Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali !

Tripoto
4th Mar 2019

Gold Spikes

Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand

Mission : Old Bhopal

Bhopal, a city of Madhya Pradesh, truly reflects as the capital of the state.

Features of Bhopal are abundant if made available on a platter, but to agglomerate, Bhopal is known for its history, architecture and food, and quite an amusing thing - TikTok videos amongst the youngsters (Its a craze out there !)

From lip-smacking PohaJalebi Brekfasts to places of worship, shopping arcades across the streets, bustling colorful Mini Buses and the famous & spectacular transport of Bhopal called the 'Magixx', I loved each and every bit of this surreal place.

Come, let me give you a ride through Bhopal, but first - the breakfast at Hamidia Road !

Ingredients : Poha, onions, Pomogranate, Sev + jalebi :)

Photo of Hamidia Road, Jumerati, Ibrahimganj, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

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Photo of Hamidia Road, Jumerati, Ibrahimganj, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

Old Bhopal

Old Bhopal is something that made me smile a lot. The love of seeing and visiting Gates and Door ways, Masjids, Mahals and Narrow bylanes, is all I want to see at a place where I travel. And Bhopal has it all...

Because the Gates Welcome You...

As you go around Old Bhopal, frequently there a lot of Gates through which you pass, and they are quite antique.

Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand

The Name 'Taj Mahal' is here too..

A place here used to be a 'Taj Mahal Palace', quite renowned by its architecture and will be made into a hotel shortly. Its quite amazing to witness such marvels that exist in our country.

Shades of Architecture

Photo of Taj Mahal Palace, Sultania Rd, Housing Board Colony, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

Wish for a Veranada like this

Photo of Taj Mahal Palace, Sultania Rd, Housing Board Colony, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

Royal Windows

Photo of Taj Mahal Palace, Sultania Rd, Housing Board Colony, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Taj Mahal Palace, Sultania Rd, Housing Board Colony, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

I wish I could get there, but cant

Photo of Taj Mahal Palace, Sultania Rd, Housing Board Colony, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Taj Mahal Palace, Sultania Rd, Housing Board Colony, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

Sneak Peak inside the Taj Mahal Palace

Photo of Taj Mahal Palace, Sultania Rd, Housing Board Colony, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

Because you find Peace at the Masjids

Bhopal stands quite Famous + Strong for its Masjids, namely Taj Ul Masjid, Moti Masjid and Jama Masjid. Each of them is unique, either by size, presence or colors of Gold and White.

The Taj Ul Masjid is magnificently large and spacious, and the pride of Bhopal. The bus No. 7 (White colored Private bus) takes you from the Hamidia Road Junction to Taj Ul Masjid, and along way you pass the Taj Mahal Palace at a corner. Remember to alight at the 2nd stop for Taj Ul Masjid, because the 1st stop is at the back door of the masjid which remains closed (the steps photo).

Taj Ul Masjid - The main entrance which stands sealed, entrance from the left ahead

Photo of Taj-ul-Masjid Road, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

Reflection of the Taj Ul Masjid - mesmerising

Photo of Taj-ul-Masjid Road, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

Behold

Photo of Taj-ul-Masjid Road, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Taj-ul-Masjid Road, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Taj-ul-Masjid Road, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

Magnificent Carvings

Photo of Taj-ul-Masjid Road, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

The bats den

Photo of Taj-ul-Masjid Road, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

Taj Ul masjid is quite...Huge

Photo of Taj-ul-Masjid Road, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Taj-ul-Masjid Road, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

Closed Gate....... There is a world out there

Photo of Taj-ul-Masjid Road, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

Saajda

Photo of Taj-ul-Masjid Road, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

Fleet of Madrassas

Photo of Taj-ul-Masjid Road, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Taj-ul-Masjid Road, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Taj-ul-Masjid Road, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

More photos on this link

Moti Masjid is located almost at the centre of Bhopal, amongst some of the famous Mahals of Bhopal

Photo of Moti Masjid, Hawamahal Road, Opposite Moti Masjid, Chowki Talaiya, Talaiya, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Moti Masjid, Hawamahal Road, Opposite Moti Masjid, Chowki Talaiya, Talaiya, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Moti Masjid, Hawamahal Road, Opposite Moti Masjid, Chowki Talaiya, Talaiya, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Moti Masjid, Hawamahal Road, Opposite Moti Masjid, Chowki Talaiya, Talaiya, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Moti Masjid, Hawamahal Road, Opposite Moti Masjid, Chowki Talaiya, Talaiya, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Moti Masjid, Hawamahal Road, Opposite Moti Masjid, Chowki Talaiya, Talaiya, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Moti Masjid, Hawamahal Road, Opposite Moti Masjid, Chowki Talaiya, Talaiya, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

The stairs leading to Moti Masjid

Photo of Moti Masjid, Hawamahal Road, Opposite Moti Masjid, Chowki Talaiya, Talaiya, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

Jama Masjid is the White Masjid of Bhopal located in Chowk Bazaar. Its crown makes an ideal pitch of Gold spike against the vivid sky.

