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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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Aakash Koshta
  • Aakash Koshta
  • Lives in Jabalpur
  • 1 Review

"The city of lakes" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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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Aditya Gupta
  • Aditya Gupta
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 3 Reviews

"Beautiful city with helpful people" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Its quite helpful and motivating journey. I love to go Bhopal again and again. This is a beautiful city and have beautiful people. They are quite calm and fun loving guys and best part of my journey is I love to climb the hill and I love to meet new people and want to know their traditions and customs.
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Anuradha Dashariya
  • Anuradha Dashariya
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 1 Review

"A historical city with diverse culture" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Bhopal is really a good city for tourists. It still have historical monuments, sculptures and writings. A must visit place for every Indian. Old and historical places like Mosques and Mandir will make you ponder over our culture. Pachmari is must go place.
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Anand  Dubey
  • Anand Dubey
  • Lives in Jabalpur
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  • 1 Review

"Great place for shopping" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It's a good city, but I like DB Mall and People Mall. Its design is great Indian beauty like Taj Mahal and many unique design combinations in People Mall. Bhopal lake view is also good.
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Jalpan Upadhyay
  • Jalpan Upadhyay
  • 28 Reviews

"City of True India"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We know the city has a good history even today we can see the past in front of us. The city has good source of water as it is covered by a very big lake. One can enjoy holidays with family and friends at anytime as it is built near mountain and lake. One must visit this city.
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Nawab Sahab
  • Nawab Sahab
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 1 Review

"Best place to be in"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Bhopal is location wise best city. I am always enjoying this city. Bhopal is one of the finest and awesome city ever just of because beautiful lake and sanctuary. This is the reason why i like the city of lakes.. It has an awesome marine drive and I feel like heaven to drive the car at Marine drive.
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Abhishek Choubey
  • Abhishek Choubey
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 1 Review

"Awesome bhopal"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Bhopal is the very good for peace of mind Relax in nature and see the wild life. A perfect mix of nature and modern life style. Bhopal lake is perfect destination outing. Upper lake and lower lake are penchant of Bhopal. Lake give you a feel of sea.
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Shivendra Dubey
  • Shivendra Dubey
  • Lives in Gwalior
  • 1 Review

"A place full of lakes which keeps the heart floating"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is a place with lots of varities in taste and views while moving from one end to another. The city of Bhopal gives you the glimpse of the development of royal as well as modern culture including the natural scenic beauty. You can visit this city at any time in the year and best will be ending of rainy season to mid of summer. Anyone with any interests can enjoy this city. Many places where you should pay visits are upper lake, lower lake, shahpura lake, birla temple, db mall, taj ul masajid, gauhar mahal, noor-us-sabah, lake view, new market, van vihar, tribal museum, rabindra bhawan etc.
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Manish ku Kumar
  • Manish ku Kumar
  • Lives in Pune
  • 1 Review

"Travelling in the month of hot May"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
We went Bhopal during mid may so it was devastating hot there we went there by bus so we didn't have much trouble. First thing we visited was the lower lake which was decent and peaceful place. Then we moved on to van vihar national park, which is must visit. We travelled by a booked cab so we didn't faced any trouble.
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Vivek Choubey
  • Vivek Choubey
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 1 Review

"My first and the best trip"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
That was 2013. 1st time in Bhopal, and it was an awesome journey. I can never forget my first trip.I was there because of a competition. I met many new friends there and we had lots of fun. Kerwa dam, lake view, bhojpur and the best. I loved my 1st trip , and i can never forget that. I have decided to shift here and today i am leaving for Bhopal :)
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