Discovery of Bhimbetka Rock Shelters
An archaeological treasure, Bhimbetka has around 243 rock shelters. The paintings found in the rock shelters here have a striking resemblance to the ones discovered in Kakadu National Park in Australia; to the cave paintings of Bushmen in Kalahari Desert and Upper Palaeolithic Lascaux cave paintings in France.
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.
A walkthrough these ancient naturally carved rocks surrounded by dense forests of Bhimbetka will bring alive child-like wonder in you.
Bhimbetka is inside Ratapani Sanctuary and has a sole food joint called Hotel Highway Treat managed by Madhya Pradesh Tourism.
Bhimbetka, a UNESCO World Heritage site
According to the citation of UNESCO which declares Bhimbetka Rock Shelters as World Heritage Site, the rock caves of Bhimbetka was mentioned first in the archeological records of India as Buddhist site in the year 1888, according to the data collected from locals. Later on, some rock formations were found by V.S. Wakankar when he was traveling by train. They were similar to the rock caves he had seen in France and Spain. In 1957, he gathered an archeologists’ team and visited the site and found a lot of primeval rock shelters.
Meanwhile, over 750 other rock shelters were identified and 178 of them belong to LakhaJuar Group and 243 of them belong to Bhimbetka group. According to the archeological studies, a frequent sequence from the late Mesolithic and Acheulian age was revealed. Some of the oldest stone floors and walls of the world from Stone Age were also found in Bhimbetka.Some of the monoliths found at Bhimbetka have the raw materials which were used at Barkheda.