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Main Languages

Hindi, Urdu, Chhatisgarhi (a local dialect) and English

Population Approx. 1.06 million
Area 284.9 sq km
Best Time to Visit October-March
Temperature Summer - Max: 41 Min: 26
Winter - Max: 26 Min: 10
Main Attraction

Laxmi Narayan Temple

About Bhopal

           Situated on the 11th century city, Bhojapal, founded by Raja Bhoja, Bhopal is the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. It is situated in the Malwa region and like Rome is built on seven hills. It presents a multi-faceted profile and is a culturally active city. Apart from its natural beauty, Bhopal is famous for its mosques. But is also known, sadly, for the largest industrial disaster or the Gas Tragedy, struck it in 1984.

Attractions In & Around
Bharat Bhawan :- It is a multi art centre without parallel in India housing a museum of the arts, an art gallery, a workshop for fine arts, a repertory theater, indoor and outdoor auditoria, rehearsal room, and libraries of Indian poetry, classical and folk music.
Timings: Open from 2 pm to 8 pm every day except Mondays.

Gohar Mahal :- The Mahal is a magnificent expression of the fusion of Hindu and Mughal architecture, situated behind Shaukat Mahal on the banks of the Upper Lake. It is an architectural gem built by Kudsia Begum, also known as Gohar Begum.

Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya :-  (A Post Colonial Museum):The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (National Museum of Mankind) is a unique Museum, on the Shamla Hills on the Upper Lake front. It is a postcolonial museum of communities rather than objects.

Laxmi Narayan Temple :- Also known as Birla Mandir, this beautiful temple on the Arera Hills has a museum attached to it, housing a collection of sculptures from Raisen, Sehore, Mandsour and Shahdol districts of Madhya Pradesh.

Moti Masjid :- Architecturally akin to Delhi’s Jama Masjid, Sikandar Jehan, daughter of Kudsia Begum, built this imposing mosque in 1860. , it is a smaller mosque with two dark-red minarets crowned by golden spikes.

Regional Science Centre :- Basically a science museum, located on the picturesque Shamla Hills, this centre houses about 300 participatory exhibits distributed equally in ‘Invention’ & ‘Fun Science’ galleries, and a ‘Taranmandal’ (Planetarium).
Timings: From 10.30 am to 6.30 pm on all days except Mondays.

Shaukat Mahal and Sadar Manzil :- Situated at the entrance to the Chowk area this is an architectural curiosity with a mixture of styles in Occidental idioms sets it apart from the predominantly Islamic architecture. The elegant once-opulent Sadar Manzil, Hall of Public Audience of the former rulers of Bhopal is nearby.

Taj-ul-Masjid :- Said to be the largest mosque in the country, the building of this towering edifice was begun by Shah Jehan Begum (1868-1901) but was completed after her death. It’s a huge pink mosque with two massive white-domed minarets and three white domes over the main building. A three-day Ijtima congregation held here annually draws people from all over the country.

The upper lake and The Lower LakeThe Upper Lake is divided from the Lower by an over bridge and is 6 sq. kms. in area. Madhya Pradesh Tourism’s Yacht Club on the Upper and Lower Lakes provide facilities for exciting trips by sail, paddle and motorboats. These two beautiful lakes have given Bhopal its title as the "City of Lakes".

Tribal Habitat (Museum of Man)The Tribal Habitat, an open-air exhibition on Shamla Hills provides a picture of the tribal cultures of India. It is a presentation of actual-size dwellings typical of contemporary tribal cultures in various states of India.
Timings: open every day expect on Mondays and national holidays, from 10 am to 6 pm.

Van Vihar :- This safari park is located on a hill adjacent to the Upper Lake. Wildlife watchers can view a variety of herbivorous and carnivorous species, in these natural surroundings,
Timings: Open everyday, except Tuesday, from 7-11 am and 3-5.30 pm.

Getting in, Around & Away
AIR : : Bhopal airport is 12 km from the Old City.
Regular flights connect Bhopal with Delhi, Gwalior, Indore and Mumbai.
RAIL : Bhopal is an important railway station, as it is on the main Delhi-Madras route.

Tourist Information Center
1 Tourist Information Centers(Govt)
Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.,
4th floor, Gangotri, T.T.Nagar,
Bhopal-462003.
Tel: 554340/43

 

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