Bhopal Tourism
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Bhopal Tourism

Bhopal Info

  • State: Madhya Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 427 m
  • Pincode: 462001
  • District: Bhopal
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 01755
  • Weather: Summer 23 to 47°C, Winter 6 to 26°C
Bhopal is the capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is the second biggest city in the state, after Indore. The entire municipality is spread over a total area of about 286 square kilometres. It includes the administrative headquarters of Bhopal district as well as Bhopal division. It is often referred to as the ‘city of lakes’ because of the numerous natural, as well as, artificial lakes within its territory.

History of Bhopal

According to historians, Raja Bhoja built a city Bhojpal in the 11th century (the original Bhopal city). Later, the control of the city came into the hands of the Mughals and remained with them till the beginning of the 18th century.

The princely province of Bhopal was established by an Afghan soldier named Dost Mohammed in 1723. Rani Kamalpathi, a tribal queen, made great contributions and protected him from the Rajput kings in the neighbouring areas. The begums also had an important role to play in the history of Bhopal as the state was under their control for about hundred years.

The women of the royal families lived a rigid life, were strict followers of their religion and were capable administrators. Begum Nawab Sultan Jahan is considered as one of the greatest begums who ruled Bhopal. Her son Hamidullah inherited the throne in 1926. He signed the 'Instrument of Accession', after which the state of Bhopal became a part of the Indian Republic in 1947.

People & Culture of Bhopal

The city gained worldwide attention after the Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984. It was the most disastrous industrial accident where deadly gases like methyl isocyanate leaked from a pesticide manufacturing plant of Union Carbide India Limited (UCIL) and cost thousands of lives. The impact was so severe that some people suffer serious birth defects even today.

Hindi is the widely spoken in Bhopal. Tourists visiting the city can speak in English too as it is understood by many locals and shopkeepers. The city also has a strong literature and theatre culture. Many Hindi and Urdu poets and writers as well as theatre groups like Naya Theatre hail from Bhopal.

Things to do in Bhopal

Like any other big city, tourists can get around Bhopal by auto rickshaw, bus or taxi. Some of the most popular attractions in this place include religious places like Taj-ul-Masjid, Jama Masjid and Moti Masjid, which are also covered under Bhopal holiday packages offered by various parties. Some other places of tourist interest include Sadar Manzil, Lower Lake, Upper Lake, Bharat Bhawan, Birla Museum, Archaeological Museum, Gohar Mahal, Shaukat Mahal and Van Vihar National Park.

Food & Shopping in Bhopal

Bhopal is popular for its silver jewellery, embroidered and sequined velvet purses and cushions and beadwork. The monuments in the city represent the perfect blend of Hindu and Islamic cultures and at the same time the works on these monuments give an insight to the traditions of north as well as south India. The best thing to explore in Bhopal as a tourist is its cuisine. It is diverse, rich and vibrant. Right from biryani, kababs and chaats to sweet treats like jalebi. The old city is known to dish out some tasty dishes. The Jameel Hotel here is known to serve the best biryani in the country. Other popular places to eat include Manohar Dairy and a few high-end restaurants.

Travelling to Bhopal

Tourists can reach Bhopal by rail, road and air. The airport is connected to Delhi, Indore and Mumbai. Major trains operated by the Indian railways are connected to the city. Regular buses ply between Bhopal and Indore, close 185 km away.

Accommodation options in Bhopal

There are a number of budget and luxury hotels in Bhopal. Tourists can opt from a variety of staying options located near the Upper and Lower Lake. Also, the old town of the city has many heritage hotels that can be considered by tourists. Bhopal is home to a many palaces that have been converted into hotels.

Bhopal experiences extreme climate. Therefore, the best time to visit Bhopal is during winters, which is from the month of November to February.

