West Bengal to have its first ghost tourism destination

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Begunkodar railway station in Purulia district of West Bengal remained abandoned for more than 40 years, due to fears of being haunted.

As the railway minister, Mamata Banerjee dismissed all reports of the ghost and reopened the station in 2009. A few trains stopped but only during the day, but locals shied away from going near the station.

Now, a Kolkata-based paranormal research body is planning to put Begunkodar on the ghost tourism map.

The Systematic Paranormal Investigation and Research Team has joined with tour operator Purulia Tourism to take visitors on a tour of the ghost-infested railway station. The package includes travel, hotel accommodation and a midnight visit to the station which includes a storytelling session on the history of Begunkodar.

People want to experience the paranormal. We will try and give it to them. The station was closed for years after ghosts were spotted by the locals. So many stories are linked to it. Even now, locals dont venture near the station after sundown, said Soumen Roy, who is a co-founder and a leading face of the paranormal research body.

We invite everyone to experience the world of the paranormal. We will create the right atmosphere at the rail station. So far we have got a good response and the first trip will be announced soon, Roy added.