Hidden in a deep stand of teak forest, the hundreds of ancient rock shelters of Bhimbetka feature cave paintings thought to be over 12,000 years old.
The rock shelters were inhabited by various peoples from the Paleolithic era through medieval times who left thousands of images depicting daily life painted on the rock walls of the caves using a mixture of locally found minerals, animal fat, and coal from wood fires.
Of the more than 600 caves in the area, about 15 are open to the public, which were excavated over a period of 16 years. Bhimbetka is the oldest of the 24 World Heritage sites recognized by UNESCO in India. The oldest paintings in the caves mostly depict large animals like bison, tigers, and rhinoceroses in green and dark red.
The paintings from the next era of inhabitants depict stylized groups of humans covered in body art, and hunting scenes that show the caves’ dwellers using bows, spears, and clubs to kill their prey. The next phase of paintings is thought to have been drawn during the Bronze Age (around 5,000 BC) and depict the caves inhabitants trading with farming cultures on the Malwa plains.
The best weather to visit Bhimbetka falls between October and March. April through June have the highest temperatures, and the rainfall starting in July and running through September greatly reduces the temperature and revitalizes the countryside after the summer heat.
Bhimbetka is in Madhya Pradesh State in central India. The historic site is about 30 miles outside of Madhya Pradesh’s capital city Bhopal. A flight to Bhopal from Mumbai or Delhi, and then private vehicle ride to the caves dwellings is the best way for guests on our India tours to reach the area.
The varied paintings created over thousands of years by a multitude of inhabitants who sheltered in Bhimbetka are a splendid way to watch the march of time and the development of Indian culture for guests on our luxury tours of India.
Appropriate Attire :
The weather will be warm so dress appropriately for the climate, and wear solid shoes as some of the trails are uneven.
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