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Bhopal (Hindi:भोपाल (Bhopaal)) is the capital of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is a good mix of the old and the new with a lot of old portions of Bhopal reminiscent of the Mughal influence and the new showcasing the planned development of a modern Indian city. Bhopal is the seat of the Madhya Pradesh Government and is a beautiful mid-sized city in the heart of India. It is said that Bhopal was originally called "Bhoj-pal" after Raja Bhoj, who is attributed with founding the city. It was an important part of the "Bhoj" kingdom with Ujjaini (a city close to Bhopal) being the seat of the kingdom.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Raja Bhoj Airport. Raja Bhoj Airport’s new terminal comprises two separate sections for domestic and international flights. The terminal with all the latest facilities of international standard consists of a passenger lounge having a seating capacity for 750 people. Apart from that separate entry and exit points have been made for national and international flights. A massive car park having a capacity to park 1500 vehicles has also come up outside the airport. Air India [6] links Bhopal with New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Indore, Chennai, Kolkata/Calcutta and Mumbai.

There are no international flights and there are hardly any facilities inside the terminal (not even decent eateries). Also, the parking arrangement is very poor.

By train[edit]

Bhopal is very well connected by rail [7] and is a major hub and exchange railway station for the Central and Western Railway networks. Bhopal has two main railway stations - Bhopal Railway Station in old Bhopal or Habibganj Railway Station in New Bhopal. Shatabdi express running between Delhi and Bhopal provides an excellent and convenient means to get here. Apart from this, regular multiple trains connect Bhopal to all the major metros in India. Check all connecting trains Also for Bhopal Railway Station Code and Train Time Table check:

By Bus[edit]

Serving southbound buses there is Kushabhau Thackrey Inter State Bus Terminus, 5 min walk north east from Habibganj railway station.

By car[edit]

Bhopal is also well connected to the major cities in India through many national highways. Bhopal is a well developed city of the Madhya Pradesh. Road distance between Bhopal and Gwalior is 449 KM, Bhopal to Jabalpur is 316 Km. Also get road distance from Bhopal

By Taxi[edit]

  • Clear Car Rental Private Limited (Clear Car Rental Private Limited), +91-8888 855 220, [2]. India's leading local and outstation cab booking service who have a presence in 300+ cities across the country. You can book a cab in Bhopal either on their website or through their 24/7 helpline="+91-8888 855 220"  edit

Get around[edit]

Bhopal has a decent public transportation system comprising of buses, mini-buses, three wheeled autos and the odd looking tempos that are a major pollution concern for this growing city. It is also fairly easy to book a cab/ taxi for a full day to get in and around the city for reasonable rates. Usually, any hotel you choose to stay in will help you get transportation according to your needs. If it's your first visit to Bhopal, the safest thing to do is book a cab rather than try the colorful public transportation system in Bhopal.

With the outset of BRTS Corridor in Bhopal, commuting locally has become fairly cheap, easy and safe. These are the Red Buses running in the completly dedicated lane (in most parts of the city). These are regular, easy to board , low floor , full size buses enhancing the connectivity of Bhopal.

By Car (Local)[edit]

You can easily visit Bhopal through Car, and there are many rental car companies available. Radio Taxis are now available- Telephone 0755-655 5555

You can also use the Ola car services

  • (Bhopal Car Rental), +91 888 023 4455 (), [3]. Inquiry: 7am to 11pm. Bhopal Car Rental services on - a Chauffeur Driven Car Rental service in 75 Cities in India. Fares start from Rs.975 for full day local & Rs.7.5/km for Outstation.  edit

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Bada Talaab, Bhopal

Bhopal is a city rich in heritage and history. Its an amalgam of the old and the new, the rich and the poor, the wide roads of New Bhopal and the narrow "gullies" of Old Bhopal and a mix of planned development on one side with urban sprawl on the other.

