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Bhopal is a city in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It's one of India’s greenest cities. There are two main lakes, the Upper Lake and the Lower Lake. On the banks of the Upper Lake is Van Vihar National Park, home to tigers, lions and leopards. The State Museum has fossils, paintings and rare Jain sculptures. Taj-ul-Masjid is one of Asia’s largest mosques, with white domes, minarets and a huge courtyard.
At the Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum, models of village houses are adorned with traditional wall art. Gohar Mahal palace was built by Bhopal’s first female leader in 1820, with a mix of Hindu and Mughal architecture. It now houses a handicraft market. Local crafts and fabrics are sold in the narrow lanes of the traditional Chowk bazaar. Bharat Bhavan is a center for performing and visual arts. The Remember Bhopal Museum has displays related to the chemical leak that occurred in 1984, curated by survivors of the disaster. Northeast of the city, the ancient site of Sanchi has a collection of ancient Buddhist monuments.
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Experience Time: 1 - 2 Hour
Bhojtal, formerly known as Upper Lake,is a large lake which lies on the western side of the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal. It is a major source of drinking water for the residents of the city, serving around 40% of the residents with nearly 30 million imperial gallons (140,000 m3) of water per day.Bada talaab, along with the nearby Chhota Talaab, meaning small lake in Hindi, constitute Bhoj Wetland, which is now a Ramsar site.
Experience Time: 4 - 5 Hour
Van Vihar National Park is a national park in central India. It is located in Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. Declared a national park in 1979, it covers an area of about 4.45 km2. Although it has the status of a national park, Van Vihar is developed and managed as a modern zoological park, following the guidelines of the Central Zoo Authority. The animals are kept in their near natural habitat. Most of the animals are either orphaned brought from various parts of the state or those, which are exchanged from other zoos. No animal is deliberately captured from the forest.Van Vihar is unique because it allows easy access to the visitors through a road passing through the park, security of animals assured from poachers by building trenches and walls, chain-link fence and by providing natural habitat to the animals.
Experience Time: 3 - 4 Hour
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS) or National Museum of Humankind or Museum of Man is an anthropology museum located in Bhopal, India, to present an integrated story of the evolution of man and culture with special reference to India. It spreads over an area of about 200 acres on the Shyamla Hills in the city.This museum depicts the story of mankind in time and space. Located on Bhopal's upper lake, 'Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya' can be accessed either from Lake View Road or from another road near Demonstration School. IGRMS has a few permanent exhibitions, broadly categorized as a) Open-exhibitions, b) Indoor galleries (Veethi-Sankul and Bhopal Gallery) and c) Periodical/ Temporary exhibitions. It also has other exhibitions categorized as
1. Online exhibitions
2. Travelling exhibitions
3. Special exhibitions
4. Ongoing exhibitions.
Clusters of the following open-air exhibitions partially developed and opened for the public: Tribal Habitat. Coastal Village, Desert Village, Himalayan Village, Mythological Trail, Traditional Technology park.
Taj-ul-Masajid is a mosque situated in Bhopal, India. The name is also spelt as Taj-ul-Masjid. However the correct name is Taj-ul-Masajid and not Taj-ul-Masjid. "Masajid" means "mosques" (Plural of "masjid") and "Taj-ul-Masajid" literally means "Crown Among Mosques".It is the largest mosque in India and one of the largest mosques in Asia's.
The Lower Lake or Chhota Talaab is a lake in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh state of India. Along with the Upper Lake, it forms the Bhoj Wetland.
Bharat Bhavan is an autonomous multi-arts complex and museum in Bhopal, India, established and funded by the Government of Madhya Pradesh.The architect of Bhavan is Charles Correa. Opened in 1982, facing the Upper Lake, Bhopal, it houses an art gallery, a fine art workshop, an open-air amphitheatre, a studio theatre, an auditorium, a museum tribal and folk art, libraries of Indian poetry, classical music as well as folk music.
