Bhimbetka Caves : A UNESCO world heritage site

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The Bhimbetka rock shelters are about 45 kilometers Southeast of Bhopal. The site, spread over 10 km in length and about 3 km in width, has more than 700 rock shelters, of which over 400 have paintings. They were discovered and revealed to the world by V.S. Wakankar in 1957. They were put on the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 2003.



How I reached Bhimbetka?

I took Nizamuddin-Bhopal Express to reach Bhopal. It’s a very convenient train from Delhi. After reaching Bhopal I started negotiating with taxi drivers to take me to Bhimbetka. They were asking 700-800 for a round trip to stay of maximum 2 hours. Suddenly a guy of my age came to me and offered me a ride to Bhimbetka and around for 1000 bucks. Finally we settled for 500+all day expenses (like food, drink, cigarettes etc.). Here starts the enjoyment, I myself drove the bike (that was a Hero Honda Passion Pro) entire day. The guy Arun told me that most of the day he came to Railway station and pick someone like me on his bike and drove to Bhimbetka, Sanchi, Bhojpur or any nearby places. A true angel! What else I can ask for.

Places to see in Bhimbetka



The paintings in Bhimbetka are executed mainly in red and white with the occasional use of green and yellow, with themes taken from the everyday events. The scenes usually depict hunting, dancing, music, horse and elephant riders, animals fighting, honey collection, decoration of bodies, disguises, masking and household scenes.



The colors used by the cave dwellers were prepared combining manganese, hematite, soft red stone and wooden coal. Sometimes the fat of animals and extracts of the leaves was also used in the mixture. The colors have remained intact for many centuries due to the chemical reaction resulting from the oxide present on the surface of the rocks.

So, here we are, this is an ancient cave temple.



There is a vast landscape of Ratapani Forest, behind the Bhimbetka Caves, where recently 14 Tigers were located and soon it is going to be declared as Tiger reserve.



For a moment I am going to keep silent because an image is worth about 1000 words and if it is 5000 years old then you can multiply the result.





What to eat?

We had lunch on a dhaba en-route to Bhopal but for dinner I decided to taste some non-vegetarian delicacies of Bhopal and went to New Hakim restaurant. However it turned out to be pathetic in comparison to other cities especially Delhi. My companion Arun told me that this is how the way in most part of the city. Before going to Bhopal I had seen NDTV’s famous program “Zaika India ka” video about Bhopal in which Vinod dua said that Bhopal doesn’t have its own food culture. And every ruler who came here to bring his own way of eating. But I guess they probably failed to leave the mark.

So this is how I spent my day, quite hectic but rewarding.

Statistics

Hazrat Nizamuddin to Bhopal – 700km – 234 Rs in sleeper class one way
Bhopal (Habibganj) to Bhimbetka – 45 km
Bhimbetka to Bhojpur – 40 km approx
Habibganj to Birla Temple – 15 km round trip
Guide Charged – 500 Rs.
Bhimbetka entry fees – 30 or 40 Rs/vehicle (I don’t remember exactly)
Total 200 Rs petrol was used.
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#2 Nov 11th, 2013, 22:53
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Hi Amitk,

Nice photos of that great historical place. We were there in 2011 and liked the place very much. The prehistoric paintings and cave atmosphere were really thrilling. Road to Bhopal from Bhimbetka was also good.
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