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Places To Visit in Bhopal

Bhopal with its beautiful lakes, archeological shrines, mosques, temples and palaces presents an enjoyable destination for tourists from all around. With its charming splendor and modern development it appeals to the eyes of every visitor. Bhopal is divided into the old city and the new city. Even as the old city set to the gracious idea from the early times, the new city nevertheless do not fail to amaze the visitors with its sightseeing places such as stunning lavish parks, wide roads and modern buildings.

Places to visit in Bhopal

Top Tourist Destination in Bhopal

Sair Sapata in Bhopal

Sair Sapata is a perfect place to visit after weeks of hectic work schedule. Sair Sapata is a sightseeing and recreation complex located on the banks of the Upper Lake. Spread over 25 acres, the complex was thorn open to public from September 29, 2011. Promoted by Madhya Pradesh government the complex has an appealing musical fountain, children’s amusement area, toy train and a suspension bridge linking Prempura and Sewania. Call your friends and colleagues and make your holiday more exciting by planning your trip to any this popular tourist destination amidst beautiful landscapes.

Address: Van Vihar Rd, Suraj Nagar, Bhopal,
Madhya Pradesh 462044
Entry: Paid
Timings: 9.00 AM - 7.00 PM (All days)

Kanha Fun City in Bhopal

For fun lovers visiting Bhopal it is wise to plan their trip to Kanha Fun City. This beautiful amusement and water park has everything to excite you. From thrilling fun rides to Bungy Jump and Video Games you can enjoy all and many more amidst safe and comfortable environments.

The very beautiful and amazing amusement/water park has everything to attract new comers. Beside popular rides, don't forget to move on the beats of Aqua Disco. Enjoy every moment of your stay in the company of your near and dear ones. Kanha Fun City is definitely worth your time and a fun place for everyone, from young too old to enjoy.

Address: Kanha's Fun City, Rukmani Amusement Ltd. Hoshangabad Road,
Ratanpur, Bhopal - 462047
Phone No.: +91-2499463, 2499464, 6542020
Fax: +91-755-2499464
Mobile: +91-9826989744
E-mail: info@kanhafuncity.com

Jama Masjid of Bhopal

Jama Masjid is a fine-looking mosque constructed by Qudisiya Begum in 1837. The most renowned feature of this fresh-looking monument is the two imposing minarets that are evidently visible to bare eyes even from a long distance. Reflecting the adroitness of Islamic culture, interiors of this mosque are incredible.
Inside the mosque are three spherical cupolas along with a chain of alabaster-white columned arch and a marble interior chamber. There was an extensive overhaul after 1947, when a pool was further added. Having immense significance as a divine place, this mosque is visited by large number of devotees.

6.30 AM - 7.00 PM (All days)

Upper Lake in Bhopal

Upper Lake Bhopal

The ancient and splendid man made lake of the 11th century Upper Lake is also known as 'Bada Talab'. A colossal lake believed to be constructed by Raja Bhoj is known for its exquisite beauty and aloofness. In recent years it has developed as one of the finest hangout spot in Bhopal. Here you can experience boating in various types of boats. The Upper Lake formed by a huge dam built across the Kolans River also serves as reliable resource of potable water for the people of the city. The lake remains a foremost center of water activities, such as sailing, paddle boating and motor boat riding.

Lower lake in Bhopal

Lower Lake is called the 'Chota Talaab', positioned in the midst of splendid hills and gigantic Upper Lake reflects traces of the great Mughal Empire. Bordered by the Kamala Park the lake has been affected by human settlement to a great extent.The MP Tourism Boat Club offers thrilling jaunt for adventure lovers by sail, paddle boats and motor boats in the lake.

Sanchi Stupa

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Sanchi, a town located about 47 km from the Bhopal is a well-known Buddhist site and considered as a religious town due to the monasteries located here. The most famous being Great Sanchi Stupa.
Credit for constructing the oldest and the most magnificent Stupa goes to Emperor Ashoka. In this religious town you can find remains of many ancient monuments including temples and stupas.

The site has been listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and attracts tourists from across various global destinations. Along with these historical buildings, don't forget to visit the archaeological museum. It displays the prominent image of four lions that stood on top of the Ashoka Pillar.

