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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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Rajeev Ranjan
  • Rajeev Ranjan
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 1 Review

"City of lake" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 7 days 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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Suresh Ramaswamy
  • Suresh Ramaswamy
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 76 Reviews

"Great place to chill out" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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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Rl sharma
  • Rl sharma
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 9 Reviews

"Good experience and lovely places to visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Bhopal is a mix of old and new culture. The old Bhopal areas are dominated by the Muslims. The infrastructure is poor in these areas. But the new areas which house the govt. Departments and buildings are in good condition. The tourists attractions near the Bhojtal (Upper Lake areas ) are good for the tourists. The MP govt. has constructed one good tourists attraction, Sair Sapata. This is a very good hang out for the families.
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Manish Jain
  • Manish Jain
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"A good place for shopping"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Bhopal is peaceful family holiday destination. Must see nearby tourist destination such as Sanchi. Food & Shopping at old Bhopal is Awesome. Shopping of clothes at old Bhopal will save your half money in comparison of other cities. Bhopal's VIP road Awesome.
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Rahul Singh
  • Rahul Singh
  • 1 Review

"Awesome stay in the city of lakes"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Bhopal is a fun place to go. You will must enjoy your stay in the city with old and new ways all over the city. The city is the capital of the heart of india and has many memorable places to go, awesome sites and religious places that shows our culture, our traditions.

Bhopal is a vast city for tourism from upper lake to many lakes residing in city gives you a memorable feeling in the mornings, Bhojpur temple a place of historical importance it is made by great Parmar ruler Raja Bhoj it says its own story, Birla temple from where you can see half of the city, Manbhavan tekdi that holds a breathtaking view and many more places that will make your holidays enjoyable.

Then will you get hungry the city holds many food joints and places where you will get delicious food and awesome taste as like chole bhature of New Market and many more places and hotels. The city offers a great experience and will give you a peaceful and enjoyable vacation
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Gaurav Kothari
  • Gaurav Kothari
  • Lives in Indore
  • 1 Review

"A relaxing Weekend Getaway !!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Bhopal is a must go to place for a weekend to relax, unwind and rejuvenate yourself. A 200 km splendid drive from Indore, you won't notice when you left Indore and reached bhopal as the roads are all four lane highways with very minimum traffic. The first things that strikes the eyes when you reach the VIP road at bhopal - is the cleanliness and the planning that has gone into maintaining the area.

A beautiful drive around the lake, which gets more pleasing at night, with the lights shimmering in the water. We took the speedboat ride from the MP tourism boat club which was quite adventurous for our 1 year old daughter. Also plenty of places to eat and hang out. Lots of heritage properties to see like the Jehan numa palace hotel etc. Not to miss is the jungle safari styles zoo around the lake,

All in all, a very nice family holiday destination for one night and two days stay!!

Give it a go, you won't regret.

Best time to visit is in the winter months though. !!!
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Pankaj Chaddha
  • Pankaj Chaddha
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"The best place to unwind and explore the countryside surroundings"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is a place which offers best of everything food, shopping, adventure, spirituality. Best dining experience at Amer Palace, Filfora, angithi. Great shopping at Motimasjid, DB Mall.

Head to Salkanpur, Bhojpur for the spirituality inclined or visit sanchi, bhimbethaka for historical brush up. Delvadi is good adventure trail.

Stroll in the evenings at the upper lake area for refreshing and rejuvinating experience.
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Akash verma
  • Akash verma
  • Lives in Adra
  • 4 Reviews

"The city has many historic value"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Bhopal is a city of many lakes and many hills. The scenic beauty is quite amazing. The sightseeing can keep you busy for a week. The food is very good too. The city has many historic It's a very quite 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.
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Kishore Vatnani
  • Kishore Vatnani
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"A city with beautiful lakes"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Bhopal is a city of many lakes and many hills. The scenic beauty is quite amazing. The sightseeing can keep you busy for a week. The food is very good too. The city has many historic places to visit. The climate too is quite pleasing. Visit to Manohar Dairy for sweets and chaats is a must.
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Durgesh Rachwani
  • Durgesh Rachwani
  • Lives in Bhopal
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"It ha s diverse culture"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Here you can see very diverse culture in single city, while coming to Bhopal you must see lake view, DB city mall, Sanchi, Bhojpur and much more. Food here is awesome, transport is little bit tiresome, carry your own vehicle.
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