Taljai Hill’s Haunted Mansion
Perched high upon a dry hill dotted with gnarled, skeletal looking trees sits a ruin that has become rather infamous amongst those who live in Pune, India. Here, on Taljai Hill, is a long-abandoned mansion that has slowly been engulfed by rumors that it is haunted.
Today the future of this infamous ruined mansion remains unclear. The land exists upon is slowly being surrounded by new urban development including new homes and a brand new cricket ground. This hasn’t prevented some superstitious locals from keeping their distance and avoiding the mansion completely after the sun sets.
Ghost Stories of Pune’s Haunted Mansion
The mansion’s origins date back to the 1900s when it was gifted to a high up official who worked for the local royalty. The man who owned this mansion, Surdar Thuve, took a liking to the finer things in life. Supposedly he would throw lavish parties and overindulge in both alcohol and the company of women.
The main ghostly legend that is associated with the mansion is directly related to these promiscuous activities. It is said that after a dancer refused Thuve’s romantic advances he resorted to murder. This woman was killed and hacked into small pieces within the home. The guilt-ridden murderer and owner of the mansion then resorted to suicide to alleviate his grief. Surdar Thuve is said to have hanged himself within the mansion.
He is now rumored to haunt the premises along with the dancer that he murdered. Some claim to have capture sight of this man’s shadow passing through the crumbling ruins of his former home. Others have heard the distinct noise of Indian dancer’s bells ringing through the silence of the empty night coming from within this haunted mansion.
Visiting the Haunted, Abandoned Mansion in Pune, India
Pune’s haunted and abandoned mansion is currently open to the public at all hours of the day and night. It is right alongside of a brand new cricket ground, and as a result, is quite a busy location during the day. As night falls, many people vacate the area. The structure of the ruin is small, yet interesting to explore.
If you are interested in other haunted locations within Pune, India, I recommend checking out Holkar Bridge.
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