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The Mawsmai Cave, With Its Paintings And Unique Rock Formations, Is A Haven For Nature Lovers

9:00 am 21 Jul, 2017

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Meghalaya is no less than a heaven on earth. This state has the most number of caves in the country and has innumerable waterfalls which add magic to the serene beauty.

The wildlife zones, wet grasslands and beautiful climate is alluring to every traveler. The natural caves have only been little explored. It is an adventurous attraction for those who are not afraid of the dark.

The entrance of Mawsmai Cave. Wikimedia Commons

 

One of the most popular and notable landmark in Cherrapunji is Mawsmai Cave. It is known for its cave paintings and designs on the rocks of cave. It contains unique flora and fauna. Plants and bushes can be seen only at the entrance of the cave.

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It  has a spacious opening but as soon as you step inside it converges into a narrow neck like structure. Inside, there are places you can only squeeze through.

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Once you are inside the cave, there is no going back, it can get a little suffocating, but the cave is well lit with electricity. You don’t need candles or lanterns. Somehow it takes away the adventure and the uncertainty of wading through an unknown path, which is what it should be. But, one advantage of entering a well lit cave is that you can see each and every details of the rock formation.

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The colors and patterns come alive and become more vibrant and one can interpret different figures. The most famous one in there resembles the feet of an elephant.

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The rocks glint in the light, water drips from the tips. It’s difficult to imagine how a force of nature so insignificant can dictate the forms of such hard stones.

The changes in the caves are so insignificant that even if you go after 15 years, you won’t be able to tell the difference. The tiny drops dripping down the glistening limestone continues its work like a patient artist.

Credits : SUNO

 

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