Timings: 6.30 AM - 6.00 PM (All days)

Fish Aquarium in Bhopal

The fish museum also called “Machali Ghar” is an astonishing traveler spot for fish lovers. The museum houses variety of species of fishes, turtles and amphibians. The two storied fish like makeup located near Raj Bhavan covering an area of one acre accommodates 66 species of fishes. The ground floor of the fish aquarium houses roughly 26 aquariums with a variety of fishes like Paradise Blue, Rosy Barb, bone fishes. The top floor has 40 varieties of fishes ranging from lakes, rivers and ponds.

Timings: 1 – 8 pm (April – September)
12 – 7 pm (October – March)

Bhimbetka Caves

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Bhimbetka at a distance of situated 45 km northeast of the city is one of the most visited pre historic sites in India. Visit the rock shelters to get the glimpses of the bygone era when humans used to live inside caves and were much dependent on natural resources. 

Amazing rock shelters and paintings will certainly catch your eyes and imaginations. It is believed that the area derived its name from  Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers. The name 'Bhim-bet-ka' signify 'where Bhim sat down'. 

The caves once inhabited by Homo erectus are almost more than 100,000 years ago. Pictures of animals like tigers, bears and rhinoceroses can be seen engraved on the walls of the caves. Today Bhimbetka is UNESCO recognized world heritage site and is one of the top famous destination near Bhopal.

Timings: Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 6.30 AM - 6.30 PM, Saturday: 6.30 AM - 6.30 PM , Sunday: 6.30 AM - 6.30 PM , Public Holidays: 6.30 AM - 6.30 PM

Khatlapura Mandir in Bhopal

Khatlapura Mandir located in close proximity to the Lower Lake was constructed 150 years ago. The main deity includes Lord Rama along with Laxmanji , Sitaji and many other statues of Gods and Goddesses. Dol-Gyaras is a fair held every year at this holy place and witnesses influx of devotees and guests from across parts of Bhopal and Madhya Pradesh. Tourists can arrive at the holy place by boarding a bus or an auto.

Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM

Bharat Bhavan in Bhopal

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Bharat Bhavan is a multi-arts complex of matchless distinction. It was inaugurated on 13th February 1982 by the then Prime Minister of India, Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Founded and financed by Government of Madhya Pradesh the complex is a glaring example of beautiful architecture and was constructed under the supervision of famous architect Charles Correa. 

Diverse units of Bharat Bhavan comprise Roopankar (museum of fine arts), Rangmandal (a repertory), Antrang (an indoor theatre), Bahirang (an outdoor theatre), Vagarth (a center of Indian poetry), Anhad (a library of classical and folk music) and an art gallery within the complex. There is also an Ashram which provide abode for guest artists. No doubt it a one of its kind in Madhya Pradesh and also in India.

Address: J Swaminathan Marg, Krishna Nagar, Shymala Hills,
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462002
Opened: February 13, 1982
Website: https://bharatbhawan.org/index.html
Timing: Tuesday – Sunday
2pm – 8 pm (February – October)
1pm – 7 pm (November – January)

Gufa Mandir in Bhopal

Gufa Mandir situated in the environs of Lalghati, is believed to have been founded by Late Baba Narayan Das in 1949. The temple houses the idols of Lord Shiva, Rama, Laxman, Sita, Goddess Durga and Hanuman.

The temple attracts large number of visitors and devotees from diverse regions of the Madhya Pradesh and India for aarti every day. This temple campus also houses a Sanskrit college.
Address: Idgah Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM

Van Vihar National Park

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Van Vihar National Park spread across 445 hectares is known for its richness of flora and fauna. In this natural habitat you can find different species of birds and animal. A retreat of greenery accommodating herbivores and carnivores, the park was declared a national park in 1983. 

This national park permits herbivores to wander liberally while the captives are kept inside areas restricted by ditch and parapet in order to avert poaching. Popular carnivorous animals at this national park are tiger, and panther. 

Free moving animals like chital, sambar and blue bull feed on the grass budding in Van Vihar.. The amenities of the park also make an ideal place for avian fauna, which comprises over 200 species of birds migrating to the park in the wintry weather. The park is also known for diversified species of butterflies and insects.

