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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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Bipul Gupta

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

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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
  • 1 Review
  •  78 readers

"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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
  • 2 Reviews
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"City of Lakes"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
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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Adarshtripathi

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"Nice city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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Dharmendra  Bhadouria

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  • Dharmendra Bhadouria
  • Lives in Bhopal
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  • 8 Reviews
  •  6 helpful votes
  •  939 readers

"A most beautiful city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 27, 2016
Bhopal is most beautiful city of Madhya Pradesh with full of natural beauty, greeneries, lakes. And adventurous sports - there are many spots to see in Bhopal. Bhopal food is very good in most of the restaurant. A very good place for family trip.
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Manjeet .

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  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  355 readers

"Average city to visit"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted May 14, 2016
More of a mofussil kind of town. Has a mid sized mall, boat club, airport and museum. Culturally feudalistic type, based on agrarian economy with few industries. City has a university and colleges. Mostly dominated by bureaucratic look and beaconed cars.
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Ram manohar

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  • Ram manohar
  • Lives in Pune
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"A nice destination"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 22, 2016
We went to Bhopal and found it a good place to stay. Hotel shalimar was nice hotel and we relaxed there. Bhopal taal was too good and boating club was also good. Birla temple and vip road were also nice. People of Bhopal are also good. One should visit this city to see the charm of old city (before Independence) and its transformation to a state capital with planned infra development.
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Deoki nandan Soni

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"A good place to visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Apr 15, 2016
In fact the date I visited Salkanpur was the anniversary date of my marriage and therefore I preferred to visit Salkanpur to seek blessings of Bijasan Devi. I was accompanied, apart from my my son, my daughter-in-law and an eight year old granddaughter. The place Salkanpur is nearly 55 km from Bhopal. The journey was carried out in my personal car. On way, we had our breakfast at Obedullaganj, just 35 km from Bhopal on Hoshangabad Road. From Obedullaganj, we need to move on Rehti Road. Earlier this was a single road but now it is two lane good motorable. The best attraction of my trip to Salkanpur temple is the "Ropeway". My daughter-in-law enjoyed riding in ropeway. We were very fortunate to reach the temple just at the time of Aarti. We all joined the Aarti of Maa Bijasan and donated our offerings. We stayed sometime there, though it was very hot. On our return journey we had our Lunch at Vrindavan Dhaba.
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Gandhi

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  • Gandhi
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 2, 2016
We went to bhopal and found it a good place to stay. Hotel Shalimar was a nice hotel and we relaxed there. Bhopal taal was too good and boating club was also good. Birla temple and vip road were also worth seeing. Shopping destinations like new market and Bairagarh were awesome.
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Vishwajeet Ganpate

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  • Vishwajeet Ganpate
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  • 5 Reviews
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"Good destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 29, 2016
One should visit this city to see the charm of old city (before independence) and its transformation to a state capital with planned infra development. All lakes are a must visit, Bharat Bhavan, Manav Sangrahlay, Natural Park and the local cuisines are mouthwatering as famous as Lucknow or Hyderabad. Pears embroidery in bags and clothes is to die-for. Just sightseeing, eat, shop and relax. The city weather is universal to the geography of the country, so its hot in summers and as cold in winters. Its beautiful in rainy season.
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