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Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India

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Bhopal is the capital of Madhya Pradesh state which is the largest state in India in terms of area. Bhopal is situated around two artificial lakes with a bridge separating it from the lower lake that’s why it is known as Lake City.

Bhopal is a second largest city after Indore which was founded in 11th century by Raja Bhoja and earlier Bhopal was called Bhojapal. The city name was derived from Raja Bhoj who created the surroundings of artificial lakes by constructing Dam. Bhopal is an attractive places and monuments to visit despite its commercial centre which is very crowded.

The city is divided into two parts like Delhi, the old city shows teeming market places, fine old mosques and the new city is equally impressive with its verdant, exquisitely laid out parks and gardens, broad avenues and streamlined modern facilities. Bhopal has a fascinating scenic beauty and the landscape is dotted with number of natural as well as manmade lakes which makes Bhopal city important place to visit.

The city is witnessed for its Bhopal Gas Tragedy – one of the world’s worst industrial disaster that took place at a Union Carbide Plant on 3rd December’ 1984 which attracted the international attention also. On 3rd December during the night, the hazardous methyl isocyanate gas leaked from the carbide plant which killed thousands of people in the city, estimated 12000 and their neighboring cities was also affected.

Even Still thousands of people who survived on that time are suffering from life long diseases.

Major Tourist Attractions in Bhopal: Laxmi Narayan Temple, Moti Masjid, Shaukat Mahal, Government Archaeological Museum, Taj-ul-Masjid, Upper and Lower Lakes etc.
Laxmi Narayan Temple, Bhopal
Laxmi Narayan Temple is located to the south of the Lower Lake on the Area Hills. This temple is also known as Birla Temple which was built by one of the leading industrial family in India.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth) and her divine consort Vishnu (Preserver of the universe). Close to the temple is a Birla museum that houses a collection of sculptures bring from various different cities in Madhya Pradesh which dates back to 12th century era.
Moti Masjid, Bhopal
Moti Masjid was constructed in 1860 A.D by Qudsia Begum’s daughter Sikander Jahan. Its structure is very much similar to Jama Masjid of Delhi and it is an important landmark of Bhopal.

Sikandar Begum was an exceptional woman of her time because his dressed up sense and his attitude is like a man. She always kept dragger with her and went out a riding without a veil. The Begum was an enthusiastic reformer, who set new trend making people wrong that woman is not the weakest part of the society.
Shaukat Mahal, Bhopal
This magnificent Mahal is located in the heart of the Bhopal city at the entrance of the chowk gate. It was built in the European style that makes the architecture of the Mahal very different from the rest of the Islamic architecture of the region.
Government Archaeological Museum, Bhopal
This Government museum was built in 1964 which houses the fine collection of splendid tribal handicrafts, musical instruments, bronze objects and much more antique iteams.

The important things to see are paintings of various schools, copies of paintings from the Bagh Caves near Mandu and the statues of Alakshmi and the Buddha which still holds the significant place among the monuments and other museums, galleries in the town.
Taj-ul-Masjid, Bhopal
The impressive Taj-ul-Masjid is one of the largest Muslim mosque in India which is also an important landmark of Bhopal city. The construction of the mosque was begun in 1868 A.D by Shah Jehan Begum but the mosque was never completed even after her death due to the lack of funds and money. The incomplete structure of the mosque was finally completed in 1971 by the efforts of Government of India.

Taj-ul-Masjid literally means “The Crown of Mosques” is one the spectacular and important site to visit while doing Bhopal tour. These days, this huge pink mosque which has two multipurpose white domed minarets is used as a madarsa – a school of religious teaching during the day.

The religious festival Ijtima which held for three day every year attracts thousand of tourist from each part of the country.
Upper and Lower Lakes, Bhopal
The lower lake is separated by the upper lake by an over bridge and it covers an area of about 6 square kilometer.
Famous Excursions from Bhopal
Bhimbetka Caves
Bhimbetka caves is one of the world’s heritage site associated by UNESCO and it is located 46 kms south of Bhopal. These caves were founded by one of the famous Indian archeologist who was on his way to Nagpur, in 1958. It was luck by chance that he noticed these caves dotting distant hills.

The caves are named Bhimbetka which was derived from the “Bhim Baitka”. Bhim is one of the five Pandavas of Mahabharata. Bhimbetka is one of the biggest repository of prehistoric art in India having 130 rock shelters. These caves are more than 35000 years old which will take you to early Stone Age and shows the earlier dwelling of human being. Many caves have enchanting rock paintings which dates back through various eras.

You can also see watch stone floors, left behind hand-axes, tiny needles and many more which had been created by the people lived here for one hundred millennium.

Sanchi is famous for the most perfect and well preserved Stupas, monasteries and templeas that dating back from 3rd century B.C. to 12th century A.D. It is located 68 kilometers north of Bhopal in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

Sanchi is one of the holist city in the world for Buddhist. The Emperor Ashoka saw Sanchi as an ideal place to promote Buddhism in whole world. He had built Sanchi Stupa 1 in sachi.
Best Time to Visit in Bhopal
November to February is the recommonded time to visit Bhopal, and cotton clothing is simply ideal all the year round in Bhopal.
How to reach Bhopal?
Bhopal is well-connected with Roads, Railways and Airways of the country. Bhopal is 395 Kms. from Agra, 210 Kms. from Jabalpur,117 Kms from Satna, 172 Kms. from Jhansi, 350 Kms from Bhopal, 280 Kms. from Gwalior and 480 Kms. from Indore.

By Air - Bhopal airport is 12 km from the Old City. Regular flights connect Bhopal with Delhi, Gwalior, Indore and Mumbai.

By Rail - Bhopal is on one of the two main Delhi to Mumbai railway lines. The railway station is near Hamidia road. Major trains going from Bombay to Delhi via Itarsi and Jhansi also go through Bhopal.

By Road - There are numerous daily buses to Sanchi (46 km), Vidisha, Indore (186 km), Ujjain (188 km) and Jabalpur (295 km).
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