Location : North Western Part of MP
Popular As : Capital City of Madhya Pradesh
Major Attraction : Taj ul - Masajid
Established By : Raja Bhoj
|To See :||Museums, Palaces, Mosques, Temple.|
|Also Known As :||City of Lakes.|
|Best Time :||October to March.|
|Famous Mosques :||Taj ul Masajid (Largest in Asia), Moti Masjid (Replica of Jama Masjid), Jama Masjid.|
|Most Famous Lakes :||Upper Lake for Picnicking, Lower Lake for Sailing and Boating.|
|Must See :||The Famous Colossal Statue of Lord Buddha in State Archaeological Museum.|
|Famous Palaces :||Shaukat Mahal, Sadar Manzil and Gouhar Mahal.|
|Most Famous Temple :||Lakshmi Narayan Temple - Also Called Birla Temple.|
|Getting Around :||Chiklod Palace 45 kms, Jain temples 6 kms, Bhimbetka Caves 46 kms, Bhojpur 28 kms.|
|Must Enjoy :||Boating and Sailing in the Lower Lake Enjoy the Panoramic Vista.|
|Famous Museums :||Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bharat Bhavan, Birla Museum, State Archaeological Museum.|
|Other Attractions :||Aquarium for Various Breeds of Fishes, Van Vihar for Wildlife, Lake Princess for Enjoying a Boat Cruise.|
|Important Distances :||Delhi 705 kms, Mumbai 837 kms, Indore 186 kms, Gwalior 388 kms, Ujjain 188 kms, Jabalpur 295 kms, Sanchi 46 kms, Pachmarhi 195 kms.|
|Must Visit :||Manav Sangrahalaya Town Holds Workshops, Folk Music and Dance, and Open-Air Plays in February and March.|
|Inside Tip :||Most of the Shops are Closed on Mondays. So Plan your Day Accordingly.|
|Shop For :||Tribal Handicrafts, Carpets and Dhurries, Bamboo Work, Metal Images, Sliver Jewelery, Leather Goods.|
|Shopping Destinations :||Womens Co-op
Zari Centre, Pir Gate Bags, Chiffon Sarees.
MP State Emporium Chanderi Saris, Silk and Fabrics.
New Market and Chowk Silver Jewelry, Bead Work, Embroidered Velvet Items and Leather
Goods Mrignayani Emporium Tribal Paintings, Handicrafts.
|Where to Eat :||Hotel Lake Princess (M P Nagar), Angathi Restaurant (Shaml Rd), Amarpali Restaurant (New Market), Fantast Restaurant (New Market).|
|Don't Miss :||A three-day Ijtima (Religious Congregation) is Held in the Precincts of the Taj-ul-Masjid.|
|Staying Options :||Noor-Us-Sabah Palace Hotel, Jahan Nume Palace, Hotel Residency, Amar Placa, Lake View.|
|Getting There :||Air - Has it own
Airport 12 Kms From the Old City. Well Connected with Regular Flights.
Rail - Bhopal has a Rail Junction Well Connected with Various Parts of India.
Road - Buses run at regular intervals From Other Cities and Towns of Madhya Pradesh.
Come to the city that has incorporated itself with every aspect. Be it heritage, culture, urbanisation, landscape beauty, pilgrimage of multitude religions, they all have been counterbalanced perfectly. Welcome to the city that is proud to be the capital and commercial city of India's heart. Bhopal, is thy name that is an amalgamation of the Hindu and Muslim culture. The panoramic beauty of Shamla and the Idgah Hills are best viewed from here. The sight of the capital from these hills, when seen during the after light, with the backdrop of the onion shaped dome and the obelisk of the enigmatic temples, is a sight to behold. The first city of Madhya Pradesh invites you all to be a part of the great legend it has in store for you.
Bhopal, has a very interesting historical legend attached
to it. This is is the only city in the country which was ruled entirely by
women for a long duration of hundred years. It got its name from the great
king Raja Bhoj, who is accredited to be the founder of this city. The
lakes that surround the beautiful city were built by raja Bhoj by building
a dam encompassing it. Originally called as Bhojpal, it was shortened to
its present name much later in history. The present city of Bhopal was
domiciled by the Afghan adventurer, Dost Mohammad Khan, who ruled over the
city for practically for thirty years. Bhopal ha survived a barbaric
Marathas onslaught. Sometimes also referred as the city of begums, who
ruled for a period of hundred years and finally a peaceful treat resulted
in the suzerainty of the bridle of Bhopal into the hands of the British.
