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Best time: October - April (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Bhopal (Check Flights)


"The Exotic Rock Shelters"

Bhimbetka Tourism

The Bhimbetka rock shelters are an archaeological site, exhibiting the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent, and thus the beginning of the South Asian Stone Age. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003.

Bhimbetka is home to more than 500 rock shelters and caves which have a large number of paintings. The oldest paintings are considered 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. It a great place to visit for almost all age group people.

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Named so for the wide range of caves, which encapsulate almost the entire Indian history, from the ages of early man to the time of the Mughals, Bhimbetka is a range of caves, situated not very far away from Sanchi and Bhopal, in Vidisha district of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Well known for its beautiful cave paintings, the oldest ones of which are more than 30000 years old, and the latest ones dating back to as recent as the late Mughal period, Bhimbetka is a must visit for tourists of all breeds and all ages. Bhimbetka is also well connected to two more historic sites, the towns of Bhojpur & Hoshangabad, which are a proud witness to the empires of Raja Bhoja & Hoshang Shah of Malwa.

Since Bhimbetka is more of a tourist spot rather than a complete city, most of the eating revolves around the city of Bhopal. Early morning in Bhopal you can find various stalls serving Poha Jalebi . It sounds like a twisted combination, but is very famous amongst the local people in this region. You can get this at almost every shop and restaurant in and around Bhopal. If you are comfortable with small restraints, you will find many Dhabba on way to the caves which serve this famous combination with a hot cup of tea or what local people call it is "cut chai". Bhopal also offers a rich Indian cuisine to be explored. The sweet sour and spicy 'chaat' of this city is very famous. Since Bhopal is also the hub of Mughlai culture, famous delicacies like chicken tikka, biryani, goat kebabs etc. are offered here

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Booking a cab for a day would be the best way to visit Bhimbetka. If you are staying in Bhopal, leave from your hotel, and go to Bhojpur Temple early morning. After visiting the temple you can have breakfast at Highway Treat (it will come on the way from Bhojpur to Bhimbetka) and then go to Bhimbetka. It will take approximately 1-2 hours to visit the caves and rock shelters. After visiting the caves you can go back to Bhopal and go for shopping in New Market or City Area.

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  What's Great?

The caves it houses have a strong aesthetic quality. Has densely wooded vegetation.

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Can be crowded in peak seasons as it is visited by tourists from all over the country.

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Ideal for tourists of every kind. Suitable for backpackers from places like Mumbai, Pune etc.

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Bhimbetka is well connected to the rest of India by road. Regular bus services ply to and fro the city of Bhimbetka; buses being operated both by private and government owners, especially the Madhy... (Read More)

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