mountain because it’s so difficult to retrieve them. In 2004, a Sherpa encountered shapes near the summit he claimed begged him for something to eat; on another occasion, in 1975, two climbers who experienced oxygen problems reported a comforting third presence that talked them through the ideal.
Princess Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
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Local opera singer Fred Baker - rebranded as Federici in the 1880s - was enjoying a career revival when he suddenly suffered a heart attack on stage, horrifying a watching stagehand. Now, almost 150 years later, he's said to still appear on the stage next to fellow thespians, trying to steal one last round of applause.
Tower of London, London, England
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Possibly one of the most famous haunted sites in the world, the tower was used to imprison people (amongst other things), including Lady Jane Grey, who was queen for a week in 16th century before Mary I deposed her. Two young princes, Edward and Richard, were kept there and it’s widely assumed they were murdered by their uncle Richard III, who took the throne. People have claimed to see two boys, dressed in white, playing in the grounds.
Q Station, Sydney, Australia
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This hotel in Sydney Harbour National Park, Manly was once the country’s longest-running quarantine station. From the 1830s to 1984, ships carrying disease were required to stop there and passengers were quarantines for 40 days. Many died and their ghosts are said to linger, which lends itself to the various ghost tours operated by the hotel, including an Extreme Ghost Tour that’s led by a psychic.
The Queen Mary Hotel, California, USA
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Once a grand ship that carried guests such as Winston Churchill and Greta Garbo, the Queen Mary has docked permanently in California and is now a hotel. Over the decades, 49 deaths were recorded on the ship, and spirits are said to roam the halls, including a women dressed in white who dances alone in one of the suites. Several families in 1930s clothing have been seen wandering the pool decks. If lights start flickering or if there’s a drastic drop in temperature, you may be in the presence of ghosts.
Casa Loma, Toronto, Canada
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Built in the early 20th century by successful businessman Sir Henry Pellatt, the stunning Casa Loma castle drained his finances and he and his wife moved out soon after it was completed. It’s now a tourist attraction and event space but strange sightings have been reported over the years, such as the appearance of an old man tending to the garden in the indoor conservatory and a woman known as the White Lady walking the halls of the second floor. The team behind Canada’s Most Haunted (CMH), who run ghost tours out of the castle, once attempted to film paranormal activity in the room of Lady Mary Pellatt’s; they set up a video camera and locked the door behind them but the tape disappeared and hasn’t been found to this day.
Pluckley Village, Kent, England
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This picturesque, verdant village has the reputation of being Britain’s most haunted with residents to ghosts ratio of 1,069: 12. That’s roughly one ghost for every 89 people. Among them is the Watercress Woman, said to haunt Pinnock Bridge, where she used to sit selling the watercress she had gathered from the stream - that is until one day, when she caught on fire and died. The Dering Woods, just outside the village, are nicknamed The Screaming Woods – at night, you can apparently hear the screams of those who wandered in and never came out.