There are various old mosques in Bhopal that will give you a glimpse into the Mughal architecture, some of it from before the British raj and the people of Bhopal, particularly the mix of the Muslim and the Hindu population will also give you a glimpse of what makes India tick with so many different religions and cultures living together.

Some of the old mosques that are worth visiting are Taj-ul-Masajid (largest mosque in the country), Jama Masjid, Moti Masjid and Idgah.

Its a must to visit the old city market (chowk bazaar) and walk around the narrow lanes to see how the old city functions and also to get some great bargains on the special arts of Bhopal like the bead work and the hand embroidery that Bhopal is known for.

On the modern side, the government of Madhya Pradesh has made significant efforts to make Bhopal an important seat for the arts. Bharat Bhawan [8] is an example of this and it is a center for performing arts with many nationally renowned artists showcasing their art through this institute. The institute boasts art galleries, an outdoor theater, and a library rich with history of Indian poetry and arts.

Another impressive museum worth visiting is the "Museum of Man", again created by the government of Madhya Pradesh to showcase how the tribes of the state live in their natural form, what they cultivate, what kind of tools they make and utilize in their daily lives etc. It has been created sprawled on a small hill and gives breathtaking views of the city.


Finally, no mention of what to see in Bhopal can be completed without talking about the two lakes that are the center of attraction for Bhopal.

Upper Lake : Upper Lake (Bada Talaab) is a beautiful body of water created during the time of King Bhoj. The story goes that the water of Upper Lake cured Raja Bhoj of a skin disease which otherwise remained untreated. Today, you can rent boats, indulge in other water sports related activities and enjoy the splendor of this lake.

Lower Lake : The Lower Lake (chota talaab) on the other hand was created during the Mughal empire. This lake is separated from the Upper Lake by an over-bridge.

Along the Upper Lake and surrounding hills, the Forest Department of Madhya Pradesh has created the biggest animal conservation area in the middle of a city. You can see tigers, leopards, bears, different types of water animals, birds, deers, etc. as you drive around "Van Vihar"

Shahpura : This is a comparatively small lake. What makes it worth a visit is the young crowd and a lively park in one corner.

Kaliyasot Dam : If you are an adventure freak then various activities like rafting, paragliding and mud challenge rallies are held here at various intervals.The temple's clean water has attracted bollywood for its sets.

Kerwa Dam : The serene , calm and composed aura of natural water landscape spell bounds the visitors. There is a restaurant in the Picnic spot of the dam.

Kolar Dam :Adorned with nature's best green and aqua attire, the place is most refreshing and rejuvenating . Opening of gates during heavy monsoon invites a large throng from the city.

Mahadev Pani :Situated on Raisen Road , the waterfall attracts visitors from all around the city . You are on the top of the mountain with water flowing below and then you descend down from stairs and reach the magnificent temple of LORD SHIVA.

Bhadbhada Dam : Every scene that unfolds is picture perfect with the first shower of rain. There is a picnic spot by MP Tourism Department making ypur visit memorable.

Hathaikheda Dam In front of TIT college is this beautiful dam , a cool place to hang out with friends.

Bharat Bhavan is a world famous museum.

Manav Sangralay is a museum of urban tribal culture.

State Museum is on the Shyamla Hills with artifacts of around Madhya Pradesh .

Tribal Museum A MUST VISIT museum with immense tribal beauty and life size huts and houses of various tribes.

Regional Museum It deals with various aspects of natural history, depicts the flora and fauna and ecosystem of the region.

Science Centeris a museum of science located at shyamla hills. It is a great attraction having science projects.

Van Vihar is a wildlife sanctuary.

Bhimbetka is a World Heritage site and has some of the oldest cave paintings of the world. Situated about 40 km from Bhopal, you can go there by bus. Make sure the driver knows where you are going and he will let you off in what first looks like the middle of nowhere. However, clear signs will now guide you through a 3 km walk uphill to the cave paintings. To get back, just wait for a bus at the road and waive. Taxi from Bhopal is of course a more comfortable option. A guide at the cave paintings (strongly recommended) can be Rs 150.

