This year, when I went to Bhopal to attend a wedding, I decided to do a little Bhopal familiarisation. On asking about interesting places to visit, the first name that came up was, of course, Sanchi Stupa. As I had done Sanchi Stupa, on an earlier visit, I asked for some other recommendations. Then I was told about Bheembetkar Caves.
Bheem What ker? was my immediate response.
Oh, haven’t you heard of it? They are enlisted as a World Heritage site. The Bhimbetkar caves. There are about 12 to 15 caves with colored paintings.
Immediately the vision of 12 structured caves came to my mind. And people looking at them, as in a museum, awestruck with colourful paintings. Little did I know it was far from it.
When we reached the place, after a tortuous approach road, the most fascinating feature was that it was so unstructured. Had to be. After all, they were the dwelling caves of the inhabitants of Paleolithic and Mesolithic age.
Yes, you heard me correct. These are caves of the stone age men and women. There are two other such places in the world, one in France and one in Spain. It is unimaginable how such a historically awe inspiring place is hardly known about India, who is known only by the Taj Mahal heritage.