Photo of Jama Masjid, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Jama Masjid, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Jama Masjid, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Jama Masjid, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

A Mandir amongst Masjids...

India always leave me awestruck when it comes to understanding certain things. At Chowk bazaar is located a Mandir, quite suprisingly known as Curfew Wali Mata Mandir. The name comes from the situation that was admist this place years back. Today, if you have a Curfew in your life, come here to settle your curfew.

Photo of Curfew Wali Mata Mandir Peer Gate, Maa Bhawani Square, Sarafa chowk, Azad Market, Peer Gate, Somwara, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Curfew Wali Mata Mandir Peer Gate, Maa Bhawani Square, Sarafa chowk, Azad Market, Peer Gate, Somwara, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Curfew Wali Mata Mandir Peer Gate, Maa Bhawani Square, Sarafa chowk, Azad Market, Peer Gate, Somwara, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Curfew Wali Mata Mandir Peer Gate, Maa Bhawani Square, Sarafa chowk, Azad Market, Peer Gate, Somwara, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

Because Love for Mahals, never fades..

If you have a close look at and into any Mahal, it leaves you spellbound, and so were the notable Mahals in Bhopal

What stood out compared to others, was the Gauhar Mahal. Rooms into Rooms into endless Rooms is what attracts me to Mahals.

Photo of Gauhar Mahal, VIP Road, Nakkar Khana, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Gauhar Mahal, VIP Road, Nakkar Khana, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Gauhar Mahal, VIP Road, Nakkar Khana, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Gauhar Mahal, VIP Road, Nakkar Khana, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Gauhar Mahal, VIP Road, Nakkar Khana, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Gauhar Mahal, VIP Road, Nakkar Khana, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

Shaukat Mahal, under renovation though intricate's its richness and marvel, while Sadar Manzil is an adjoining landmark.

Photo of Sadar Manzil Gate, Sultania Road, Nakkar Khana, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Sadar Manzil Gate, Sultania Road, Nakkar Khana, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Sadar Manzil Gate, Sultania Road, Nakkar Khana, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Sadar Manzil Gate, Sultania Road, Nakkar Khana, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Sadar Manzil Gate, Sultania Road, Nakkar Khana, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Sadar Manzil Gate, Sultania Road, Nakkar Khana, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Sadar Manzil Gate, Sultania Road, Nakkar Khana, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand

A less preserved, but a fantastic piece of architecture is the Nawab Wazir Mohammad Khan Tomb.

Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand

The above has been one of the heaviest travels in a day under scorching heat, but totally worth the same. Some few clicks of the place;

Whats the fruit ?, I asked this fellow, neither did I know know, nor did he :)

Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand

Behind the second signal is the Famous Agra Biryani

Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Lensing of a Non-Soorma Bhopali ! by Girish Hiranand

Sometimes its a pleasure to not use Google Maps and simply connect with people in the lanes to find a place, and maybe leave an impression of a Non Bhopali :)

And where do i Travel next is on my mind like this :)

Photo of Chowk Bazaar Road, Sarafa chowk, Ibrahimpura, Peer Gate Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India by Girish Hiranand
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Beautifully captured!! Loved all the colors in every frame.
Sun 06 02 19, 12:22 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank youu :)
Sun 06 02 19, 13:58 · Report
Very well-narrated and very well-captured. The travelogue is fabulously written and the photographs are just wonderful enough to make me look at them with awe!
Sun 06 02 19, 00:31 · Reply (1) · Report
Dev....Thank you
Sun 06 02 19, 07:40 · Report
As always... Ur posts inspire me to plan a trip ahead! Keep exploring n keep posting!
Sat 06 01 19, 21:58 · Reply (1) · Report
yes sure....thank youu
Sat 06 01 19, 22:13 · Report
Beautiful write up
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thank youu
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