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Bhimbetka Rock Shelters

INTRODUCTION
Bhimbetka is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, group of rock shelter painting, an archeological treasure. It is close (45kms) to Bhopal city of Madhya Pradesh State. Surrounded by the northern fringe of the Vindhya ranges, Bhimbetka lies 45 kms south of Bhopal. In this rocky terrain of dense forest & craggy cliffs, over 600 rock shelters belonging to the Neolithic age recently discovered. The paintings in 500 caves mainly executed in red & white with occasional use of green & yellow with themes taken from the everyday events of aeons ago, the scenes & painting in the caves depicts the daily chores of that age.

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MADHYA PRADESH ORIGIN
The ancient Vedas record the marriage of king Dashrath of Uttar Kosal, father of Lord Rama of the epic Ramayana, with the princess of Dakshin kosal (a part of modern Madhya Pradesh). It is believed that the Lord Rama & Sita spent a major part of their 14 years exile in Chitrakoot located in the Dandaka forest area, north of the Vindhyas. Archeological explorations & excavations provide a glimpse of the ancient period from the earliest times to about the 13th century AD. The finds speak of a developed ancient civilization & reflect the glorious & chequered history of its rulers & warriors & a rich cultural past. Historically known as Malwa, Madhya Pradesh the second largest cenrally located state in India is called the very heart of India.

BHIMBETKA HISTORY
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HOW TO REACH
By Air: Nearest airport to reach Bhimbetka is Bhopal Airport in Madhya Pradesh State.

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By Train: Bhopal railway station is the important railway station to visit Bhimbetka as for further surface journey, one can find taxi service easily. Similarly Itarsi Railway Station is another important railway station for reaching Bhimbetka rock shelters.

By Road: Bhopal is best suitable place to reach for visiting Bimbetka rock shelters. It is just 40kms from Bhopal city. Similarly tourist visiting Pachmarhi, Jabalpur, Satpura National Park may also visit this World Heritage Site on the way to their destination.

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BEST TIME TO VISIT
Bhimbetka rock shelters are open for visitors in day time, through out the year. So as per convenience, one can visit this world heritage site in any season. Considering the climate, we recommend to visit Bhimbetka site from October to April during which of the tourist do the tour of Madhya Pradesh.

ACCOMMODATION
One can have good accommodation facility through out Madhya Pradesh state weather you are in Jungles, heritage sites, pilgrim sites or in a hill station. It is the Madhya Pradesh State where all 04 luxury safari lodges of Taj Group is located with world class facilities. You can find 5-star category hotels in Gwalior, Indore, Bhopal cities.
NEXT TO MADHYA PRADESH
As we have already specifed that states Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra & Chattisgarh shares their state border with Madhya Pradesh so one can go to any of these states for tourism & holidays.
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