Bhopal is capital of Madhya Pradesh .Bhopal is the 11th
century city named Bhojpal, founded by Raja Bhoj, but the present city of
Bhopal Town was
established by an Afghan soldier, Dost Mohammed (1707-1740).
Bhopal, the city of Lakes
:Bhopal is called as city of lakes , Bhopal has got many
small lakes but two major lakes of Bhopal still dominate the city, and are
indeed its nucleus. Bhopal city has many gardens and is one of the top
green cities in India.
Few state capitals in India have a history as eventful as Bhopal. The city
of Bhopal has witnessed many changes since it was founded .
Bhopal has been a city in which one finds traces of cultures as different
as those of Buddhists, Hindus, Mughals and Afghans, all of which have been
blended to perfection, providing Bhopal city a distinct identity.
Cruise Boat at Bhopal Lake :-
In the vicinity of the Upper Lake, is the boat club run by MP Tourism with
a large fleet of boats –Curise Boat, rowboats, pedal boats, sailboats and
motorboats. So take your pick and spend a while boating on the placid
waters of the lake.( Subject to Weather conditions)
Van Vihar Bhopal : Van Vihar is a safari park is located on a hill adjacent to the Upper Lake. Wildlife
watchers can view a variety of herbivorous and carnivorous species, in
these natural surroundings.
Van vihar opens everyday, except Tuesday, from 7-11 am and 3-5.30 pm. This 445
hectares park is more of a zoo than a safari park, despite the promise of
'natural surroundings'. Luckily, if you are in the north during the
monsoon, when generally all the national parks are closed, it's good to know you
don't have to completely miss out on tigers, lions and crocodiles.
Bharat Bhawan Bhopal
Bharat Bhawan is a multi art centre without parallel in India housing a museum of the
arts,art gallery,fine arts, a repertory theater,
indoor and outdoor auditoria, rehearsal room, and libraries of Indian
poetry, classical and folk music.
(Open from 2 pm to 8 pm every day except Mondays)
Gohar mahal Bhopal
: The Gohar Mahal is a magnificent expression of the fusion of Hindu and Mughal
architecture, situated behind Shaukat Mahal on the banks of the Upper
Indira Gandhi manav Snagrahalaya Bhopal
:National Museum of
Mankind is a unique Museum, on the Shyamala Hills on the Upper Lake front.
It is a postcolonial museum of communities rather than objects.
:- This Mosque is said to be the largest mosque in the country, the building of this
towering edifice was begun by Shah Jehan Begum (1868-1901) but was
completed after her death. It’s a huge pink mosque with two massive
white-domed minarets and three white domes over the main building. A
three-day Iztima congregation held here annually draws people from all
over the country.
How To Reach Bhopal
Bhopal is 741 km from Delhi, 789 km from Mumbai, and about 200 kms from
Indore. Major Tourist attractions like Kanha, Ujjain and Sanchi Bhim Betka
are close by and well connected. Its 8 hrs journey from New Delhi by
Bhopal by Air :-
Bhopal is connected by regular flights to Mumbai, Indore, Delhi and Gwalior. Airport is 15 km from the city center.
Bhopal by Rail :- Bhopal is on one of
the two main Delhi to Mumbai railway lines and also on the main line to
the southern state capitals of Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Thiruvananthpuram. There are direct
many trains to Amritsar and Jammu Tawi and
also to major towns in Madhya Pradesh.
Bhopal by Road :- There are extensive
bus services (private and state road transport) to cities within the
region and interstate, Tourist taxies are easily available.
Places Around Bhopal
Bhim Betka :
The Bhimbetka rock shelters are an
archaeological site located 45 Kms from Bhopal City . The Bhim Betka
shelters exhibit the earliest traces of human life in India, There are
many hand made rock painting made by stone age Man, Stone Age rock
paintings are approximately 9,000 years old, making them among the world's
oldest. Many people say that great Pandava had taken shelter in Bhim Betka
caves while their Van Vas. Bhimbetka
Sanchi is located 46 km north east of Bhopal, Stupas of Sanchi are world
famous. The 'Great Stupa' at Sanchi was originally commissioned by the
emperor Ashoka .