Wednesday, February 24, 2010
We see beautiful places everywhere we go; huge mountains, unending plains, scary jungles and nice forests are all great places to experience nature, but how often do we venture into the world beneath us? Unless you’re an avid spelunker, or a troglodyte, the answer is probably not too often, so like a cave man may be the instinct of our ancestors I get drawn towards caves and old temples and architecture so this weekend was another exploration my friend Rajesh Naik and me visited a beautiful cave he had organized the whole trip and I also joined him.
Since it was beginning of summer this time we thought instead of climbing a mountain or going to a waterfall we planned to do something new so our exploration started on our bikes after a long hard drive we reached the place parked our bikes near a house and planned to take the help of locals to reach this unknown place, one local boy was very happy and eagerly agreed to guide us and we followed him,
to reach the cave we had to follow a small stream flowing which led us to the bottom of the cave and actually it was the other way round the water source was from the cave, the next few hours walk was through the stream, this cave is some 20ft high from the stream,
after a small climb we reached the entrance here a small group of 10 can stay at a time, due to heavy tree foliage the location of the entrance of the cave was covered fully we could not get a good photos, we spent some time outside and got ready to enter the first cave we had to change our clothing get our torches and camera then start.
The entrance of the first one was very small, we like the cave man and our ancestors who were dwelling in such caves before, literally crawled inside this cave (I was wondering about civilization and evolution) well we are way ahead in times now .
When I looked inside in torch light it was Strange and wonderful at the same time, these formations and others like them that take thousands of years to grow, only take seconds to change a life forever when seen in their full splendor. Inside the cave approximately 10 feet height some places 1 feet height & varies between 20-30 feet wide. After spending some time we climbed with rock support.
Human face rock...!
It was steep but we managed to climb but we had to cross another smaller hole to reach main hall. It was very slippy and very narrows, there were hundreds of bats and was constantly hitting our torches we just couldn’t escape from its attack. After a tough attempt we reached one big natural made hall.
This place is very nice surrounded by rough rocks, inside the hall there is a platform kind of place where the locals had to say a saint would meditate there and no wonder it's so peaceful and quiet it's a best place to meditate and calm the mind.
Finally after many hours of exploration we finally emerged and started our way back but our minds were still dwelling in the prehistoric times, totally a unique experience than our regular treks.