Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka
These caves lie 45 kilometers away from Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh and are a famous tourist destination on the Bhopal- Hoshangabad Highway. It is believed that these were the very caves where the Pandavas sought shelter when they were exiled. Dr. Vishnu Wakankar, a professor at the Vikram University in Ujjain discovered these caves while on an excavation during 1957-58. He strayed far from the site and stumbled upon these caves. One cannot afford to miss this place when one visits Madhya Pradesh.
Taj ul Masajid
Bhopal has seen the reign of Hindu rulers for many centuries, but from early 18th century till independence, it propspered as a Mughal kingdom. There is a huge community of Muslims living in Bhopal and their culture can best be observed through a walk to the city's most revered mosques. Built in 1844, Taj-ul-Masjid is one of the biggest mosques in India and Moti Masjid is known to be constructed by Begum Shah Jahan, who would challenge notions by worshiping there dressed as a man.
The banks of Upper Lake are home to an entertainment complex called Sair Sapata. This place has a musical fountain, a toy train that one can ride on, a childrens play pen area that is huge and a suspension bridge that connects Prempura and Sewania. This suspension bridge is the star attraction here. If you wish to boat, Sair Sapata has this facility on offer as well. You will be happy to have come and spent a day filled with fun activity. There are a number of stalls tat rustle up delicious food here.
Van Vihar National Park
Van Vihar is a modern day zoological park marvel. The animals are kept in their natural habitat. Most of the animals are either orphans or brought from various parts of the state or those, which are exchanged from other zoos. No animal is captured from the forest. Van Vihar is unique because it allows easy access to the visitors through a road passing through the park, security of animals assured from poachers by building trenches and walls, chain-link fence and by providing natural habitat to the animals.
Considered to be one of the greenest cities in the country, Bhopal, is a place that one cannot afford to leave off their tourist trail. Adorned by many natural and as well as manmade lakes and water bodies, Bhopal is often referred to as the City of Lakes. The city is home to a number institutions and places that are of great national importance. The city houses ISROs Master Control Facility and the famous National Institute of Technical Training and Research (NITTTR), AIIMS and BHEL. The city has a number of attractions that lure many a tourist to tread along its roads. If one does plan a visit to this city, do not forget to pay a visit to the Bhimbetka Rock Caves, the superb artificial Upper Lake, try out the food at the historic Lazeez Hakeem Restaurant and visit the many mosques here. An unfortunate incident in December 1984 propelled Bhopal into the international arena. The case of the Union Carbide India Limited, a plant that manufactured pesticide, saw the leakage of a poisonous mixture of gases, especially methyl isocyanate that lead to the great disaster. Nevertheless, the city is clean now and promises one a great visit.
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya - National Museum of Mankind
Spread over 20 acres, this is a museum that is known for its display that depicts the life of tribal cultures and tribal villages in India. The museum has actual replicas of such dwellings on display. An undertaking by the Government of India and the Ministry of Culture, this unique museum tells the story of the evolution of humans through time and space. One can have a peek at the painted rock shelters from the pre-historic ages and an open air exhibition houses models of coastal and desert villages, a replica of a Himalayan village and mythical trails. One can also pay a visit to the technology park.
The locals call this place as Bara Talab and it happens to be the oldest manmade lake in all of India. Also referred to as Bhojtal as it was King Bhoj who had it built in the 11th century so that he could take a dip in its waters are be cured of a skin disease. Close to it is Kamala Park, the royal garden, a place that tourists flock to and one that cannot be missed out when one is on vacation in Madhya Pradesh. The place is kept clean and the air is fresh making this place a hit with the locals and as well as foreign tourists.
A visit to Maharana Pratap Nagar in the city of Bhopal is incomplete without a trip to the famous Café Chokolade. With a rating of 3.6 out of a possible 5, this café offers its customers a delightful array of chocolate infused beverages and eatables. For those who are strictly vegetarian, this place is for you to visit. An air-conditioned seating area greets one along with the aroma of baked goodies tantalizing ones nostrils. Customers praise the quick and efficient service rendered here. If you are looking for a good place to hangout, you have the best option here. For those who like to pay by cards (debit or credit), you should know that this café accepts just one mode of payment, and that is cash!
New Market happens to be an important shopping center in Bhopal that lies in Madhya Pradesh. The market is close to TT Nagar and one can get some good deals on raw silk and fabrics, Chanderi silk and tussar. The Chanderi silk sarees are quite famous and one can get some very good varieties here at New Market. For everything else like cosmetics, footwear, clothing, perfumes, jewelry and accessories, bags and wallets and other such stuff, there are numerous stalls and shops here to browse through all day long.
Lazeez Hakeem Restaurant
Have done a bit of shopping at New Market off TT Nagar, drop into the Lazeez Hakeem Restaurant her as well. The restaurant serves up Chinese and Mughlai dishes with special items being their kebab platters and rogan josh made from lamb meat. Among the Chinese menu, their man chow soup is a crowd favorite. The place is done up well and provides a comfortable seating area for the diners. The place does get crowded quite soon and this just proves how famous the restaurant is among the locals. You need to dine here when you visit Bhopal.
1. Sagar Gaire: The famous food chain is hub to delicious club sandwiches and cheap coffee. It is surely different from other famous food chains.2. Winds n Waves: A beautiful open restaurant just facing the Upper Lake is the place for kebabs. Dine there in the evening and have delicious kebabs and snacks.3. Jahanuma: This heritage hotel is the shining stars of Bhopal. Its buffet is one of the best I've had.
The efforts to build this monumental marvel began during the rule of Sultan Shah Jehan Begam, who reigned over Bhopal from 1868 to 1901. The work was completed by the year 1971 after havng been taken over by Allama Mohammad Imran Khan Nadwi Azhari of Bhopal. The name, when translated goes on to mean, The Crown of Mosques and true to this, it is indeed a spectacle to behold. The place is excessively ornate with its pink façade and a duo of 18 storied minarets that adorn it. Atop these minarets are domes that overlook the main hallway which is filled with pillars and floors made of marble.