Bhimbetka Rocks PaintingA 98,000 year old gallery hides amongst the massive, black boulders of Bhimbetka.

It should really better known than it is. But if you moss the sign on right of National Highway 69, from Bhopal to Pachmarhi, then you’re likely to miss Bhimbetka. The sing carries the UNESCO embalm of a world heritage site, and indicates a road that bears to right. Travelers then bump over a manned level crossing and enter terrain that resembles the Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania where Louis and Mary Leakey discovered remains of world’s first pre-humans or hominids. Here, as in Olduvai, is a sere submontane  land of parched grass, few trees, slabs or rock and rising black boulders. The road winding up through this austere landscape ends in a green and wooded parking lot to the left, carved out of the hardwood Sal forest. Across the road, a fence demarcates the area protected by the Archaeological Survey of India and declard telling one what lies ahead.

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