The impressing bhojpur temple (Shiva temple, Bhojpur) began construction in the 11th century but was never completed. It boasts the largest Shiva-linga in India. If you have a car, it can be reached on the way back from Bhimbetka to Bhopal, though it might take another 30-40 minutes.

Manuabhan Takeri - A most beautiful place is known as "Manuabhan Takeri". It is near Airport road, Lal Ghati. Here is a Jain Temple on the hill. To reach temple by the rope way or by the road or stairs. You can see a beautiful view of Bhopal from Manuabhan Takeri.

Birla Mandir is a Radha-Krishna Mandir with a charismatic hill top view of Bhopal .

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  • Drive by VIP Road
  • Adore fishes in Machli Ghar
  • Have a picnic in Ser Sapata
  • Enjoy Lake View
  • Take a boat ride in Boat Club
  • Go to Bhopal Haat
  • Shop from Gauhar Mahal
  • Watch a play in Bharat Bhavan
  • Be a part of musical night in Ravindra Bhavan
  • Go to various Melas. There is always one or the other fair in some part of the city.

Bhopal is a fairly quiet city when it comes to things like night life, clubs, bars etc. Most of the restaurants close around 11 PM but a majority of good hotels in Bhopal will have a bar that is open at least till midnight. You can always visit TDS pub in db mall or Liquid Bar. There are also a couple of clubs in hotels like Amer Palace and The Residency in the Maharana Pratap Nagar area where you can see the young of Bhopal dance the night away.

Buy[edit][add listing]

No visit to this city is complete without buying some bead work or embroidered purses, bags, shawls, tunics etc. Also, you can get very good quality fabric (silk, satin, cashmere, pashmina) etc. from the various emporiums run and operated by the governments of the different states of India in this capital city. One visit to Bhopal will give you an exposure into the various kinds of fabric and material, arts and crafts that come from different parts of the country.

To buy arts and crafts specifically originating in Madhya Pradesh as well as fabrics/ sarees/ shawls from Madhya Pradesh, visit the MP Government state emporium Mrignayani [9]

To buy some authentic north indian fabric and shawls head towards Lakherapura in the old city. The Chowk are is also famous for the traditional glittering ladies purses.

Also visit to New Market is worth a try.

  • Aashima Mall. Situated on Hoshangabad Road, Aashima Mall is in the heart of New Bhopal. Aashima Mall has Reliance MART as the hypermarket, a 7-screen multiplex in Cinepolis, a great food court with 13 different kitchens from around the country and the world, a highly attractive entertainment zone in Funscapes, a soon to come Pub, many unique restaurants and 80-odd shops for unlimited shopping. Providing parking for about 800 cars, Aashima Mall is an exquisitely done mall that one would love to visit.
  • DB Mall. It is situated at Arera Hills near M.P.Nagar, in the heart of Bhopal. It has been developed by the Dainik Bhaskar Group, associated mainly with the print media, and is owned and operated by DB Malls Private Limited, a subsidiary of the Dainik Bhaskar Group. In DB CITY their are 7 anchor shops, 180 Retail shops, 6-screen Multiplex, 4 Star Hotel and Food court. It has three basements and three on-floor parking lots managed by Central Parking Services. DB CITY is the central india's largest mall. DB CITY introduces first karaok lounge in India, first hypercity & 4D ride of Madhya Pradesh. It has many outlets including Fun Cinemas, Shoppers Stop, HyperCity, McDonald's, Domino's Pizza, Pantaloons, Amer Bakery Hut, Big Life, Nike, PUMA, Adidas, Reebok, Max, The Chocolate Room, Westside, Amoeba, cute devil, John Players, Spykar, World Of Titan, Levi Strauss, FEYE shoppy and many more.
  • C21 Mall Located in Misrod , this Mall houses various Retail shops like FEYE shoppy , a decent Food court and Inox Multiplex.
  • Aura Mall This is an upcoming mall located in the posh Gulmohar, amidst natural beauty. PVR, Big Bazar, Ameoba are some of the planned experiences here.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Bhopal, like any other north Indian city offers a rich Indian cuisine to explore. People enjoy eating the sweet-sour and spicy "chaat" in Bhopal. Due to the Mughal influence, Bhopal also offers delicacies like Kebabs, Goat Biryani, Chicken Tikka, Jalebi, Ras Malai etc. The best chicken Biryani can be tasted at Jameel Hotel in old Bhopal .

