Bhopal is a fascinating city with rich cultural heritage and history that spans centuries. The city is both, modern and traditional at the same time. It’s a microcosm for much of India, seeking to experience the new while retaining the comfort of the old. There are several things to do in Bhopal for those who are visiting the city for the first time. There are lakes, museums, havelis, beautiful old mansions that are repositories of history. Then there’s the chance to indulge in some fun filled-shopping.
Bhopal sightseeing of course includes visits to some archaeological delights such Moti Masjid, Jama Masjid and some interesting temples as well. But one of the best things to do in Bhopal is to walk through the streets, take in the sights and sounds and let the experience wash all over you. This is undeniably India. Here’s a short list of some of the things to do in Bhopal. For a truly interesting experience when you visit Bhopal, do make sure you check the SOTC website for offers and deals on Bhopal tour packages and other Madhya Pradesh tour packages.
The two manmade lakes are popular Bhopal sightseeing spots, and each has its own charm. The Upper Lake is commonly known as Bhojtal and it is the primary source of potable water for the city. This is a famous tourist spot for various reasons such as the park and the boating activities that are available. The Lower Lake is known as Chota Talaab. It is calm and peaceful, and it has boating here too.
Bhopal has a number of beautiful old-style havelis such as the Gohar Mahal. It was built by the first woman ruler of Bhopal, Gohar Begum and features a mix of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Among the things to do in Bhopal, you can also visit the Shaukat Mahal, a beautiful structure with a blend of Islamic and European architectures.
Shopaholics will rejoice at the abundance of places to buy zardozi sarees, silver ornaments and beadwork that are distinctive hallmarks of the city. The handcrafted Maheshwari sarees that are also popular. Some of the places to enjoy shopping in Bhopal are Chowk Bazaar for footwear, Bittan Market for silks, Mrignayani Emporium for the Chanderi silk sarees and Habibganj Market for trendy accessories. This is also your chance to enjoy lip-smacking street food. For gold and silver ornaments, head to Sarafa Bazaar.