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[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka are cave shelters in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, that bear evidence of prehistoric human life. The rock shelters, which are located in the foothills of the Vindhyan Mountains in Raisen District, 45 km south of Bhopal, on the southern edge of the central Indian plateau, have been recognised as a World Heritage Site.


Bhimbetka Rock Shelters
Bhimbetka Rock Shelters
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The Bhimbetka rock shelters comprise five clusters of caves bearing cave paintings that appear similar to those of Kakadu National Park in Australia, those made by the Bushmen in the Kalahari Desert in Namibia, and the Upper Paleolithic Lascaux caves in France.


Bhimbetka Cave Paintings
Bhimbetka Cave Paintings
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The Bhimbetka caves were first mentioned in Indian archaeological records in 1888. At that time, they were regarded as a Buddhist site. Since then, over 700 such shelters have been identified in India, of which 243 are in the Bhimbetka group and 178 in the Lakha Juar group. They pointed to a Stone Age culture that had developed in the area, and what are possibly the world's oldest stone walls and floors.

Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, on 29 June - 5 July, 2003.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N22 55 40 E77 34 60 in Madhya Pradesh
Inscription Year: 2003
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III, V,

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