Plan your vacation to 'City of Lakes' Bhopal and explore numerous picturesque locations with interesting backgrounds. You can plan a day out to Delawadi, a nearby picturesque picnic spot or Bhojeshwar temple in Bhojpur or to Manuabhan Tekri. Discover the prehistoric rock paintings at Bhimbetka, a World Heritage Site or to famous Sanchi Stupa, a popular Buddhist monuments dating back several centuries.Bhopal toady presents a mulch-faceted profile; the old city with its fine old mosques,minarets, teeming market places and palaces.Equally impressive is the new city with its exuberant, exquisitely laid out gardens, parks, broad avenues and streamlined modern edifices.
The capital of the Madhya Pradesh state, Bhopal is often referred as "City of Lakes". A tour to Bhopal will be fruitful to the curious traveler looking to get the glimpses of the history. Tourism in Bhopal is not only limited to historical monuments and buildings but includes a wide framework.Apart from sightseeing and traveling, you can enjoy shopping for traditional handicrafts. At the popular markets in Bhopal you can buy ethnic Chanderi and Maheshwari saris with wondrous Zari work. Never miss the taste of kebabs,khoprapak,bhutte ki kees and malpua of Bhopal. Explore the glorifying history of Bhopal along with the delicious food, happening market and more all at a one place.
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A Glance Through Its History
The origination and the creation of the city have been widely contradicted by the historians. According to few sources the city was established by Raja Bhoj. The king set up a dam near present-day Bhopal named 'Pal' and henceforth city was called Bhojpal. But later it got abbreviated as Bhopal. From other resources and studies it was said as the city was named after a king Bhupala and originally called as Bhupal. Although neither of these theories are proven fact.
The medieval history of India suggests Nawab Dost Mohammad Khan annexed the state of Bhopal and ruled for long. The specialty of the city lies in being the only city ruled successfully by four women rulers. The era of Begums that began in 1819 with the accession of Qudsia Begum continued till 1926, when her great great grand daughter Sultan Jahan Begum abdicated in favour of her son, Hamidullah Khan. The post independence history shows more twists and turns. In 1949 Bhopal became an integrated part of India and given statehood. Although later it was merged with Madhya Pradesh and declared as Capital of the state. To know about history of Bhopal, Click here
Travel in Bhopal
Bhopal is one of the key cities in the country. In recent years Bhopal has emerged as a popular academic destination and with its developing infrastructure counts amongst the most urbanized city of India. The city is divided into two
parts, Old Bhopal and New Bhopal. While Old Bhopal signifies the
heritage and nature, New Bhopal depicts the sign urbanization.
The city has unique combination of heritage and culture. The greenery and scenic beauty has
made the city an ultimate destination to visit.The beautiful lakes and the well
maintained parks are indispensable part of Bhopal.If you love to travel and exploring new places then Bhopal
deserves a top place in your chart.
Every year thousands of people visit to the wonderful city of Bhopal. The city has all the good credentials to become the hub of tourists. Apart from world famous destinations Bhopal is well connected to other parts of the country.
Famous Tourist Destination In & Around Bhopal
In the outskirts of Bhopal, around 50km from
the city history lies one of the very popular monument of India. The Stupas of Sanchi is a UNESCO declared heritage site and is one of the
most astonishing Buddhist structures in Asia. The credit for building
oldest stone structure goes to Emperor
Ashoka Today Sanchi Stupa is visited by thousands of tourists around the
world and is admired for its
mesmerizing art and architecture.
Laxmi Narayan Temple
One of the famous and astonishing
architecture that stands tall at the top of Arera Hills has been
attracting pilgrims and tourists for its dexterity and religious values.
The temple of Goddess Laxmi and God Narayana, sees thousands of
visitors each day. Also known as Birla Mandir, Laxmi Narayan Temple has an attached Museum where
you can find rare collection of sculptures from Sehore,Raisen, Mandsaur
and Shahdol districts of Madhya Pradesh. Timing of museum is from 9am to
5pm every day except Mondays.
