7 most haunted places in Pakistan

By Aliya Zuberi

KARACHI: The night is full of terrors and when things go bumpy at night, you want to hide under your covers and pray that whatever you heard was a figment of your imagination. But if you’re a thrill seeker with hopes of experiencing something so bizarre people might not believe you, here are some of the most haunted places in Pakistan that you can visit to get that experience!

Mohatta Palace, Karachi

Anyone who lives in Karachi knows about Mohatta Palace. The building dates back to pre-partition times, 1927 to be exact and now serves as an art museum. But beyond being a magnificent sight, the Palace is said to be haunted!

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The workers who have had night shifts at the museum claim that things often move around from their original positions. They also claim to hear conversations going on when no one can possibly be inside. Others have also claimed to have seen dark shadowy figures in the halls of Mohatta Palace.

House No. 39-K PECHS, Karachi

One of the most well-known haunted places in Pakistan, one look at House No.39-K and you’ll feel a chill run down your spine. Desolated and abandoned, many who pass by the house claim to have seen a white glowing light coming from inside even though no one lives there. Others have claimed seeing a woman wearing a white dress roaming around the house.

While it hasn’t been verified, some sources state the woman in white is the spirit of a woman who was raped and killed in the house.

Chowkandi Tombs, Karachi

One of the most ancient graveyards in Pakistan, Chowkandi is believed to be 600 years old. The beautiful tombs tell stories of tribes long gone but that’s not the only thing that is associated with the graveyard.

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Locals refuse to visit the area after sundown. Those who live nearby have claimed to heard loud voices coming from the tombs and some have even claimed to have seen figures roaming around the graveyard. Locals also believe that the Chowkandi Tombs is a popular place for black magic to be practiced. If the paranormal stories aren’t scary enough, in the 1980s two sisters were kidnapped and held hostage at the Tombs where they were raped, tortured and killed!

Shah Allah Ditta Caves, Islamabad

The 700-year-old limestone caves are a beautiful sight to be seen. But, tourists are often warned to visit the caves in daylight because when the sun goes down, creepy happenings take place in the caves which is why they are considered one of the most haunted places in Pakistan!

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From unexplained sounds of conversations from inside the caves to dark figures lurking around, locals have claimed to have been attacked by unseen forces and a dark feeling encompassing them when they visited at night.

Lotus Lake, Islamabad

Located at Shakarparian in Islamabad, the lake is believed to be the sight of a horrific mass murder and is also said to be haunted. As per the claims, the bodies of the victims were found around the lake which was eventually abandoned. With signs warning visitors, those who do venture to Lotus Lake cannot help but feel an unsettling feeling that makes them want to leave.

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Shamshan Ghat, Hyderabad

Over 250 years old, Shamshan Ghat is a Hindu cemetery where the Hindu burning and burial rituals were performed. As per local legends, it is also a place where spirits who have not crossed over remain, making it one of the most haunted places in Pakistan.

As per the staff who work at the cemetery, many unexplained things take place after sundown. The creepiest is that after it gets dark, children have been reportedly seen playing in the cemetery. As if that isn’t scary enough, the children have been reported to make weird sounds and just vanish into thin air!

Koh-i-Chiltan, Balochistan

One of the most beautiful sights in the north of Pakistan, the Koh-i-Chiltan is also known as the Chehel-Tan, which literally means “forty bodies.” What makes the mountain peak so eerie is the local legends attached to it.

The story goes that a childless couple went to a Holy man asking him to help ease their ache of not having a child of their own. The man refused to help claiming if divine forces had not blessed them. he couldn’t either. His son, on the other hand, believed otherwise. He placed forty pebbles in the woman’s lap and lo and behold, the couple was blessed with 40 kids.

Obviously, the couple wasn’t able to deal with forty children and so, the husband took 39 of the babies and left them at the mountain hoping that a superior force would take care of them. Driven by grief, the wife decided to visit the mountain in hopes of collecting her children’s remains. Only, she found the children well and alive! Wanting to see her children again the next day, she left her fortieth child on the mountain in hopes it would encourage the children to return. But when she returned the next day, her last child was nowhere to be seen.

To date, locals claim that the mountain is haunted by the spirts of the 40 children and their voices can still be heard.

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