Bhimbetka Rock Shelters

Location Close to Bhopal City in Madhya Pradesh, Central India
STD Code 0755
Main Attractions Rock Shelters, Rock Paintings
Sightseeing Duration 01 Half Days
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Next destinations Maheshwar
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Bhimbetka is a collection of many rock-shelters at Ratapani Tiger Reserve in Raisen district. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Central India. Out of three UNESCO sites in Madhya Pradesh, it is one of them. Bhimbetka is a group of rock shelter paintings and an archaeological treasure. For visiting Bhimbetka, nearest city is Bhopal (45kms). Distance from Bhimbetka to Indore is approx. 240kms. It is located on northern fringes of Vindhyan ranges. It is the rocky terrain of dense forest and craggy cliffs, over 600 rock shelters belonging to the Neolothic age were recently explored in this region. Paintings of Bhimbetka depicts the life of the Pre-historic cave-dwellers, making the Bhimbetka group an archaeological treasure and invaluable chronicle in the history of human being. Their are approx. 500 such caves having such valuable rock painting and art.



Bhimbetka rock shelters lies in Ratapani Tiger Reserve. It is a dense forest area that can be reached only by road. Most of the tourist visiting Bhimbetka comes either from Bhopal, Satpura National Park or Indore.
Train connectivity: Although Obedullaganj is the nearest railway station for Bhimbetka rock shelters but due to unavailability of reliable travel services, tourists prefers to reach Bhopal railway station first and further journey by taxi. Bhopal is having direct trains for cities like: Agra, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Nagpur, Jaipur, Chennai, Tivandrum, Indore, Ujjain, Jabalpur etc.
Flight connectivity: For Flight connectivity, nearest airport is Bhopal airport (60kms) and after that Indore airport (260kms) is the best suitable options. For further journey, we offers airport taxi services connecting to Bhimbetka rock shelters.
Road connectivity: For road connectivity, Obedullaganj is the nearest town for Bhimbetka but here basis facilities are not properly established so Bhopal city is recommended to tourists. They can travel by taxi from Bhopal to Bhimbetka and back.

Bhimbetka rock shelter are used by human groups in different eras. Here some of the shelters are inhibited by Homo erectus, more than 100000 years ago. Which means Bhimbetka rock shelters are more than 100000 years old. Some of the paintings of these rock-shelters were found of 30000 years old which means of Stone Age. Bhimbetka drawings and paintings can be classified under different ages like Upper Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Chalcolithic, Early Historic, Medieval etc.

Bhimbetka rock shelters lies in Ratapani Tiger Reserve so while visiting it, one can enjoy the scenic nature of tiger reserve. It is a paid site where visitor fee is required to be paid to government official. Here guide service is also available on request. It is not mandatory to use guide but recommended to use it to understand the history in better way. Here main sightseeing points are mega rocks, rock-shelters, rock-paintings and caves. Visiting area is not so large so it can be covered in 30 to 60 minutes.

Best time to visit Bhimbetka rock shelters is from October to May. During this time, one can visit to these rock-shelters in day time. It is open for visitors in day-time only and night visit is not allowed. It lies inside the forest area so always try to visit it by taxi or some other vehicle. Visiting it by normal public carrier bus is not feasible.

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