Rock paintings at Lakhudiyar

By Abhijit Menon-Sen <ams@toroid.org>

2017-01-01

I remember, as a child, reading about the discovery of the cave paintings in Altamira by an eight-year-old, and her wonder at seeing bison and other animals seeming to dance in the flickering light of her torch.

Despite my fascination with palaeolithic rock art, I had never seen any. I had read about cave paintings at Lakhudiyar near Barechhina in Almora district, the best-known of Uttarakhand's many such sites. It's not far from where we live, but not close enough for a casual visit either. We had an opportunity to stop for a few minutes on a recent drive past Barechhina.

It's not really a cave, just an overhanging rock face; and it's a far cry from Altamira. In fact, it looks a little like it might have been the work of a bored schoolboy waiting for a bus home. But there's an ASI “protected heritage site” notice-board, so it must be legit… right?

Rock paintings at Lakhudiyar, Uttarakhand

Notice the obvious (and accurate) “hairpin bend” road sign in the centre of the image. The paintings are a bit repetitive, and unfortunately the ones closer to the ground are quite worn. Here's a video that shows more of the rock face:

Here's another video that shows the approach to Lakhudiyar.