Ghosts of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel: Haunted Mumbai, India

Ghosts of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel: Haunted Mumbai, India

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai

The Taj Mahal Palace is an opulent, waterfront hotel in Mumbai, India. The sophisticated tourist destination is one of the city’s prized hotels, yet has a past tainted by terrorism, death and ghosts.

Taj Mahal Palace Hotel ghosts.
Looking up at the haunted Taj Mahal Palace Hotel from its inner courtyard and pool area.

The Taj Mahal was opened in 1903 and has since attracted many well-known guests ranging from movie stars with celebrity status to high-powered world leaders. Its past hasn’t always been a pleasant one though. It was used as a military hospital for some time during WWII and sustained a vicious terrorist attack in 2008. This saw a number of guests held hostage within the hotel, resulting in 137 deaths, with 31 of these deaths occurring within the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

Alfred Hitchcock visited this haunted hotel in India.
Alfred Hitchcock amongst the names of famed visitors to the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.

Despite the turbulent and traumatic past of the hotel, the ghosts said to be haunting the premises might surprise you.

Gateway of India near the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
Views from the hotel including the Gateway of India.

Hauntings of the Taj Mahal Hotel

Though there have been plenty of events at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel one might suspect of leaving behind paranormal energy, it is an unlikely one that has sealed this hotel’s notoriety of being haunted.

Haunted hotel in Mumbai, India.
The beautifully ornate tower of the most haunted hotel in Mumbai, India.

A man named W.A. Chambers was to take over as head architect partway through the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel’s construction. He is said to have approved blueprints before going on a short trip to the United Kingdom. Legend has it that upon his return he was shocked to discover a huge error in what he had approved.

Creepy monkey on display in haunted Indian hotel.
Creepy artifact on display within the hotel’s foyer.

It turns out that the hotel has been built facing in the opposite direction to which he has intended. Unfortunately, construction has already progressed too far for this oversight to be corrected. This error was to eat at Chambers throughout the project, especially since he was proclaimed to be a perfectionist. Supposedly the mistake weighed so heavily on his mind, he decided to take his own life, jumping from the 5th floor within the hotel he believed he had destroyed.

One of Mumbai's most haunted places.
The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, considered to be one of the most haunted places in Mumbai, India.

Ever since Chamber’s death, many people claim that his spirit continues to roam the halls of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel. Many people have claimed to see him, hear him and even to have been physically assaulted by him. It is said that Chambers is still looking after the hotel and managed to knock a staff member unconscious who was attempting to steal precious silverware.

Haunted Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
The outdoor pool area of the elegant but haunted hotel.

Visiting the Haunted Taj Mahal Hotel

The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel is open year-round to guests. It is a popular place to stay within Mumbai and on the higher end of the pricing scale. Booking can be made ahead of time online.

Ghost Hunting in the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel.
Looking for ghosts in the plush hallways of the haunted Hotel.

If you are interested in learning about other haunted places in India, I highly recommend checking out Bhangarh Fort.

Thanks for reading!

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Comments (8)

  • Chris

    Posted by Chris on December 30, 2019

    Eerie place with so much death surrounding it, beautiful though nonetheless.


      Posted by Amy on December 30, 2019

      Thanks for the comment, Chris! I have to agree on the beauty of this place!

  • Emily May Haynes

    Posted by Emily May Haynes on October 23, 2020

    The facts are so interesting when it comes to places like this, and when lined up with history, it makes a super cool combo!


      Posted by Amy on October 30, 2020

      I totally agree, thanks Emily.

  • shashank

    Posted by shashank on October 11, 2021

    hey can i join you because i want to learn paranormal activity


      Posted by Amy on October 13, 2021

      We don’t have any openings, sorry!

  • Uch

    Posted by Uch on April 24, 2022

    Places like this always have stories of this sort. I wonder why


      Posted by Amy on May 1, 2022

      I love stories like this, so I’m glad they do.

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