These Lucknow haunted places hadn’t captured my attention until a few days ago when I visited this city.
Lucknow, down the ages
For those of you who live away from India, Lucknow is the capital of the largest state of the Indian Union, Uttar Pradesh. The history of this haunted city is very old and according to some historians, Lucknow was founded by the younger brother of Lord Rama, Lakshman.
Lucknow is associated more with its Shia rulers than with Lakshman and other non-Muslim kings. This city passed into the hands of the British after the fall of the last Nawab, Wajid Ali Shah, in 1857. That year also saw a bitter battle between Indians who aspired for independence and their British masters.
Lucknow formally became the capital of Uttar Pradesh after a few years of the independence of India in 1947.
What are the top Lucknow haunted places?
Being an ancient town, Lucknow has many haunted and ghostly places. Many such sites are associated with the Britishers and the Muslim kings of the Awadh region.
Let us have a look at the top Lucknow haunted places.
This desolate and sad place was the residence of the British Agent to the Court of the Nawab of Awadh.The last British resident or agent who lived in this house was General Outram.
In the battle of 1857 and 1858, this house was attacked by the rebel Indian soldiers and as a result, many English men and women were killed.
Today, this building looks devastated. There are no roofs and doors here and the whole place looks spooky.
Local people insist that in the nights they hear anguished voices of the dead men, women, and children.
They also say that in the evenings, a white child often follows passersby and requests them to take him home.
Recently, the Archaeological Survey of India has found out some figures made of terracotta, a fly whisk, some plates, a wine bottle and a few other interesting things.
A visit to the Lucknow Residency would be incomplete without entering the Tehkhana or the Basement. Many British women and their young kids lost their lives during the fateful days of June and July of 1857. These people had hidden in this place after being wounded by bullets and cannonballs. Today, when you enter this basement, you feel as if those dead women and children are staring at you from the corners!
The Battle of Lucknow was captured by the famous British poet, Lord Tennyson in one of his poems.
I would rank the Lucknow Residency as on top of the Lucknow haunted places list.
Even I, who has a house in Lucknow, was surprised to know that the OEL House is haunted. But, what and where is this building?
This grand building is the residence of the Vice-Chancellor of Lucknow University. More than 100 years back, it was the house of the Nawab of Awadh.
They say that the OEL House used to be haunted until a few years back. There is a well within the campus of this building and during the 1857 war, a number of dead soldiers were dumped into it. Their spirits and souls used to roam around and torment the local residents.
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It is also said that one day, the young child of the driver of the VC of the University was throwing pebbles into the well. This action enraged the spirits and the ghouls who later caused the death of that unfortunate child. Initially, the father of the dead child did not believe that it was the handiwork of the bad spirits but later, he got the well sealed to prevent any further unnatural deaths.
I think I will visit this haunted place next time when I go to Lucknow.
Charbagh Railway Station
Who can imagine that this beautiful building at Charbagh is one of the most haunted places in Lucknow? Every day, hundreds of trains arrive and depart from this beautiful railway station. Several thousand passengers and travelers enter the majestic gates of this handsome building and add to the chaos here. The roar of the engines mixes with the shouts and cries of the travelers here to a great extent.
So why is this building in the list of Lucknow haunted places?
More than a hundred years ago, here, in one of the turrets, lived a Railway engineer whose name was Turner. He was married to an extremely beautiful English woman and both were deeply in love with one another.
It must be noted that Mr. Turner had married late in his life so there was a substantial age difference between him and his wife.
Unfortunately, this love did not last long; it ended in a tragedy.
One day, Mr. Turner discovered that his darling wife was having an affair with another Railway employee. Enraged, Mr. Turner drew out his pistol and shot the two lovers dead. Later on, he committed suicide.
Today, more than a hundred years after their horrific deaths, their angry and dissatisfied spirits roam inside that turret of this beautiful railway station.
This was another surprise to me. All this while, I had imagined that this hospital has everything about medicines, doctors, and patients.
I was proven wrong.
It so turned out that this hospital is also a haunted place.
More than a hundred years ago, when a piece was land was donated to build this hospital, little did anyone know that there were a couple of graves on that plot.Nobody knew whose graves were those.
One day, after the hospital was built, a woman was brought into the hospital for a suspected case of appendicitis. The doctor was away and there was no way of reaching him as there were no telephones at that time. The woman was in deep pain and everyone was thinking that the lady would soon die.
As her relatives waited for the doctor to arrive, they saw two men in doctors’ uniforms come in and take the woman to the operation theatre. Next day, the relatives found the patient in perfect health. However, the two doctors were never found.
There were no doctors that fateful night in that hospital! So who were they? Nobody knows about them even today.
Could it be that those two were the two British doctors whose graves lay in that vacant plot?
Sikandar Bagh, one of the topmost Lucknow haunted places
I had always sense that this famous garden in Lucknow had some eerie quality about it.
A few days back, my suspicion was confirmed that Sikandar Bagh is indeed a haunted and ghostly place.
In the War of Independence that took place in 1857, 72 Britishers and more than 2,000 Indians lost their lives here.
The Britishers won that War and cremated their fallen comrades with dues respect.
However, these people did not allow a proper cremation of the dead Indian soldiers! Their bodies were left to rot and be eaten by vultures, dogs, and other wild animals! Such, was their depth of hostility.
Until a few years back, it was said that the spirits of the dead soldiers used to roam in this beautiful park. I would rate Sikandar Bagh as one of the most Lucknow haunted places.
Now that I have aroused your curiosity in this timeless city, let me help you in reaching here.
How to reach Lucknow?
There ate many trains that connect Lucknow with Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Agra, and Hyderabad. Consult this website www.irctc.co.in to book your train tickets to Lucknow.
Where to stay in Lucknow?
The best hotel in Lucknow definitely is the Taj Palace. Another good hotel is The Carlton. This hotel was formerly a palace and you will immediately fall in love with it upon checking in.
The best time to visit Lucknow is from October to March when the weather is cool.
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