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Aman Parihar

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  • Aman Parihar
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 1 Review
  •  8 readers

"Overall had a nice experience" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Its is the most suitable city for anyone who ever he is on entire earth. A must visit place would be Upper Lake. Local food is good but not that interesting on the other hand (Typical North Indian Food). I was there to visit my aunt and to relax so it was on them to show me around. Warm people no need to worry about anything just keep your business to yourself that's it.
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Jitendra Pathak

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  • Jitendra Pathak
  • Lives in Chhatarpur
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"Good place to go, Bhopal!" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Bhopal is city of lake many things can do for enjoyment in Bhopal. Can do boating in lake view Bhopal in big lake in different type of boats also very cheap cost with lots of fun. Bhopal have so many temples Birla temple, Ghufa mandir, Manuabhan tekri to visit. Also Tajul Masajid biggest mosque of Asia with red stone. You can visit museum and near place like Pachmadi sanchi near to Bhopal. A good destination for visiting.
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Rahul Sharma

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  • Rahul Sharma
  • Lives in Korba
  • 1 Review
  •  41 readers

"Upper lake, Bhopal" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Bhopal is best place for holiday not only for couple but also for family. Especially upper lake therefore Bhopal is also known for the city of lake. The best things about Bhopal is that culture all the people are very helpful. If you ever visit Bhopal than also visit the place like Salkanpur; national park; Sanchi.
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Sachin Soni

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  • Sachin Soni
  • Lives in Bhopal
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  • 1 Review
  •  15 readers

"Beautiful nature & nice place!" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
That was good city I have to travelled many places there and one of the best place of there that is lake view and there was very good environment. I travelled other many places like Birla temple, Gufa temple, Shahpura lake, sair sapata, and kerva dam and DB city mall and Ashima mall, people's mall which was very good there. The nature and environment of there are very good. Always whether remains good we can do easily survive in Bhopal city. Overall Bhopal city is very good capital of Madhya Pradesh.
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Md Adeeba

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  • Md Adeeba
  • Lives in Bhilai
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"A cool & green city!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I visited Bhopal in Christmas Vacations. It was very cold there. We stayed at Hotel Aamer Palace which is in M P Nagar which is very near to the Habibganj Station. M P Nagar is a commercial place and you will find a lot of shops there. Next day we visited Van Vihar for sightseeing and while returning from there we took a cruise tour in the lake which is really beautiful. We also visited Manav Sangrahalaya which is one of a kind. New Market for Shopping and Hotel Jahanuma for food- the bestest thing! I got a chance to enjoy a movie in Bharat Bhavan which is really different from all those multiplexes and hi-tech cinema halls. A beautiful city-a must on the list of my journey preferences.
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Kuldeep Sahu

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  • Kuldeep Sahu
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 1 Review
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"Must visit place!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I must say Bhopal is good place for spend the holiday time along with family there were so many places which we can see and enjoy mostly I like to visit lake again and again where we can feel the beauty of nature in the lap of nature. Bhopal is very pleasant stay and a happening place the lush green city of lakes, huge lakes actually with the nawabi touch always invites you. Adventures near kerwa, van vihar park, the lake view all places are exotic.
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Uroosa Tanveer

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  • Uroosa Tanveer
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 1 Review
  •  7 readers

"Nice places to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Nice places to visit like Upper Lake and Lower Lakes, must visit all lakes because its city of lakes. Must visit all places, food was good, people were nice, fish aquarium, museum and science centre were too good. You can see old Nawabi Tehzeeb.
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Naveen bharathi

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  • Naveen bharathi
  • Lives in Coimbatore
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"Bhopal old historic place"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Bhopal it's an old historical place, must visit places Van Vihar, National Park, Lake Boat House, Birla Mandir. From Bhopal 3 to 4 hours travel small hill is situated Pachmarhi, nice place with lot to see as I said before old historical place in the hill only BSNL network only available you can get sim for rent in hotels you stay.
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Pratyush Saraf

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"A good go destination!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Bhopal is very pleasant stay and a happening place the lush green city of lakes, huge lakes actually with the Nawabi touch always invites you. Adventures near Kerwa, van vihar park, the lake view, boat club is very good places to enjoy, Taj-ul-Masajid, moti masjid gauhar, mehel sadar manzil and peer gate will give you the glimpse of the Nawabi rulers and the culture. The Bhopali language is sweet. But be aware of auto walas and pre book a auto.
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Iqbal sagar

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  • Iqbal sagar
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"Everyone should must visit place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I must say Bhopal is good place for spend the holiday time along with family there were so many places which we can see and enjoy mostly I like to visit lake again and again where we can feel the pleasant and peaceful moment through the boating. Environment was good and the food was also good at Chatori gali and also just near about to Shalimar hotel where ZamZam restaurant is there at ZamZam you can get tasty non-veg food in a very affordable and reasonable price.
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