Ladies and gentleman, tonight we bring you the real story behind India's most haunted place - Malcha Mahal.
For over three decades, Malcha Mahal, a 14th-century hunting lodge in the middle of Delhi’s ridge forest, inhabited by the self-proclaimed royal family of Oudh, remained out of bounds for those uninvited. Until the afternoon of September 3, 2017, not many had entered the lodge. And then one afternoon, the palace’s last resident, Prince Ali Raza was found dead.
For over three decades, Prince Ali Raza lived at the palace with his mother Wilayat and sister Shakina. Proclaiming themselves as descendants of the Oudh Royal family, the three had refused to leave the 14th-century hunting lodge until the government returned their ancestral property. A New York Times article recently suggested that the three may not have been related to the Royal family. The reporter interviewed Raza’s relatives who said Raza was no prince. They said Wilayat hallucinated. The three took the truth to their graves.
Over the last two years, bats and pigeons have taken over the palace. The liquor bottles, chips packets, and cigarette packets are strewn across the palace suggest the palace gets its fair share of visitors – wanderers, tourists, locals, party-goers, vagabonds and the Ghostbusters. The crockery, books, bedsheets and the framed photographs of the family that police spotted on the palace walls on the day Prince Raza was found dead too are missing. The utensils are gone. A portion of a wooden bed is strung to a tree near the palace. Nobody knows how the bed wound up at the tree.
The travel blogs too are filled with the mention of the palace as the most haunted in Delhi. A popular travel website describes the experience - no paranormal sightings have taken place at this spot, those who visit this place have often complained of an invisible shield of energy around the place.