Best time to visit: The best time would be from September to February.
Open hours7:00 am to 6:00 pm all through the week.
Things to doVisit the Ratapani Sanctuary only 10 kilometers away.
BudgetINR 10.00 need to be paid by Indians to gain entry while INR 100.00 is charged for foreign tourists. To park vehicles, INR 20.00 is charged while for a minibus INR 100.00 is charged.
Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesFamilies, Friends
Rank2 out of 52 attractions in Bhopal
These caves lie 45 kilometers away from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and are a famous tourist destination on the Bhopal- Hoshangabad Highway. It is believed that these were the very caves where the Pandavas sought shelter when they were exiled. Dr. Vishnu Wakankar, a professor at the Vikram University in Ujjain discovered these caves while on an excavation during 1957-58. He strayed far from the site and stumbled upon these caves. One cannot afford to miss this place when one visits Madhya Pradesh.
Reviews of Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka • 5
Day 1:Distance: ~40 kms from bhopalBhimbetka was probably the place about which we had least information prior to making the trip.We left for Bhimbetka after having breakfast which is off the main highway and also you need to cross a railway line on this route. As you head towards Bhimbetka, the local land settings change (it becomes progressively more rocky and barren rather than the lush green farmland on the main highway).Langurs kept giving us company till we reached the actual rock shelter site.
The cave paintings at Bhimbetka exhibit the beginning of the South Asian Stone Age. Located inside the Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhimbetka is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Some shelters are known to be inhabited some 100,000 years ago, whereas the paintings, which give the first representation of dancing date back to 30,000 years. Bhimbetka is a must for anyone interested in the history of civilisation in India.
The rock shelters at Bhimbhetka are said to represent the earliest sign of human life in the Indian subcontinent. We know, of course, that from the very beginning, humans have felt the urge to express themselves, to record their lived experiences. History has given us enough evidence to support this statement. Bhimbhetka's rock paintings are examples of such evidence. The paintings show animals and birds, men riding horses, and hunting scenes. The earliest paintings are said to be around 30,000 years old. Bhimbhetka can be reached by car from Bhopal, located at a distance of around 45 kilometers.
Quiet & serene...