Sanjay Van – Is the top most haunted place of Delhi

What is your travel Style?

Travellian will lead you UnExplored destinations.


Sanjay Van – Is the top most haunted place of Delhi

For All The Nature Lovers Sanjay Van, a sprawling forest of about 10 Sq Kms in South Delhi adjoining Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), is one of the most thickly wooded area of the city’s green lungs & purported to be one of the most haunted places in the metropolis, maybe due to its adjacency to Mehrauli & the fact that it houses innumerable Majaars (masouleums of sufi saints) & graves punctuated with broken ramparts of Qila Rai Pithora. The canopy presents a visual feast away from the din of the traffic. Heritage apart, the area is one of the few recluses for bird watchers & nature enthusiasts in the city. Featuring a typical Aravalli landscape with thorny vegetation, one can hear the babblers creating their trademark sonic ruckus as soon as one enters from one of the many entries, followed by peahens gossiping in the corner as the peacock flaunts itself trotting nonchalantly along the trail.



Someone lit many candles under trees. In the darkness, ‘Pirbaba’ wakes up. People believe the ‘Pir'(saint) walks along on the lighten path. Stones on the path are his footsteps. Spirit of Hazrat Sheikh Shahabuddin Ashiqallah walks every night on the same path under the trees. – Such like more stories of free spirits made this place venturesome. In daytime Sanjay Van is attracting with full of green lashes and songs of birds. Near Basant Kunj and Mehrauli it’s a fine place to explore in South West Delhi. But in night, when the woods become silent, Sanjay Van turns into one of the most haunted places of Delhi.

Over the 10kms area you will find the ruin of Lal Kot. Later renamed as Qila Rai Pithora. The wall is believed still lamenting for the fate of the great Rajput King, Prithviraj Chauhan. But the Muslim cremation ground after Lal Kot probably most mysterious place in there. Mainly poor children were buried under those graves. At very night they awake from their sleep. Their screams, laughs and crawls under those graves break the silence of the night. Sanjay Van becomes then an unknown world of phantom existences.

Numbers of Majaars remembering those saints, resting in peace there. Some of them roams there when Sanjay Van becomes far away from the living world. There is a nice story about the Pir Hazrat Sheikh Shahabuddin Ashiqallah who walks on his path to shrine daily.

Hazrat Sheikh Shahabuddin Ashiqallah and his father Abdal Baba !

They are among those Sufi saints who first came in Delhi. One day in Abdal Baba’s death anniversary, his son Hazrat Sheikh Shahabuddin Ashiqallah arranged a feast for people. Where the food was inadequate for everyone. But the calm saint covered all food containers with a cloth. When he removed it there were plenty of food. Even after 700 years of his death people believe the Pir still walks every night there. Darga offers free foods, remembering that magical day.

The lady who hanged herself there !

But probably most horrifying ghost who swinged herself from the peepul tree. The ghost lady in white saree roams around those trees. Many have seen her scary eyes. Sometimes she rounds the tree and sometimes people encounters the vision how she hanged herself from the peepul tree. The myth of the lady ghost made Sanjay Van extremely haunted specially at night.

But the Beauty of Sanjay Van is ramrkable, I love to visit one in a week or at least once in a month…..

Come & See…. you dont have to go any where …….

Heaven is here ! here ! and only at here !

Happy Touring

Mahesh Barik

Mahesh Barik

I am a born traveler..... travelling is my passion. I unconditionally love to have my bag packed and carry in my back, walk on streets, hilly slopes. It gives me happiness, Joy and sense of fulfillment . I always suggest friends do not to waste precious time world is waiting for your... Pack your Bag.... Tighten your laces and Live your life Now.... and Ever... The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.


  • Shirley

    Cheers pal. I do apcepriate the writing.

    July 23, 2016 at 10:54 pm