Timing:Saturday – Thursday
6:30 am – 5:30 pm (March – September)
8 am – 5:30 pm (October – February)
Entry Fees:
Rs 15 (Indians)
Rs 200 (Foreigners)

Taj-ul-Masjid in Bhopal

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Taj-ul-Masjid, signifying ‘The Crown of Mosques’, is an ancient mosque that was used as a madrasah. Sultan Shah Jehan Begum of Bhopal (1868-1901) initiated the structure of this mosque. Nevertheless, it was entirely constructed only after 1971 by the immense endeavor of Allama Mohammad Imran Khan Nadwi Azhari of Bhopal.

A special feature in the design of the mosque is a pink frontage topped by two 18-storey octagonal minarets with marble domes. Beneath the three giant spherical domes of the mosque lies a core hall with handsome pillars and marble flooring. In addition the mosque comprises a courtyard with a huge tank in the middle. The two storey doorway with four archways leads to the main prayer hall. Quibla wall inside the prayer hall is ornamented with eleven arch carvings and excellent screens of lattice work.

Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM

Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya in Bhopal

Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, or the National Museum of Mankind is stretched across a extensive region of 200 acres. In this musesum you can find rich display of tribal art and craft. Located in an antediluvian place, it is one of its kind in India. The demonstrations at this museum are largely divided into three type namely Open-Air Exhibitions, 

Indoor Galleries and Periodical or Provisional exhibitions. The Open-Air Exhibitions displays the view of Coastal Village, Desert Village, Himalayan Village, and more. However, the most outstanding element of this exhibition is the Tribal haunt comprising life-size dwellings built by tribes.

The two indoor galleries Veethi-Sankul and Bhopal Gallery cover an area of around 1200 square meters. The foremost structure includes display halls, a reference library, indoor and outdoor auditorium and other diverse conveniences. Roofed with Dholpur stonework shielding from all sides, this building features Kota stone flooring. Approximately 7000 square meters part is operated by temporary exhibitions.

Address: Shymala Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462002, Shymala Hills,
Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462002
Phone:0755 266 1458
Website: https://www.igrms.com/igrms.html
Timing: Tuesday – Sunday
10 am – 5:30 pm (September – February)
11 am – 6:30 pm (March – August)

Gohar Mahal in Bhopal

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Gohar Mahal, positioned on the banks of the Upper Lake, is one of the fine-looking palaces in Bhopal. An architectural spectacle, this palace was constructed by the first queen of Bhopal, Qudisiya Begum
in 1820. The pillars and the ceiling of the palace reflects beautiful blend of Hindu and Islamic architecture. The palace stands near to the beautiful Upper lake and has everything to charm and attract distant visitors and tourists.

Address: Gohar Mahal, VIP Rd, Nakkar Khana,
Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462001
- Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 8.00 AM - 6.30 AM , Saturday: 8.00 AM - 6.30 AM , Sunday: 8.00 AM - 6.30 AM , Public Holidays: 8.00 AM - 6.30 AM

Archaeological Museum in Bhopal

Archaeological Museum, earlier known as the Bhopal Museum is located on the charming Shyamla Hills. The museum is grandiose building accommodating a impressive compilation of sculptures brought from diverse parts of the state. Some of exhibits at this museum are coins, excavated artifacts, paintings, tribal handicrafts, musical instruments, figurines and sculptures.All these artifacts throws light on the heritage of Madhya Pradesh in general and Bhopal in particular.

Most important display at this museum are valued artifacts including statues of Lakshmi and Buddha and images of Brahma,Vishnu,Shiva and Parvathi. Paintings of diverse schools and facsimile of paintings from the Bagh caves are additional critical displays at the museum. The museum also houses an excellent figurine of two couples from Khajuraho and 87 Jain bronzes that were recovered from Dhar.

Address: Shamla Hills, TT Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Timing: Tuesday – Sunday
2 – 9 pm (March – September)
10 am – 5 pm (October – February)

Moti Masjid in Bhopal

Moti Masjid is a yet another popular and most visited shrine in Bhopal. This mosque was constructed in 1860 by Sikander Jehan Begum of Bhopal, the daughter of Qudisiya Begum. Design of this mosque reflects that of Jama Masjid in Delhi.Standing royally in brick red colour, this shrine has a white marble with two small cupolas on the peak. 

