The Bhimbetka Rock Shelters: a glance into the past

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Bhopal is a one city that is not just well known for the many treasures it houses but because of the region in which it is located. Bhopal stands on a significant location in Madhya Pradesh and is surrounded by numerous places of interest that you can visit when in Bhopal. 

There are plenty of good resorts near Bhopal which will make sure that you enjoy a comfortable stay in the city or in its outskirts. Well once you have your accommodation settled in Bhopal, you can set about to explore the many wonders that are located near the city, the top most of which is the Bhimbetka Rock Shelters. 

The Bhimbetka Rock Shelters

As the name suggests the Bhimbetka Rock Shelters are a series of about 400 caves. It is one of the most significant finds in archaeology and for tracing the evolutionary history of mankind. Such has been the findings in these rock shelters that it has been listed as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. 

Are you wondering what has been found here?

Well, let’s start from the very beginning. A team of archaeologists were canvassing the area as a part of their job, when one of them got displaced from the group accidentally. In a bid to make his way back to his team, the seemingly lost archaeologist bumped into something which he had not expected. Further exploration revealed a series of caves, which is today known as the Bhimbetka Rock Shelters. 

The most interesting feature of these rock shelters are that they contain numerous paintings; paintings that date back to the Old Stone Age! These are the paintings that had been made by the ancient man who had roamed this portion of the earth. There are over 400 caves and each of these come with paintings and these paintings show the gradual evolution of man, signifying that this region of the earth had been inhabited for quite a long period of time. 

Scientists have found proof that these paintings were made with charcoal dust often mixed with human saliva. They depict the daily life and occasional celebrations of the ancient man, giving us an idea about what their life was like. It is a wonder how these paintings have survived. Archaeologists believe that since it had the protection of the cave, these paintings have managed to stay on for so long. 

How to travel to Bhimbetka Rock Shelters? 

The Bhimbetka Rock Shelters are located in the Raisen district, about half an hour drive away from Bhopal. So, when you book your stay at the best hotel in Bhopal, book a car along with it as well so that you can take a trip to the Bhimbetka Rock Shelters. You can also try the sightseeing package that the hotel offers. The cave remains open from 7 in the morning to about 5-6 in the evening and hence if you want you can spend the entire day exploring the wonders that this cave has had in store for so many years.
All in all, a walk through the series of these caves promises to be fun!

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