After De family incident, haunted house trips for tourists in Kolkata

  • Ravik Bhattacharya, Hindustan Times, Kolkata
  • Updated: Jun 19, 2015 13:29 IST

Has the Robinson Street plot rekindled your childhood interest in ghosts? Are you dying for a weekend trip to a haunted house accompanied by ‘experts’ to feel the presence of spirits? Your wait may be finally over.

Taking advantage of the heightened interest among people about ghosts and spirits in Bengal after the discovery of skeletons in the Robinson House Street, the city-based Paranormal Research Society has firmed up plans to take tourists on spooky trips.

The society has an exhaustive database of haunted houses and spots all over the state and they will take tourists to those places for a hair-raising experience.

The charges, too, have been kept moderate. “We thought about taking small groups for weekend tours of haunted houses. One can face the spirits, and perhaps we can also offer proof to the tourists about their existence.

We are offering adventure to the people, hair-raising experience you may say,” said Soumen Roy, founding member of the five-year-old society.

“After the Robinson Street incident, interest in spirits and the paranormal is at its peak. It is the right time to launch such a tour,” said Tapash Bhar, founding member of the society and a paranormal investigator.

According to society members, there are a number of abandoned, dilapidated palatial houses, ‘ zamindar bari’ on the outskirts of the city. The society has investigated over 300 haunted houses in Bengal and over 70 in Kolkata.

The members have drawn up a list and are communicating with their owners for permission for tourists to visit the premises. “Landlords can even earn some money through this route,” Roy said.

For now, the society is planning weekend packages for a group of 10 to 12 people — all adults.

The group will leave the city in the afternoon and reach the haunted spots by evening, where a camp will be set up. Dinner will be served. Investigators and tourists will spend the night in the haunted house.

There will be a number of sessions to make the package more attractive. First, tourists will get a narration of the folklore, or horror stories, associated with the spot. Then, an investigator will accompany each visitor for a tour of the house.

“We will introduce tourists to our gadgets like ghost meter, K-2 meter, EVP recorder and motion sensors. Through these, we can judge the presence of spirits. We will also try and communicate with the spirits, where tourists will participate. It will be a lifetime experience,” Bhar said.

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