Upper Lake Overview

Ranked 1 of 125 sightseeing in Bhopal

Upper Lake, created by Raja Bhoj in the 11th century, is arguably the oldest man-made lake in India. Locally known as ‘Bada Talaab’, this lake is said to have cured the skin disease of  the king. A massive earthen dam constructed across the Kolans River, the Upper Lake serves as the major source of potable water for the residents of Bhopal.

Unlike Lower Lake that is surrounded by human settlements, this lake has urban catchment in the east and rural in the west. Encompassing a catchment area of 36.1 sq. km, this lake is the hub of water activities in Bhopal, such as sailing, paddle boating and motor boat riding. Beauty of this lake is enhanced by the Kamla Park in the vicinity.

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Sunset view is quite panoramic.

Sunset view is quite panoramic.  Video Review

Upper Lake

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
14th Oct 17

Upper Lake View

Upper Lake View  Video Review

Upper Lake

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
16th Apr 16

Nice place to visit

Nice place to visit  Video Review

Upper Lake

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
26th Jan 18

A popular attraction

A popular attraction  Video Review

Upper Lake

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
6th Oct 17

Lake View - Bhopal

Lake View - Bhopal  Video Review

Upper Lake

Animesh Jain
12th Jul 17

Very big lake

Very big lake  Video Review

Upper Lake

Nawal kishore Singh
7th Nov 17

Beautiful lake in the heart of Bhopal

Beautiful lake in the heart of Bhopal  Video Review

Upper Lake

Arvind Kumar
22nd Jun 16

What travellers are saying about Upper Lake

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  • Good 12
  • Very Good 7
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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Sunset
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Saiju chacko

Saiju chacko5.0/5

15 reviews

Aan, baan, shaan of Bhopal.

The best place to visit in Bhopal. You can enjoy boating (speed boats, paddle boats. If wanna organize a party, lauch available. Good time to be there is around 4-4. 30 and spend the evening. But it gets crowded on weekends. Even mornings are good. Can have a long walk. If visiting with kids, visit Van Vihar. September - Feb would be good time to visit Van Vihar.



13 reviews

Good place for relaxing time

Had been here for see the water sports academy but the other facilities are also pretty decent. Seems like a good place for families especially the boat rides.

Vivek latta

Vivek latta4.3/5

2 reviews

The Lake side story

Whenever you are visiting Bhopal to have endeavours experience about the place you must go to Lake side view which situated in city of Bhopal whether is time of Morning or evening your going for a walk or for having some snack pack the place is awesome the breeze in morning and fresh air evening willl make you fond of it . So next time you visits plsease visit this place



1 review

Its quite good. If you are planning for a day out.

It is really a very beautiful place to visit. Atmosphere here is really quite good. There is also a mazar where you can go via boats and enjoy boat rides.

Samir khan

Samir khan4.0/5

1 review

Nature at it best-Bhopal, Upper Lake.

If your in Bhopal do spent a day's sunrise and sunset at there. The view around the lake is just the most pleasing thing your eyes can experience. Just enjoy the moment and various event that goes along those place.

Jai singh

Jai singh4.6/5

4 reviews

Nice relaxing place

This place is both kid and family friendly. You can take a long walk here with some street food in your hand. You must carry a water bottle with some snacks to eat and enjoy it as a picnic.

Kamal Upadhyay

Kamal Upadhyay4.3/5

20 reviews

Okay for one time visit

Too crowded. Do not go on some public holiday as it is very crowded. Not much there apart from boating and clicking pictures. Driving is little difficult at this place so better to come in two wheeler. Food is also average.
  • Okay for one time visit
  • Okay for one time visit
  • Okay for one time visit

Dhananjaya naik

Dhananjaya naik4.3/5

5 reviews

Cool one for relaxation

Its a good area to spend a day especially eveningsThere you have an island which makes lake packed with excitement ...There are many boating option but hand rowed boats are the ones that reach island for 20 mins at cost of 200Its preferred to go to island during evening as the sun setting down gives great view and breeze gives smile on faceChat and tiffin available at a small restaurant at entry of boat club.Island is green lighted at dark and lake covered with minimum lights, cumulatively an awesome time spend spot.Seats are put on perimeter of lake ...Lake is attached to van vihar national park and museum

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Praveen chauhan

Praveen chauhan3.6/5

7 reviews

Beautiful lake

The lake of Bhopal was fantastic. It very beautiful. We visit again. Boating is real adventure in this lake but boating is closed in the evening so if you want to boat. You went before sunset. In the evening it also seeing very pretty. Mostly people visit the lake in the evening specially locals. The lot of fast food carner is here. You enjoy panipuri, bhelpuri, sebpuri, kachori, raj kachori, ice cream itc. So when you go to Bhopal you must visit lake of Bhopal ..

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Shailesh Pahuja

Shailesh Pahuja3.6/5

5 reviews

Best place to hangout

It is one of the best place to hangout. Come here with family, friends or solo, it is the perfect place for picnic and relaxing. Easily accessible via public transport and you can take a horse ride there.JetPrivilege number : 141240691

Photos of Upper Lake

Upper Lake, Bhopal

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Kamal Upadhyay

Upper Lake, Bhopal
Upper Lake, Bhopal

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Kamal Upadhyay

Upper Lake, Bhopal
Upper Lake, Bhopal

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Lake view
Upper Lake, Bhopal

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Akash Rathore

Boating and a Duck near the lake