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Cave paintings at Bhimbetka

Bhimbetka is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Madhya Pradesh, India.




The rock outcrops that contain the Bhimbetka shelters are on top of a low hill, surrounded by scrubby forest. The outcrops are clearly visible from the main road.

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Get in[edit]

From any of the bus stations in Bhopal, ask for a bus to Bhimbetka. It should cost sounds 50 rupees and will drop you off at the side of the highway next to the entrance road. There is a small cafe here with food, water and a toilet. From here it's 3km up a well-marked country road to the rock shelter. There's one or two motorbike taxis waiting (charging around 100-150 Rs. round trip) or you could just walk.

A car from Bhopal with a good driver will, with luck, take about one hour.


100 Rs. for foreign, 50 Rs. for Indians. In addition, there is a small fee for the vehicle.

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A well maintained trail winds between the rocky outcrops taking visitors past and, sometimes, through the rock shelters and to the major rock paintings. The shelters are, variously, caves, overhangs and arches. Interpretive signs have been set up by the Archaeological Survey of India. The trial also includes a viewpoint for the tortoise rock.

The last outcrop (by the carpark) also houses a shrine to Shiva which can be viewed for a donation.

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Next to the highway there's a small cafe/rest stop that sells overpriced food and water. There are occasionally also some food stands next to the road

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There are rooms available at the highway stop/restaurant for 1200 Rs. a night



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Get out[edit]

There are many buses plying the highway outside Bhimbetka and you can easily wave one down back to Bhopal.

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