There are numerous places in India which need special attention from travelers. These places are associated with history and culture. Who can deny the Holi festival of Braj region or watching the majestic Taj Mahal. Ajanta, Ellora & Elephanta caves are in each travel itinerary in India. Grand temple complexes of southern India are so alluring that one rarely denies exploring them.
The heart of India ‘Madhya Pradesh’ is a rich soil of history and culture. Madhya Pradesh has a long association with tribal culture and traditions. The Bhimbetka rock shelters are an archaeological site in central India that spans the prehistoric, Paleolithic, and Mesolithic periods, as well as the historic period. It exhibits the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent and evidence of Stone Age starting at the site in Acheulian times.
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.
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. These Rock Shelters were discovered and revealed to the world by V.S. Wakankar in 1957. Bhimbetka rock shelters is a World Heritage site.
The Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka are in the foothills of the Vindhyan Mountains on the southern edge of the central Indian plateau. Within massive sandstone outcrops, above comparatively dense forest, are five clusters of natural rock shelters, displaying paintings that appear to date from the Mesolithic Period right through to the historical period. The cultural traditions of the inhabitants of the twenty-one villages adjacent to the site bear a strong resemblance to those represented in the rock paintings.