Charleville Mansion || HAUNTED house in India?!

Charleville Mansion || HAUNTED house in India?!


India is a country that, admittedly, I don’t
know a whole lot about. But a look online in the general realm of
interest in the paranormal suggests that there are a lot of haunted places there. This isn’t exactly a shock — India is
pretty big and has a pretty long history, so paranormal activity — or
at least talk of it — is to be expected. Let’s look at a reportedly haunted mansion
in one of India’s top tourist destinations. This is Charleville Mansion. Charleville
Mansion is in the mountains of Shimla, the capital of the Himachal Pradesh — which I really hope I’m pronouncing correctly. A Pradesh
is basically a province or territory I think the word is used throughout southeast
Asia. In 2011, the population of Shimla was just
under 170,000, so it’s not quite as small as some of the other towns we’ve talked about in these videos. Most sources I read said Shimla was beautiful,
with snow topped mountains, lush green fields, clear water and flowered valleys. One source even said it was a retreat destination for Gandhi, but I couldn’t confirm this. So if you don’t know, India was under British
imperial rule from 1858 to 1947. The first story associated with Charleville
Mansion doesn’t have a specific time period it takes place in. But it does involve an army officer, and all
of these stories involve the British in some way. So this army officer arrived at the mansion
at some unspecified time. And before long, he started to hear rumors that the house was haunted by a poltergeist. From the little I knew about poltergeists
before researching for this video, they seem to attach themselves to people rather than places, like
most ghosts. I don’t think that was the case here, since
this ghost seemingly stays in the mansion the whole time and never leaves. But poltergeists are known for other things. One of their major characteristics is an unusual
level of violence, or at least chaos and noise. They’ve been known to throw things, slam
doors, physically attack their victims and even start fires! Some experts think poltergeist activity might not actually be a result of paranormal activity, but rather people acting out and blaming their bad behavior on it. Anyway, this officer didn’t believe in ghosts,
but wanted to test the “theory” that ghosts existed. So he closed and locked all the doors in the
house. Don’t ask me where he got this idea from, but it seemed to work. After closing the door to a room upstairs,
he heard a crash. He ran upstairs and found the room in total disarray, with mirrors broken and furniture thrown against the walls. The officer left the house immediately and never returned. But the most well known, or at least most well spread story associated with the mansion is that
of the Bayleys. Victor Bayley was a British man who was appointed
assistant secretary of India’s Railway Board in 1913. After arriving in Shimla for his new job,
Victor and his wife began house hunting. Like many characters in these stories, Victor and his wife decided to stay at Charleville Mansion because the rent was cheap. But after asking why the rent was so low,
they were told about the previous haunting. The Bayleys decided to stay at the mansion anyway, partially due to the rent and partially to its location. They didn’t experience anything paranormal
while they were there. But one night, when they’d been there for
about a year, they were out for the evening at a dinner party. The only person at the house was one of their
servants. At some point during the night, he thought
he saw someone in the house. Some sources said he actually saw Victor
Bayley himself, but other sources only described the man as “an English gentleman.” Whoever the man was, the servant tried to talk
to him, but he could only watch as the man disappeared through a closed door upstairs — the door to the
same room that the poltergeist had trashed years earlier. The Bayleys left the house after this incident. It’s been said that the house was known for being haunted after this, but I’m a little bit skeptical. You’d think it would have gained that reputation
after the poltergeist story. After this, the mansion’s history becomes unclear. One source said an English woman lived there
until the 1940’s, then sold it to an Indian family after India gained its independence in
1947. Most sources said the house is now owned
by an Indian man (or an Indian family) who has (or have) completely refurbished it. But one other thing I found interesting was
from a man named Vargis Khan, on his website, vargiskhan.com. In a blog entry on Charleville Mansion, Khan
claimed that nobody can seem to find the mansion or know where it really is. He also claimed the photo of Charleville
that has been floating around on so many sources and that you’ve probably seen in this video is fake. He also said the current owner has renamed the mansion. If this is true, that would make it difficult to find. I have no idea if any of this is true. But reading about it did remind me of HImuro Mansion,
which I talked about in another video. If you missed that video and want to check
it, I’ll leave a link to it in the cards up here and at the end of this video. Long story short, Himuro Mansion is a mansion in the mountains of Tokyo that very few people know the true location of. There’s a whole supposed legend behind it but, as
it turns out, this “legend” actually seems to have evolved from a video game called Fatal Frame. There doesn’t seem to be any origin story
for Charleville Mansion, which makes it even more mysterious. But if its current owner really did change the name
after buying it, maybe he wants his family — and the mansion — to have some privacy. In
multiple sources I looked into, it was said that Rudyard Kipling talked about this mansion in his short story My Own True Ghost Story. You’re probably familiar with at least Kipling’s
name, even if you only know him from the cartoon adaptation of his famous work, The Jungle Book. According to Britannica, Kipling’s family
“belonged to the highest Anglo-Indian society.” I’m not 100 % sure exactly what this means, but I’m assuming Kipling’s family was British. Kipling was born in Mumbai, but taken back to England at age six and put in a foster home. He spent time in the U.S. but returned to
India in 1882, when he would have been about 17. He returned to England in 1889 and went back
and forth between there and the U.S. until his death in 1936. My Own True Ghost Story details an event that
reportedly happened to Kipling when he was staying at a bungalow in Shimla while traveling. Charleville Mansion is never mentioned by
name, so I’m not sure how people know this is what he was talking about — I’m pretty
sure there are other haunted houses in Shimla, but I could be wrong. According to Kipling’s story, he spent the
night in a bungalow in Shimla referred to as Katmal dak-bungalow — I could not figure
out what language this is in or what it meant. During the night, he heard what sounded like
people playing billiards. He thought these people were “doilies,”
which is a nickname for newcomers in the air force academy. When he asked a servant about this the next
morning, the servant told him that there were no doilies staying in the bungalow that night. But, the servant continued, a man had died in the house once — back when it used to be a billiard room. Kipling could have sworn he heard people playing billiards, but never actually saw anything. I can’t say for sure if this story is true,
if it’s really about Charleville Mansion or if it was even meant to be believed. But the entire text is online, so I will leave a link below if you want to read it for yourself. One last thing I want to mention is a video I found of a group of people exploring what looks like it might be Charleville Mansion. The video isn’t in English — I believe
it’s in Hindi — but even if you don’t speak Hindi, you can see the supposed mansion and get a sense of what it looks like. And if this is the real Charleville Mansion, it’s
clearly abandoned and has been for awhile. So that’s about all I have for you today on Charleville Mansion. It’s obviously shrouded in a lot of mystery,
and contradictory accounts, but I actually think that kind of makes it more interesting. Though, I have to say, if it turns out that it’s true that
the current owners changed the name and wanted privacy, please don’t bother them. If you have ever been here or to another haunted
place in India, I would love to know about it in the comments. There are also tons of other haunted places
in in India I would love to look into, including a couple of abandoned towns. So if you would like more videos on haunted India, let me know. If you enjoyed this video be sure to like and share it, and for more dark content I hope you will consider subscribing and hitting that bell. Thank you so much for watching, and have a creepy day. Bye guys! [music]

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