Places to Visit in Bhopal

Bhopal is one of the many cities of India that is poised between the old and new, neatly balancing tradition and modernity with ease. Old Bhopal is still reminiscent of the Mughal era with its mosques and its havelis and the newer part of Bhopal is a city raring to go, keen on joining the race and making a name for itself. The capital of Madhya Pradesh is indeed an interesting city, rich in culture and heritage. There are numerous places to visit in Bhopal that will open you up to the splendours of this city.

Whether you’re looking for tourist places in Bhopal or to catch up on shopping, the teeming city with its friendly citizens will not disappoint. Mosques, temples, museums and lakes are some of the places to go in Bhopal as these will offer you a true idea of what the city is like. Here are some of the must-visit places in Bhopal. If you are planning a visit to Bhopal, do make it a point to check the SOTC website for offers and deals on Bhopal tour packages and other Madhya Pradesh tour packages.

For nature lovers who are looking for interesting tourist places in Bhopal, look no further than Van Vihar National Park. Located near the Upper Lake near Shyamala Hills, Van Vihar is the place to go to if you want to see animals like cheetahs, leopards, panthers and birds like kingfishers and bulbuls. Since Van Vihar is located quite huge, you can take your own vehicle inside or hire one of the bicycles available there. Do not miss the Safari rides which takes people deep into the park.

One of the interesting places to visit in Bhopal is Gohar Mahal. It’s a beautiful centuries-old palace constructed by the first woman to ever rule Bhopal, Gohar Begum. The Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture come together quite pleasingly, creating an interesting monument. Gohar Mahal is the perfect place to explore for people who love history and culture.

Another of the must-visit places in Bhopal is the Birla Museum which showcases numerous pre-historic objects which were used in the Palaeolithic and Neolithic times. This is a fascinating place to trace the trail of history from as early as 2nd century BC. There are terracotta artefacts from that period as well as objects and manuscripts from 7th to 13th century BC. The Birla Museum is located within the premises of the Birla Temple.

Taj ul Masjid is one of the largest mosques in India and it is quite stunning, not just in size but also in architecture. With its large domes and minarets, it presents a glorious façade and it is elegant and quietly beautiful. However, the mosque does not allow non-Muslims inside so this is probably one of the places that you can only admire from outside. The other famous mosques in Bhopal are Moti Masjid and Jama Masjid.

If you are looking for places to visit in Bhopal, don’t miss out on Raisen Fort which sits on top of a hill, looking out over a water reservoir. There are some palaces and temples within the fort complex and a visit here makes an excellent day trip. The 800-year-old fort also has a shrine dedicated to a Muslim saint. While today the fort is in deep decay, there are still glimpses of the magnificence that was there before. The fort has four palaces inside and a Shiva temple which opens its doors every year on Shivratri.

These extensive caves carved with images of Hindu Gods such as Vishnu, Shiva and Durga. They’re a delight for those who love to see religious history unfold before their eyes. Located in Udaygiri Hills, there are around 20 such caves featuring Gods from Hinduism and Jainism. One of the caves even has a statue of Lord Vishnu in his incarnation of a boar-headed Varaha.

One of the most well-known tourist places in Bhopal is the Sardar Manzil, a red brick building features a mix of western and Asian styles of architecture. Sardar Manzil used to be the courtroom of the nawabs and with good reason too. The monument has a large courtyard with fountains and pleasing aesthetics. Even the ceiling of the monument has several paintings on it. There’s always a throng of visitors here, especially during pleasant weather.

If you want to enjoy a day trip with a picnic and some boating, head straight to the Halali Dam and Reservoir built on the Halali River. The dam is a popular spot among locals and people often come here to spend the day with friends and loved ones. You can watch the mesmerising water from the banks or get into a boat. The reservoir is also home to several species of fish.

The Birla Mandir looks out over Bhopal and provides some beautiful views of the city. It is dedicated to Goddes Lakshmi and her consort Vishnu, who is also known as Narayan. The temple is also known as Lakshmi Narayan temple. It is spread over 7.5 acres. There are lawns, gardens and fountains in the temple compound. It attracts hordes of people, devoted worshippers especially during festivals such as Diwali and Janmashtami. The temple is famous for various reasons and one of them is that it was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi.

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