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Bhopal
(STD Code: 0755)

Introduction:

Bhopal

With an unmatched gore and glory, Bhopal, the capital town of Madhya Pradesh, is acclaimed as one of the most worth-visiting cities of the state. The city is an important tourist destination and you can easily spend a wonderful holiday in the historically important city. The city is well equipped and welcomes all the tourists to come and explore the land of history and culture.

Bhopal is not a city with modernization but it carries all the historical and the mythological evidence that make the land full of heritage and tradition. Bhopal is not the land where you will find the civilization restricted to one sect but you will definitely spot the other religious sects and the old monuments that will give you the detailed significance of the city. The city was founded by Raja Bhoja in 11th century and that made the city to grow and flourish in the by gone days. You can locate the evidence from the ruins that still illustrates the story of the glorious pasts.

Bhopal is also referred to as the City of Lakes because of the two beautiful lakes that are situated in the center of the city. Apart from its natural beauty, Bhopal is also famous for its mosques. The Taj-ul-Masjid in Bhopal is the largest mosque of India. Bhopal is also known, sadly, for the largest industrial disaster or the Gas Tragedy, which struck it in 1984.

Laxmi Narayan Temple:

Laxmi Narayan Temple

Also known as Birla Temple, Laxmi Narayan temple was built by the Birlas and is commemorated to the Hindu deities, Laxmi & Vishnu. This sandy-yellow edifice, embellished with idols of many Hindu Gods and Goddesses, poses a magnificent sight. Birla Museum, adjoined to its precinct, is a storehouse of art and artifacts that date back to the 12th century. The beautifully carved archway and the trailing green lawns of the place make it a famous tourist draw of Bhopal.

Taj-ul Masjid:

Taj-ul Masjid

One of the largest and most beautiful mosques in India, Taj-ul-Masjid literally means 'The Crown of Mosques' and is an imposing landmark of Bhopal. Its pink façade, coroneted with white-domed minarets, soars to the skyline and stands as a stunning ovation to the rule of Begums in Bhopal. Its construction began under the regime of Shah Jehan Begum, but saw completion after her death. This striking monument is also used as a religious school (madarsa) during the day.

Shaukat Mahal:

ShaukatMahal

Shaukat Mahal exhibits Gothic and post-Renaissance architectural patterns and is a beautiful amalgamation of both oriental and occidental architectural styles. Thought to be designed by a Frenchman, it is strikingly different from the other Muslim monuments in its vicinity, especially with the triangular arches that adorn its roof. The white exterior of the building, carved with exquisite floral patterns, makes it stand out amongst all the antique monuments of Bhopal.

Sadar Manzil:

SadarManzil

Sadar Manzil is located near Shaukat Mahal and is an equally attractive site. Even today, the place highlights the bygone grandeur of the Nawabi era of Bhopal. It served as the hall of public audience of the erstwhile rulers of the place. Sultan Kaikhusrau Jahan Begum, daughter of Shah Jahan Begum, also used it as her private palace. Today, the building houses the headquarters of Bhopal Municipal Corporation.

Moti Masjid:

Moti Masjid

Moti Masjid of Bhopal bears a prominent resemblance to the Jama Masjid of New Delhi. Built by Sikandar Jahan, the daughter of Kudsia Begum, in 1860, this staggering mosque brilliantly displays the heights attained by Islamic art and architecture during the Nawabi era. Fabricated with red sandstone, the highly stylized structure of the mosque is typical of Muslim architecture. It has an arresting marble façade, with two red minarets crowned by golden spikes.

Upper and Lower Lakes:

Upper and Lower Lakes

These lakes highly contribute towards beautifying the landscape of Bhopal and are credited as the artwork of Raja Bhoj. The Upper Lake is 6 sq. km. in area and is divided from the Lower Lake by an over bridge. MP Tourism's Yacht Club provides facilities and warrants exciting trips by sail, paddle and motor boats at the Upper Lake. 'Van Vihar' (safari park) and the fish-shaped aquarium near the place also contribute towards its popularity amongst the locals and tourists.

Bharat Bhavan:

Bharat Bhavan

The Bharat Bhavan is a beautiful and unique looking cultural complex in Bhopal, buolt and designed exclusively by the world renowned architect Charles Correa. The total beauty of the cultural complex lies in a number of low lying beautifully structured buildings, around the banks of the lake. The Bharat Bhavan remains open everyday from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm except Sundays and government holidays.

Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya:

RashtriyaManavSangrahalaya

The Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya on the Shamla Hills in Bhopal is the National Museum of Mankind. It has been renamed as the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya and is a significant tourist place in Bhopal. This museum is engage din recollecting the past rather than collection. This anthropological institution is curated and built by the tribal folk in a way to display the way of living of the ancient tribals. Villages have been reconstructed, entire fishing villages replicated towards the lake etc.

Birla Museum:

Birla Museum

The rich culture and heritage and its various aspects get manifested in the Birla Museum in Bhopal which occupies a significant place among the monuments and museums in Bhopal. Stone sculptures, terracottas, manuscripts and paintings are displayed in this museum. There are primitive tools and implements that were used during the Paleolithic and Neolithic period which are also on display. A marvelous scale model of the Bhimbetka rock shelter with its ancient murals is surely going to astound the onlookers with its divine appeal. The tourists interested in archaeology can also observe the stone sculptures that date from the 7th to 13th century collected from the various archaeological sites. Coins and manuscripts and Terracotta belonging to 2nd century BC to the 6th century AD are also exhibited.

