SHILLONG: Cave research, encompassing the study of speleology and biospeleology, is still in its infancy in India. Although there are thousands of caves in India, research expeditions occur in few states. The Siju Cave of state Meghalaya is the first limelighted natural cave from India.

The Caves of Meghalaya comprise a large number of caves in the Jaintia, Khasi Hills and Garo Hills districts in the Indian state of Meghalaya, and are amongst the longest caves in the world.

Meghalaya Adventurers` Association (MAA) led 27 international cavers upon a 26 – day exploration of Krem Chympe in the village of Sielkan in East Jaintia Hills and new exploration in the Mawsynram and Mawlongbna area as part of the Caving in the Abode of the Clouds expedition 2016. The expedition team was accompanied by two associated scientists from India who conducted ongoing bio-speleological studies of the areas. Read more