Bhimbetka in Madhya Pradesh boasts of pre-historic rock shelters and some of the finest prehistoric cave paintings in South Asia. Located 45 km south of Bhopal, on the southern edge of the Vindhyachal hills, Bhimbetka was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Archaeologists are of the opinion that the caves might have been occupied over 10,000 years ago. The site has more than 700 rock shelters. Bhimbetka has 243 rock shelters and 178 are in Lakha Juar.
The caves evolved over time into rock-shelters, ideal sites for aboriginal settlements and abundant natural resources like perennial water supplies, natural shelter, rich forest flora and fauna were conducive to the development of sustainable societies and creation of notable rock art. The smooth rocks have led some scientists to believe that the area was once under water.
Overall, the landscape has a strong appealing aesthetic quality, derived from the beauty of the naturally sculpted rock formations and the contrasting lush, densely wooded vegetation, which together give the place a timeless quality.
Bhimbetka cave paintings have a striking resemblance to those discovered in the Kakadu National Park in Australia, cave paintings of Bushmen in Kalahari Desert and Upper Paleolithic Lascaux cave paintings in France.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN BHIMBETKA
There are quite a few options of accommodation for tourists. The hotels in Bhimbetka are pocket-friendly. You could also consider staying in Bhopal.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN BHIMBETKA
Jalebi-poha is popular among the locals and the tourists and dhabas are the best (more like only) options to sample local food here.
BEST TIME TO VISIT BHIMBETKA
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Bhimbetka is as given below. The best time to visit Bhimbetka is also specified.