Situated at 437m deep and 50m high,Siddha Gufa or Siddha Cave is said to be the largest cave in Nepal and the second largest cave in South Asia in terms of the subterranean area it covers.It is located in Bandipur,Tanahun District.It’s around 0.5 kilometers inside and around 2,500 people can fit inside. It is also known as the place from where Siddha baba got his enlightenment.
Being the largest cave in the whole country, it provides the best experiences of encounter with dark environment, bats chattering, mice moving and many more. For cavers, this is a bonanza because much of its dark and forbidding innards have yet to be explored. Siddha Gufa was discovered a decade ago, but introduced to thrill-seekers for adventure caving only in 2014.
Like all caves, Siddha Gufa is full of stalactite and stalagmite sculptures formed over aeons from limestone deposits from dripping water.Their shapes sometimes give them religious significance, and others seem to resemble individuals. A few looks like Lord Buddha in a seated lotus position, another is reminiscent of the Nepali poet Lekhnath Poudel, who was from Tanahun, and one is even similar to the replica of the plumed crown of the Shah dynasty.
The stalagmites are regarded as symbols of Shiva, and pilgrims come to Siddha Gufa this month for a holy dip, particularly in the large pool formed in an enclosure during the monsoon.
• Saint living inside the cave
• Sketch of ancient saint carved on the stone
If you are looking for secluded sites in Nepal where you can revive your soul, away from the hustles of the city life, then you can surely head to Siddha Gufa.