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).


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Bhimbetka activities

$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.

$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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