Bhimbetka Stone Shelter – World Cultural Heritage in India

Bhimbetka’s rock shelter is located in the foothills of the Vindhyan Mountains at the southern edge of the central Indian plateau. In the giant sandstone outcrops, above relatively dense forest, are five clusters of natural stone shelters, displaying paintings dating from the Middle Stone Age to the historical period. The cultural traditions of the inhabitants of the 21 villages adjacent to the site are very similar to those shown in the rock paintings.

Accreditation year: 2003
Criteria: (iii)(v)
Area: 1,893 ha
Buffer zone: 10,280 ha
Madhya Pradesh


Criterion (iii): Bhimbetka reflects the long-term interaction between people and the landscape, reflected in the quantity and quality of rock art. Criterion (v): Bhimbetka is associated with a hunting and gathering economy as shown in rock art and in the ruins of this tradition in local adivasi villages on the periphery of the site This.

People riding horses holding weapons

Map of the Bhimbetka . Stone Shelter

Video about Bhimbetka cave

See also: UNESCO World Cultural/Natural Heritage Sites

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