India’s most haunted: Kurseong

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Who doesn’t like a spooky story or two, right? Settle down, kids! Bhagyashri Pawar is about to tell you one!

Kurseong is a popular hill station located 32 km from Darjeeling in West Bengal and is the place to go to beat the unbearable Indian summers.
Unsurprisingly, the British took an instant liking to it.
But besides its pleasant weather and natural beauty, Kurseong also has a number of spooky tales that will make you hair stand at its end.
Locals believe the paranormal world has taken over the entire Dow Hill region of Kurseong and spirits roam about free all over the hilly town!
Victoria Boys High School is one such place where spirits apparently reside!
The school is over 100 years old and is one of the oldest functioning schools in the country.
Locals claim that even when the school is closed during vacation between December and March, they can hear footsteps from inside the school compound!
Locals claim to hearing boys running and laughing inside the school.
On other occasions people claim to have spotted a boy inside the school, who stared them down from inside the window of the empty premises.
Then there’s a stretch of road from Dow Hill to the local forest, which is quite simply called the Death Road.
Woodcutters have reported sighting a headless boy on this road, who walks into the forest.
And though he disappears into the woods, anyone who sees him is believed to be doomed! They feel the spirit’s presence everywhere and this drives them to depression or even suicide!
A certain few who dared to wander through the forest claim to have seen red eyes hover over them or glare at them from the deep insides of the forest.
Footsteps following everywhere inside the forest is reportedly a common experience for many but some have even seen a lady in grey clothes.
Those who tried to follow her lost her in the dark but her screaming wails made them run out of the forest!
Believe the ghost stories if you may or take them with a bagful of salt. The locals don’t seem to mind the presence of the ghost. It only seems to add to the marketability of this tiny hill station that would’ve otherwise just been under the shadow of Darjeeling.


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