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Bhopal Info

  • State: Madhya Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: City
  • 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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Janhavi Sharma
  • Janhavi Sharma
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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  • 7 Reviews

"Mystical Bhopal" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
It's a very quiet city and has a mystical charm of its own. I was there for the weekend to attend a wedding. The people of Bhopal are extremely down to earth and very helpful. I took a cab from the airport and the cab driver offered a tour of city till we got to my hotel. I had time so we went ahead with it. I fell in love with the city there and then. It is very small so everything is nearby. The lake view is quite serene.

Must see places:
a. boat club
b. Dargah in the middle of upper lake
c. Man museum (the only one in Asia)
d. Jama Masjid (the biggest in Asia)
e. Shan-e-Bhopal a restaurant

Bhopal is famous for 'batua' (handmade wallets- made of zari) and other handicrafts.

I would suggest to take a place which offers lake view, it is beautiful. Place for stay I recommend is Metro suites, Jago villas, Hotel Imperial Sabre, Noor Us Sabah and Jehan Numa Palace.
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Sahil Sahu
  • Sahil Sahu
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 3 Reviews

"City of Lakes" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Let me start with the list of destinations here to visit! Badi jheel (Upper Lake), one of the favourite spots for the couples. Very delightful, the city consists of 150 lakes and there are many places to visit Travellers should visit there as it is the city of king Raja Bhoj. In Bhopal there is biggest India mall which is DB CITY MALL. There are many lakes to visit in Bhopal. Bhopal Utsav Mela is one of its kind. I visited in Mela which have great rides. Travellers should keep their items safe from thieves. Travellers must visit VIP Road as it is one of the most beautiful places of the Bhopal. Birla Mandir is one of the best temples of Bhopal.
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Shivam Chaurasia
  • Shivam Chaurasia
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 6 Reviews

"City Of Lake"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Very delightful, the city consists of 150 lakes and there are many places to visit such as moti masjid and nearby to it there is SSB Bhopal infantry and CBI SSB also. The city is full of serenity and delightful. One must visit the place in a year but beware of shopkeepers because they will definitely fool you.
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Ankit Khare
  • Ankit Khare
  • Lives in Panna
  • 1 Review

"Good place to visit and spend time"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
When I went to Bhopal for first time than, I totally don't know about this city I have gone to Birla Mandir Lake and new market I really enjoyed Bhopal, I like it. I dint know anything about Bhopal, I don't know anything and my elder browser studied here than he helped me and my family.
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Sahib Singh
  • Sahib Singh
  • Lives in Indore
  • 1 Review

"Perfect for an internet-free holiday"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Okay let me start with the list of destinations here to visit!
Badi jheel (Upper Lake), one of the favourite spots for the couples. This is not all, you will have wonderful placid experience here.
Kanha fun city, for you and your family. And many more places to visit. Thats why I titled like this, you will not need your internet in this journey !
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Deoki nandan Soni
  • Deoki nandan Soni
  • Soulseeker
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 29 Reviews

"The place where the weather is amazing"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Bhopal is one of the place in India where extremities of the weather do not trouble much. It is believed that nights of Malwa Region are cooler and since Bhopal is considered to in Malwa, this special advantage of weather can be experienced here. This is why people those who visit there once want to go there again and again.
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Mani Kant
  • Mani Kant
  • Lives in Bokaro
  • 3 Reviews

"City of Lakes"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 10, 2014
It was one of the best cities I have ever been to with relatively less pollution and rush as well as number of lakes welcoming you to a beautiful city for a memorable trip.

It's one of those places which is most apt for a group visit and it will be fun with number of spots like Upper Lake view, Supara Lake, Lower Lake view and some other places (I don't remember all the names, it has so many spots contacting a local friend will be the best idea before making a visit).

For foodies, I am not sure it's that encouraging a place. However, you can always find some good food around with number of food chains in the city, like, Sagar Gaire, Vishnu, Manohar Dairy etc.

For shopping, they have a cheap market at old city. However, I cannot guarantee the authenticity of the products sold but you can get some things at cheap there.
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Atul Sachan
  • Atul Sachan
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 1 Review

"A Pleasant Designation for love persons"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Nov 5, 2014
My overall experience in Bhopal was very great. Well, I live in Bhopal and its my birth place so I know it better and in comparison of the visited places ever I must tell you that Bhopal is the 3rd best place in the M.P for lovers according to me. The best thing to choose Bhopal as your travelling designation is that Bhopal is center point of MP and all the other travelling designation of MP is very near to Bhopal.
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Shashi kant Patidar
  • Shashi kant Patidar
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 1 Review

"The place of the Nawabs"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2014
Bhopal is the capital of Madhya Pradesh even though Indore is and was more developed and deserved to be the capital of MP but then also Bhopal became the capital the reason was simple it was the throne and heart of nawabs and Kings. Nawab Pataudi is one of them and in older time it was a very important part for RAJA BHOJ.
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Aakash Koshta
  • Aakash Koshta
  • Lives in Jabalpur
  • 2 Reviews

"The city of lakes"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Oct 16, 2014
Bhopal is a cool place to travel. It s called the city of lakes. There are many famous lakes which is the talking point at every person. The upper lake and boat club are the best places to hangout with friends, family and girlfriend too.
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