Bhimbetka is a UNSECO acknowledged World Heritage Site. It has earned that title by being home a set of extraordinary cave paintings made by Man in prehistoric times.It is a world heritage site that consists of seven hills and over 750 rock shelters distributed over 10 kilometres.The Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka are in the foothills of the Vindhyan Mountains on the southern edge of the central Indian plateau. At least some of the shelters were inhabited more than 100,000 years ago. It is located in the Raisen District in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh about 45 kilometres southeast of Bhopal.Cave paintings dating back to approximately 30,000 years. Rock shelters that were home to humans, millennia ago. And a rich flora and fauna surrounding these, indeed, make Bhimbetka a gift to us from our earliest ancestors.
The site contains the world’s oldest stone walls and floors.The rock shelters and caves of Bhimbetka have a large number of paintings. The oldest paintings are found to be 30,000 years old, but some of the geometric figures date to as recently as the medieval period. The colors used are vegetable colors which have endured through time because the drawings were generally made deep inside a niche or on inner walls.The paintings are classified largely in two groups, one as depiction of hunters and food gatherers,while other one as fighters, riding on horses and elephant carrying metal weapons. the first group of paintings dates to prehistoric times while second one dates to historic times.Most of the paintings from historic period depicts battles between the rulers carrying swords, spears, bows and arrows.
The one feature which makes Bhimbetka a most unusual archaeological site is that the paintings here constitute a repository of knowledge of how Man lived in a truly ancient era. Bhimbetka, when seen in its full perspective, makes for an awe-inspiring history tale told entirely in pictures.The shelters were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2003.
LEGEND SAYS BHIMBETKA IS DERIVED FROM ‘BHIMBAITHKA’ MEANING ‘THE SITTING PLACE OF BHIMA’, FROM MAHABHARATA
OUT OF THE 760 ROCK SHELTERS, 500 ARE ADORNED WITH PAINTINGS
RED BISON ATTACKING PAINT
THE PAINTING OF AN ENORMOUS RED BISON ATTACKING A MAN IS VISIBLE ONLY WHEN THE SUN IS JUST RIGHT
Thousands YEARS OLD ART GALLERY
THOUSANDS YEARS OLD ART GALLERY HIDES AMONGST THE MASSIVE, BLACK BOULDERS OF BHIMBETKA
THESE ROCK SHELTERS WERE DISCOVERED AND REVEALED TO THE WORLD BY V.S. WAKANKAR IN 1957.
HOW TO REACH.
Nearest airport for Bhimbetka is in Bhopal city which is about 55kms from site. Raja Bhoj Airport of Bhopal is well connected with some of the important access points of India like Delhi & Mumbai.
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