Welcome to Bhimbetka
Thanks to their natural red and white pigments, the colours are remarkably well preserved. A gamut of figures and scenes dances across the rocks: gaurs (Indian bison), rhinoceroses, elephants and tigers share space with scenes of hunting, battle, initiation ceremonies, childbirth, communal dancing, drinking, religious rites and burials. The oldest paintings, in red, often of huge animals, are thought to be 12,000 years old. In some shelters paintings of different eras are superimposed on each other (making decipherment tricky).