Banitei Gorges is located in the Gradistea Muncelului-Cioclovina Natural Park, Romania, near the Disease Cave, being dug by the Banita River in the same limestone massif. The gorges are particularly spectacular, offering a rare landscape. The water-sculpted rocks delight the eye, as does their spectacular color, as there are areas where the rocks partially cover the keys, such as an umbrella.
The gorges can be easily reached both by train and by car. By car, on DN 66, coming from Petroșani, you have to go to the serpentines that go up to Pasul Merișor. By train, coming from Petroșani, you get off at Halta Peştera Bolii and climb the same serpentines- Petroșani-Simeria.
Spectacular Banitei Gorges represents a natural sculpture, of a beauty rarely found in the area. Tourists who arrive in these gorges are recommended adequate equipment, even if the route is of low difficulty. The novelty of the route is the fact that you have to walk through the water, being recommended water shoes, with adherent rubber sole to not slip on the stones.
The Banitei Gorges were formed by the collapse of the ceiling of a cave. Water has contributed to the spectacular gorges, a length of 250-300m.The corridor, guarded by the tall walls of limestone, is narrow and the water dug some very interesting ditches into the walls of the keys. Visiting is recommended only in quiet summer days without rains and waterproof footwear because the keys run through the water.
During the summer, the water is not very deep, reaching in most places up to the ankles, only in some parts it reaches the knees, so that this route can be covered without any problems.
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