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The Mysterious Caves of Mustang, Nepal

One of the world’s oldest archaeological mysteries, the Mustang Caves are a collection of more than 10,000 human-carved caves found within the mountains of the Himalayas. Carved inside a near vertical rock face, these ancient dwellings, which also served as burial chambers & meditation retreats, have been found more than 150 feet above the valley floor; as of now it is still not known who carved the caves, or how they were able to reach these precarious heights.

When viewed from afar, the mountain that houses the caves looks more like a wind-swept sand castle than anything else, but up close the caves contain frescoes, shrines and some of the country’s most amazing Tibetan Art. While it still isn’t clear who built the caves, today visitors can hike up the cliff and venture inside to practice Tummo, a meditative form of Tibetan breathing, just as the locals have been doing for the last 3,000 years.

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