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BhojPal was built by Raja Bhoj in the eleventh century and thus inherited the prosperity of the Gupta Dynasty.  Later on, the Mughals captured the city and ruled it till the beginning of the eighteenth century. The Afghan soldier – Dost Mohammed established the princely province of Bhopal in 1723. Well supported by the tribal queen – Rani Kamalpathi, he was able to ward off the neighboring Rajput kings. When speaking about the History of Bhopal, the contribution of the Begums cannot be written off. The females of the royal family ruled the state for almost hundred years. They led austere lives, followed their religion faithfully and were able administrators. Begum Nawab Sultan Jahan was one of the greatest Begum rulers of Bhopal.

Sultan Jahan's son Hamidullah inherited the throne in the year 1926. Under him, the Bhopal State signed the 'Instrument of Accession' and became the part of the Indian Republic in 1947. The sleepy town of Bhopal has today transformed into a swanky modern city akin to a State Capital.  Today Bhopal is one of primary choices of MNCs trying for expansion on one hand and for individuals to settle down in this peaceful city on the other.  With the upcoming ISBT and BRTC and the boom of real estate business, Bhopal is certain to become one of the beautiful cities in the near future


With M P tourism coming of age to build on the credentials of so many of the following attractions illustrated below-,

Laxmi Narayan Temple - The Lakshmi Narayana Temple on the Arera Hills commands a panoramic view of Bhopal, and is also known as the Birla Temple because the Birlas, one of leading industrial families of India, have built it. Attached to the temple is the Birla Museum that houses a collection of sculptures from the Mandsaur, Shahdol, Sehore and Raisen districts of Madhya Pradesh.

Taj-Ul Masjid - The most impressive structure in Bhopal is the Taj-ul-Masjid, one of the largest ad most elegant Muslim mosques in India. The building really presents a spectacular sight and is worth taking a bow to. It’s pink façade is topped by two huge white-domed minarets pointing upwards to the heavens, as if seeking its blessings.
The mosque also has three huge bulbous domes, an impressive main hallway with attractive pillars, marble flooring and a spacious courtyard. Must a visit site

Shaukat Mahal - The Shaukat Mahal and Sadar Manzil are two architectural curiosities of Bhopal. Situated right at the entrance of the Chowk area, the Mahal is a blend of both oriental and occidental styles of architecture. The Mahal is supposed to have been designed by a decadent Frenchman who claimed to be a descendant of the Bourbon Dynasty of France.  The building is very different from the rest of the Islamic architecture in the vicinity.

Upper And Lower Lakes - Bhopal is rightly famous for its lakes as it has two most stunning lakes ? Upper Lake and Lower Lake.
Raja Bhoj created the Upper Lake in Bhopal in the 11th century while the construction of an earthen dam across the Kolans River. The Upper & Lower Bhopal lakes (also known as Bhoj Wetlands) are urban water bodies. The upper lake is a major source of potable water for the people of the city of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India. The lower lake was constructed much later on the down stream of the dam of Upper lake. The Lower Lake, which is also called as the Chota Talaab, is separated from the Upper Lake by an over-bridge. This lovely lake along with the magnificient Upper Lake has given Bhopal its title as the "City of Lakes".

Moti Masjid - The Moti Masjid was an important landmark of Bhopal, and was built in 1860 by Sikandar Jehan Begum, Qudisiya Begum’s daughter. The mosque has a marble-white façade with two small cupolas atop it, and it has two huge black minarets on either side of it.

Sadar Manzil - The Shaukat Mahal and Sadar Manzil are two architectural curiosities of Bhopal.  Situated right at the entrance of the Chowk area, the Mahal is a blend of both oriental and occidental styles of architecture. The Mahal is supposed to have been designed by a decadent Frenchman who claimed to be a descendant of the Bourbon Dynasty of France. The building is very different from the rest of the Islamic architecture in the vicinity

Bharat Bhavan - Bharat Bhavan is multi art centre set up to create an interactive proximity between the verbal, visual and performing arts. It provides space for contemporary expression, thought, quest and innovation. Bharat Bhavan seek to provide a creative and thought provoking milieu to those who wish to contribute something new and meaningful, in contemporary scene in the fine arts, literature, theatre, cinema, dance and music. It houses some of the best and most lasting that is being created in our towns, villages and forests.

