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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Monu jain

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  • Monu jain
  • 2 Reviews
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"Nice place, clean and peaceful." new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Bhopal is a nice placw to visit, you can see the natural beauty its very clean and original, people are very helpful, travelling is very eash by way of many taxj services available here and the drivers are well aware about the places whicb can be visited.
Don't forget to visit Van Vihar Park .. A must visit along with Lake View .. Realbeauty of Bhopal.
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Somujjwal saikia

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  • Somujjwal saikia
  • 7 Reviews
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"Interesting Bhopal" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The one thing that can be said about Bhopal is that it is never boring. The landscape flows up and down. You will see interesting and sometimes even breathtaking architecture or gardens or lakes at every turn.
Old Bhopal is full of interesting places to visit. Even the new planned Bhopal is interesting, unlike other planned cities.
There are many interesting places to visit nearby Bhopal. A great location for a really interesting vacation.
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Shiv Mishra

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  • Shiv Mishra
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 5 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  96 readers

"Good place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Bhopal is a very nice city, Easy going to each and everything. Not any Difficulty to roaming any where. Everyone so helpful and all type goods so cheapest from other cities. So many places are there to visit. All experience was so nice from Bhopal. Definitely I will try to go to Bhopal our holidays Period.
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Ishant agarwal

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  • Ishant agarwal
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"Awesome and beautiful city" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I was born and bought up in Lucknow. And I am lover of Lucknow .. I used to live In Delhi for 2 years faizabad for 1 year deoria 2 years and Kolkata 2 months ... But Bhopal is now my new crush .. A well developed city which has almost everything a normal human want. It is mordern and yet very traditional .. Lakes are very beautiful .. City is well connected with its outskirts through train and buses. People of MP have lots of opportunities here low rush/ traffic, low pollution, groomed youth clean streets are the highlights of the city. I wish to live here.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A Trip to Bhopal"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I had been to Bhopal by train in the month of September 2016. Bhopal is a must-visit attraction in the tourism circuit of Madhya Pradesh. The must-visit attractions around Bhopal include the Van Vihar National Park, Raisen Fort and Birla Museum. The Van Vihar National Park is spread over 445 acres and is home to wild animals such as tiger, lion, leopard and sambar. The Park is also home to over 200 bird species. Raisen is located 45 kilometers from Bhopal and was constructed in the 6th century. The fort has ponds, tanks, lakes and palaces and is located on top of a hill. Once, it had 84 lakes but no, it has only 15 left. Birla Museum was established in the year 1971. It has a wonderful collection of manuscripts and sculptures dating back to the period from 2nd century BC to 6th century AD.
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Rupesh Gupta

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  • Rupesh Gupta
  • Lives in Jabalpur
  • 1 Review
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"Bhopal city the city of lakes"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
BEST place in the entire madhya pradesh to enjoy with family friends and party alll night. OLD Bhopal CITY MOSQUES ARE GOOD TO SEE BEST CLASSIC ARCHITECTURE. DB MALL BEST PLACE TO VISIT. NEW MARKET, KOLAR, KAROND CM HOUSE NYTOUT WAS GOOD AT NORMAL DAYS
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Bipul Gupta

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  • Bipul Gupta
  • Lives in Pune
  • 2 Reviews
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"Visit For Its Lakes & Heritage"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
First of all Bhopal is my birth place, hence very dearer to me. It is State Capital for M. P. It is known as the City of Lakes, from which the well famous lakes are Lower & Upper lake. The Lower lake is also called the Chhota Talab. The Lower & Upper lake are connected by a bridge, and between them are multitude of adventure activities like sailing, boating, boat riding etc.
Its very scenic & soothing while travelling alongside the road these lakes. There are various points on the Lower lake where one can enjoy the GARAM BHUTTA & TEA, amidst the site of setting SUN with its GOLDEN REFLECTION on the lake.
The Upper lake is mainly used for Water supply to the city. This lake was created by constructing an eleven gate dam called the Bhadbhada dam and now controls the outflow to the river Kaliasote.
Due to BEAUTY of these lakes, there is a very FAMOUS SAYING ABOUT Bhopal - "TALON MEIN TAL TO Bhopal KE TAL". In Hindi the Lakes are also known as "TAL", which means that the LAKES of Bhopal are the BIGGEST & THE GREATEST of all the LAKES.
Being the State Capital, it houses the administrative departments of the Govt. Bhopal is more of a SERVICE class city due to the existence of BHEL, hence a very CALM city.
Bhopal is one of the cleanest city of the Country. Bhopal houses various institutions, installations and Historical places of national importance.
The BHIMBETEKA ROCK SHELTERS are an archaeological site of the Paleolithic, exhibiting the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent, and thus the beginning of the South Asian Stone Age. Some of the shelters were inhabited by **** erectus more than 100, 000 years ago. Some of the Stone Age rock paintings found among the Bhimbetka rock shelters are approximately 30, 000 years old. The caves also deliver early evidence of dance. They were declared a World Heritage Site in 2003 by UNESCO.
MONUMENTS OF Bhopal :
Taj-Ul-Masajid - which literally means "The Crown of Mosques", is the largest mosque of the country. The mosque features Maugham architecture.
The Jama Masjid of Bhopal- built in 1837, has an inner sanctum built out of marble
The Moti Masjid - It is known as the Mosque of Pearls & is situated in the centre of Bhopal. It is built by Sikandar Begum, and became an important landmark of Bhopal. A palace known as Taj Mahal, was built by Shah Jahan Begum, is located beside the mosque.
Must visits are Shaukat Mahala and Sadar Manzil which were designed by a Frenchman. Shaukat Mahala reflects a fusion of post-Renaissance and Gothic styles to Islamic architecture.
Gohar Mahal, is situated behind Shaukat Mahala on the banks of the Upper Lake, and is an expression of the fusion of Hindu and Maugham architecture.
Another WORLD HERITAGE SITE is The Buddhist vihara at Sanchi, famous for its Great Stupa is located at Sanchi Town some 46 kms from Bhopal.
The Great Stupa at Sanchi is the oldest stone structure in India and was originally commissioned by the emperor Ashoka the Great in the 3rd century BCE. It edifies Buddhism in India over 2000 years.
There are other places to be visited of National importance. Bharat Bahavan is the main cultural centre of the city. It has an art gallery, an open-air amphitheatre facing the Upper Lake, two other theatres and a tribal museum.
Another worth visiting place is The Museum of Mankind which exhibits tribal and folk houses from all corners of India.
Then Bhopal is also beautified by "N" no of parks.
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Anjsingh

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  • Anjsingh
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 5, 2016
Quite peaceful place not too much crowd. Natural beauty is attract too much that never want to leave this place. Too beautiful on rainy days. Raja's Palace too beautiful.
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Vibhuti Dimri

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  • Vibhuti Dimri
  • Lives in Delhi
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"City of Lakes"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 27, 2016
I have been to Bhopal with my spouse for attending friend's wedding. One of the silent city .. It has the finest lakes we have ever experienced.
If you are looking for mild, less spicy and unique taste do taste bhopali dishes .. It has a large variety of veg and non veg dishes including bhopali murgh rezala, paneer rezala, bhopali gosht korma, murg hara masala rice and murg nizami.
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"Nice city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 18, 2016
Bhopal is a nice place to travel. There is a old buildings and the Bhopal is a city of lake. Bhopal has tourist places like Birla Mandir, Bada Talab, Chota Talab, Ballav Bhavan and Van Vihar. Fish house and malls.
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