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Bhopal is dotted with historical monuments that includes palaces, religious structures and remains of its historical past. These monuments represents the past glory and enriching history of Bhopal. One among them is Gohar Mahal built in 1860 by Qudisiya Begum , the first queen of Bhopal .The palace is one of the greatest example of archeological excellence of past. The palace was built in the name of Begum Qudisiya also popular amongst the citizens as Gohar and naming convention came from her name. Situated in the central part of the city this structure represents the excellence of Indian arts during that time. This palace is a symbol of communal harmony and reflects the glory of the past.
History of Bhopal
In 1819 the history of Bhopal took a dramatic turn and started an era of Queens. After the assassination of her husband,Queen Qudisiya shouldered the responsibility of the princely state of Bhopal. She was an unprejudiced woman ruler in 19th century who rose to power. She came out and scrapped the conventional idea that women should be remain behind the veil and started working on women empowerment. She was an efficient ruler and an unbiased queen. She is said to be very popular amongst her subject. She ensured better facilities for the people and also emphasized on the education. She is known for her contribution towards the women empowerment. She even decided to pass her thrown to her daughter Begum Sikandar and prepared her this great responsibility.
She was a great admirer of art, architecture and was representative of communal harmony. In her regime she filled higher officials post by recruiting Hindus and established a prosperous and peaceful Bhopal. She built many religious monument for the people. The most remarkable one are the Jama Masjid and Gohar Mahal. She made Gohar Mahal in 1860 and resided in the palace in later half of her life.
Description of Gohar Mahal
Gohar Mahal situated at the banks of the beautiful Upper lake is unique and with appealing interior and exterior decorations. It is great example of fusion of Indo-Islamic architecture. The art, dexterity shows the impact of Hindu and Islamic culture in a wonderful proportion. The wonderful art and equally intensified architectural beauty reflects the taste of Bhopal's first queen.
How to reach Gohar Mahal ?
This beautiful monument is located at the bank of upper lake. The palace is well connected to the main city and can be reached easily. Today tourists from across Madhya Pradesh and other parts of India and world visit the palace to get glimpses of the royal past of Bhopal. Now a days you can find many handicraft items selling near this famous place in Bhopal. You can also enjoy boating in various types of boats at famous Upper lake of Bhopal. Take out time to shop for beautiful stuff at nearby New Market in Bhopal.
Address: Gohar Mahal, VIP Rd, Nakkar Khana, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462001 Timings:8.00 Am to 6.30 Am Entry: The visit to Gohar Mahal is free of cost. Nearby places of attraction: Upper Lake, New Market