Zoo Rock Shelter


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Distance (From Bhimbetka Bus Stop): 3 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins

Place Location: Near Auditorium Cave

Transportation Options: Walk/Trek

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 3 km from Bhimbetka Bus Stop, the Zoo Rock Shelter is a cave situated in Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the prominent caves in the Bhimbetka Rock Shelters Complex, and among the top places to visit in Bhimbetka as part of Bhopal Tour Packages.

Among the 15 rock shelters opened for the public, the Zoo Rock Shelter was the most exciting of all, as well as the significant features of the archaeological site of Bhimbetka midst its 750 numbered shelters spread over 10 kilometers on either side and nearly 500 locations where rock paintings can be found. Also known as Cave 4, it has a large number of animal paintings of all the caves.

There are 453 figures in this shelter comprising 252 animals of 16 different species and 90 human figures. It contains paintings from 10,000 BC - made by lime and from 5,000 - 3,000 BC that were made by vegetable colors and iron. These drawings depict an array of animals that comprise Elephants, Bison, Sambhar, all varieties of Deer, Peacock, a Snake, and the sun. Hunting scenes with hunters carrying bows, arrows, swords, and shields also find their place in the community of these pre-historic paintings. In one of the caves, a bison is shown in pursuit of a hunter while his two companions appear to stand helplessly nearby.

Timings: 7 AM - 6 PM

Bhimbetka Rock Shelter Entry: Rs. 25 for Indians, Rs. 500 for Foreigners, Rs. 100 for 2-Wheelers, Rs. 300 for Cars