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Beautiful lake built in 1794

Beautiful lake built in 1794  Video Review
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Lower Lake

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
17th Apr 16

Devotional and spiritual atmosphere

Devotional and spiritual atmosphere  Video Review
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Dange Wala Mandir

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
17th Apr 16

Pearl mosque

Pearl mosque  Video Review
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Moti Masjid

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
16th Apr 16

Sunset view is quite panoramic.

Sunset view is quite panoramic.  Video Review
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Upper Lake

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
14th Oct 17

A magnificent palace of first Lady Ruler

A magnificent palace of first Lady Ruler  Video Review
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Gohar Mahal

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
6th Oct 17

A famous place of worship.

A famous place of worship.  Video Review
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Taj-ul-Masjid

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
2nd Oct 17

Excellent temple & location

Excellent temple & location  Video Review
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Lakshmi Narayan Temple

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
17th Apr 16

Dream mosque of Shahjanha Begum

Dream mosque of Shahjanha Begum  Video Review
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Taj-ul-Masjid

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
16th Apr 16

Palace of first lady ruler of Bhopal

Palace of first lady ruler of Bhopal  Video Review
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Gohar Mahal

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
16th Apr 16

Upper Lake View

Upper Lake View  Video Review
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Upper Lake

Rizwanuddin Rafiq
16th Apr 16

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Reasons to go to Bhopal

1Because.. food!
Because.. food!

With dishes like Dal Bafla, Bhutte ki Kees, Rogan Josh, Jalebis and Raas ki Kheer, Madhya Pradesh is an unmissable foodie paradise.

Mayank about a place in Bhopal: It's near a majhar and you can see a crowd here on each and every Friday, Jalebi of this chowk is very yummy and famous. It's an important religious place for muslims.

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2The Name Literally Means 'Crown Of Mosques'
The Name Literally Means 'Crown Of Mosques'

Taj-ul-Masajid, which literally means the 'Crown of Mosques', is one of the largest mosques in Asia. Spread across a sprawling campus, this imposing 'dome of Allah' is situated in Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. This pink edifice, embellished with white-dome minarets, is indeed a treat for every eye. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Sona Sharma shares, “It's the biggest mosque in Bhopal. What a structure and numerous people worshipping. Having wonderful surroundings and area inside the mosque. It's a sacred place so please visit and pray here and have the wonderful sight of this place.”

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3It's One Of The Largest Mosques In Asia And The Largest Mosque In India
It's One Of The Largest Mosques In Asia And The Largest Mosque In India

The sprawling size of the mosque is its biggest attraction. The pink façade and big white domed minarets fascinate people with its mesmerizing beauty and the marble flooring with crystal slabs and the arches decorated with beautiful designs just adds to its appeal. The huge entrance that somewhat looks like Buland Darwaza, captivates visitors. Other attractions of this place include a large prayer hall, huge carved pillars and exquisitely done ceilings. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Ramesh Kabra from Mumbai shares, “Taj-ul-Masjid built in the 18th century by the Begum of Bhopal is among the largest mosques in the world. It is an imposing structure and gives a feeling of grandeur.”

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4The Construction Of The Mosque Was Halted Thrice Due To Lack Of Funds
The Construction Of The Mosque Was Halted Thrice Due To Lack Of Funds

The construction of the Mosque was initiated during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar by Nawab Shah Jahan Begum (1844–1860 and 1868–1901) of Bhopal (Wife of Baqi Muhammad Khan) and continued to be built by her daughter Sultan Jahan Begum, till her lifetime. The mosque was not completed due to lack of funds, and after a long lay-off after the War of 1857, construction was resumed in 1971 by great efforts of Allama Muhammad Imran Khan Nadwi Azhari and Maulana Syed Hashmat Ali Sahab of Bhopal. The construction was completed by 1985 and the entrance (eastern) gate was renovated grandly using ancient motifs from 1250 Syrian mosques by the contribution of the Emir of Kuwait to commemorate the memory of his departed wife. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Vineet Tripathi shares, “This is one of the largest mosques of India. The architecture is done using typical mural style mosque designing. The main dome is visible from a distance as well. The whole structure looks awesome if you see it from some distance during evenings.”

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5Sanchi Stupa, India's oldest stone structure
Sanchi Stupa,  India's oldest stone structure

HolidayIQ reviewer Suresh Ramaswamy says, "A 'must see' place about an hour and half drive from Bhopal city, the Sanchi Stupa is archaeologically and historically significant. The monuments attract visitors from several parts of the world. Well maintained neat and tidy, this is a World Heritage Site."

HolidayIQ reviewer Manasi says, "Got to know much about the Indian history. A very peaceful place and a very beautiful architecture." 

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Reviews (178)

Rooplekha saksena

Rooplekha saksena5.0/5

1 review

Bhopal as a destination

Bhopal is an excellent destination for a beautiful city with Hills and Lakes offering multiple facilities. There are several world class museums (Tribal, State, and Man museum to name a few). It has a vibrant cultural tradition with music and plays on a daily basis. Traditional handicrafts and food is awesome. Visit to nature centres and World heritage sites at Sanchi and Bhimbhetka are a must. The Shiv temple at Bhojpur is a wonder.

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Binita Sarkar

Binita Sarkar3.6/5

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My trip to bhopalin june

The sight seeing was awesome had a local operator arshadbhai who was awesome in rates in behaviour punctuality and places of interest were really well kept and were impressive. Food at local dhabas were reasonable. But our stay with lago villa was aweful donot book with them they charge exhorbitant charges have kept cameras inside rooms check guest bags and lugguage I lost some valuables and cash. Had booked it with booking. Com and was charged more. Beware read my review on trip advisor.

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Bhopal Overview

History of Bhopal

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. 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 Kamlapati, 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 and 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 and 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.

Photos of Bhopal

Van Vihar National park, Bhopal

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Kamal Upadhyay

Van Vihar National park, Bhopal
Van Vihar National park, Bhopal

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Kamal Upadhyay

Van Vihar National park, Bhopal
Van Vihar National park, Bhopal

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Kamal Upadhyay

Van Vihar National park, Bhopal
Van Vihar National park, Bhopal

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Kamal Upadhyay

Van Vihar National park, Bhopal

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