It's a mystery to me why caving in Meghalaya is not more popular. While most seem to know about the state's scenic beauty, including the beautiful hills, incredible root bridges and lovely waterfalls, few are aware that it is one of the best places to explore caves in India.Caves take millions of years to form, and owing to Meghalaya's high level of humidity and precipitation, this 'abode of the clouds' as it is popularly called, has approximately 1700 limestone and sandstone caves, which are some of the deepest in India and are either fully or partially explored. Stretching to over 300km, most of the state's caves are located in the East Khasi Hills, South Garo Hills and Jaintia Hills.What is caving?Caving is an adventure activity that involves exploring wild cave systems. There are many operators that offer this activity in Meghalaya, along with the necessary gear and guidance. It is important to go with a professional guide or group that can help your navigate through the caves. A typical itinerary ranges from five to 10 days, and involves exploring several caves from an easy to medium grade.You usually enter through a small hole and begin your journey of traversing through uneven terrain. Your pace will be slow and every step will be placed strategically, under the guidance of an experienced professional. Depending on which cave you are in, you will come across waterfalls, stalactites and stalagmites formations, narrow routes, flooded passages and creatures such as beetles, bats, crabs and small fish.You will have to be careful so as to not to hurt yourself, or break any of the formations, which take millions of years to form.Skill and gear
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Umiam Lake is a reservoir situated in the slopes 15 km toward the North of Shillong in the state of Meghalaya, India. It was made by damming the Umiam waterway in the mid 1960s. The chief catchment range of the lake and dam is spread more than 220 square km. The lake was framed as a major aspect of building a Dam. The dam began development in 1965. The dam has the qualification of being the first Hydel force venture in the North-east locale of India. The lake serves as a noteworthy vacation spot for the state of Meghalaya. Aside from putting away water for power era, the lake additionally gives home to various biological species at smaller scale, meso and full scale levels. Downstream watering system, fisheries and drinking water take into account nearby anthropogenic needs. It is likewise a well known destination for water game and adventure trips. Sightseers visit this spot for Scooting, kayaking, water cycling, and drifting.
The road on which you will find the Mawsmai Caves is the Mawsmai Cave Road. These caves are a group of extremely well preserved natural caves. These are under the supervision of the Tourism Department of Meghalaya. The way the deposition of the limestones and stalagcites have taken place makes you wait and imagine what figure each of the caves would resemble and this is another interesting part here. Also, the Tourism Department have worked towards the cleanliness and comfort of the tourists and thus put up eco- friendly lights all along the caves. Due to this, the tourists are at an advantage and can take a look at the variety colour moss and also the algae on the inner walls of the caves.
Situated on the India- Bangladesh Border this is a small town in the lap of the Jaintia Hills. Another place of immense natural beauty in Meghalaya, this is known mainly as a coal exporter to Bangladesh and also places of India. The main attraction here apart from the extreme natural beauty and peace is the Dawki Bridge. It is a suspension bridge over the Umngot River and also serves as a place from where all tourists can enjoy some spectacular panoramic views.
Mawjymbuin known as the wettest place on earth, the Mawjymbuin Cave is a characteristic ponder that conveys massive religious criticalness. The 209-meter high buckle, otherwise called Krem Mawjymbuin, dumbfounds each guest. This cave is made of calcareous sandstone and comprises of a few stalagmites, which are framed as a consequence of weathering, calcium carbonate testimony and trickling of mineral-advanced fluid. Its uniqueness makes it a thing of enthusiasm for geologists, who direct various looks into here. One of these stalagmites is formed like a Shiva Lingam and is respected consecrated by Hindus. A little stream streams under the eastern part of this cavern and goes through enormous stones. Numerous fracture doors and sections shape a piece of this hollow, some of which are hard to enter. This is a ideal place for spending a quality vacation with both friends and family. The transportation services available here are also very affordable.
Ward's Lake: Situated in the heart of the city, Ward's lake is surrounded by flower gardens and is popular for a refreshing walk, and a bit of boating. Take a walk around this pristine artificial lake, or simply admire the colourful floral beds, there's much to see here. One can visit Ward's Lake any time of the year, the best time, however is between June and July, when the several orchids and a number of other floral special are on their full bloom. This post was originally published on Footloose Dev.
Located a little outside the main city of Shillong in Meghalaya, this is a beautiful two tiered waterfall. The two parts are named as the Wir Phang falls and the Wei Laplam Falls. These two flow along dingles of rock and then blend together to justify its name which is the Elephant Falls. This is no doubt a must see in the state and people not only from other places but also from the same state cannot resist repeated trips to this tranquil destination. The place is much away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets and thus very peaceful and refreshing too. The monsoons are the time when you find the Elephant Falls in its full vigor with snow white, foamy water gushing down the falls. This ckear color makes the perfect combination with the shades of greenery around. There are also a number of medicial plants and shrubs whose goodness get infused in this therapeutic waters of the Falls.
Located just a kilometre south of the Mawsmai Village in the East Khasi Hills District, this is a seven segmented waterfall. The group of falls has been declared as the 4th highest in the country. The name is derived from the fact that these seasonal falls flow in seven parts and look exactly the same. These falls can only be viewed during the monsoon season. Apart from the natural beauty around these cascading waterfalls, the view of the setting sun from here is awesome due to the natural color play which is created during dusk.
2) Dainthlen Falls:It’s located nearly 5 km from the city. You will be charged Rs 10/- per head for the entry which is a very small amount for the lovely view that you get here.Legend goes that the people of the land killed a big snake that lived in the cave nearby. The rock carvings seen here of the snake are said to represent the symbols of evil and greed. Being a soft waterfall, you may not hear the roaring sounds of water falling but still, the atmosphere is electric. The breathtaking views are a treat to your eyes. Right from the drive to the waterfalls in itself is a spectacular sight. However, be really careful in getting your feet close to the fall as it might get slippery during rainfall.
Mawkdok Dympep Valley
We found one, at our desired price and finally after a two hour tiring journey we reached Cherrapunji. After reaching there and without wasting any time our cab driver took us to the first view point which was The Mawkdok Dympep Valley View it was a place where one can enjoy the view of a valley with trees and a small stream flowing somewhere at the bottom of the valley which we were only able to hear and also a spot for good profile pictures.
Arranged 10 kms from the city, Shillong Peak offers awesome perspectives of the city from a noteworthy height of 1965 m above ocean level. Shillong Peak, the most elevated point of Shillong, is found 5 km toward the south of the city and is 1961 meters which is 6,433 feet in height. Being the most astounding crest in the locale, it is frequently encompassed with mist. The top itself is not steep, but instead semi-round like that of a crown set on the level and broad top of the Shillong Hill. The crest is open by means of the Upper Shillong or Jowai Road. If you arrive on a day when mists don't play ruin sport, you will have the capacity to see the lofty Himalayan tops and the Bangladesh fields from here. Indian Air Force has its radar station here. This spot is a standout among the most well known tourist center in Shillong as a result of the breathtaking perspectives it offers.