Gauhar Mahal - Situated on the banks of the upper lake, Gauhar Mahal is truly an architectural gem. Kudsia Begum built this sprawling Palace in 1820. Though the Palace has not been maintained properly, its arcades maintain the majestic look and the past glory. A splendid mansion of great historical importance, Gohar Mahal is in the path of renovation which will restore the original grandeur.

Shahpura Lake – Shahpura lake is also one of the gem in Bhopal city. It is lactated near Arera colony. Most visited lake of city because of its unique location and also it lies in middle of the city. Youngsters find it one of the coolest places to hang out. Huge place to have a long walk side of lake.

Mahavirgiri - Situated on a scenic hill, earlier known as Manua Bhan ki Tekri, 7km away from Bhopal on Gwalior Road is the Jain temple dedicated to Lord Mahavir, an important pilgrimage centre for Jains.

Bhimbetka Caves – Bhimbetka caves of Madhya Pradesh, located 46 km south of Bhopal, is a valuable repository that acts like a sentinel to the prehistoric art and architecture of India. Infact, these caves claim a distinction as the largest treasure house of prehistoric art in the country.

Manav Sangrhalay (Museum of Man)- An open-air exhibition of tribal house types located on Shamla Hills. The exhibition highlights the architectural features and has elaborately displayed interiors. The surroundings have been reconstructed to match some of the interesting environmental features of tribal villages. The habitat is open every day except on Mondays and national holidays from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.

Places Near By

Udaygiri Caves – Five kilometers from Vidisha are located the Udaygiri Caves, cut into a sandstone hill. The caves date from AD 320 to 606. An inscription in one of these caves states that it was produced during the reign of Chandragupta II (AD 382-401). Of the 20 Gupta caves, two are Jain and 18 Hindu. Udaygiri caves are a group of rock-cut cave sanctuaries carved into a sandstone hill that stands sentinel-like on the horizon.

Sanchi - The distance of Sanchi from the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal is just 46 kilometers in the East, this makes the trip to the Sanchi a one day affair and extremely popular. Sanchi is a serene hill crowned by a group of stupas, monasteries, temples and pillars dating from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD. The glory that was Sanchi, an ancient place of pilgrimage, can still be experienced in its complex structures where many Buddhist legends found expression in the rich sculpture

Bhojpur - Founded by the legendary Parmar King of Dhar, Raja Bhoj (1010-1053), Bhojpur, 28 km from Bhopal, is renowned for the remains of its magnificent Shiva temple, or Bhojeshwar Temple. It was never completed and the earthen ramp used to raise it to dome-level still stands. Had it been completed, it would have had very few rivals. As it is, despite the ravages of time, it remains one of the best examples of temple architecture of the 11th--13th centuries.

Bhimbetka - Surrounded by the northern fringe of the Vindhyan ranges, Bhimbetka lies 46 km South of Bhopal. In this rocky terrain of dense forest and craggy cliffs, over 600 rock shelters belonging to the Neolithic age were recently discovered

Raisen Fort – This place is near Sanchi.  The fort is about 800 years old. It is built on a hill and occupies the entire hilltop. The interesting thing about this place though is that there is a mosque and a temple built on the same complex. It is also believed that this place had schools. The main complex had many huge domes. Only two of them stand today though. You can hear bats inside if you stand at the door of these two rooms where the domes are intact.  At the main area of the fort, all the rooms open into a common central pool. The place must have been something to look at 800 years ago. Today it stands like another neglected monument despite the board put up at the entrance which says "Monument of National Importance".

Delawadi  & Ginnorgarh– 62 km from Bhopal. Situated in a lovely forest glade, Delawadi is a picturesque picnic spot, rich in scenic splendor and natural beauty. This historical fort stands on an isolated hill. It is  about 1,127 metres long and 266 metres broad and is situated approximately 3 km away from Delawadi. Buses ply on the route, but from Delawadi to the fort one has to travel on foot. The fort was once a stronghold of the Gonds, but fell to Mohammad of Bhopal state.


Prime spots of Bhopal:

  • New Market
  • VIP Road
  • ABH
  • Top-n-town
  • BHEL factory
  • DB City Mall
  • Ravindra Bhawan
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