Address: National Highway 86, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462022
Manuabhan Ki Tekri
Manua Bhan Ki Tekri situated atop a hill is a famous pilgrimage spot for Jain devotees.The place is known for its exquisite architecture and panoramic views of the city. Also known as Mahaveer Giri, the tekri houses the footwear of Jain saint Shri Jindutta Sureshwarji, Acharya Manutung, and Maharaj Shri Vijay Suriji along with an idol of Shri Man Bhadarji.On the event of Kartik Purnima, a big fare is held in the temple every year.
Gohar Mahal is a beautiful and popular monument built by Begum
Qudisiya. The fine looking palace is situated near Upper Lake and is a beautiful
fusion of the local Hindu and Islamic architecture. The sprawling palace built in 1820 is
still intact and draws plenty of visitors.
The charisma of this monument built in 1837 is never ending. The credit for building Jama Masjid in Bhopal goes to Begum Qudisiya. Although it is smaller in size it has no less importance for the tourists and the inhabitants of the city. Jama Masjid counts amongst the famous mosques in Bhopal and is revered by millions of Muslim devotees.
The name suggests its importance and the prestige. Taj-Ul-Masjid refers to the 'Crown of Mosques' dates bacjk to Mughal era. Built by Nawab Shahjehan Begum it is one of the largest mosques in Asia. The specialty of the mosque lies in its architecture where one can find an open courtyard with a large tank. Also there are imposing double stored gate-way with 4 recessed archways and 9 imposing cusped multiple openings in the main prayer hall. The noticeable and remarkable architecture of this monument has made it famous and must go visit place in the country. The Monument also serves as Madarsa or Islamic School and imparts education to the students. A three-day Ijtima congregation held here annually draws people from all over the country.
Address: Koh E Fiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462001
Build by Begum Sikandar Jehan in 1860 it resembles much with famous Jama Masjid of Delhi. You will be astonished by the carvings engraved in the walls and ceilings of the mosque. The historical mosque is revered by thousand of Muslim devotees.
Indira Gandhi National Museum of Mankind
Spread over 200 acres Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (National Museum of Mankind) is located on the Shamla Hills with the Upper Lake front. It is situated in a prehistoric site with numerous prehistoric painted rock shelters. The unique and probably one of the best of kinds, this museum recollects
the culture, inhabitances and religious values of the people from
ancient time through painted rocks. The library,computerized documentation, audio-visual archive, and the
collection of ethnographic specimens in the Museum, though modest in
size are among the best in the world.
Address: Shymala Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462002, Phone:0755 266 1458
Government Archeological Museum
This museum contains sculptures and paintings from various parts of
Madhya Pradesh. Here you can find exquisite collections of paintings
including copies Bagh cave painting and the statues of Lakshmi and
Buddha. Other important artifacts includes images of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma. Explore the artistic engraved stone statues that make oneself spellbound. The museum remains open from 10 am to 5 pm except on Mondays and Government holidays.
An ancient Lord Rama temple, built in 19th century is a living example of the heights of Indian Art in past. The temple attracts plenty of devotees specially in the Dol Gyaras annual festival which is celebrated every year in the temple premises.
Parks and Gardens in Bhopal
Van Vihar Safari Park
Get close to nature by planning your trip to Van Vihar Safari Park located on a hill adjacent to the Upper Lake.The park spread over an area of 445 hectares contains variety of herbivorous and carnivorous species. From alligators to Leopards and deers you can spot all in this scenic park. It remains open everyday, except Friday, (Timings: 1st April to 30 September, from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM and 01 October to 31 March, from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM)
For all those looking for beautiful flowers,
charisma view and calmness of nature Vardhaman Garden is a perfect
place. Situated at the heart of the city, garden hosts many tourists and
local every day.
Children Traffic Park
Being an amusement park it is an ultimate destination for kids looking for extra fun in Bhopal.While touring Bhopal they don't have to be disappointed. This open park has all and everything to keep your kid occupied. Further ample care is taken towards the their safety.
