Hidden in Meghalaya’s Verdant Hills Lies The World’s Longest Sandstone Cave!
What Is It?
Meghalaya is a hidden jewel that possesses nine amongst the ten deepest and longest caves in India, and many of them are hidden under its undulating hills. The region attracts casual explorers and scientists from every corner of the world. As per the latest discovery, Meghalaya now boasts of the longest sandstone cave in the world. This mesmerizing discovery can perfectly be called India’s very own wonder of the world, a huge network of sandstone caves replete with fossils that will take your breath away. Although Meghalaya has its huge network of hidden caves in its hilly regions, this cave named Krem Puri has been the latest discovery in the lands of Meghalaya that now take pride of the longest sandstone cave in the world.
This Sandstone Cave, Krem Puri is settled near the village of Laitsohum in Mawsynram is now home to the worlds longest cave at a length of 24,583 meters and second in India in the general category. The word Krems is taken from the Khasi language which indicates Cave in Mawsynram. In addition, due to its record-breaking rainfall, this land of valleys and cave is known a the wettest place on the earth.
What’s In It?
According to the sources it was initially discovered in 2016 but its actual length was defined during a recent 25-days expedition by the MAA (Meghalaya Adventurers’ Association). The underground cavern of Khem Puri is more than 6,000 meters than the famous Cueva Del Saman in Edo Zulia, Venezuela, the world record holder, which is a quartzite sandstone cave measuring 18,200 meters.
The expedition team consisted of 30 professionals from Ireland, Austria, the United Kingdom, and Romania, and other European nations, besides four scientists from Italy and members of Meghalaya Adventurers’ Association. According to the sources, the cave system is replete with ancient fossils of dinosaurs especially the Mosasaurus, a giant reptile that lived 70 million years ago.
Though this wasn’t the only cave discovered during this expedition. Apart from Krem Puri, nine other caves were also explored and the new ones were mapped. However, the state houses some 1,650 caves, of which some 1,000 have been explored till now.
If this sounds too intriguing to you and you’re an adventurer at heart, you’ll be happy to know that some of the other places to visit in North East India that you can include in your Northeast trip itinerary are Cherrapunjee, Gangtok, Majuli, Tawang, and Mizoram!