There are some who travel to explore, some who travel to relax and then there are some who travel for adventure. If you are one of the latter, then caving is something you should not miss on your bucket list.
Caving has been a new trend on the travel scene in India. Using a gear to explore the dark innards and maze-like tunnels of a cave, delving deep into the earth where no light penetrates feels like an entering a whole new world. It definitely makes for an exciting travel experience.
Caving is a group activity. And you need to connect with the right organisations in every state who can guide you on your adventure. It requires special equipment, which is another reason to go caving with a professional guide.
The best season to go caving is when the monsoon ends to winter months. Although most cave systems are open throughout the year, it is better to avoid the summer months, as it could become very warm inside the caves.
Here are some caves to explore if you want to begin caving for your next adventure trip.
The Caves In Meghalaya
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Meghalaya has the most developed scene when it comes to caving in India. It has been gifted with some of the longest and deepest caves here. The state of Meghalaya has more than 1500 caves. Less than a fifth of this has been inspected, albeit not entirely. Professional and semi-professional groups have been exploring the East Khasi Hills, South Garo Hills and Jaintia Hills.
The Caves With Ancient Paintings
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The Bhimbetka rock shelters are an archaeological site of the Paleolithic age in the Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh. They depict the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent. The added adventure here is the exploration of the Ratapani wildlife sanctuary, where these caves are located.
The Limestone Caves
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Kotumsar cave is located near the tiny village of Kotumsar in Chattisgarh. This limestone cave is formed on the Kanger limestone belt, near the bank of the river Kanger. It is also located amidst a national park, which adds to the thrill here. These caves are different from other sites in India, because the white limestone glitters magically and adds to the charm at Kotumsar.
So, if you are done with paragliding and rock climbing, then caving is the next thing you should do for an adrenaline rush.