Meghalaya has become a hotspot for unique and majestic caves in Northeast India. Recently, another cave was discovered in the State with unique features and was named ‘golden cave’. The cave lies in the village of Jalaphet in Meghalaya. Jalaphet, a village situated 15km away from the district headquarters, Khliehriat (East Jaintia Hills), comprises two villages, Jalaphet Bri-Sutnga and Jalaphet Bri-Sumer.
In March, the villagers discovered the cave in one of the forested areas of the village known as Rynsong. The villagers found out that there were two more caves in that particular area. But the discovery was revealed recently only. The stones inside the cave appear golden and hence, the villagers have named the cave Krem Ksiar or golden cave. The word krem means cave in Khasi language.
Jalaphet (Bri-Sutnga) headman Womly Chyrmang said that they were unaware of any caves in their village. ‘The cave is beautiful, it looks as if it is lit-up with gold,’ said the headman. He also added that the place has the potential to attract tourist.
There were some fishermen from the village who went to areas nearby the caves. When they found out about the caves, they brought it to the notice of the villagers and elders. It was during the month of March that Krem Ksiar was discovered.
Till date, all the three cases are being managed by the villagers and support from the government through the Tourism Department would definitely help boost tourism in the area.