The Rock Caves, Bhimbetka Overview

Discovered first in 1957, the paintings found in the rock caves of Bhimbetka are famous as they show depictions of early man and are known to be over 10,000 years old. The rock caves in Bhimbetka are also famous for being the earliest known source of rock or cave art in India and surrounding areas. Situated 45km east of Bhopal, Bhimbetka has also been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

All the important rock shelters are numbered and signposted. There are approximately 15 spots linked by a concrete path. And on the side of the paths you can find maps very frequently showing you where to go, so there is no chance of getting lost. One interesting spot is the 'rock tortoise'. Just a little up hill from the Caves entry is a small temple. People who visit the caves usually visit the temple.

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