About 45km southeast of Bhopal, lie the Bhimbetka rock shelters, an archaeological site that spans the prehistoric paleolithic and mesolithic periods, as well as the historic period. This UNESCO world heritage site exhibits the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent and consists of seven hills and over 750 rock shelters distributed over 10km. Head here to be awestruck and travel way back in time.
Cuisine on offer
Bhopal's rich history reflects in a diverse food culture, influenced by both Muslim and Hindu cooking styles. Try the bafla, a wheat cake made of refined flour or maida and dunked in a lot of ghee. It is usually eaten with a thick dal (lentils). Tuck into poha and jalebi, the local breakfast favourites at Kalyan Singh’s Swad Bhandar, located on the east side of the Jama Masjid, off Itwara Road. The Mughal influence can be seen in the city's love for its kebabs and curries. The seekh kebab is particularly popular. The best places to taste Bhopal's street food are the chowks in the old city of Bhopal. Head to Jhili Miyaan, located at the beginning of Chatori Galli, for your fix of melt-in-your-mouth kebabs.
When to go
Summer can be very hot in Bhopal. Anytime from July to February is a good time to visit.
By air: Bhopal airport, also called Raja Bhoj Airport, is located 15km southeast of the main city centre and is connected to all major cities in India.
By rail: Bhopal Railway Station, near Hamidia Road, connects it to different parts of the country. Bhopal is one of the two major Delhi-Mumbai railway lines and is the main railway junction of the West Central Railways.
By road: The roadways that lead to Bhopal are well maintained and motorable. The bus station is near the railway junction in Old Bhopal. Extensive bus services (state/ private) are available for getting to various places in and around Madhya Pradesh.
Bhopal doesn't have local trains or a metro system. Getting around the city though is still fairly easy. Bhopal City Link Limited is one of the local bus networks available to go around the city. Recently another network called BRTS Corridor has also started and commuting locally has become fairly cheap, easy and safe in Bhopal. You can also book radio taxis, get onto a three-wheeler auto rickshaw or hire a car through operators such as Savaari Car Rentals or Clear Car Rental.