India has a lot of caves that are unexplored or less explored by the common man. Though you may know about the Ajanta and Ellora caves, there would be many more caves that you haven't even heard of.
Some of these caves carry secrets and mysteries that need to be explored and discovered. This article introduces some mysterious caves of India to you, which you may visit on your next trip to those destinations.
Borra Caves, Andhra Pradesh
Located in the Ananthagiri Hills of Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh, Borra caves is the largest caves in India. Known as Borra Guhalu in Telugu (Borra means ;something that has bored into the groung) and Guhalu means 'caves'), these caves were discovered by William King George of the Geological Survey of India in 1807. The caves portray many types of speleothems (mineral deposit formed by caves) that are beautiful in various sizes and shapes. This 80m deep cave is one of the deepest caves ever discovered.
Undavalli Caves, Andhra Pradesh
Undavalli Caves is located around 6km from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh. These caves are a perfect example of rock cut architecture in India. Originally a Jain cave, these caves also have Buddhist stupas in them. The caves are an example of how many Buddhist sites were converted into Hindu temples later. You can also find here a large statue of Lord Vishnu in reclining position. These caves are also the earliest examples of Gupta architecture.
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Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, Madhya Pradesh
Bhimbetka rock shelters traces the existence of human life from the Stone Age. This palaeolithic archaeological site is one of the mysterious caves in India. Some of the shelters here are said to be more than 1, 00, 000 years old. Interestingly, these caves also have evidence of the existence of dance during the pre-historic times. The site was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003.
Amarnath Cave, Jammu & Kashmir
Amarnath cave is a Hindu shrine in Jammu & Kashmir which is also considered as one of the most important shrines of Hinduism. As the cave is at an altitude of around 3888m, Amarnath cave is mostly covered with snow except for a very short period during the summers. It is said that the cave was forgotten during Middle Age, till it was later discovered by a shepherd in the 15th century.
India is a land of mysteries with mysterious caves, roads, houses and even temples. Visit these places and explore these interesting places!