It is regarded as lover's point of Bhopal. The romantic ambiance and fresh breeze appeals many couples looking to spend some quality time in the company of their near and dear ones.
Sheetal Das ki Bagiya
The garden of Sheetal Das has emerged as the most favored hangout place in Bhopal. The awesome beauty and fresh air injects enthusiasm in your mind and body.
Lakes in Bhopal
Bhopal is referred as City of Lakes. The city is famous for two prominent Upper and Lower lake.
Raja Bhoj said to have made the lake. This lake is not only a tourist attraction for its charisma beauty and tranquil ambiance, but also an tourist spot in the city. The never ending charm and mesmerizing view make everyone to fall in love with it. The place serves as most visited place in the city. Plan a day out with your friends and family to this beautiful site and try out different types of boating experience with assortment of boats like Paddle boats,Rowing boats,Hovercraft, etc. The experience of the upper lake is surely going to fascinate anyone for a long time.
Situated in the heart of the city, lower lake is another destination that you simply cannot avoid. It has been built in accordance with the upper lake to its eastern side. The water levels of these lakes are managed in terrace structure and a seepage connection is made between the two. The lake acts as an Eco-cultural center . Known for its exquisite beauty and aloofness, Lower Lake Bhopal is one of the finest pass time spot in the city.
Luxury Hotels in Bhopal
The city is well developed and falls under the Y class city. Being the tourist attraction Bhopal has all kinds of hotels and motels. The famous hotels of Bhopal can be listed out with their contact details.
Vanvihar Rd, Van Vihar National Park, Near, Prempura, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462002•0755 660 6600
Restaurants in Bhopal
The delicious cuisine of Bhopal has its own story. Bhopal offers you traditional cuisine along with the contemporary food items. A perfect place for a foodie, Bhopal has some great restaurants and your trip to Bhopal will be incomplete without tasting popular Bhopali dishes.
The shopping is an inevitable aspect of touring. Bhopal with its shopping malls and markets is a perfect place to shop. It is in fact a popular shopping destination in Central India. Bhopal comprised of plenty big and small markets. The retail and the open markets are very famous and has been into existence from pre independence time.
The famous open markets are Chalk, New Market,10 Number Market, Bitten Market, 11 Number Market, TT Nagar Market etc. With wide network of shopping complex and avenues Bhopal is serving well its citizens.
The rapid and fast growth of the city and the increase in population has raised betterment of the public Transport. Bhopal has bagged its Metro Rail project and in near future Metro will provide easier transportation in the city.
How To Reach?
Compared to any other part of the country Bhopal has a well developed network of transportation. The city is linked with national highways has an airport with major airlines.
has its own international airport. The Raja Bhoj International Airport, Bhopal,
is one of the best airports in India and operates major airlines. Air India, JetKonnect , Jet Airways, SpiceJet are major airlines opperating from Bhopal airport that connects it to other parts of the country.
has two major railway stations; one is the Bhopal Junction which can be
considered as the Old Bhopal and another being Habibganj or New Bhopal.
Both the stations are inside the city and frequent public transport can
be availed to reach up to any part of the city. The stations are almost 7-8 km apart from each other. You can reach up to Bhopal from any part
of the country through Indian Railway as the city is connected to every
part of the nation.
are two interstate bus terminus in Bhopal. The city is connected
through National Highway 12 and 86 and State highway 17. The city has
bus services to all the nearby major cities for 24 hours. The city has
its own intercity buses with frequent and well managed services.
from all over the world come to Bhopal as the famous Stupa of Sanchi
which is of great religious values to Buddhism is only 40 km from the
city. Due to its enriching history and lashing beauty of nature Bhopal attracts plenty of tourists from across India and world. Plan your trip to Bhopal and witness the hidden beauty of nature. The city has has something for everyone and no one can feel disappointed by traveling to the City of Lakes.