Attractions In bhopal
Attractions in Bhopal
Whether you a history lover or nature enthusiast or even interested in art and culture, Bhopal is sure to delight the traveller in you. It is for these reasons that Bhopal tour packages are such a rage among travellers. This capital of Madhya Pradesh has several museums, monuments, parks and lakes for keeping tourists engaged. Keep reading to know about the popular attractions of this state capital:
The credit of making Bhopal a beautiful city through a series of stunning edifices undoubtedly goes to the Mughals. Mosques like Taj-ul-Masajid, Jama Masjid and Moti Masjid are not just places of worship, but are great examples of intricate Mughal architecture.
The fascinating Taj Mahal Palace took around 13 years to complete and was one of the world’s largest palaces of its times. Reflecting British, Mughal, Hindu and even Arabic influences in its architecture, this palace features an expansive hall of mirrors, known as Sheesh Mahal. Designed by a Frenchman, the 180-year-old Shaukat Mahal is another sight to behold. Besides, Sadar Manzil – a hall used by the rulers of Bhopal to address the public – is a must-visit historical structure while in the city.
The ‘City of Lakes’, as Bhopal is fondly referred to, is home to two beautiful water bodies, namely Upper Lake and Lower Lake that are separated by Pul Pukhta or Lower Lake Bridge. Apart from being a major source of water for the people of Bhopal, these lakes hold historical and religious relevance as well. Upper Lake is also a great spot to indulge in water sports like canoeing, water skiing, kayaking and parasailing. You can also enjoy paddle boating or motor boat ride on these lakes. Delicate touches of cool breeze and scenic greenery surrounding the lake are sure to calm your senses.
Spanning over an area of nearly 445 hectares, the pristine Van Vihar National Park is another attraction in Bhopal. Popular among wildlife enthusiasts, here you get a chance to observe wild species like Asiatic lions, sloth bear, wild boar, striped hyena, crocodiles, Bengal tiger, pythons and long-billed vultures.
If marine life interests you, then make your way to the noted Fish Aquarium near Raj Bhavan, which is home to numerous fish species, including golden shark, paradise blue, golden plata, rosy barb, tiger barb and golden gormi.
Bhopal’s status of being one of the greenest cities in India can be attributed to an array of parks that the city boasts. Chinar Park, Kamla Park, Karishma Park, Ekant Park and Yadgare Shahjahani Park are to name a few that are frequented by locals as well as tourists.
While in a city like Bhopal, how can you restrict yourself from knowing about its culture and people? In fact, the city has several dedicated sites that are sure to increase your learning about the same.
The one-of-a-kind Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya or National Museum of Humankind features permanent and temporary exhibitions related to anthropology and human evolution. You can also pay a visit to the noted Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum to learn about the indigenous tribes of the state. The Regional Museum of Natural History and Remember Bhopal Museum are other such places that are worth a visit.
The city holds several shrines that are now considered as famous attractions. You can seek the blessing of Hindu deities at the sacred Khatlapura Mandir and Gufa Mandir. The astounding Birla Mandir or Lakshmi Narayan Temple is not just known for its beautiful idols of Goddess Laxmi, but for its stunning design and architecture.
Not to be Missed
In addition to all these, there a few other points of interest that you can’t afford to miss. Showcasing around 266 science exhibits, the Regional Science Centre attracts locals and tourists of all age groups. The noted Bharat Bhavan – a multi-arts complex and museum – features an art gallery, tribal and folk art museum, and libraries housing books on Indian poetry, folk music and classical music. For a complete day of activities and adventure, you can head to the popular Kanha Fun City to enjoy thrilling rides and water slides.
You can make the most of your Bhopal tour with customised Bhopal packages in which you can include or exclude the above attractions as per your choice.