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Underground Art: The Unique Caves Of Meghalaya Hold Many Secrets

Brian Dermot Kharpran Daly, founder of the Meghalaya Adventurers’ Association in the early 1990s, and his team have discovered more than 1,700 caves so far. These include the ‘Fairy Cave’— Krem Puri—the world’s longest sandstone cave measured to an astonishing 24.5 km, nearly three times that of Mt Everest.

Underground Art: The Unique Caves Of Meghalaya Hold Many Secrets
Into The Deep | Photograph by Toby Hamnet
Cavers at Krem Mawpun.
Underground Art: The Unique Caves Of Meghalaya Hold Many Secrets
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2018-11-01T15:04:51+05:30

Eerie shadows dance on the walls as a sliver of light from the mobile phone reflects off the underground stream. Bats flutter out of crevices in a mass of flapping wings, their high-pitched shrieks magnified in the claustrophobic passage. Heart pounding, you reach out to the nearest wall for support when you feel something crawling up your arm. A cave can be a scary place. It can even be dangerous place. But it is also a breathtakingly beautiful place, a subterranean paradise where art and science fuse to form some of the most extraordinary images and structures. It is a photographer’s delight. A living laboratory for scientists.

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