Massive amusement area featuring giant replicas of iconic manmade buildings, plus food & shopping.
Museum with a collection of tribal clothing, crafts & tools, plus a space for events & performances.
Sair Sapata is a tourism and entertainment complex situated on the banks of the Upper Lake in Bhopal. Developed by the Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation, it is spread over an area of 24.56 acres, and was inaugurated on 29 September 2011 by State Chief Minister.Aimed at promoting tourism, the complex has attractions like musical fountain, two acres of children’s play area, toy train and a suspension bridge, among other things.
Striking 19th-century mosque with an ornate white facade offset by a pair of imposing red towers.
The Bhojeshwar Temple (IAST: Bhojeśvara) is an incomplete Hindu temple in Bhojpur village of Madhya Pradesh, India. Dedicated to Shiva, it houses a 7.5 feet (2.3 m) high lingam in its sanctum.
The temple's construction is believed to have started in the 11th century, during the reign of the Paramara king Bhoja. The construction was abandoned for unknown reasons, with the architectural plans engraved on the surrounding rocks. The unfinished materials abandoned at the site, the architectural drawings carved on the rocks, and the mason's marks have helped scholars understand the temple construction techniques of 11th-century India. The temple has been designated as a Monument of National Importance by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
Experience Time: 1-2 hrs
Distance: 8 kms
The capital city of Madhya Pradesh holds a significant number of lakes hence widely known as Bhopal the city of lakes. Upper Lake is the most significant lake of Bhopal commonly known as the Bhojtal. It’s the oldest human-made lake in the country that lies on the west of Bhopal. The locals also call it Bada Talab. Serving around 30 million gallons of water the lake is a primary source of potable water to the residents of the city.
This beautiful vast water body was named after King Bhoj who built the lake across Kolans River in the 11th-century. According to the folklore, the king constructed this humongous lake to cure himself of his skin disease. The pillar on one corner of the lake holds the statue of Raja Bhoj. The Upper Lake is separated from the lower lake by an overbridge called Pul Pukhta.
Since agriculture is the main source of livelihood for people of Bhopal, the lake is the primary source of water for irrigation. On the eastern side of the lake, the boat club was established offering some water sports for the visitors such as parasailing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting etc. Within its vicinity lies the scenic Kamala Park. The royal garden is flooded with tourists and visitors during the peak seasons since it?s a hub for all adventure enthusiasts. The boat club, sunset, aquarium serenaded by the cool breeze of Bhopal is a perfect getaway.
Experience Time: 1 hour
Distance: 2 kms
Constructed in the year 1820 by the first woman ruler of Bhopal, Gohar Begum this is one of the most beautiful structures in Bhopal.
The palace was built with a perfect blend of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture. Gohar Mahal has lost some of its original charm over the years, but it is undergoing restoration which will bring back its grandeur.
Bhopal is known for its bead work and embroidery. You can buy purses, bags, shawls etc. with that work. Exquisite fabrics like silk, satin, pashmina etc. are sold in government-run emporiums and private showrooms here.
The local handicrafts with their unique touch of ethnicity are available at government state emporium, Mrignayani.
Experience Time: 1 to 2 hours
Distance: 3 kms
The remnants of Madhya Pradesh's glorious pre-historic era is perfectly preserved in the Birla Museum. The museum contains objects used by the Paleolithic and Neolithic man, stone sculptures from 7th to 13th century BC and manuscripts and terracotta belonging to 2nd century BC
This museum is a must-visit for all history and archeology enthusiasts.
Distance: 2 kms
Shaukat Mahal is one of the most beautiful buildings in Bhopal which has a distinct architecture - a blend of Indo-Islamic and European styles.
The roof of the building is adorned with a series of complicated triangular-shaped arches and the exteriors have beautiful patterns, showing artistic brilliance.
Distance: 4 kms
The archeological museum exhibits sculptures from artists from all over Madhya Pradesh and provides a deep insight into the rich culture of this state.
