The beautiful city of Bhopal has multiple facets and it has a lot to offer. The city is divided into two parts by two manmade lakes, and interestingly both parts of the city have their unique characteristics. One is majorly Muslim dominated with stunning mosques, delicious local food, and bustling bazaars, and the other side of Bhopal is more modern and contemporary. The amalgamation of old world charm and progressive infrastructure gives the city a vivid feel. From majestic havelis to pristine lakes, amazing shopping options to delicious food, Bhopal is a tourist’s delight. The city has an urban lifestyle, but you’ll still find speckles of culture and heritage. People are amicable and rooted to their traditions, which is so heartwarming.
Taj-ul-Masjid, Bharat Bhavan, Van Vihar National Park, Bhimbetka Rock Shelters, Bhopal Museum
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Split by two man-made lakes, Bhopal the capital of Madhya Pradesh state is a town with two distinctly contrasting city spaces. Bhopal towards the north of the lakes is overshadowed with Muslim inhabited old city, which is fascinating with beautiful mosques and crowded marketplaces or bazaars. Whereas Bhopal on the southern side of the lakes, is modern and has up-to-date infrastructure with wide roads, upmarket hotels and restaurants and some excellent museums. This city is a home to numerous art performing centers and is a cultural hub of Madhya Pradesh. In spite of all these, one cannot forget that the city has survived a tragic Union Carbide chemical plant disaster that took a toll on numerous lives. Reports mention this tragedy to be the world’s worst industrial disaster.
Non-the-less, Bhopal as a town has stepped into the future with a rich heritage and history. Almost a quarter of population here are Muslims, and Muslim women in black niqabs awaken the memories of the 4 Begums of Bhopal. The female Islamic rulers of Bhopal, who ardently worked for the development of the city in the 19th century. The city has spectacular architectural remains of the era like majestic mosques with classic Mughal architectures. The Taj-Ul-Masjid, Moti Masjid, Jama Masjid, Idgah and many other monuments here epitomize the beauty of Mughal workmanship & architectures. Bhopal was primitively known as "Bhoj-pal" after Raja Bhoj, who founded the city.
Bhopal for any tourist is a delight to watch and its breathtakingly beautiful Havelis and museums allure visitors. The city lives on a fine balance of harmonious living between people of different religions, the old and the new cultures, and the rich and the poor stratus. When here in Bhopal, enjoy the richness in culture and warmth in the heart of people. Visit Upper Lake, Lower Lake, Shahpura lake, Kaliyasot Dam - rafting, paragliding and mud challenge rallies, Kerwa Dam, Kolar Dam, Mahadev Pani waterfall, Bhadbhada Dam, Hathaikheda Dam, Bharat Bhavan, Manav Sangralay, State Museum, Tribal Museum, Regional Museum, Science Centers - museum of science; Van Vihar wildlife sanctuary; Bhimbetka - a World Heritage site with some cave paintings; Bhojpur temple – the incomplete Shiva temple of 11th century, which also boasts of the largest Shiva-linga in India; Manuabhan Takeri with a Jain Temple on the hill and Birla Mandir. Bhopal in nutshell, has innumerable places to visit.
When done with sightseeing, visit the old city market - the chowk bazaar for some street shopping with great bargains on bead work and the hand embroidered articles. Bhopal is also known for Nawabi food, which is an absolute delight for foodies.
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