This city which was once a sleepy and comely town on the banks of a lake
surrounded by atmosphere that gave a chance for requiescence to its
people. Today, it is an antipode of the old.
Today Bhopal stands as a cocktail of various tastes that involves the architecture treasures, pilgrim destinations and comprehensive murals. Though there has not been a much influence of varied acculturations, but there are evidenced that prove Bhopal to be a culturally diverse land.
You must visit this treasure cove of India as it offers its visitors with the gift of enjoying the two exquisite lakes and the Afghani architecture heritage in the much acclaimed mosques of the city. Besides the mosques and the lakes there are also museums and palaces to win your heart.
Mosques to Offer your Homage
The most exquisite attractions in Bhopal are its mosques.
Due to the rule of Muslims in the city, it is needless to connote that
these are definitely the paragon of the chef d'oeuvre. The adjudication of
being the prime mosque will without any ambiguity slip toward the Taj
ul Masajid, which is the largest mosque of not only Bhopal bu
of Asia. You must see the qibla (place of worship) inside the mosque that
has 11 concaved intricately carved arches. This mosque was built by the
Nawab Shahjehan begum and has a grand entrance that is decorated with 4
sunken archways and 9 baronial cuspidal multifoiled openings in the main
prayer hall. There is also a huge water tank placed in the center of the
mosque. You must visit this mosque during one of the three Ijtima
congregation that is held annually and draws a lot of gathering. Some of
the other highlights of the mosque are the 18 storey high octagonal
minars, onion-shaped marble domes and the ethereal screens of latticework
in the prayer hall.
Moti Masjid is another important mosque one should visit. Also known as the pearl mosque, this was built by Sikander Jahan Begum. This mosque in red sandstone is kindred to the the Jama Masjid in Delhi. This mosque is smaller in size and has two dark-red minarets crowned by golden spikes. Try to find the various traces of history that is rudiment in the bricks of the mosque. Easily accessible it is an example of the mainstream style of Islamic architecture.
One more mosque that you should definitely visit is the Jama Masjid. Khudsiya begum in the year 1837 had built this mosque that has golden stilettos on its crown. You should notice the much acclaimed interiors and archaeological features of the mosque. There is a small pond inside and is the best place to enjoy peace and calmness.
Mahal and Haveli Depicting Royal Absolutism
Enjoy the royal grandeur by vising the various haveli and
palaces that were earlier the home of the begums of Bhopal. Sharing
hostility with the typical Muslim architecture, the Shaukat Mahal and
Sadar Manzil in Bhopal are an example of the European style of
architecture and are located at the entrance of the Chowk area of the
capital. Designed by a Frenchman from a descendant of an offshoot of the
Bourbon Kings of France, this palace was the result of the amalgamation of
the oriental and occidental architectural styles. These two mahals are in
juxtaposition and create a very charming effect. The Sadar Mahal served
the purpose of being an audience hall in earlier times. Reminiscent of the
Renaissance and Gothic essence, you must visit this idiosyncratic piece of
architecture that will remain in your memories, for a very long time.
Behind the Moti Mahal on the banks of the upper lake, is the Gouhar Mahal, was built in the year 1820 by the Kudsia begum. Hence, it is sometimes, also referred as the Gouhar begum. An example of the Hindu and Muslim architectural patterns, this palace is a must visit.
The Sprawling Lakes and Gardens of Bhopal
The lakes that surround the city is two in number and
offer a picturesque and stunning view. The Upper lake was created
in 11th century by raja Bhoj, the founder of Bhopal. This man made lake
will elaborate the intricate planning and strategy that was exploited
rulers of not at all modern India. With its clarion waters it the best way
you can relax and experience the tranquility of nature. Scenic beauty is
not all. You cam also indulge in various water sports that includes trips
by sail, paddle and motorboats. Want to enjoy a frantic day amidst nature
after a frenzied one, then come to the upper lake. It is used as a common
picnic spot by the locals.
The Lower lake on the other hand is best to enjoy some sailing and boating. Positioned in the heart of the city, this lake is ideal if you wan to have a closer look of the city. Take a stroll around the lake or just sit and enjoy the vista, it is enigmatic.
Bhopal Museums A Bite of History
There are more museums in Bhopal, than there are
monuments. Can be rightly called as the museum city of Madhya Pradesh.