On each side of the main structure there is a dark red loom adorned with vivid golden spikes. Regarding as a gate to paradise on earth, these gorgeous minarets are used for the entitle to prayer for the true followers of Islam.
This place is effortlessly reachable from any part of the city by buses, auto rickshaws and taxis.

Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM

Shaukat Mahal in Bhopal

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Shaukat Mahal, located at the Chowk area of Bhopal, is one of the architectural speculate posturing a blend of Indo-Islamic and European styles of architecture. The beautiful monument was designed by a Frenchman which is reflected in its art and architecture giving it a different look from the remaining Islamic architecture of the time. 

The beauty of the palace lies in Gothic and post-Renaissance type of architecture. White alabaster with sequence of intricate triangular-shaped arches on the ceiling and decorated fragile flower- patterns on the walls gives the palace an elegant look. Once residing palace of the Nawab of Bhopal, Shaukat Mahal today is a beautiful example of the bygone era.

Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 8.00 AM - 6.30 AM , Saturday: 8.00 AM - 6.30 AM , Sunday: 8.00 AM - 6.30 AM , Public Holidays: 8.00 AM - 6.30 AM

Sadar Manzil in Bhopal

Sadar Manzil that once served as the noble courtroom during Nawabs rule in Bhopal state was a Royal Enclave and held important place in the city. The place with large wooden gate, mammoth terrace balcony, domes on each corner add to the beauty of this complex. Today, this brick-red structure serves as the head office of Municipal Corporation of Bhopal .

Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 8.00 AM - 6.30 AM , Saturday: 8.00 AM - 6.30 AM , Sunday: 8.00 AM - 6.30 AM , Public Holidays: 8.00 AM - 6.30 AM

Birla Museum in Bhopal

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Birla Museum set up in 1971 conserves the indications and artifacts dating the prehistoric period at the same time, provide its guests a glance of the societal ethnicity of the archaic men. Other demonstrates at the museum comprise tools and equipments that were used by ancient men of Palaeolithic and Neolithic ages.

Tourists are attracted towards the balance model of Bhimbetka rock refuge exhibited in the museum, with antique wall paintings of the Stone Age. Archaeologists can find significance in the exhibit of stone monument, from the 7th to the 13th century, composed from an assortment of archaeological sites. Coins, manuscripts and terracotta items belonging to the period of 2nd BC -6th AD are additional displays at this museum.

Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 9.30 AM - 5.00 PM, Saturday: 9.30 AM - 5.00 PM , Sunday: 9.30 AM - 5.00 PM , Public Holidays: 9.30 AM - 5.00 PM

Regional Science Centre in Bhopal

The Regional Science Center is situated on the Shyamla Hills. The center spread over 5 acres of land has more than 265 scientific displays associated to mechanics; energy, sound, light, atmosphere etc. The majority of the exhibits are proposed for the visitors to interrelate and achieve hands-on skill.

Main objectives of Regional Science Center Bhopal is to make people aware of Science and Technology. It aims to assist students and the common men in the area of scientific and technological advancement. The center helps to develop technical approach through presentations, seminars, lectures, science shows and other programs.

Address: North TT Nagar, TT Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 10.30 AM - 6.00 PM , Saturday: 10.30 AM - 6.00 PM , Sunday: 10.30 AM - 6.00 PM , Public Holidays: 10.30 AM - 6.00 PM

Lakshmi Narayan Temple (Birla Temple) in Bhopal

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Lakshmi Narayan Temple situated on top of the Arera Hills and is devoted to the Hindu Goddess of Wealth Lakshmi. The temple has aesthetic idols of Lakshmi with her consort Lord Vishnu. Other deity in the temple includes Lord Shiva and his wife Parvathi. Bordered by foliage and noticeable with an antique appeal, this temple remains a favorite place to visit in Bhopal. Built by the industrial family of Birlas, this holy place is also known as Birla Mandir.

The structure of the temple is sandy-yellowish in colour and has an antique-worldly charisma of itself. One face of the structure is a vast turret, while extensive lawns encircle the compound from other sides. Entry of this shrine is through a glorious archway. Besides spiritual travelers, this temple is frequently visited by citizens of Bhopal. The complex also houses a museum.

Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM , Saturday: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM , Sunday: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM , Public Holidays: 6.30 AM - 7.00 PM

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