Places to Visit in Bhopal

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Bhopal has innumerable dams across its cityscape. One of the most popular ones is this dam, where a number of adventure sport activities, including paragliding, are organised on a daily basis.

In contrast to the Kaliyasot dam, this is a much more serene spot to visit. The natural landscape is breathtaking and attracts innumerable visitors and locals who come here for an outing with family and friends.

 

The picturesque landscape with the blue waters make it a ideal place to rejuvenate your senses. A number of locals and the visitors throng the surroundings of this dam when the gates are opened during the monsoon, which makes the site unimaginably beautiful.

The MP Tourism Department has tagged this place as a picnic spot which makes it a picture perfect place to hang out on a regular day with family and friends.

Children will love a tour across the beautiful city of Bhopal. They will adore a visit to the Machli Ghar which is a well-maintained aquarium museum. You can also take your children for an outing to the nearby dams or the Ser Sapata or engage in boating across the Bhopal Lake. Also, for a little cultural experience, one can take their children to the Bharat Bhavan and the Ravindra Bhavan. The city also plays host to a number of melas or fairs across the year and children will love the rides and the food of such Bhopal Fairs.

 

The museum is famous for its rare displays including the bronze sculptures that were unearthed in the western part of the state. These Jain sculptures are rare and attracts a huge number of tourists.

Located on the Shyamala Hills, this museum has a rare collection of artefacts that has been collected from across the state of Madhya Pradesh.

 

One of the must-visit destinations in the state, this museum traces all the tribes that have lived in and around the state. From the survival condition of the people to the fashion accessories the humans wore, the museum houses all these information under one roof.

This museum displays the flora and fauna of the region. The eco system information is well captured in the museum.

 

As the name suggests, this is an ideal spot for spending some time with children. The park and the rides will teach your children the traffic rules they should follow. Spreading across an area of 22,500 square meters, the park is an area where the children will be to enjoy for a long time.

For a serene time, a stroll in this park is perfect across the lush surrounding. The park is very popular among locals who come to this park for their morning and evening stroll.

 

One of the greenest spots in the city is the Chinar Park, beside the Bhopal War Memorial. The lush green grasses, make it a perfect picnic spot for families.

 

Bhopal is an excellent base point if you are interested in exploring the other cities and towns in Madhya Pradesh. Approximately 45 kilometres from the city is the Buddhist pilgrim site of Sanchi. The stupas built by King Ashoka date back to the 3rd Century that make this destination a must-visit for people who are interested in the structures built during the time of the great King Ashoka.

Another place worth visiting near Bhopal is the army settlement of Pachmarhi. This quaint hill station is approximately 210 kilometres from the city and is located in the Satpura Range. The town is known for a number of vantage points, caves and ravines.

From Bhopal, you can also visit the town of Jabalpur which is the gateway to many Tiger National Parks in the region, such as the Kanha, Pench and Bandhavgarh. The flora and fauna of the parks along with the chance to see the elusive cat in its natural habitat make it a great option for animal lovers from across the world.

This is listed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and tourists must visit this remarkable place located on the outskirts of the city. Few of the oldest cave paintings are housed here.

Also known as the ‘BadaTalab’, the water body is known to offer water sport activities apart from the regular boating. Along the lake, the MP Forest Department has opened one of the biggest animal conservation centres called the Van Vihaar. Here you can view animals such as tigers, bears, deer and a host of bird species.

 

This is the ‘Chota Talab’ and an over bridge separates it from the Upper Lake by an over bridge.

 

This is a cultural centre at the heart of the city which has a library, a few art galleries and a cafe. Also, regular musical and theatre performances are held on a daily basis and one can take out some time and relax here while soaking into the serenity of the place.

The city is famous for its mosques, most of which are located in the old city. From the Taj-ul-Masjid to the Moti Masjid and not to forget the Jama Masjid, all of these reflect the unique architectural style of the Bhoj Rulers. The other landmark of the city which is very popular among visitors is the lake which is divided into the Upper Lake and the Lower Lake. The central location makes it a hard-to-miss attraction site in Bhopal. 

There is plenty of activities from which you can choose to do in Bhopal. One of the most popular activities is to book a guided tour of the city on an open bus which looks like a toy train and is known as ‘Bhopal On Wheels’. The bus takes you across the winding streets of the old city and the new city. The tour makes a stop at the Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya and MP Tourism Boat Club.

Also, visit the MP Tourism Boat Club to spend some time jet skiing or boating on the relaxed waters of the Upper Lake. Children can also spend time feeding the geese by the boat club. Another option is to book a cruise on the Lake Princess which takes the interested tourists across the lake for a 45 minute tour. 

The best place to have delicious biriyani in the city is the Jameel Hotel in the old city and Filfora, Koh-e-fiza. Sashas in Indrapuri is known to offer good non-vegetarian options which are very popular among the locals. Other places which are worth trying are Hotel Jehanuma Palace and Noor-Us-Sabah. While at Bhopal, also visit the oldest food joint in the city called the Manohar Dairy and Restaurant at Hamidia Road. 

Bhopal, like other cities in the country, offer delectable cuisines which are worth exploring. While there is the ever-popular ‘chaats’, one must opt in taking the Muhglai dishes that are offered in the old city eateries such as the Mutton Biriyani and Kadhai Gosht. That is not all! There are mouth-watering desserts such as Jalebis and Ras Malai. 

Bhopal is known for its embroidered and beaded stuff. Hence, during your trip, do not forget to get yourself the famous embroidered clothes or purses available in the shops across the city. Visit one of the emporiums to get the best of the state such as materials and fabrics along with local artwork. The best place to shop for local products is the state emporium Mrignayani. Visit the old city for some glittering souvenir of your visit to Bhopal.

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