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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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Shubham Singhania

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  • 2 Reviews
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"Great place to visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Felt very good to stay there, great place to visit. Nice sight seen great fun to visit there. Lake and open parks are very nicely cleaned to go. Suggest every one to visit there. Very nice place. Good experience to go there. Must visit place in Bhopal.
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"A nice place to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Well, Bhopal is a nice place to visit, people say it's a city of lake and they are right. Nice people were there and also good places to visit with variety of food and the most important part is the unexpected night life they have good clubs. I have been to one place called ten downing street in DB mall and it was good, really really good.
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Rahul mathur

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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews
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"Good place to make a hub for sightseeing"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Good slow moving city, beautiful lake in the middle of the city. No respect for Red lights. Love the sight of open jeeps with families driving out late in the night. Good non veg joint in New market Bhopal. Not too expensive to use local autos. People have a laid back attitude. The day temperature is not suited for sight seeing in summers, nights are still pleasant.
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Abhijeet Digarse

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"Green & beautiful place to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Nice place to visit, so many picnic spots nearby the city. Lakes are the eye catching places here. Lake view, Mahadev Tekri, Bhimbethka, Mahadevpani, Bhojpur, Van Vihar, Sanchi, Kerva dam, Sair-Sapata & lots of historical & natural places. Roads & transportation is quite good. Decent & well hotels available. No complaint about food, as being the capital of 'heart' state of India, it has presence of diversity in food & culture. If you wish to explore some historical & natural places, come to Bhopal.
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Satendra Jain

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"Amazing visit to beautiful places"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Amazing experience to visit ancient buildings, forts, Lakes & meet loveable people who are very friendly with tourists. I really enjoyed couple of days here and these days are the best of my holiday visit here. I visited Bhopal's badi Jheel, Moti Masjid, Uper lake, Rabindra Bhavan, Lal Ghati Jain Mandir, Bhojpur, Salkanpur, etc. Very nice tourist places. I really enjoyed a lot. I loved to visit again.
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Dishu Saawariya

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  • Lives in Indore
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"The city of lakes"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Bhopal, the city of lakes, is a very famous place to visit in Madhya Pradesh. I visit there every month & feel relaxed. DB mall & lake view are the most awesome places. I had a great experience there and enjoyed a lot. So whether you are visiting there with your family, friends or as a couple, you will surely have a very good time & you will enjoy a lot for sure.
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Sarfraz Khan

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"The lake city"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Bhopal is the capital of Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal is beautiful and natural city. It had good gardens. Bhopal is also called lake city. Bhopal 's most popular places are lake view, fun city, sanchi, van vihar, kervadam, bhojpur, these are some beautiful places in Bhopal. In bhopal 50+ engineering colleges are there.
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"The living standard here is good and nice climate"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Bhopal is the best place in India and the families and people are too much good and helpful in to all tourism. This is a most and old city in Madhya Pradesh capital there is living standards is to much good and climate is very nice.
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Rajeev Ranjan

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"City of lake"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Bhopal is a very beautiful place with many lakes and second name of Bhopal is city of lake. It is a very good city for studying purpose, there is 200+ colleges for all depart and specially for engineering. Bhopal is a capital of madhya pradesh, this city is very old city and very big in area and Asia's best masjid taj ul masjid is in Bhopal and also many movies were shot in Bhopal.
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"Great place to chill out"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Mar 30, 2015
Great place to chill out for someone from a big city. Very scenic place with lots of greenery and pretty good infrastructure especially in the newer parts of the city. Lots of eating and shopping options. Relaxed pace of life yet things move quite efficiently. Friendly people. Summers are quite hot but the July-August and November-February periods offer superb weather. Connectivity from Mumbai needs some improvement. Delhi connectivity is good.
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