When you are in Bhopal do not forget to sneak into the museums that are
renowned for their historic treasures. Start your visit from the Birla
Museum, is the most popular one and displays the rich culture of
Madhya Pradesh. Here resides the tools from the palaeolithic and neolithic
age along with the stone sculptures that have travelled the vast distance
of 12 centuries. Terracotta and old coins are the other attraction of the
The State Archaeological Museum is another place where you can see the history with your own eyes. This museum houses a rich accumulation of sculptures and paintings. A colossal statue of Buddha and other Hindu gods and goddesses also find their place here. Open from 10 to 5 everyday except Monday, this museum is a store house of tribal handicrafts and historic bronze images. You must see the he fine sculpture of the Khajuraho amorous couple.
Want to know about the Indian art forms, come to the Bharat Bhavan, the museum that is wholly and solely dedicated to arts of India. Comprising four sections there are four halls that are devoted to four major arts. There is the Rang mahal for theater movements. You should see the house for classical music that is known as Vagarth. There are more than 7,000 books here and also has a special collection on poetry. There is also an open air auditorium inside the premises. The hall for Indian art and sculpture is called as the Roopankar, where you will find amazing collections of tribal and art folk. Do not miss visiting Anhad, the library of Classical and Folk Music and Ashram which is the residence for the guest artists.
Visit the national museum of mankind, better known as the Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya that is located on the Shamala hills. The location of this museum on the site of pre historic ground itself makes it an inevitable junction. The major highlights of this museum is that it is only museum worldwide to have numerous pre historic painted rock shelters. This museum is in possession of a well stocked library, audio-visual compendium, cybernated documentations and a wide collection of anthropological specimens, which are among the best collections worldwide
Temples for Your Courtship
While in Bhopal, you cannot afford to miss the expedition of the Lakshmi Narayan temple, dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. There are many idols in side of which the idol of goddess Laxmi and Narayana along with a magnificent idol of Shiva with his wife Parvati, is the most revered. Built by the Birla family, this temple is often called as the Birla temple. Visit this temple of the sandy yellowish colour and notice the entranceway and is surrounded by profuse abundant gardens. There is also a museum near it which is also called as the Birla temple.
Besides the most popular attractions there are also numerous minute paces that may not have been penned down but definitely have created their own niche in the hearts of the tourists. There is fish Aquarium facing the lower lake that breeds various species of fishes. Lake Princess is a boat cruise which you can hire for personal functions and gatherings. Bhopal like other cities too posses a wildlife sanctuary called the Van Vihar. Covering and area of 445 hectares, you can sight various species of wild and avian lives. The timings of the park are 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM from April to September and 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM. from October to March.
Bhopal is a shopper's destination. Being the capital of
the city, it is considered to be full of options and choices by default.
The important markets sell practically everything that you will be looking
for. There are superfluity of shops that offer products at very economical
prices. The markest in Bhopal are very colourful and display the local
culture of the city. The new market and Chowk are the best places to look
for silver jewelry, bead work, embroidered velvet items and leather goods.
The narrow allies of the Chowk are an ideal place to hunt for the
traditional handicrafts of the region. Do not miss buying the beaded
There are government emporiums also that sell unique handicrafts of the state. Mrignayani Emporium and Handicrafts Emporium are the places for souvenirs and they also have a good collection of local handicrafts. Looking for silk, go to MP State Emporium in TT Nagar. Bhopal too has multi storeyed shopping malls from where tourist can buy all kinds of luxury items.
This city of lakes is very well connected with the major
airports of the world. Being the capital of India's heart, it is an
accepted fact that reaching this city via air is the most convenient way.
The airport is situated at a distance of 12 kms from the old city. Regular
flights connect Bhopal to the rest of the state as well the country.
Good rail roads do connect Bhopal from the rest of the country. If you are in Delhi then Shatabadi express directly links Bhopal to Delhi. It is also connected with the Mumbai major trains going from Bombay to Delhi via Itarsi and Jhansi also go through Bhopal railway line. If you are in anywhere in Madhya Pradesh then there are regular bus services that connect Bhopal with other areas of the town.
Top 5 Reasons to Visit Bhopal
City of Lakes Invites you
Taj ul Masjid Pride of
The Lakes to Sensitize Your Nerves
Sneak Peek in the Museums
Shopping in the Old and the New
of Madhya Pradesh
Rajasthan Tour With Splendorous Taj
Glorious Golden Triangles (I & II)
Mahal - Agra