Dehradun / Pithoragarh: Following the example of Slovenia, a Central European country known for its cave destinations, Uttarakhand will start its own ‘cave tourist circle’ in the Gangolihat area of Pithoragarh, where a network of nine underground caves was discovered in September. .
Scientists at the Uttarakhand Space Applications Center (USAC) recently inspected caves in the Mailchaur, Gupta Ganga, Sailiswar, Vrihad Tung, Mukteshwar and Daneswar areas.
Director of USAC MPS Bisht told the TOI that the caves are likely to be “thousands of years old, although the exact details will be released when we do the geographic marking of the area in November.”
He added that “the caves are multi-layered and up to 50 meters high with several blocks resembling rooms.” “It is a natural heritage that we will protect and eventually open to tourists. The central government was already nodding. Slovenia earns almost 30% of its revenues from cave tourism. We too can generate a good income from tourism in this way. ”
The caves are marked as part of the karst landscape, which is a landscape where the dissolution of rock forms sinkholes, sinking streams, caves, springs and other similar features.
“The Karst landscape is considered one of the most diverse, important and rare ecosystems on the planet, supporting ecological diversity above and below ground,” said Amit Kumar Lohani, Pithoragarh’s tourism representative.
By the way, Pithoragarh also houses the Patal Bhuvaneshwar, an underground cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, which attracts many tourists and pilgrims.