October 2008 Capaddocia,Turkey
We stayed in,what essentially were caves.
Let the pictures below give you an idea –
(Facade of the hotel ,Yunak Evleri, most of the caves are now converted to hotel rooms,our room is the door on the top right corner )
The 19th Century Greek mansion which served as the reception/reading room and private dining room of the Hotel)
(view from inside our room)
( He looks human enough,after a shower.If that hasn’t grossed you out enough, please also take note of the view from our balcony)
(Oh how quaint)
( Nice man made stairs to reach your “personal caves”, read on to understand why I yearn for these simplistic pleasures)
And to top it all ,since we were upgraded to suites, the bathroom was fitted with jacuzzi. Not to speak of huge king size beds,soft linen and carpets all over to keep you warm.
January 2009, Meghalaya
All I had asked for was a nice comfortable stay in Cherrapunji ,which you will remember from your geography books as the place with the highest rainfall.And for those of you whose knowledge of geography ended with the 10th board,a gentle reminder that Cherrapunji has long since been ousted by ..whew,believe it or not-there seems to be a dispute among experts. as to which is the wettest place on earth.
I bet on Mt.Waialeale on Hawaii’s Kauai Island, based on google returns.
So where was I? Aah,where I wanted to be was here .A warm cozy place,read a book by the fireside and doze off.
(View of Cherrapunji from Cherra resort) For details about Cherra Resort read here.
That dream over ,I find myself trudging up a hill on an empty stomach,get myself into funny pink wetsuit with a mismatch miner’s lamp, squeeze myself through a tiny hole into a dark chasm, climb further down the cave holding onto jagged edges of rocks and finally wading through icy cold water -not in galoshes as I ought to, have but in normal walking shoes.
Some of the pics
(My sis and our guide, Ban.)
( It was at this point when the freezing water numbed my feet , that I almost missed the warm environs of my office)
These caves are used by the Indian Army to train a specialised unit in guerrila warfare, to combat the enemy forces in inhospitable terrain. I kid you. Actually they can, no?)
( the limestone shining through in the darkness of the cave)
(That lone shining light amidst the darkness is me,as always)
(Here comes the sun……….)
For the record. these are the 7 km 185 mts Krem mawmluh or Krem Maw Khydop caves situated in the Khasi hills(Krem is Khasi for caves and mawmluh is limestone).This is the fourth longest cave in the Indian subcontinent with a five river passage.
Now I am planning to go spelunking in the 22 km long Krem Laitprah/Um Im-Ladit caves in the Jaintia hills , the subcontinent’s longest caves.