If one would want to spend a nice evening relaxing having great food and drinks with ones family and/or friends, you can spend time at the only roof top restaurant called WindZ Cafe & Restaurant, situated at roof top opposite upper lake, behind Chief Minister Residence, Shymala Hills. Known for its delicious veg & non-veg dishes, drinks, beautiful ambiance, good music and a cool vibe, WindZ Cafe is for the ones who are young at heart.

Sashas restaurant in Indrapuri offers good South Indian non-vegetarian delicacies.

Hotel Jehanuma Palace in Bhopal has a very good restaurant that serves awesome North Indian delicacies. Hotel Noor us Sabah also has a couple of good restaurants to choose from. As in any mid-sized Indian city, the safest bets for good food and a variety of cuisines are in restaurants that are part of 3-4 star hotels.

Apart from North Indian and Mughlai cuisine, you can also savor Indo-Chinese, Continental and American cuisine in the various restaurants of Bhopal.

If you have a mixed taste, Gernerationext restaurant is a good option for you. An eclectic mix of cuisine is served that suits your taste (and pocket too!). There are many other good eating spots in New Market, MP Nagar and Hoshangabad Road area.

Filfora,Koh-e-fiza in Bhopal has a very good place for Mughlai delicacies. Kadai ghost may be best to eat here and biryani's of both made with chicken and mutton are awesome.

In terms of sweets you can try very famous 'Juli' is one of the very famous bangali mithai (bengali sweet) in old city the original you will get at Jain mithai bhandar

  • Manohar Dairy & Restaurant, 6, Hamidia Road (It is a landmark in itself!!!), 07552740454, [4]. One of the oldest and most popular food joints in Bhopal, known for its quality and taste.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

For tourists from foreign countries, its recommended that they stick to mineral water. If you want to be adventurous, try the sugarcane juice from the street-side vendors. If you are lucky, you will not get an upset stomach and will be able to enjoy the rich sweetness of sugarcane.

Alcoholic drinks: Only use hotel bars for this as there are very few pubs in the city and the local bars are not a place to hangout. The only good place, other than the hotels, is the Tavern Pub at Board office roundabout in M P Nagar.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Bhopal has some good budget as well as three to fours star hotels to choose from if you want to spend a few nights in the city. A couple of hotels in the old Bhopal area are considered Grand Heritage hotels as they have been converted from palaces and residences of the Mughal era to modern hotels. Jehan Numa Palace Hotel and Noor us Sabah hotel fall under this category and staying here will transform you into an era where you will be able to imagine how the Mughal aristocracy lived a life of pure luxury. The customer service at both these hotels is exemplary and you will enjoy your stay here.

Towards the New Bhopal area, Hotel Lake View run by the Ashoka group is a decent place to stay in. Also, hotels in the commercial hub of Bhopal, Maharana Pratap Nagar, like Amer Palace, The Residency, Nisarga etc. serve more business travelers to Bhopal but are certainly good places to consider.

