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Bhopal Tourism And Travel Guide
16° C / 60.8° F
December to February
4 to 5 Days
Raja Bhoj Airport (15 kms)
Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh is one of the most historically significant places in central India. The city is built on Bhojpal that was founded by Raja Bhoj going back to the 11th century. The present city was founded by one of the Afghan soldiers in the army of Emperor Aurangzeb, Dost Mohammed Khan, after the death of the Emperor in 1707. The city and the kingdom of which it was a part, survived numerous wars till the British converted it into a princely state within India.
The visitor will find in Bhopal, a city which is blessed with an abundance of scenic places such as the two amazing lakes that were created artificially. Tourism in Bhopal consists of several beautiful mosques and palaces as well as parks that are maintained well. Located in the heart of India, Bhopal is very easy to reach from just about anywhere in the country. Bhopal is also well known for its prehistoric caves with some amazing paintings made by cave dwellers some 30,000 years ago. Here is a breakdown detailing a travel guide to Bhopal and what visitors can expect in this city.
How to Reach
Bhopal is located in the heart of India. It is easy to reach the city from anywhere in the country by road, rail or air. Adequate local transport is available in Bhopal throughout the city.
Raja Bhoj Airport is located only 15 km away from the centre of the city. It is on the air map of several cities in the country.
Bhopal Junction is very easily accessible from all the cities and major towns in India. The station is centrally located and a large number of trains move in and out throughout the day.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
The weather of Bhopal is extreme. It is blazing hot in summer and at times bitterly cold in winter. The rains come in torrents and navigation becomes difficult at times during the monsoon. It is best to visit the city when it is cool, between October and March, though the winter truly sets in by December and lasts till February.
Summer in Bhopal is most uncomfortable. The temperature could shoot up to 47°C and one cannot venture outside during this time.
Monsoon (June to September):
Bhopal turns green and is very beautiful during the monsoon. However, the weather becomes laden with moisture and it is very humid. The roads flood often and commuting may at times become difficult.
Bhopal is very beautiful during winter. It is chilly and at times misty and it is fun to visit places of interest during this time.
Things To Do
Enjoy a picnic next to the Upper Lake:
Bhojtal is an amazing place to spend your leisure time with family and friends while in Bhopal. You get to enjoy some spectacular views and there are several sport activities to keep you engaged as well. Take a boat ride or a walk in the beautiful garden and breathe in the fresh air from the lakes.
Take an exciting ride on ropeway:
The ropeway in Bhopal is an excellent way to get an aerial view of the city. You will surely enjoy the experience.
Visit the impressive Taj-Ul-Masjid:
The Taj-Ul-Masjid is India’s largest mosque. The architecture is predominantly Islamic and its beauty is further increased due to the presence of a lake nearby, the Motia Talab. The mosque was built by Shah Jahan in 1901 and should not be missed.
Enjoy wildlife at Van Vihar National Park:
The Van Vihar National Park is in reality a zoological park. It has wildlife kept segregated in protected areas created to simulate their natural habitat. Visitors enjoy seeing wildlife that includes tiger, leopard, hyena and the lion. There are a fair number of deer as well as the wild boar and sloth bear. This is one visit that can be enjoyed by friends and family.
Spend an amazing evening at Sair Sapata:
Sair Sapata is an excellent place where time just flies. The details of amusement are endless. One can amuse oneself by zorbing and boat riding, car dashing and forest hiking. The children will be kept amused by a playground and the musical fountain beside the toy train and suspension bridge. A fine evening is assured here.
Where to Eat
If you love to eat good food, Bhopal is the right place for you. The Za-Aiqa is one fine-dining place where you can enjoy a multi-cuisine experience that includes Bhopali, Mughlai, Lucknowi and Awadhi dishes. 10 Downing Street is yet another place for sumptuous meals.
Bhopal is a place for shopaholics. Here you can buy those pretty Zardozi sarees, bangles, handlooms and priceless Mulberry silks as well as exquisite souvenirs and Pithora paintings all at reasonable cost. Taste some shammi kebabs and delicious gulab jamuns while you are shopping too.