There are thousands of articles describing natural splendour of Kashmir and how it is the true symbol of ‘heaven on earth’. But how many of us are aware of the stories that haunt people who live there, of the haunted tales of Kashmir? The deep stunning valleys of Kashmir hold more, something that we can’t see, understand, or describe in words but can only feel crawling on our skin and seeking home in the darks of our mind.
There are several haunted places in Kashmir that might give you sleepless nights. Here are the stories of four of these ghosts that haunt the gorgeous valleys of Kashmir:
To know what happened at Gawkadal Bridge, you’ll have to go more than 25 years back in time, when some Kashmiris were brutally massacred for revolting against their country. On January 21, 1991, officers of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) open fired on a group of people protesting to fulfil their demands. The massacre is described by some as ‘the worst massacre in Kashmiri history’, and since then, a number of paranormal activities have been reported here. The bridge is believed to be haunted by the angry and dissatisfied spirits of people who died an untimely death here. Trespassers have reported to witness several ghostly apparitions on the bridge along with hearing strange voices. Since then, it is considered one of the most haunted places in the region of Jammu and Kashmir.
Ghost of Abdullah Jinn
People have actually confirmed the existence of a Jinn in a house in Srinagar. A witness told that anyone who went inside the house, a few minutes later would see his/her shoes thrown out. He said he never believed this paranormal occurrence until one day he himself saw shoes flying out of the house. Then he said there were strange and disturbing sounds coming from inside. It is also believed that whoever goes inside this haunted house suffers from some form of sickness. Weird!
Kunan Poshpara, the twin villages
The twin villages of Kunan and Poshpara in Kupwara district of Kashmir are haunted by something more gruesome. The identical villages are believed to be haunted by the spirits of women who were gang raped, tortured and killed by soldiers. The infamous incident took place on February 23, 1991 when it was reported that around 100 women in the villages were brutally raped by uniformed men. People claim that after the mass gang rape, the women who died in the incident still haunt these villages.
The name itself sounds scary enough! There’s a stretch on Jammu Kashmir Highway, just before passing through the Banihal tunnel, which is infamously known as Khooni Nala. The place got its name because of several road accidents that happened here and the entire stretch is believed to be haunted by other-worldly spirits. People claim to have seen a woman clad in a black saree carrying a baby in her hand and asking for lift. If people ignore her, she curses them and they eventually die in road accident.
Who would have thought that a place so pretty could have tales of horror, which have the power to instil nameless fear in the hearts of people? So next time when you plan a trip to Kashmir, you know what places to avoid!