A place for artistic indulgence, it houses statues of Lakshmi, Buddha and images of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva among other pieces of art.
Distance: 40 kms
Bhimbetka is a world heritage site and houses one of the oldest cave paintings in the world. A must-visit for all history-enthusiasts, Bhimbetka gives a sneak-peek into the pre-historic era.
The Shiva temple which was started in the 11th century but could never reach its completion boasts of the largest Shiva linga in India. These cave shelters were inhabited by humans even more than 100,000 years ago. Located in the Raisen district, this place is just 45 km from Bhopal.
Experience Time: 1 to 2 hours
Distance: 1 kms
Constructed during the period of Quidisiya Begum, Jama Masjid is a revered shrine and popular tourist destination in the city of Bhopal. It is officially known as Taj-ul-Masajid, which translates to "Crown Among Mosques". The magnificent architecture of Jama Masjid boasts of classic Islamic architecture with its beautiful shrine and two tall minarets. It is the largest mosque in the country and is counted among the largest in the continent as well.
The charm and religious significance of Jama Masjid attract devotees from all over Bhopal as well as from far off places. The mosque is spread over a large area and its simple and charming design can be spotted from far away. It is made out of red stones and has two minarets flanking the main structure. The entire surface of Jama Masjid is embellished with careful carvings and ornamental windows, with the three marble domes standing out against the contrast of the blue sky. Inside the complex, a small pond and the royal market area is present as well. A symbol of all that is spiritual and divine, Taj - ul - Masajid is a wonderful experience.
Experience Time: 1 hour
One of the largest mosques in the country, Taj-Ul-Masjid has a stunning and elegant architecture. The enormous domes, a spectacular hallway and elegant minarets speak volumes about its architecture. However, non-Muslims are not allowed inside the mosque.
Experience Time: 3-4 hrs
DB City Mall is the most famous spot for the shopping freaks in Bhopal. It has also been a place for many promotional events in Bhopal. It is the key reason for the entrance of many international brands. At present, it has a six screen multiplex operated by fun cinemas.
It has a supermarket, gaming zone, and stores of renowned brands. As its motto says 'Celebrate Life', it offers with great offers so that customers have a happy time shopping. It is spread over an area of 13 lacs sq.ft. It has five restaurants, a food court, 15000 sq ft.family entertainment area, 135 retail shops, and seven anchor stores. It is the largest shopping center in Central India.
Experience Time: 2-3 hrs
Situated in the heart of Bhopal, New Market is one of the most buzzing places in the city. It is like heaven on earth for all the shopaholics out there as it houses a wide variety of shops. The vegetable market alongside a huge temple and a mosque make this market a perfect place to be explored. After getting tired from all the shopping, tourists can also try out some delicacies at Hakeem, a great hotel offering some real Mughlai taste. The spirit of the market is worth experiencing with all the bookshops, clothing shops utensils shops and vegetable shops surrounding it.
The market is famous for its accessories, footwear, and apparels. It is situated at a distance of 3 km from the city centre on the southern side of the upper and lower lakes, making it one of the most important commercial areas in the city. This shopping spot is one of the most interesting places to go on a shopping spree. The best part about the New Market is that the shops here offer products at reasonable prices without spoiling the shopper's budget. It is definitely worth a visit if you are planning a trip to Bhopal.
Experience Time: 1-2 hours
Built at the summit of Arera hills is the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, structured with grandiose scale and design. The temple is more commonly known as Birla Mandir. It's an awe-inspiring spectacle that showcases a panoramic view of the historic city of Bhopal. The temple was built in the honour of Lakshmi, the deity of wealth and her consort Vishnu (also known by the name Narayan), the preserver of the universe. Hence the name Lakshmi Narayan. Surrounded by greenery and an ancient charm, the temple is a shrine to Lord Shiva and Parvathi, providing solace and tranquillity to devotees.
