Welcome to Bhojpur


This 1000-year-old Hindu temple with an unfinished dome doesn’t look much from the outside, but the sanctum, supported by four gargantuan pillars and housing one of India's biggest Shiva linga, is very powerful indeed.

Around the back, a stony ramp evidences how huge pieces of rock would have been moved into position onto the temple’s 5m-tall platform. To the side, etchings in fenced-off areas show grander plans for a temple complex that was never finished.


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$127 Private & Custom Tours

Full-Day Private Tour to Bhojpur and Bhimbetka Caves from Bhopal with Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and driven to the foothills of the Vindhyachal mountains where the Mesolithic era Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka are situated. There are around 750 Rock Shelters that are to be found on seven hills spread over an area of six miles. These caves contain the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent. Of the 750 Rock Shelters, 500 contain well preserved cave paintings that dates back 30,000 years ago. These cave paintings bear a striking resemblance to those found in Australia, the Kalahari desert in Africa and Lascaux in France. Spend some time in this historical art gallery marvelling at the skills of these ancient humans. A notable painting in these caves is that of a bison attacking a man. What is noteworthy is that the painting is visible only when the sun is at a certain point in the sky. After the visit to the caves, take a lunch break (beverage excluded) at a local restaurant. After lunch drive to the town of Bhojpur, a 45 minute drive away, and visit its celebrated temple that is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. This 11th century temple houses one of the biggest lingas in India and it is made out of a single rock. For reasons that are still unknown, the construction of this temple was halted midway and it remains incomplete to date. One can see architectural plans engraved on the surrounding rocks and unfinished materials abandoned at the site. The architectural drawings carved on the rocks and the mason's marks have helped scholars understand the temple construction techniques of 11th-century India. The temple has been designated as a Monument of National Importance by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Bhopal and dropped off at your hotel.

$97 Private & Custom Tours

Full-Day Private Tour to Bhimbetka Caves & Bhojpur from Bhopal

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and driven to the foothills of the Vindhyachal mountains where the Mesolithic era Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka are situated. There are around 750 Rock Shelters that are to be found on seven hills spread over an area of six miles. These caves contain the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent.Of the 750 Rock Shelters, 500 contain well preserved cave paintings that date back to 30,000 years ago. These cave paintings bear a striking resemblance to those found in Australia, the Kalahari desert in Africa and Lascaux in France. Spend some time in this historical art gallery marvelling at the skills of the ancient human race. A notable painting in these caves is that of a bison attacking a man. What is noteworthy is that the painting is visible only when the sun is at a certain point in the sky.After the visit to the caves, take a lunch break (own expense) at a local restaurant.After lunch drive to the town of Bhojpur, a 45 minute drive away, and visit its celebrated temple that is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. This 11th century temple houses one of the biggest lingas in India and it is made out of a single rock.For reasons that are still unknown, the construction of this temple was halted midway and it remains incomplete to date. One can see architectural plans engraved on the surrounding rocks and unfinished materials abandoned at the site. The architectural drawings carved on the rocks and the mason's marks have helped scholars understand the temple construction techniques of 11th-century India.The temple has been designated as a Monument of National Importance by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Bhopal and dropped off at your hotel.

$85 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Tour: Full-Day Bhojpur and Bhimbetika Tour from Bhopal

