Bhopal is best known to many people as the site of what is considered the world’s worst industrial disaster, the Bhopal gas tragedy in 1984, which has claimed the lives of 16,000 people.

However, Bhopal is also a very progressive city, the capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh and is known as the City of Lakes for its various natural as well as artificial lakes and is also one of the greenest cities in India.

The Museum of Man

The Museum of Mankind or to give it its official title, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), is an anthropology museum located in Bhopal dedicated to presenting an integrated story of the evolution of man and culture with special reference to India.

Tribal house at the museum

Tribal house at The Museum of Mankind

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Bhimbetka Rock Shelters

The Bhimbetka rock shelters are about an hour’s drive from Bhopal and are located in the midst of sal and teak forests.. They are an archaeological site of the Palaeolithic period, exhibiting the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent, and thus the beginning of the South Asian Stone Age.

At least some of the shelters were inhabited by Homo Erectus more than 100,000 years ago.  Continue reading