Spread over 7.5 acres adorned with well-maintained lawns and gardens, fountains and sculptures the grand temple attracts thousands of devotees during the festivities of Janmashtami and Diwali. The Lakshmi Narayan Temple was erected by the famous industrial family - the Birla Group and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi.
The Birla Temple also houses the famous Birla Museum in its premises with collections dating back to the 12th-century boasting some sculptures from the era of Paramaras. A magnificent archway welcomes devotees at the entrance that leads to a picturesque of finely crafted Hindu sculptures. The sandy-yellowish colour of the temple and the contagious greenery of the gardens adds an antique appeal to its ambience.
Rani Kamlapati Palace is the commemoration of the glorious past of Bhopal. The residence of Rani Kamlapati is a historical palace situated at the heart of the Kamla park. Queen Kamlapati was the wife of a Hindu Gond Tribe warlord - Nawal Shah. Bhopal was the territory of Gond tribes who owned the palace overlooking the Upper Lake and Lower Lake. Raja Bhoj built the palace over the massive wall of the dam separating the two lakes. Rani Kamlapati Palace is a secular architecture of the 18th century built of Lakhauri bricks, cusped arches over crumpled pillars. The merlons are shaped as water lotuses honouring the name of the Queen.
According to the history of the palace, queen kamlapati committed suicide by jumping into the lake in 1723. Facing the west of the palace lies the remains of the Fatehgarh Fort built by Sardar Dost who took over the palace soon after the queen's demise. This monument is a maze of pillars and long stairs with lunging arches towards the garden and balconies facing the lakefront. The significant part of the living heritage is now the office for the archaeological survey of India who is its present custodians.
Distance: 38 kms
Raisen Fort is a substantial historical edifice placed atop a hill enthralling a vast water reservoir, palaces and a few temples within the fort. Located in the city of Bhopal, the 800-year-old fort has nine gateways, fortifications, domes and the remains of several buildings from the early medieval period. It's now an abode to hundreds of bats.
Raisen fort is also a shrine of a Muslim saint Hazrat Peer Fatehullah Shah Baba. It is believed that the shrine can fulfil the desires of the pilgrims. Until the 16th century, the fort was under the hegemony of the Rajputs and other Hindu rulers. Although the nawabs of Bhopal initially captured the fort, it is presently under the custody of ASI. The magnificent fort stands on an outlier of a rock which has a massive stone wall pierced with nine gateways. It drowns in a wilderness and a thick undergrowth of vegetation and wild long grass. Adorned with a large courtyard and a beautiful pool in the middle, the origin of the Raisen fort dates back to the 1200 AD. With four palaces (Badal Mahal, Rohini Mahal, Itradaan Mahal & Hawa Mahal) within its boundaries, the mighty fort also houses a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The doors of the temple open every year on the occasion of Shivratri. The pilgrims who visit the temple on other days tie a piece of cloth on the grill gate for the fulfilment of their wishes. Raisen fort also abounds rock shelters with paintings created by the cave dwellers.
Experience Time: 2-3 hrs
Distance: 41 kms
56 kms north-west of Bhopal city lies the historical architecture Sanchi Stupa, a UNESCO world heritage site since 1989. It's home to the relics of Buddha and his followers. Built by the Mauryan emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century BCE; it is a remarkable specimen of Buddhist art and architecture. Sanchi's uniqueness lies in the fact that Buddha isn't represented by figures but through symbols.
The foundations of Sanchi was laid with a primitive motive to spread the philosophies of Buddhism. The Great Stupa (stupa 1) at Sanchi is one of the oldest stone structures and the most important Buddhist monument in India. It served as the nucleus to the establishment of remaining stupas and is among the best conserved Asian stupas of central India. The splendour of the ethereal cravings on the doorway displays significant miracles from Lord Buddha's life and specific events depicted in Buddhist Jataka stories. Toranas or forms of doorway borders the Stupas symbolising harmony, faith and bravery. The Ashoka pillar and Udayagiri caves are the nearby attractions of Sanchi. As a child the tales of Ashoka has always bought a sense of awe, Sanchi Stupa never cease to bring back that feeling.