Pick up from your Bhopal city hotel at 9:00 am and proceed to Bhimbetka and Bhojpur. Bhimbetka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and lies about 50 km away from Bhopal (approx. 1 hour). Bhimbetka is known for the 700 rock shelters belonging to the Neolithic age. It was granted the UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2003. The highlight here are the paintings on the walls of the caves which depict the life of the pre-historic cave-dwellers. It is mind-boggling to know that Bhimbetka is the site of earliest human dwellings dating back to 35,000 years (yes, 35,000 not 3,500!). The caves are so old that they span from the late Stone Age to the early historic period. The inhabitants of these caves over the years had created their own stone floors. A variety of implements & tools that were used at that time can be made our from the paintings - including  hand-axes, cleavers and scrapers to remove flesh and fat from the skin of slaughter animals and the colored earth called "Ochers". There are paintings of even stone hand mills for grinding grain and nuts.  The paintings in these rock shelters give a good insight into the feelings of humans at that time – their aspirations an fears. Even though their expressions are crude in nature, one can make out scenes of domestic life – including a woman with a child or performing household chores. The other side of humans can be seen in the paintings of raids during warfare and hunting of animals. Among animals one can see outlines of what look like horse, elephant, rhino & other domesticated animals. These cave paintings help us in understanding and bridging the gap between our ancestors and us.Then proceed to Bhojpur that lies between Bhopal and Bhibetka located about 25 km away. It has an unfinished sun temple called the Bhojeshwar Temple which has the largest Shiv Lingams in India. Although the temple itself looks like a ruin, it is frequented by devotees. The temple is at a slight height, and its location affords a view of neighboring area for quite some distance. On completion of the tour, you will be taken back to Bhopal city and dropped off at your hotel.

$83 Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Private Tour from Bhopal to Bhojpur and Bhimbetka

The Bhimbetka rock shelters are an archaeological site dating back to the Paleolithic age. They exhibit the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent, and show a gimps into the beginning of the South Asian during the Stone Age. Some of the shelters were inhabited by the homo erectus more than 100,000 years ago. Some of the stone age rock paintings found among the Bhimbetka rock shelters are roughly 30,000 years old. Next proceed to Bhojpur and see its famous temple that is dedicated to Shiva. The temple houses one of the largest lingas in India and it's crafted out a single rock.The temple at Bhojpur is unique because it was left unfinished. There are a series of large architectural parts still located in the nearby quarries where the stones were cut and fashioned. In addition, there are a significant number of architectural drawings engraved on the flat surfaces in the quarry showing moldings, pillars, and the original temple plans. There is a large earthen ramp behind the temple which shows how the medieval craftsmen were able to raised the large blocks of stone into position. Your guide and personal chauffeur will drop you at your hotel or airport in Bhopal city.

$154.27 Cultural & Theme Tours

Excursion from Bhopal to Bhimbetka including Bhojpur

For people who love architecture and archaeology, this tour is a must to be. So pack your binoculars and a pair of shades for the Sun shines bright. Bhojpur, that takes an approximately 90-minute drive from Bhopal, is popular for its shrines. The most famous one being the incomplete Bhojeshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. This temple houses one of the largest liṅga-s in India, crafted out a single rock. It is unique in being left unfinished, with a series of large architectural parts still located in the quarries where the stones were cut and fashioned showing how it was built during those times. Another one is the Jain Shrine that is close to this temple. With a similar stone-raising ramp this also stands incomplete. This temple probably belongs to the same period as the Bhojeshwar temple and this can be discovered through the intrinsic architecture of these two places in Bhojpur. We will have special Indian delicacy (Gulab Jamun) and refreshments in Obedullaganj, which will be on the way while heading to Bhimbetka. After a journey of an hour, your stress will vanish as you witness the prehistoric times in the artistic caves of Bhimbetka. It exhibits the earliest traces of human life on the Indian Subcontinent. Located in the Raisen District this is a UNESCO world heritage site that consists of seven hills and over 750 rock shelters distributed over 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). These rock-shelters are the world’s oldest walls which were once home to Homo Erectus almost 100,000 years ago. What’s special about these caves is that it has cave paintings almost 30,000 years old that depict the art and culture of those people who lived there. After exploring these caves, you will be travelling back to Bhopal, the city of Lakes carrying the prehistoric essence of art, architecture and culture along with you. Both these places are World Heritage Sites and they are of great archaeological and architectural importance. And this tour gives you a glance into the era where humans did not know that a world existed outside those boundaries.

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