Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka

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Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
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The pre-historic cave paintings depict life in the Neolithic age.
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Anika S
Navi Mumbai, India2,314 contributions
Dec 2021
Bhimbetka ( Bhim+ Baithak... Literal translation - Bhima's Seat ). Bhima was one of the Pandava brothers from Mahabharat.

Bhimbetka Rock Shelters is a UNESCO World Heritage Archeological site located at Raisen district near Bhopal. These rock shelters and caves are supposedly more than 100,000 years old!

The angles at which some of these massive rocks are resting is incredible.
This site contains the world's oldest stone walls and floors with carvings / paintings.
The entire area is neatly demarcated into Rock Shelters. Each Shelter has a brief description of what can be expected . However it was difficult to spot the paintings etc at many places as they have faded .
Nonetheless , a hidden Gem... definitely Recommended!

The place has a lot of steps ... senior citizens and toddlers may have issue walking up and down. During monsoons it may be slippery too. Food and water etc are not available in the premises .
We went recently , there were many people roaming about without masks .
Security should ensure people should follow the pandemic protocol like masks and social distancing which was missing .
Written January 2, 2022
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Road Trip Lovers
6 contributions
Mar 2020
This is an awesome place for a day trip near Bhopal. There are some 15 caves with rock painting from various eras of human history. The view from the site is great and so is the drive up the hill. The place is very well organised and it ends up being a small hike around the hill as you tour through the caves.
Written February 5, 2021
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Ravi S
Indore, India458 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Just fascinating to see old age paintings in the shelters, caves.
Difficult to understand how they were made on rocks at height.
Must visit place.
You have to pay a fee of Rs. 150 for car entry with six people.
Written August 31, 2021
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New Delhi, India30 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a must-visit place for those interested in anthropology. The rock shelters were awe-inspiring.
Reaching the site was a bit of a challenge because of the poor quality of the roads. On our return, the railway track was under repairs and the railway gate was kept closed. We had to take a circuitous to get back on to the road that led to Sanchi
Not much by way of refreshments and water. The only place was near the railway gate a kilometer or so away.
Written March 11, 2020
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Anubhuti S
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India360 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
Around 40kms from Bhopal but the highway is under revamp and hence the road conditions are not so great. But this place is great for not just for history buffs but as something for everyone. Interesting rock formations , well paved walk ways and nice views of the area around. The place is gentle walk so easy for most age groups.
Written February 22, 2020
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Mumbai, India253 contributions
Oct 2018
It's a reasonably well maintained archeological site, the signage is also reasonably good. The rock shelters have awesome cave paintings (paintings that appear to date from the Mesolithic Period right through to the historical period), qualifying it for a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For anywhere else in the world, this could have been a top tourist spot, luckily it's not so; hence, it has not been commercialised so far, which helps preservation.
It's a big area, and therefore it needs plenty of walking.
The place is close to BHOPAL City, the Capital of Madhya Pradesh state of India. It is as must visit place as Ajanta and Ellora caves, both World Heritage Sites.
Written October 29, 2018
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Durgesh Singh
Bhubaneswar, India81 contributions
Apr 2015 • Business
Very well worth a visit from Bhopal. Has a local guide named Vimal at the site who gives a decent interpretation of the place. Otherwise also you can do a self guided visit. Dont deter your visit due to high temperature of Bhopal during summers, this place is cooler than you can imagine. You can find some Mouse tailed Bats roosting in the crevices, if looking for wildlife. The rock shelters are amazing. The Zoo rock painting shelter has some detailed animal paintings. They have decent loos at the site and near to the highway there is a MP Tourism restaurant.
Written April 4, 2015
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Bhopal, India40 contributions
Dec 2011
Never stop your kids from painting the walls you never know when they are contributing to create a history. If you don’t believe me than do pay visit to bhim betika near Bhopal. Here you can witness the scenes that depict hunting, dancing, music, horse and elephant riders, animals fighting, honey collection, decoration of bodies, disguises, masking and household scenes. Animals such as bisons, tigers, lions, wild boars, elephants, antelopes, dogs, lizards, crocodiles, etc. the list is long of all what you could see in the caves from the ancient history
So here you go to see some prehistoric structures and old bunglows of our ansistors I mean the caves and their drawing and paintings . The entire place is swarming with caves and most of these caves have these prehistoric paintings. There are superimposition of paintings in the caves, which shows that the same canvas was used by different people at different times. Ufcourse no landlord was there to ask for rent or repainting charges so these paintings still exist . MP tourism has recently braughtin few sculptures to compliment the caves
The drawings and paintings can be classified under seven different periods:---- Details on My Blog
Bheem Betika is a world heritage site situated about an hour’s drive from Bhopal towards the south on the Hoshangabad highway.Best way is to have a car / bike drive to the place.
There is only 1 possible eating joint near the place of bhim betika even for tea and coffe and that is of MP tourism also here you can get things on made to order types (E-mail : so don’t expect the poha jalebi J and tapir ki chai there which you will be possibly needing after the rough patch of road (which unfortunately comes under central government), the other possible bottle neck is the railway crossing which keeps playing hide and seek
Being a national heritage the entry fee is rs 10 per person and 50 rs for car . Ok don’t think of saving money from place to park car as you will have to walk really long to be there ;) hee hee.Ya and closing time of the caves is 5.30 pm . You may like to go to the water spring (not in summers ) and /or water body near by to give the trip a perfect feel of picnic also since the entire area is stony you may find other tracking places there. In sum, a great place to explore Do remember to carry some sun block, a pair of sunglasses and lots of water and food, Ok Sports shoes are advised footwear.
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Written January 30, 2012
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India40 contributions
Apr 2015 • Family
Could manage this trip on my fourth visit to MP. It's unbelievable. But be sure to take a guide, it's not very costly. Try to go early to get some solitude. The final stretch of road is really bad though.
Written April 17, 2015
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Vaishali G
Mumbai, India72 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
Before the tips to visit, few words that will be of help if you haven't read up about this location. Bhimbetka is the OLDEST proof of human dwelling in the world history. The discovery of these in late 1950s shook up the way world civilisation & history had been perceived . Humans dwelled in this areas date as long as 30,000 years ago!! The paintings have survived all these millennia and tell us the story of their lives then.
Now few tips for the visit:
1. There are no refreshment/ cold drink shacks that you typically find on any tourist spot. But there is a good MPTDC cafeteria nearby serving meals and snacks freshly cooked on demand. This is about 800m before the rock area or rather at the train gate as you enter the forest zone.
2. Carry water with you though there are water taps available- not sure if that's good for drinking. There are decent toilets too(temporary enclosures)
3. The area falls within forest zone, so there are groups of monkeys and langoors inside, who are not intrusive but one may still need to be careful if carrying edible items.
4. Entry fee of 25/- per person or 300/- for a light motor vehicle/ car to be paid as soon as u enter the forest zone (that is where the rock shelters lie)
5. Wear comfortable shoes as you will have to walk around 1 km around the rocky trail.
6. The trail is well marked with due information boards around. One can read and make great sense of the immense beauty - otherwise it may have been very easy to miss the details on these rocks.
7. The shelter is open from sunrise to sunset. There are no specific operating timing.
8. The Area is on hill top and rocky. Which means there are very scanty trees. If going during the day, carry cap and sunglasses otherwise it may be difficult to walk around in the open sun.
Written April 2, 2018
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