Bhimbetka is an old traditional rock shelter located in the center of India in Madhya Pradesh. I decided to pay a visit to this ultimate rock-cut cultural place on the first day during my vacation in Bhopal. I and my friends started off early and reached Bhimbetka by taking a bus from the city center. This very archaeological site represents some of the earliest traces of mankind. More than 100,000 years ago, the shelters were occupied by the early human. I am a great nature lover and like to discover new places whenever I get an opportunity. The Bhimbetka is a place where an indifferent combination of archaeological resource is intermixed with culture. You can find here early traces of life.
The Bhimbetka is also known as Bhim Baithaka and is located in the Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh, which is just about 45 kilometers away from the state capital, Bhopal. Natural shelter, thick lush green vegetation, perennial falls of water, flora and fauna in this place are very much enchanting. Cave paintings are also carved on the surface of the caves which portrays the heritage of India. Some of the paintings are as old as 30,000 years.
We found a local guide within the rock shelter who took us around the whole site. I learned from him that the entire site is spread over 10 kilometers of area, which is 3 kilometers wide. More than 700 rock-cut shelters and about 400 variant of paintings are present here. Few of the paintings are vibrant with hues of red, green and yellow. Some caves also depict paintings of fauna found in that time, mostly dogs, lizards, antelopes, lions, wild boars, elephants and antelopes. The pre-historical civilization of India is worth watching here at Bhibetka. We also found a restaurant within the shelter that served us food during the lunch hours. We went round the site and completed the journey in four hours. My visit to Bhimbetka was worth it. For a nature lover like me, this place is a treat. I would love to visit the place some time again in the future.