Explore Bhopal like a Local
Bhopal is the capital of the central state of Madhya Pradesh. This green city is a treasure trove for historians, architecture lovers and curious travellers. Set amidst two beautiful lakes, this sprawling city has two distinctly different cityscapes that offer a vibrant mix of heritage, culture, and modern life.
Holiday seekers can plan for some recreational activities in this historic city so that they can recharge their energies and gain valuable insight about Bhopal. The majestic Havelis, ornamented mosques, religious shrines, and rich Nawabi food of this city make your vacation a truly memorable one.
Book taxi in Bhopal to get around the city easily and visit the prime tourist attractions.
Pack your picnic bag and enjoy a picnic in the Kamla Park along the picturesque ’Upper Lake’ or ‘Bada Talab’ area. Adventure enthusiasts can go parasailing, rafting, and kayaking in this oldest man-made lake of India. The Pul Phukta Bridge separates this lake from its smaller version called ‘Chota Talab’. Majestic hills and verdant forests flank the ‘Chota Talab’ or ‘Lower Lake’. Locals flock here during festivals to offer prayer on the shores of the lake as it is a major source of water for the city.
Visit the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya or National Museum of Anthropology that is situated on the Shamla Hills. The anthropological space showcases the folk art, mythological trails and lifestyles of the tribals of Madhya Pradesh. Children would gain an understanding from the audio-visual archives, ethnographic specimens and documentaries.
Click photos of the stunning Gohar Mahal which is a palace belonging to the first woman ruler of Bhopal. Paved courtyards and intricate interiors showcase the blend of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture.
Architecture and Spirituality
The Moti Masjid or Pearl Mosque is a grand symbol of the glorious past of Bhopal. The Taj ul Masjid is the ‘Crown of mosques’ and is made of marvellous red sandstone featuring in its three domes and two minarets.
The Laxmi Narayan Temple or Birla Temple is perched atop the Arera Hills. Marvel at the elegant marble statues of the gods built by master masons.
Rent a car in Bhopal and take a tour of the Van Vihar National Park which is an open Zoological Park to find several wildlife species and birds in their natural habitat. Wildlife enthusiasts can get lucky and spot the White Tiger! Migratory birds flock here in large numbers during winter months. Take a safari ride and breathe in the fresh air of this pollution-free environment.
Get Busy Shopping
Bhopal is the hub for beadwork and zari embroidery on textiles. There are two main markets here that offer a bustling ambience. Bags, and sarees made of silk, pashmina, and satin are sold in the numerous shops in the New Market area. Shop for the prized Chanderi sarees and Tusser silks. Do buy some locally made handicraft items from the Chowk area for displaying at your home or gifting your friends. Mrignayanee Emporium, C.S Handloom and Avanti Handlooms have some of the best items at reasonable rates. The Ashima Mall and Aura Malls are the newest additions to the city that have high-end shops.
Embark on a memorable gastronomical adventure; try the Sulaimani Chai at the Jamal Bhai tea shop at Itawar Chowk.
The taste of delicious Mutton Paya Soup, Bade Ke Kebab, Poha Jalebi, and Bhopali Paan will linger in your memories and mouth long after you’ve left Bhopal.