Archway to the limestone caves

In Chaupal region of Shimla

Exploring the Limestone caves in Chaupal region of Shimla, Himachal, India

The pleasant air-filled caves all around India enrich the country excitedly. “Limestone Caves” adorned into the earth’s surface are associated even with glaciers.

Exploring the Limestone caves in Chaupal region of Shimla, Himachal, India

One of the only few such caves in Himachal is located near Nerwa at a distance of few twenty kilometres from Chaupal. Less known to the excavators these caves first embark up and they are lost in the mountains. They were explored by Bharat Bhushan, Tipu and Himanshu with the help of some local villagers. The tough terrain and steep hills made entry into these caves scary and laborious, never the tourist-friendly type. Entrance into the caves was narrow but once you get through the hurdles the caves are extensively spacious and wide for anyone to walk freely. Calcium carbonate formations have carved eye-catching stalactite and stalagmite formations splendid to look at but poke and hit you from all sides.

Exploring the Limestone caves in Chaupal region of Shimla, Himachal, India

These caves also inhabit and give shelter to animals and bats, making these caves gloomy and musty. Animal leftovers and their skull pieces can be found scattered all over, sensing the denizen of some predatory animals.

Reciting their experience these two audacious mountaineers (Bharat and Tipu) exclaimed that the trek was much more thrilling and fun than the usual rock expeditions and they are looking forward to traversing other caves throughout Himachal, meanwhile all other budding excavators might find these caves in Nerwa a must visit spot sure to give a flabbergasted experience.

Exploring the Limestone caves in Chaupal region of Shimla, Himachal, India

Adventure Hills provided support during the expedition in Nerwa. Visit them at – www.adventurehills.com

UPDATE -  20 March 2016 - On request of Adventure Hills,  you must take prior permission before venturing out into such caves. Most of the caves are really dangerous and venturing inside it without prior training can be fatal. Sometimes even the batteries drain out because of the cold and moist conditions inside, leaving you with no sense of direction inside.  Adventure Hills told us that this cave is private property of Adventure Hills. They can provide assistance and professional certified mountain instructors if you are really interested in exploring them. You must inform and take permission from a local authority before your exploration so that rescue can be arranged for you on time.

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