Bhopal- The city of lakes and more

Situated in the state of Madhya Pradesh, the capital city of Bhopal has an affluent and varied historical background which is influenced by the cultures of Hindus and Muslim alike. The northern part is Muslim dominated and is a fascinating labyrinthine of mosques and crowded bazaars. The city was ruled by many female Muslim rulers in the 19th and 20th century which is the reason for the Islamic influence one can experience in the city. The southern part of the city is much more modern with wide roads and modern day constructions.

The city is located north of the gorgeous Vindhya Mountain ranges. The city has uneven elevation and has small hills within its boundaries. The prominent hills in Bhopal are Idgah hills and Shyamala hills in the northern region, Katara hills in southern region. The city is also famous for its lakes, namely the upper lake and lower lake, and is given the title of the City of Lakes.

Being a culturally diverse city, Bhopal celebrates all festivals from Diwali to Eid with equal gusto. On the education front the city has progressed a lot in the last few years with the establishment of various prominent educational institutes in the city. If you are planning to visit the famous landmarks of the city it is best to book taxi in Bhopal and travel around.

Some of the places that one can visit in Bhopal are given below:

Upper Lake– A beautiful man-made lake built in the 11th century, the Upper Lake was constructed by Raja Bhoj to cure skin diseases which were otherwise incurable. It is a splendid spot with an attractive royal garden called Kamla Park in the vicinity.

Lower Lake– Bhopal, also the known as the ‘City of Lakes’, has two stunning lakes, namely, the Upper Lake and the Lower Lake. The Lower Lake or the Chhota Talaab, is separated from the Upper Lake by an over bridge called Pul Pukhta or Lower Lake Bridge. Along with the Upper Lake, it forms the Bhoj Wetland.

Bhimbetka Rock Shelters– Bhimbetka is a world heritage site and houses one of the oldest cave paintings in the world. A must visit for all history enthusiasts, Bhimbetka gives a sneak peek into the pre historic era.

Van Vihar– Van Vihar National Park placed in central India in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh about 6km from the centre of the city. Although it has the status of a national park, Van Vihar is developed and managed as a modern zoological park, following the guidelines of the Central Zoo Authority. The animals kept, are almost in their real natural habitats and is a treat for nature and wildlife lovers. Van Vihar is unique as it allows easy access to the visitors through a road passing within the park, security of animals assured from poachers and by providing nearly natural habitat to the animals.

Moti Masjid– Moti Masjid was constructed in the year 1860 by a progressive leader Sikander Begum. The mosque is relatively smaller in size, but its architectural marvel and religious significance attracts tourists and devotees from different parts of the country. Rent car in Bhopal are widely available for tourists to hop around the city with ease.

Jama Masjid– Constructed during the period of Quidisiya Begum, Jama Masjid boasts of classic Islamic Architecture in its beautiful shrine and two tall minarets.

If you are in Madhya Pradesh you simply cannot give the city of Indore a miss. There are numerous Bhopal to Indore taxi in service which would take you to the largest city in the state of Madhya Pradesh.  It’s known for the 7 story Rajwada Palace and the Lal Baag Palace, which date back to Indore’s 19thcentury Holkar dynasty. The night market Sarafa Bazar sells street food. East is the Indo Gothic Gandhi Hall and clock tower.