Timing: 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM (Closed on Mondays and government holidays.)

Van Vihar Safari Park:

Van Vihar Safari Park

Van Vihar Safari Park, Bhopal languidly sprawls across an area of 445 hectares. The park is located on a hill close to the Upper Lake. Van Vihar Safari Park in Bhopal houses a diverse variety of animals of both herbivorous and carnivorous species and a host of colorful birds. Bhopal’s Van Vihar Safari Park was ascribed the status of a natural park in 1983. The park provides the perfect ambience where the animals can move about freely. They are not incarcerated and allowed free movement.

The wildlife enthusiasts can look forward to having a great time at Van Vihar Safari Park, Bhopal where they can watch closely the movements of the animals in their natural habitat. The birds that are commonly spotted comprise of peacocks, barlets, bulbuls, munias, orioles and wagtails. If you are lucky enough you might also stumble upon Blue Kingfisher, Phakta, Bhura Teetar, Kala Teetar and migratory birds like the Tree Pie and Drongo.

If you are a wildlife conservationist or a lover of wild life, you would surely be full of praise for the initiative taken by Van Vihar Safari Park, Bhopal in ensuring a safe asylum for a variety of animals. Some of the animals that you get to come across at this place comprise of white tiger, leopard, Hyena, Cheetal, Sambar, Neelgai, panthers, jungle cats and Blackbuck.

Van Vihar Safari Park, Bhopal also boasts of a rich flora. Among the popular trees that grow here are included teak, Kardhai, salai, palas, tendu and gurajan. Among the creepers, the commonly spotted ones include the gomachi, harjudi, bangoon creeper and malkangni.

Manua Bhan Ki Tekri:

ManuaBhan Ki Tekri

Near seven kilometer away from Bhopal on Gwalior road on the top of a hill is situated Manua Bhan Ki Tekri, the Jain temple, a pilgrimage and faith of jain devotees. On the tekri the Jain saint Maharaj Shri Vijay Suriji, Shri Jindutta Sureshwarji and Acharya Manutung’s footwears are kept and also a idol of Shri Man Bhadarji has been installed. On the Simha Gate of the temple is an old manuscript carved on the stone, the language in which it has been written is still to be deciphered. It is also said to be the Sadhana Sthali of Oswal Dynasty. A big fare is also held every year here on Kartik Purnima.

Sair Sapata:

Sair Sapata

Sair-Sapata, which is gift to Bhopal's residents, has a suspension bridge on Prempura Ghat, musical fountain, children's toy train, glass viewpoint, food zone, restaurant and bar, boat club & children's play area, natural trail and pathway, lighting, landscaping, ticket plaza, entry gate and neon signage etc.

The toy train for children will run on a .75 kilometer track. Entire family can board it. Four food kiosks have also been erected. Small pedal boats have been introduced near the banks of the lake. Children's play space has been developed in about two acres of land. Three viewpoints and one glass house have also been built. Entertainment is available for people of all age groups.

Address: Ratibad Road, Near National Judicial Academy & Bhadbada Dam, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
Contact: 0755- 2779605

Bhojpur:

Bhojpur

The magnificent temple of Bhojpur , which has earned the nomenclature of the Somnath of the East is known as the Bhojeshwar temple. Dating back to the period of Raja Bhoj, The legendary Parmar king of Dhar , the temple is about 1000 years old. This temple to this date attracts devotees of Lord Shiva in huge numbers during the Shivaratri festivities. Just half – an – hour drive from Bhopal, this sanctum has the biggest Shiva Linga carved out of a single stone, rising to an awe-inspiring height of 7.5 feet with a circumference of 17.8 feet. Set upon a massive platform of 21.5 feet, the architectural harmony of lingam and platform creates a superb synthesis of solidity and lightness. Although the temple was never completed , it still remains one of the best examples of temple architecture of the 12th and 13th centuries.

Bhimbetka:

Bhimbetka

If you wish to travel further into history -- the pre historic era – take time off to make an excursion to Bhimbetka an archaeological treasure house. Hemmed in by the northern fringe of the vindhya ranges, Bhimbetka lies 46 Kms. South of Bhopal. The rocky terrain of dense forest and craggy cliffs has over 600 shelters belonging to the Neolithic age. They had a vivid, panoramic detail, painting in over 500 caves depicting the lives of pre-historic cave dwellers. This invaluable chronicle on the history of man, should not be missed. You can enjoy the paintings depicting everyday events of our ancestors like scenes of hunting, dancing, horse and elephant riding, household scenes, honey collection, animal fighting scenes etc.

Islam Nagar:

Islam Nagar

11km away on Bhopal-Berasia Road has synthesis of Hindu and Islamic decorative art developed by Afghan ruler Dost Mohammed Khan.

Samasgarh:

Samasgarh

It is situated 22 kilometer away from Bhopal. This place was discovered 70 years ago by a jain Muni.Hundred of idols of Jain tearthankars can be seen there.


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