Cave paintings dating back approximately 30,000 years. Rock shelters that were home to humans, millennia ago. And the rich flora and fauna surrounding these, indeed, make Bhimbetka a gift to us from our earliest ancestors. The Bhimbetka Rock Shelter has the oldest-known rock art in India, as well as is one of the largest prehistoric complexes to be seen.
An archaeological treasure, Bhimbetka has around 243 rock shelters and has earned the honor of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The paintings found in the rock shelters here have a striking resemblance to the ones discovered in Kakadu National Park in Australia; to the cave paintings of Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert and Upper Paleolithic Lascaux cave paintings in France.
A walk through these ancient naturally carved rocks surrounded by dense forests of Bhimbetka will bring alive child-like wonder in you.
- Out of the 760 rock shelters, 500 are adorned with paintings
- The painting of an enormous red bison attacking a man is visible only when the sun is just right
- Thousands of years old art gallery hides amongst the massive, black boulders of Bhimbetka
- Just 25 km (about 15.53 mi) from Bhimbetka is situated Bhojpur, a town that houses one of the biggest Shivlings in the country in its beautiful Shiva temple.
Distance from IIT Indore to Bhimbetka: 256 km (about 159.07 mi), advisable to tour Sanchi Stupa together on the same trip.
Estimated tour cost: ~ ₹ 7000 –15000.