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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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Sajjad ali

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  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 1 Review
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"A peaceful city" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I lived in Bhopal for 5 years. It is one of my favorite city in India. Bhopal is very peaceful city to live. Old city was very nice. New market, TT nagar and Char Imli was very beautiful. DB mall is one of best mall in India. Biryani was very nice of zam zam hotel and sweets of manohar dairy and chhappan bhog.
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Dilip Kesharwani

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"Best for vacation" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
In my opinion Bhopal is good city for those people who loves Greenery and wild life animals. Because there is a place named Van Vihar in upper lake side. It is incredible for seeing forest wildlife and birds. Here you can see many types of birds like woodpecker peacock and siberian swan etc.
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Azaz ustad

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  • Azaz ustad
  • Lives in Damoh
  • 2 Reviews
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"Tremendous trip" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
There was awesome view in whole Bhopal. They had very fine art like tajul masjid and a very beautiful mosque. Bhopal is called city of lakes. Food was good too.
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Jitendra Singh

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  • Jitendra Singh
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 2 Reviews
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"The city of lakes" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Bhopal is the city of lakes where you can enjoy your life at its fullest. This city have very less traffic and the weather is quite awesome. There are many places to visit around the city within 50 km of range. In monsoon all the lakes are full of water and greenery.
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Neeraj kumar Singh

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  • 5 Reviews
  •  79 helpful votes
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"Best tourism place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
From my view Bhopal is a very good tourist place. Its has good environment and good clean city. Low population as compared to all other Indian cities. Best vacation place. Its lake view and water is very clean as we can see from outside, best time to go is in evening.
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Pradeep Singh

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  • Lives in Rewa
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"Good place to visit during the monsoons" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I like to again come to Bhopal in rainy season as then the lake view is awesome. Also van vihar looks nice with wild animals. You must watch Birla Mandir, Chinar Park, etc. You could enjoy adventurous ride in lake of Bhopal. Very enjoyable. Go for picnic in dam and visit Sair Sapata.
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Vishwajeet Kumar

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  • Vishwajeet Kumar
  • Lives in Patna
  • 2 Reviews
  •  157 readers

"A good destination to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
From my view bhopal is a good destination as comparing to all other destination. There is a lake view, transportation, hotels is easily available. There the people are very sweet. And also clean city is the main fact. The van vihar is also famous for the white tiger that is there.
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Shubham Singhania

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  • Shubham Singhania
  • Lives in Bhopal
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  577 readers

"Great place to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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Sadik khan

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  • Sadik khan
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews
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"A nice place to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 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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  • Rahul mathur
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews
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"Good place to make a hub for sightseeing"

  • 6/7
  • Posted May 18, 2015
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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