The second thing that would make you fall in love with Bhopal, (the first being the presence of several lakes) is the presence of several scenic destinations just a short drive away.
One fine spring afternoon, I, with my colleagues, was randomly headed for a short day-trip around Ratapani reserve to Delawadi jungle camp in Delawadi which is some 60 kms away via NH12. The drive to Delawadi is frankly more exciting than the destination itself. The whole NH12 stretch after crossing Obaidullaganj (town) onwards is adorned by Palash trees. Palash is a dry season tree with bright orange flame coloured flowers. If you have an eye for the beauty, you will see beyond dry trees and forests. Once you are around the Ratapani reserve area the dry deciduos forests begin. You will see several shades of yellow, ochre yellow, brown, contrasting fresh greens of few new leaves. The drive is worth bearing with the heat of starting summers.
After our quick halt at MPSTDC cafe and a decent lunch we found out about the Ginnorgarh fort which is roughly 3-4kms from Delawadi. Its a small dilapidated fort but makes for a good picnic/ daydreaming/ reading spot. The fort can be accessible only on foot so it makes for a good small easy trek route and your reward is the view from top of the Kings dilapidated balcony. Its infinite.
A quick short 5-6 hours trip from Bhopal!
P.S. - If you have a day in hand you could also plan an overnight trip. MPSTDC have a nature Resort for overnight accommodation. Places worth visiting in vicinity include Bhimbetka, Ratapani reserve and some other local spots