DAILY PHOTO: Brahmashram of Nandi Hills, Inside & Out

Taken in October of 2013 at Nandi Hills

 

 

Brahmashram is an ascetic’s cave located on the hillside at Nandi Hills. It’s most famous occupant was the sage Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836 – 1886), who was a teacher of Swami Vivekananda.

DAILY PHOTO: Cave Dining

Taken on January 1, 2016 in Bai Tu Long Bay

Taken on January 1, 2016 in Bai Tu Long Bay

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One of the interesting experiences to be had on a junk boat tour in Vietnam is dining in a cave. This cave used to be employed as a shelter for fishermen during storms. Given all the rocky skerries in the bay, I suspect being in a boat in a storm here would be terrifying. However, the caves are now prohibited to those without a license. Because the fishermen took to lopping off stalactites and stalagmites because they make for impressive mountains for bonzai displays–and those displays can be big money makers when done well.

 

An example of what I’m talking about can be seen below.

This one was located at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long in Hanoi.

This one was located at the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long in Hanoi.