Haunted house in Landour?

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I read that there was a haunted house in landour - a raj era place. Anyone who has been there know anything about it. Perhaps someone has been there?
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Ruskin Bond writes of some ghosts in a short story/essay, 'Some Hill Station Ghosts', in his book, 'Roads to Mussoorie'. There is Bhoot-Aunty, a woman in white, who sits on the parapets on the winding uphill road,at night.
A house near Wynberg-Allen school is supposed to be haunted by a malignant phantom head.
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..just a head? ..sounds scary...not sure if that'd be the place I read about. What or who is a Bhoot aunty by the way?...
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Bhoot is Hindi for ghost. She's sort of harmless, but not - scares cars so they don't take the hairpin bends properly and may cause accidents. Whether she is still around these days I don't know! Dilliwala might be the one to have some more idea here.
I also have heard of a 'haunted house' and I am wondering if it is the one not far from Wolfsburn where not all that long ago (I'm vague as to the details)I think two sisters were murdered.
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All ghost stories are nonsense of course, but there's only one house right now that's referred to as 'Haunted House' or 'Bhoot Bangla'. It's at Jabarkhet and it's nmae is Rockville, visible from some parts of Landour Cantt. It's not abandoned or anything, just that it's had a water-supply problem for decades so the Owen doesn't know what to do with it. There was a real-life murder mystery there earlier this year, the chaukidar got murdered! But nothing to do with ghosts - his room-mate in the village nearby killed him, domestic stuff.

Other than Rockville, I wudn't know of the other places without their names.
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Well, that's interesting anyway, Dilliwala! I think the place where those two sisters were killed was Shamrock cottage? Correct me if I'm wrong.
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..Murder In Mussoorie..sounds like a good Agatha Christie...how terrible for the two sisters..wonder what the story was there...the question of "ghosts" is something I'm not prepared to make assertions about...
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Aishah, I frankly don't know (or don't recollect) about Shamrock. I wud have to check.

Darryl, there have been 8 murders in Mussoorie and neighbourhood (already ) this year.
None of them have (as yet ) been attributed to ghosts.


And one case of a double-murder attempt, coincidentally when both Aishah and I were there!
(More in the 'Himalayan reading' thread)
P.S. Not totally coincidental, your title - there is a book called "Murder at the Rialto" set in Mussoorie, written by the a.m. guy's cousin!
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...who's the a.m guy and who his cousin?...if I know the author's name I might be able to track down the book in my local library...

Mussoorie sounds like a great place to hold a "Who dun it?"(Dehra dun it of course) weekend getaway - in case somebody doesn't know what I'm talking about - you pay to go on a weekend at some appropriately gothic establishment(dim light and damp mists) and meet up with other guests and a host and murder! ensues!!Its all role play and imagination.
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There would be some great places to hold this there, for sure, Darryl! Padmini Niwas is one that comes to mind - very Victorian, sprawling place with dimmish interiors. It was a former summer residence of a British colonel built in 1840 then sold to the Maharaja of Rajpipla. It's now run as a hotel.
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Originally Posted by Darryl View Post ...who's the a.m guy and who his cousin?...if I know the author's name I might be able to track down the book in my local library...
The a.m. guy is Stephen Alter, and the cousin referred to is Tom Alter. The title of the book mentioned is `Rerun at Rialto' (Tom Alter, 2001, Viking/Penguin India). I read it recently, but found it a bit flat. Full of macho men unafraid to show their emotions, singing old Hindi songs looking at the mountains, and all. The story revolves around a woman who goes missing while watching a rerun of an old Hindi film classic at the Rialto Cinema in Mussoorie.

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..thanks for that...I've done a little web search and some of Ruskin Bond's books seem to have a lot to do with "ghostly" encounters in and around Mussoorie...might see if I can find some of them as well...there must be a few resident folk in Mussoorie-Landour who've encountered these "things" but have any IMers? There's a quote I saw from Ruskin Bond that goes something like - I dont believe in ghosts but I keep on seeing them.
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i think he's more entertaining as a writer than Tom A. I started reading one of his books (the title even escapes me now as it was so unmemorable, about a long distance runner) and gave up in 'boredom'!
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Originally Posted by nyraghu View Post The title of the book mentioned is `Rerun at Rialto' (Tom Alter, 2001, Viking/Penguin India).
Right.


Darryl,
Are you heading to Muss soon? R. Bond's books are, paradoxically, easier to find in Dehradun and Mussoorie than in Delhi e.g.
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..I am considering it...early next year if I get there...I think I might get time to read him then perhaps..in Mussoorie..I've just got too much to do normally to really do things like that...

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