India is a land popular for its myriad of ghostly tales and paranormal legends, but the most fascinating—or creepy—stories emerge from the country’s railway station—haunted train stations that are enough to terrify even the toughest travelers.
From the peaceful northern lands to the vibrant cities of the south, these train stations are more than mere crossing points for travelers; they are the harbors of the unknown. Each station exhibits characters with unique stories of the lingering otherworldly that keep passersby on their toes with excitement and fear.
A Journey Through India’s Top 5 Spookiest Train Stations
So, get your tickets and grab your lanterns as we spiral through India’s top haunted train stations, which will leave you both intrigued and a little more cautious the next time you find yourself alone on a deserted railway station late at night.
1: Begunkodor Train Station, West Bengal
A Tale Of Connection With The Outer—And The Other—World
Let’s start off with a train station so terrifying that it was shut down for 42 years straight due to paranormal activity.
Located in the Purulia district of West Bengal, Begunkodor train Station has left no stone unturned to uphold its reputation as the ultimate ghost hub. In the 1960s, it used to be a lively as all the rest train stations of the time, thanks to the efforts of Santhal queen Lachan Kumari, who donated a big part of her land for transportation.
People in the remote region were ecstatic to finally connect with the outer world, but their happiness quickly turned sour when the railway station master spotted a lady in white on the railway station tracks one night.
The saree-clad woman was believed to be a witch or the ghost of a girl who had committed suicide on the rail track. Obviously, the government deemed these stories baseless, and business as usual continued at the railway station until a few weeks later, when the railway station master, who had seen the mysterious woman, and his family were discovered dead under puzzling circumstances.
This resulted in the railway station’s closure, leaving the railway station desolate and giving it the grotesque image of a ghost town.
Even though the railway station reopened in 2009, the railway station doesn’t have full-time workers and the railway station shuts down at 6 o’clock every evening.
2: Ludhiana Junction, Punjab
Rejecting The Afterlife For Eternal Love
We’ve all heard great love stories, but none can compare to the story of Subhash and his devotion to his job at the railway station.
Ludhiana Junction railway station is one of the busiest train stations in Punjab, yet it resides in the heart of a tiny cabin in the spooky spirit of Subhash, a Computer Reservation System (CRS) Officer who died at his workstation in 2004.
Though an ordinary man, locals say Subhash was entirely committed to his job at the railway station, which he loved dearly. After his demise, his spirit apparently rejected the afterlife and roamed around in the Reservation Centre of the railway station, where he used to work.
His former coworkers at the railway station swear they can still feel his presence in the office, and anyone who has tried to sit in his seat, even jokingly, has run into difficulty, both legally and socially. To rid the railway station of the ghost, a few rituals have also been performed by the people at the railway station.
If you’re ever at the Ludhiana Junction railway station’s Reservation Centre, don’t sit in Subhash’s seat; otherwise, trouble is waiting for you!
3: Barog Station, Shimla
An Error Of Despair And Utter Demise
The hills have always carried a cloak of mystery and a chill that can only be justified by the presence of the unseen. It comes as no surprise then that our third story of the spookiest railway stations comes from the lap of the “Queen of the Hills”, Shimla, a mid-railway station- Barog.
The legend puts Colonel Barog, a British railway engineer, in the spotlight.
It is said that when technology was still learning to crawl into the world of train stations, Col. Barog was charged with the responsibility of constructing Tunnel No. 33 near the railway station.
While there was no exact way to measure the area, Barog stood strangely confident in his estimation. He made the workers dig the tunnel from both sides of the mountain, but his alignment wasn’t accurate, and the two ends didn’t meet.
The failure cost him his job at the railway station, and he had to pay with not only money but also his dignity and self-esteem as the news of his blunder spread like wildfire, making him the laughingstock of the British and Indian workers alike. Unable to cope with the embarrassment and dishonor, Barog went for a walk in the incomplete tunnel of the railway sttion and shot himself dead.
The locals say that the railway station, and especially the tunnel, are plagued by the Colonel’s presence, but instead of sinister appearances, the ghost is described as playful and friendly and often responds to his name spoken in the tunnel.
So next time you visit the Barog Train Station, don’t forget to say hello to the Colonel!
4: Patalpani Train Station, Madhya Pradesh
Because Respect Is A Universal Rite
Near the Kalakund train station in Patalpani, there is a temple made in honor of freedom fighter Tantya Mama Bhil. Legend says that he was hanged to death by the British and buried there, and his spirit still haunts the Patalpani route and the railway station.
Every train that passes through this railway station, stops at this railway station to honor the soul of the deceased and wish them a safe journey.
Officials excuse stopping here to inspect the brakes, but a number of accidents involving trains that march on, disregarding the freedom fighter, have instilled fear and superstition in both the drivers and passengers of the crossing trains.
It is stated that a train that shows no honor for the freedom fighter will eventually meet mishaps or bad luck. This occurrence has given rise to a belief—or maybe an obligation—that the train should stop at his temple next to the station in order to move forward in peace and safety.
Though the accidents might be a consequence of the challenging track ahead, paying respect to Tantya Bhil has become a ritual now.
5: Dombivli Train Station, Maharashtra
A Lonely Girl On the Platform: Is She Even Alive?
Awaiting the train in the middle of the night, are you alone at the railway station, or is there someone else with you?
Such is the lore surrounding the Dombivli railway station in Maharashtra, which claims to be haunted by a woman’s spirit. Based on the encounters, she appears to be crying while sitting on a bench on the platform.
When asked for the reason for her wailing, she responds that she is waiting for the train at the railway station but cannot go home. If you try to assist her further, she simply vanishes or jumps on the tracks.
A lot of passengers who ride the train at night have complained about feeling uneasy or experiencing a shiver down their spine while they are at the station.
Exploring The Supernatural
These tales of haunted train stations in India are rich in mystery, but they also serve as a reminder that the line between the normal and the paranormal can sometimes be blurry. While unbelievers may dismiss these stories as mere folklore, the fascination of the unexplained events continues to captivate the minds of people who are bold enough to venture into the unknown.
Whether a ghost enthusiast, a frequent traveler, or someone simply curious, India’s train stations lure you to explore their chilling secrets. Keep your senses sharp and your courage intact, because who knows what ghostly encounters may await you on the haunted platforms of these train stations!
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