  • Hotel Krishnayan Kolar Road, Bhopal - 462001, Madhya Pradesh, India, Tel: +91 74 4044 1233 Email: [email protected]. Located on the Kolar Road, Bhopal. The Hotel property provides a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant, Provides a 24-hour room service, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, taxi service, 24-hour front desk, and free Wi-Fi. I highly recommend you this hotel for a comfortable stay in budget.
  • Hotel Vishnu Villas Kolar Road, New Market, Malviya Nagar, Bhopal - 462001, Madhya Pradesh, India, Tel: +91 74 4044 1237 / +91 74 4044 1233, Email: [email protected]. Located on the Kolar Road, Bhopal. The Hotel property provides a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant, Provides a 24-hour room service, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, taxi service, 24-hour front desk, and free Wi-Fi.
  • Hotel Gaurav Hamidia Road, Bhopal - 462001, Madhya Pradesh, India, Tel: +91 74 4044 1237 / +91 777 186 2296, Email: [email protected]. Located on the Kolar Road, Bhopal. The Hotel property provides a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant, Provides a 24-hour room service, 24-hour security, daily housekeeping, taxi service, 24-hour front desk, and free Wi-Fi.
  • Jehan Numa Palace [10] 157, Shamla Hill, Bhopal - 462013, Madhya Pradesh, India, Tel :+91-755-2661100, 4235100 E-mail : [email protected]
  • Noor us Sabah Hotel[11] V.I.P. Road, Koh-e-Fiza, Bhopal - 462001, Madhya Pradesh, India, Tel: +91 755 4223333 Fax: +91 755 4227777 [email protected]
  • Lake View Ashoka [12] Shiamla Hills Opp. TV Tower Premises Bhopal - 462013 Madhya Pradesh, India, Tel : 2660090-99, 2540452, 2541075, 235151 Fax : 91-0755-2660096, 91-0755-2660097 E-mail : [email protected]
  • Hotel Surendra Vilas 240, M.P.Nagar Bhopal-462001 Phone: 07554272222
  • Hotel Savera Inn Lalwani Compound Hamidia Road-462001 Phone: 07554083366
  • Amer Palace 209, Zone-1, Maharana Pratap Nagar, Bhopal- 462011, Phone: 0755-272110 (8 lines), 557127/557128
  • The Residency 08, Zone -1, Maharana Pratap Nagar, Bhopal - 462011, India Phone: 0755-5566001-06, 270001, 270002
  • Nisarga 211 , Zone 1 , Maharana Pratap Nagar, Bhopal - 462 016, India Phone: 0755-272701/02/03/04/05
  • Hotel Arch Manor, 243 A, Zone 1 MP Nagar (DB Mall Chowraha, NH), 91755 2577771-4, [5]. checkout: noon. [email protected] 1800.  edit

Get out[edit]

Bhopal makes an excellent starting point if you want to travel to some unexploited but breathtakingly beautiful places in Madhya Pradesh.

  • Sanchi is a Buddhist pilgrim destination which offers excellent views into the Buddhist religion. The first of the "stupas" here were built around 3rd century BC by King Ashok, a follower of Buddhism. Sanchi is about 45 kilometers from Bhopal and can be easily traveled to by road.
  • Khajuraho with its umpteen temples and display of the Kamasutra through the figures/ statues on the temples is about 383 kilometers from Bhopal.
  • Pachmarhi, a quaint little army settlement, known as the Hill Station of Madhya Pradesh is about 210 kilometers from Bhopal.

From Bhopal, you can also connect to Jabalpur which is about 160 Kilometers from the Kanha National Park. This national park is spread over 1940 sq kilometers and offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the majestic tiger in all its mystique and natural glory. Project Tiger, which was started in the 70's with support from the Government of India, has managed to bring the tiger on an assured course of recovery from the brink of extinction. Kanha National Park is one of the important parks in India that has been part of Project Tiger and has successfully worked at increasing the tiger population of India and at reducing the crimes against tigers. Kanha also offers unexploited views into flora and fauna of the Indian forest.

  • Indore around 200 kilometres, this place is a paradise for food lovers. a big city having mix of both old and new era. eating at sarrafa bazar which is a night food market is an amazing experience.
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