A Place of Myth and Eerie Apparitions-Kurseong Dow Hill, West Bengal
Situated in the state of West Bengal Kurseong is a small hill station located at a distance of merely 30 kms from the city of Darjeeling. Hill stations like Shimla, Mussoorie, Manali are done to the point of exhaustion and have become targets of commercialization. These no longer have the serenity and calm that the visitors come looking for. Hence, the small and unknown towns like Kurseong are the new preferred places of recreation and holiday. The tourist activity in the town has increased tremendously over the last few years and along with it has increased the frequency of the stories about the place being haunted.
Dow Hill in Kurseong is often reported to be a centre of paranormal activities and several accidents have taken place in the vicinity of the town as per the locals. The Victoria Boys High School is believed to be the place where the spirits reside. People opine that sound of footsteps emanating from the school can be heard even when the school is closed for the three long months from December to March.
Countless people have been found murdered in the forests near the school. What is even more horrifying is that there is one stretch often called the death road where a headless boy is claimed to be seen and follow the visitors. He apparently walks down towards the road and then disappears into the woods. The locals say that anyone having seen him is not spared by his apparition even in his dreams. Several people have reportedly committed suicide because they were depressed of being followed everywhere by the apparition. The entire place has an eerie and uncanny feeling.
These might just be stories or there may be truth to it but one fact that has been established even more strongly through the suicide stories of Kurseong is that once a place is known for being haunted the residents are deprived of their mental peace and balance. They start living in a make belief world even when there is nothing supernatural happening around them. Some start enjoying the myths and frightening other people while some others become their own targets. Persistent enquiries by the tourists and researchers only make the matters worse as they are not allowed to come out of the whole thing. The government also acts ignorant in these matters as the rumours boost tourism at these places.