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Thanale Caves Trek

Since we’ve failed to get to Thanale Caves on September 16th, visiting the caves had been on my mind. So on the very next weekend, Thanale Caves became our priority. We made our way to Thanale Village early morning. The locals suggested us to take a guide because the trail is quite confusing and slithering through a dense forest. We would recommend you to have an expert on this trip as well because the route can be quite tricky, and you might not realize it, but if you got lost here, you would be frustrated and your entire plan could be ruined.

The trek from Thanale Village to Thanale Caves takes about 1.5 hours, and the trail stretches inside the thick forest. We had to cross a few waterfalls. If you plan to go there, make sure you wear comfortable shoes and clothes for this trip.

To be honest, this trek was quite easy for the boys and I because we’ve done many treks more difficult than this one before, but for my mom and my sister, the first-timers, it was a little challenging for them. I think a journey through the beautiful terrains and landscape made us forget about how tired we were, and we felt proud of ourselves every step of the way for going forward.

We didn’t see other people on this trip. It’s just us and the forest, and it was one of the most peaceful trips we’ve had this year so far.


Then we arrived at Thanale Caves. It’s stunning, and it took my breath away at first sight even though I had seen a lot of pictures of it before. The series of the 23 ancient Buddhist Caves were carved into the cliff, hidden in the hills, and this site was completely isolated. Thanale Caves was built around first century BC. To explore the caves, we had to climb

To explore the caves, we had to climb on the cliff to get to the other chambers. It might sound a little adventurous, but it’s all good when we were very careful.

In one of the caves, there are 13 stupas. My mom told me that it’s must be for circumambulation, a devotional practice which the monks walk around these stupas.

In the main cave, the biggest chamber, there are stone carvings, paintings, and designs on the walls and ceiling.

We also saw several other caves, but we couldn’t look at everything because a part of the cliff had collapsed and blocked the path. Although you can somehow get around it, there isn’t much to see because the rest of the caves aren’t maintained at all.

There were a lot of honey bees gathering nectar from the wildflowers in front of the caves, and then we found the massive beehives on the cliff.

There is a disconnection between this place and the rest of the world somehow. I don’t know how to explain it. Maybe it’s because of the quietness. It’s not like there aren’t people visiting this place at all. Trekkers and travelers do find themselves at this forgotten remain, but I can’t help but feel like this gorgeous historical site doesn’t get enough credit that it deserves. Also, it’s quite sad to see the caves get ruined by graffiti and plastic wastes. It’s such a shame that one of the oldest architectural arts in the region is destroyed like that.

On the way back, we spent sometimes at the waterfall. It’s great, you know, the water was cold and sparkling clean, and the weather was lovely.

I also want to mention that Thanale Village is really beautiful, and the people here are so friendly and helpful.

The rain has finally stopped pouring for more than two weeks now so we’re doing our best to capture the greeneries that still linger in the countryside. Hopefully, we can visit Kaas Plateau next week. So where are you heading to?

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