Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka

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The Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka are in the foothills of the Vindhyan Mountains on the southern edge of the central Indian plateau. Within massive sandstone outcrops, above comparatively dense forest, are five clusters of natural rock shelters, displaying paintings that appear to date from the Mesolithic Period right through to the historical period. The cultural traditions of the inhabitants of the twenty-one villages adjacent to the site bear a strong resemblance to those represented in the rock paintings.

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Bhimbetka reflects a long interaction between people and the landscape, as demonstrated in the quantity and quality of its rock art. Criterion (v): Bhimbetka is closely associated with a hunting and gathering economy as demonstrated in the rock art and in the relicts of this tradition in the local adivasi villages on the periphery of this site.

Year of Inscription: 2003

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The Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka are in the foothills of the Vindhyan Mountains on the southern edge of the central Indian plateau. Within massive sandstone outcrops, above comparatively dense forest, are five clusters of natural rock shelters, displaying paintings that appear to date from the Mesolithic Period right through...

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Recommendations for Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka

  • Ancient Rock Painting - Pradhan Birua
  • If the weather is nice, then trek up to Bhimbetka rather than taking a car to cover the approx 4 kms distance from the main road to the site. The way goes through the Ratapani wildlife sanctuary and the silence, the wilderness and the isolation of the place is simply overwhelming! - Shashank Manu
  • Paintings on the inner walls of the caves in red pigment - Chandni Chowdhary
  • The Cave Paintings - Sanghamitra B. Jayant
  • there are 15 sights that public are allowed. Guides will take to you all these places and explain whats happening in the paintings. - Prasun Bheri

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