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7 Haunted & Spooky Places to visit in Kolkata

7 Haunted & Spooky Places to visit in Kolkata

Kolkata is regarded as the City of Joy, and its charming historical appeal can captivate anybody.

However, this old city, which played an important role in British India, is home to numerous historical and old structures.


Some of these historical structures are said to be haunted.

There are several additional locations in the city that have witnessed weird ghostly phenomena and have terrifying stories to share.

In this article, you will get to know about the following haunted places in Kolkata,

  1. National Library
  2. Hastings College
  3. Rabindra Sarobar Station
  4. Writer’s building
  5. Park Street Cemetery
  6. Putul Bari or House of Dolls

Let’s see each of these places in detail…

1. National Library

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The National Library was the Governor General’s residence during the British era.

It has a large collection of antiques, books, and publications.

The Library is a very quiet place and is surrounded by a creepy ambiance.

Lady Metcalf, the wife of Governor-General Charles Metcalf, was known to be a cleanliness freak.


People there reported that she can still be seen strolling between shelves, dusting the old books and shelves.

In reality, it is believed that the night guards and students who study late have heard Lady Metcalf’s footsteps and see gray shadows on the wall.

It is also reported that in 2010, a doorless room which was a secret chamber during the British era was discovered at ground level.

2. Hastings College

Hastings’ Institution is presently an underground women’s college affiliated with Calcutta University.

but it was previously known as the Belvedere Estate, the home of former Governor-General William Hastings.

It is believed that the employees and girls at the dormitory frequently witness an Englishman entering the premises and riding over the vast college grounds.

The foreign man is assumed to be none other than Hastings Saheb himself!


On the other side, a young kid also died in an unusual manner while playing football on the same grounds a few years ago.

It is reported that this boy can still be seen roaming around the college and playing football at times.

There are numerous such events associated with this college and the broad, silent grounds around it, make it one of the haunted places in Kolkata.

3. Rabindra Sarobar Station

Rabindra Sarobar, one of the busiest metro stations on Kolkata’s North-South metro line, has the greatest incidences of su**ides.

It is believed that the spirits of people who committed su**ide on the platform still haunt the platform at night.

Occasionally, strange shadows can be observed on the pillars and walls, and when the platform is unoccupied, shadows can be seen jumping onto the track.

If you are thinking of returning home, you can return with somebody as seeing such a thing might be rather frightening.


4. Writer’s Building

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During British rule, the Writers building housed the West Bengal State Government’s secretariat, clerks, and subordinate workers.

It is said that people traveled from far places to lodge their complaints and grievances back then.

But they were often returned empty-handed due to the British officials’ rudeness and hard-heartedness.

Due to this, Benoy, Badol, and Dinesh assa**inated Colonel Simpson who had treated people brutally.

Colonel Simpson has been haunting the place since then.


There are also numerous empty and unoccupied rooms in the building and strange and spooky noises emanate from them.

Cries from inside have been heard by night by guards and sellers outside the building. Don’t dare to visit this place after dusk.

5. South Park Street Cemetery

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It is not only one of the oldest graveyards in the city, but it is also one of the oldest in the country.

It is also believed to be one of Kolkata’s most haunted locations.

The South Park Street Cemetery was founded in 1767.

The tombs here are pieces of art and with towering trees, centuries-old graves, and stone crosses, the region has an uncanny beauty around it.

It is known to be one of the most haunted spots in the city, with shadows frequently drifting in and out from between the tombs.

Eerie sounds can be heard, and it is reported that photographers who come here to photograph the graves and surroundings have been haunted.


Spooky shadows were also captured in their images. Some people even feel out of breath and dizzy.

It’s definitely an area to avoid after dark.

6. Putul Bari or House of Dolls

House of Dolls, also known as Putul Bari, is a century-old haunted house in North Calcutta.

It is nearly in ruins.

The home got its name from the images of the dolls engraved into the arches of the building.

The wide top floors of this massive mansion-like property are empty.

Every inch of the place is valuable and many people demand to stay here.

After dark, the most horrifying screams can be heard from the house, and no one has had the courage to go upstairs after sunset.

Regarding the shrieks, it is stated that a zamindar used this mansion as his haunt, bringing ladies from anywhere, for his pleasure and assaulting them.

The intriguing thing is that the lower floors of the houses are still occupied by tenants who have lived here for decades.

They have just grown accustomed to the screaming, though they do not climb the stairs.

These are some of the most haunted places in Kolkata.

If you have interested to know more about supernatural powers you can surely visit these places.

But be cautious to visit them after dark.

*Please note that the places mentioned in the article are from public sources available on the internet. The instances of these sightings are based on public information. have not verified the sources.

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