The Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka are in the foothills
of the Vindhyan Mountains on the southern edge of the central Indian
plateau. Within massive sandstone outcrops, above comparatively dense
forest, are five clusters of natural rock shelters, displaying paintings
that appear to date from the Mesolithic Period right through to the
historical period. The cultural traditions of the inhabitants of the
twenty-one villages adjacent to the site bear a strong resemblance to
those represented in the rock paintings.