Caves

1) Tabo, Himachal Pradesh

Tabo monastery was founded more than 1000 years ago, in 996 AD. The ancient part of this monastery resembles a fortress, made of sand and clay.

Sheer conglomerate cliffs above the monastery and village have a series of artificially excavated caves, well visible from the village. They have been made in comparatively brittle rock and are constantly decaying.It is not completely clear when started the tradition of building such caves – but it is known that caves are very old. Tabo is not the only place with such caves in Spiti valley – there are more caves upstreams.

2) The Many Caves of Meghalaya

Caves in Meghalaya Meghalaya is a natural paradise with innumerable caves the earliest man’s abode, sheltering hum dates back to the Paleolithic Age. Caves are very dark, damp and cold, inside, usually full of water during rainy season, sunlight or sunrays can hardly penetrated inside the cave. Earlier lighted torches were used for entering the caves. But later on a more powerful beam torchlight and electricity was used for smooth entering into the caves. Caves are the most unique and rare beauty that natures had endowed. Caves are mostly of stalagmites and stalactite formation of late caves had been the biggest attraction as an Adventure Sport.

3) The Caves of Jammu & Kashmir

In J&K , Caving has a religious value too, as it starts with Peer Kho Cave Temple is a highlight of Jammu city as history, myth and legend all combine at this place. Based on the epic Ramayana, it is believed that Jamvant (the bear god) adopted the cave as a place where he went into deep meditation. The temple is located on the banks of Tawi River and is now dedicated to Lord Shiva. The shivling inside the temple is revered a lot by the locals and tourists alike. There is an ancient charm to the place that makes a visit here replete with devotional fervour. The shivling is known as the Swayambhu Shivling and the cave as Jamvant cave. The forests around the temple comprise acacia trees and the geology is based on igneous rocks.  According to mythology, this cave is connected to other caves and shrines that lie outside India; it is a literal gatewaya to these places