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Nothing To Do With Ghosts! Gorgeous Cemeteries In India You Shouldn't Miss

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These places are gorgeous. Leave the spirits aside and you'll witness only beauty.

Nothing To Do With Ghosts! Gorgeous Cemeteries In India You Shouldn't Miss:

  1. South Park Street Cemetery, Kolkata (West Bengal)
  2. Bhawanipore Cemetery, Kolkata (West Bengal)
  3. Jafarganj Cemetery, Murshidabad (West Bengal)
  4. War Cemetery, Kohima (Nagaland)
  5. Tiger Hill Cemetery, Coonoor (Tamil Nadu)
  6. Madras War Cemetery, Chennai (Tamil Nadu)
  7. Turkish Martyrs Graveyard, Bellary (Karnataka)

1. South Park Street Cemetery, Kolkata

South Park Street Cemetery, Kolkatasource: Wikimedia

South Park Street Cemetery in Kolkata is one of the earliest non-church cemeteries in the world. Also, one of the largest Christian cemeteries outside Europe and America, the cemetery is now a heritage site protected by the Archeological Survey of India. 

HolidayIQ Traveller A S shares, "When my friend told me we are going to visit a cemetery I was stunned for a moment thinking who goes to visit a cemetery for no reason. Later on arriving here I realized this was very different place altogether. This hosts cemetery of some of the most noticeable people since British Era. Currently this place is under ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). Trust me if you are left alone at this place it may certainly come across as a haunted place. Situated at Park Street."

2. Bhawanipore Cemetery, Kolkata

Bhawanipore Cemetery, Kolkatasource: cwgc.org

Bhowanipore Cemetery has been in use from 1864 and acted as the burial ground for service personnel and their dependents. Hence, initially, the graves were there throughout the cemetery - both war graves and civilian graves unsystematically placed.

HolidayIQ Traveller Abhijit Gupta shares, "Bhawanipore Cemetery is a much better cemetery compared to others, it also hold historical values. The tombs of World war II soldiers are here along with other notable personalities. The greenery all around is really appreciable."

3. Jafarganj Cemetery, Murshidabad

Jafarganj Cemetery, Murshidabadsource: flickr - Jyoti Prakash Bhattacharjee

The World War II cemetery located in Changlang region of Arunachal Pradesh is also known popularly as the Jairampur cemetery. This cemetery is located about 25 km from the Pangsau Pass in the Indo-Myanmar Border, which falls on the road to Ledo. The site is currently undergoing renovation process as a part of initiative of the government of Arunachal Pradesh.

4. War Cemetery, Kohima

War Cemetery, Kohimasource: cwgc.org

War Cemetery at Kohima, popularly known as Commonwealth War Cemetery lies in the battle ground of Garrison Hill., It pays tribute to martyrs who lost their lives during the Japanese invasion in World War II. This cemetery, which contains 1,420 slabs of Allied Soldiers, is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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5. Tiger Hill Cemetery, Coonoor

Tiger Hill Cemetery, Coonoorsource: inktalks.com

Tiger Hill Cemetery, situated in Coonoor, is a 19th century graveyard, primarily used by the British for their war burials. Situated amidst a tea plantation, this graveyard has burials dating back to the early 1900s. At the entrance of the cemetery there is a stone gate with an arched gateway and a steeple. The memorials are simple, some with ornate designs, sculptures and beautifully written epitaphs. 

6. Madras War Cemetery, Chennai

Madras War Cemetery, Chennaisource: gravefindings.com

Madras War Cemetery is located at Nadambakkam, in Chennai. It was established in the year 1952 to pay homage to men and women who sacrificed their lives during the dreaded Second World War. The cemetery is easily accessible from any part of Chennai city. However, people visiting the place from other parts of the country can plan their visit to the memorial during the winter months extending from November to March. 

7. Turkish Martyrs Graveyard, Bellary

Turkish Martyrs Graveyard, Bellarysource: kurdishinfo.com

This graveyard was built as a memorial to the soldiers of Turkey. The small garden of Turkish Martyrs Graveyard is located close to the airstrip where the Turkish soldiers were buried. These soldiers were brought to India in 1918 by the British during First World War. There is an epitaph, describing everything about these soldiers, which is placed at the entrance of this graveyard.

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