Bhimbetka Tourism

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Excellent Rock paintings!

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Bhimbetka Rock Shelters

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30th Sep 17

Awesome walk to caves!!

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Bhimbetka Rock Shelters

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1st Oct 17

A walk through forest!

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Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary

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1st Oct 17

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1The Cluster Of Caves At Bhimbetka
The Cluster Of Caves At Bhimbetka

The Bhimbetka rock shelters are an archaeological site exhibiting the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent. Some of the Stone Age rock paintings found among the Bhimbetka rock shelters are approximately 30,000 years old.

HolidayIQ traveller Sanjay Dubey from Bhopal shares: “The Bhimbetka Caves bearing ages old cave paintings, leaves us in awe of the art and the vegetable paints used by our ancestors. Having faced the torment of centuries of fluctuating weather conditions, the artwork along with the colours of the painting are intact.”

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Reviews (6)

Anshul taran

Anshul taran3.6/5

32 reviews

Good place to experience History, near to Bhopal.

It is good place to be if you want to know how the people in stone lives, not a routine tourists place but worth visited. Basically here you can find the images drawn on the mountain caves which shown how the people lives at that time, how they go for hunting and what were their practices, all these things drawn on the rocks.
Approx 1 hour drive from Bhopal, capital of M. P. No regular transportation perticualr to this place available, you have to use the public transport or the private vehicle. Nearest small suburb place is "Obedullaganj". Eatables can be available. Time taken will be about 1 hour. Camera is allowed.

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Ruhees Shahid

Ruhees Shahid4.3/5

30 reviews

Stone saga

Bhimbetka caves are located 46 km south of Bhopal. I read it somewhere that Dr V. S. Wakankar, one of the most renowned of Indian archeologists, discovered these caves. The word 'Bhimbetka', derived from 'Bhim Baitka', has mythological connotation. These caves are named after 'Bhima', one of the five Pandavas of Mahabharata. The entire area has some 600 plus caves in number. Majestic stone structures surrounded in a lush green forest of teak and sal, feels like a dream venue. There are numerous rock paintings that dates back to the Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic periods adorning these caves. Inventive designs & deft handling of colors in these caves paintings have brought to life the remote activities of our ancestors. Naturally found green, yellow, bluish, red and white pigments are common colors used in these paintings. The colors are a combination of various alloys, soils, flowers, plant leaves and animal fats. These chemicals have, over the time, reacted with the rocks and contributed in preserving these precious artworks of Bhimbetka. I believe that in good olden days these paintings were very clear and precise however, with the passage of time, paintings have became smaller and somewhat unclear. These caves are like our meeting with the lives of our forefathers. If you love Nature and Archaeology don't miss this place at any cost !.

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Bhimbetka Overview

Bhimbetka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in the Raisen District of Madhya Pradesh, just 56 km from Bhopal. The region features a rocky landscape, dotted with forests featuring varieties of flora and fauna.

Located in the southern tip of the Vindhyachal Range, Bhimbetka is a retreat for picnickers. The southern part of these rock shelters are enclosed by the Satpura Hills. The site was a major dwelling of the primitive human race, boasting a history of 30000 years.

Bhimbetka is famous for its ancient rock paintings, depicting the life style of man from the Stone Age. These paintings offer information related to the history of the early settlement of mankind. Some of the rock paintings of the Stone Age spotted in the caves of Bhimbetka is about 30,000 years old.

As suggested in the name, this place is associated with the mythical figure Bhim, the second brother of the Pandavas. Bhimbetka, literally meaning ‘the lounge of Bhim’, encourages a local belief that during the period of exile, Bhim took refuge in this very site.

Bhimbetka is primarily famous for housing a number of prehistoric rock paintings in South Asia. The Rock Shelters found at Bhimbetka show the earliest traces of human existence in India. According to archaeologists, these caves were inhabited over 30,000 years back. In 1888, for the first time, Bhimbetka found its mention as a Buddhist site in the Indian archaeological records.

The rock paintings of Bhimbetka depict the transformation of the ancient people to civilised hunters and gatherers. Array of activities are demonstrated on the wall, ranging from sketches of women to paintings of animals like bears, rhinoceroses, tigers, hunting scenes, etc. The paintings also depict childbirth, religious rites, ceremonies and many more occasions.

It seems that each painting of Bhimbetka holds a specific history of ancient human civilisation. Hence, this location is an ideal spot for those who want to explore the primordial society. Until date, over 700 rock shelters have been found at the site. Archaeologists have also revealed traces of Stone Age at the site.

The rock shelters are not very tough to locate. Only 15 of the rock shelters (S1 to S15) are tagged with numbers and connected by concrete pathways for easy access. Tourists first visit the Zoo Rock Shelter, known for featuring varieties of animal paintings. S15 has a fresco of a red bison attacking.

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Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, Bhimbetka

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Nirav shah

Rocking Shelter Painting of anicent Culture
Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, Bhimbetka

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Nirav shah

Rocking Shelter Painting of anicent Culture

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