The capital of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal was built in the 11th century by Raja Bhoj of the Parmara Dynasty. Originally known as Bhojapal, the new city of Bhopal has come a long way in time to become one of the most historically rich and cultural treasure cove of India. This city is renowned for its masques and due to the presence of two beautiful lakes is also known as the City of Lakes.
Bhopal is situated on the north western part of Madhya Pradesh and lies along the sandstone ridge of the Malwa Plateau. Sharing a rich historical past in its foundation, the Bhopal city is demarcated in two halves by the Upper Lakes and Lower Lakes. The city can be visited throughout the year but it is advisable to avoid the scorching summer.
A city of the nawabs and the begums, so ethnic and magical has turned into a popular tourist destination in recent years. Apart from its scenic beauty Bhopal boasts of a large number of worth visiting tourists spots steeped in history and legends and are of great national heritage. Some are real masterpieces of architectural excellence.
Among the mosques the notable ones are Jama Masjid, Taj-ul-Masjid and Moti Masjid. Moti Masjid is built by Sikander Jahan Begum and the Taj Ul Masjid which is the largest mosque in India was started by Shah Jahan Begum. It remained incomplete during her reign and was finished by the Government in 1971.
Lakshmi Narayan Temple and Bhojeshwar Temple
Museums like Archaeological Museum and Rashtriya Manav Sanghralaya
Van Vihar Safari Park is the city zoo which is the house of big cats like tigers, lions in a natural surroundings.
Bharat Bhavan the cultural centre that houses and preserves traditional folk art forms in Madhya Pradesh.
Shaukat Mahal is situated in the heart of the city and is built in a European style there by setting it apart from the other Islamic structures. Sadar Mahal, near the Shaukat Mahal was used as the hall of public audience by the then Nawabs of Bhopal.
Old Bhopal Market area is the ideal place to shop for saris local artifacts, zari work items at a cheap rate. For fixed price marketing you can visit Mrignayni in new Bhopal.
The Bhimbetka Caves also make for an interesting tourist spot on your tour to Bhopal.
How to Reach :
To reach the historical city of Bhopal, one can avail any of the following modes of transport.
By Air: Domestic Flights to all the major cities is Present from Bhopal airport which is 12 km away from the Old City.
By Rail: located on the Delhi-Madras route, Bhopal is an important railway junction. The nearest station is Hamidia road.
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