Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Photo Essay: Why Is It Called The Valley Of Gangala ?
Let me warn readers in advance you may experience mild shock.
The Valley of Gangala is within walking distance of Gyokusendo Cave.
Yesterday was the first time I paid for a guided tour through the place.
It was sort of an educational experience combined with a hike down a nature trail.
The tour stops at several places to allow visitors a chance to take photos.
Sometimes you are outdoors in the sun.
And sometimes you wind up in caves.
In this photo the guide is telling everyone about some of the pre-historic bones they have discovered in the Gangala Valley caves.
There seems to be some confusion as to where the word "gangala" originated.
Some people say it came from an orchid or a species of butterfly.
The pamphlet, a guide gave us, says that "gangala" is the sound you hear if you throw a stone in one of the caves.
It makes you wonder who's telling the truth.
Why would anyone want to go throwing rocks in a place this beautiful ?
The staff members who take you on the tour teach you everything about the history of the place.
And they don't want anybody to get lost or hurt while on the tour.
That's my guide in the photo above. He lights up a bunch of kerosene lanterns and passes them out just before we go into the darkest part of the Gangala Valley.
IF YOU HAVE A WEAK HEART, CHILDREN WATCHING YOUR COMPUTER, OR YOUR RELIGION HAS BANNED LOOKING AT STUFF MADE BY MOTHER NATURE STOP RIGHT HERE AND DON'T LOOK AT THE NEXT PHOTO !
My ears don't work very well these days so, I'm not sure what the guide told everybody.
He must have said something about this being a pet rock, I think.
Everybody walked over to it and was touching it. Not me.
Why they call this place the Valley of Gangala beats me.
They should consider changing the name of the place.
Call it The Valley of KingKongala !