Bat Cave - Siju Cave

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Location: Near Siju village, Balpakram National Park. 30 km north of Baghmara and 132 km from Tura.
Open: no restrictions.
Fee: free.
Classification: SpeleologyKarst cave
Light: bring torch
Guided tours:
Bibliography: W. M. Wheeler, S. A. Rohwer (1924): Hymenoptera of the Siju Cave, Garo Hills, Assam, Records of the Indian Museum, Vol. XXVI, Part I, pp. 123-125. Calcutta, January, 1924.
Address: Dobakhol, Siju.
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Dobakhol (Bat Cave) is the local name of a rather famous Indian cave generally known as Siju Cave. This name is derived from nearby village Siju. The cave is located at the Simsang river in Balpakram National Park. It is not developed but spacious and the entrance section is level and easy to visit. Visitors are guided by locals after appointment.

The cave is known for a long time and was first explored by the British geologic Survey in the 1920s. The collection of an ant inside the cave led to a notworthy article by W. M. Wheeler. And this was not the last speleobiological discovery in this cave. In 2007 a new kind of cave fish, Schistura sijuensis (Menon), a new species of loach has been discovered in the cave.

The cave has now been explored and surveyed to a length of almost five kilometers, and is often called Indias third longest. Actually this is a fame which changes frequently at the moment, as India has lots of caves, most of them unexplored, and every year the list of the longest caves has to be rewritten.