After the adventure sports of Lower Lake we decided on visiting the Bhimbetka Caves Bhopal. I had heard a lot about these caves from friends and was curious to visit it. The Rock Caves are located in the Raisen district of the state of Madhya Pradesh. The surrounding area is covered by natural resources, thick vegetation, natural shelters and rich flora and fauna. The caves have been declared an archaeological site as it is related to the Pal Eolithic Age and depicts the beginning of South Asian Stone Age. Traces of human life related to the earliest period could be found in these magnificent caves. In the year 2003 it was declared as the world heritage site by the UNESCO. The extraordinary and awesome rock caves were discovered accidently in the year 1957-58.
More than six hundred caves have been discovered nestled amidst the rocky terrain, dense forest and craggy cliffs. Numerous layers depicting different time frames can be discerned on the rock paintings which can be seen even on the ceilings at various heights. The cave dwellers prepared the colors with combining and mixing hematite, manganese, wooden coal and soft red stone. Sometimes the extract of leaves and animal fats were also used in the preparation of the mixture. The paintings have been done mainly in white and red color with yellow and green used very sparingly. The daily events have been used as themes depicting dancing, hunting, fighting, body decorations, disguises, household scenes, animals like horses, elephants, lions, tigers, wild boars, dogs etc. and also many ritual and religious symbols. These caves provided shelter to the dwellers and the paintings are still unharmed by the hand of nature. It looks as if the fascinating walls have a story of their own to tell about our ancestors. We took many pictures and snaps of the scenery as well as the surroundings.
Bhimbetka Caves Bhopal have proved to be an archaeological treasure and seeing nature so close and that to at its best has been an eye opening and learning experience. One can easily discern the human footsteps on the sands of time.