Distance: 46 kms
Udayagiri mean the mountain of the sunrise, a historical Hindu ritual site home to twenty rock-cut caves near Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh. Vishnu Padagiri is the otherwise known name of the place meaning "the feet of Vishnu". They are extensively carved with iconographies of Hindu Gods, namely Vishnu, Durga and Shiva containing legendary stories of the Gods and their Shrines. Udayagiri hills hold twenty caves dedicated to Hinduism and Jainism sculptures from the Gupta Era. Among which the most prominent one is the fifth cave which is famous for the ancient monumental statue of Lord Vishnu in his incarnation as the Boar-Headed Varaha rescuing Bhudevi (earth).
The passage starting beside cave eight is another unique feature of Udayagiri. It consists of a natural canyon that runs from east to west of the cave. Although the passage has been subject to modifications, the set of steps carved onto the floor is a significant attribute of the caves. The locale has substantial inscriptions of the Gupta Dynasty reigned by Chandragupta Maurya. This 5th-century monument is home to rock shelters, petroglyphs, epigraphs, fortifications which are all subject to the Archeological Survey India.
Experience Time: 1-2 Hrs
Among the crowd of Islamic architecture in Bhopal, Sardar Manzil occupies a place of eminence. The red-brick structure is a hybrid of the western and Asian style of architecture designed by a descendant of the Bourbon Dynasty of France. The history of Sardar Manzil dates back to the era Nawabs rulers whose courtroom was this picturesque monument. The lush green gardens with exotic flora, intricately carved arches and the oriental style of architecture give the space a grand appearance.
Sardar Manzil attracts ample tourists and locals who wish to view the aesthetic charm of the place. A wooden door bounds the entrance that opens to a large courtyard adorned by a fountain. Amazing paintings adorn the ceilings although thick cobwebs cover them. The large podium overlooking the garden was once the seat of the ruler and the rectangular open space houses a stage with rooms on either side. The headquarters of the Municipal Corporation is the present inhabitant of Sardar Manzil. Although the renovations of this royal monument are taking place, one can see its grandeur from outside.
Distance: 27 kms
Halali Dam is a lakeside reservoir built on the Halali River in Raisen. Formerly known as Thal River, the pristine lake is 47 km from Bhopal to Sanchi is Halali the tributary of Betwa river. The catchment area of this project is around 699 sq km. The colossal dam is quite popular among locals of Bhopal as an excellent spot for picnic and boat rides. Apart from this, the reservoir is home to aquatic life forms such as catla, mrigal, mystus, rohu and chitala.
Also known as Samrat Ashok Sagar Project, the Halali Dam reservoir was commissioned in 1973. The Halali River has an ancient history attached to its name. As stated by the locals, Dost Muhamad Khan a Nawab ruler killed a rival force from Rajput near Jagdishpur on the bank of the tributary. In consequence, since it appeared red with victim's blood, Halali (the river of slaughter) became the name of the river.
Distance: 7 kms
Yodhasthal, the army museum in Bhopal a prominent "Know your Army" facility, is known for its exhibition of arms and ammunition used by defence forces. The museum provides engrossing knowledge about the victories and war stories of Indian Army. Dedicated to the youth of Bhopal, Yodhasthal offers enriching audio-visual experience about the defence with displays of arty guns, tanks, arms used on the battlefield before and after independence. The war equipment narrates the splendid history of all the wars ever fought in the past.
The state museum and tribal museum of Madhya Pradesh are two other museums 6 km away from Yodhasthal. Inaugurated by the General Officer Commanding of Headquarters Bhopal, Major General Narinder Pal Singh, the museum is an aesthetic structure. Creating awareness among youngsters through exhibiting the finery of Indian Army, therefore encouraging more youngsters to commit to this profession was a significant motive of the museum.
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