Cherrapunji, or Sohra as it is locally known, is famous as the rainiest place on earth but also for being home to several natural formations of caves and tunnels. Mawsmai cave is one such wonder and has been looked after by the tourism department and can provide good fun to beginners interested in cave explorations or even regular travellers who want a little adventure.
The cave is about 800 ft long, well lit and easy to navigate. However certain narrow portions might require one to sit down and slide through.
Within a few moments of entering the cave, natural light is lost and one has to rely on halogen lights to navigate the path. After a few steps, the roof and walls start getting oppressive, leaving space for only one person to walk, sit and slip through.
The mighty natural limestone formations (stalactites and stalagmites) are like sculptures that have been created over decades too numerous to be counted. And though they look fragile and beautiful, one has to be careful as a limestone projection can hurt one badly.
The most beautiful part of the experience is that a certain part of the cave has glistening stone creations with light bouncing off them, making them look like living jewels.
Very near to this part is also a natural opening in the roof, letting a strong, dramatic beam of light in, which not only provides an enchanting visual, but also relief to those feeling eerily awe-struck.
While most parts of the cave remain narrow, there are quite a few wide portions, where one can stop at ease to look around without disturbing fellow travellers.
For those interested in real adventure, there is another cave next to this one without lights!
Richa blogs at http://www.travelsandstories.com