Megha­laya cav­ing

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THERE ARE AN ABUN­DANCE OF CAVES on the south­ern slopes of the hills of Megha­laya – 300 kilo­me­tres of pas­sages all told – and Megha­laya Cav­ing Ad­ven­ture of­fers a pack­age to ex­plore those in the Sh­nong Rim area. Lo­cated in north­east­ern part of In­dia, this state boasts one of the largest net­works of caves found on the In­dian sub-con­ti­nent. Ac­cess is via Guwa­hati air­port which is con­nected to many ma­jor air­ports in In­dia. Af­ter spend­ing the first night in Shil­long, the tour starts in earnest in the Jain­tia hills where there are more than a hun­dred ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal cave pas­sages. Camp­sites are set up here for the con­ve­nience of hop­ping around over the next few days. Once in the caves, you need to walk through some­times waist-deep wa­ter or even swim at times to nav­i­gate through the cave pas­sages. Even when pas­sages are dry, their nar­row pas­sages, may re­quire some strength and agility to nav­i­gate. Of coures, ex­pe­ri­enced cave guides are on hand to help you safely through the labyrinth to view the most in­ter­est­ing fea­tures. Four lime­stone caves are ac­ces­si­ble to tourists in this area. Krem Tyn­ghen has large hor­i­zon­tal pas­sages, mak­ing it ideal for be­gin­ners. Krem Umthloo ups the tech­ni­cal dif­fi­culty a touch, with nu­mer­ous wet pas­sages but de­liv­ers with unique for­ma­tions like cave pearls and cur­tains. Krem Chympe re­quires a bit of pad­dling over the first 200m as this cave has a wide river run­ning through it, and the fourth cave is Krem Sim Thab­ba­long. Email Pi­ran at info@kipepeo.in to book your cav­ing ad­ven­ture or visit www.kipepeo.in/ for more in­for­ma­tion.

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