It was a journey on purpose. We had made the journey on 18th December and returned on 20th night. We had only one day so we covered the places whatever we could in the short span of time. Before taking you to my journey souvenirs, let me give you a small introduction about the city.
Bhopal erstwhile Bhojpur is the city of great King Raja Bhoj. Later on, the city was ruled by four begums. People over here are very friendly and helping. The environment is pollution free and has healing effect to your daily smoky life in big metropolitan cities. The plus point of the city is ; it is very well connected with Delhi.
Bhopal Satabdi runs everyday from New Delhi at 600 hours in the morning and takes about 7 hours to reach Bhopal Jn. Other trains are also available but Satabdi is the fastest option.
Manali -Leh road trip has a huge craze among Delhites. For me exploring Bhopal is a unique experience one shall always remember. The city is reasonable and the livelihood is simple and welcoming. For all Delhites, here is my small suggestion ; If you are looking for a change in your boring lifestyle, hop in the train and get in here. You would get ample amount of fresh air to rejuvenate your life. Getting in here is very convenient and pocket-friendly too.
Am sorry, if I am missing on few places in Bhopal. As I have already said, my visit was on purpose. So let us get started!
On day first, it is all regular for all travellers. When you gotta catch a train at 6 am on a chilly winter morning, you have to rush in to wake up, freshen up and to reach Railway Station an hour before the train departure. I too did the same. Undoubtedly, Satabdi has the best service to your eating experience in trains.
We reached there around 3.30 pm in the afternoon for the so called reason of train getting late by 2 hours. My mother was accompanying me through the whole trip. As the city was new for us, we had online booking of retiring room on Bhopal Junction. 24 hours is the maximum time a Railway retiring room permits to passengers. The rooms are big, spacious and has all basic amenities of solar water heater, air conditioner and 24/7 hours running water and electricity except for television.
The city is small so all the major attractions are nearby and could be easily covered in 2-3 days. The roads are also easily recognizable even if you are new to the city.
Keep it in mind one very important advice : Conveyance is cheap and in maximum 350 bucks you can visit the entire city. Do not fall prey to the local run autos. They charge exorbitantly from New comers. The same incident happened to me too before the locals advised me to get jugnoo app in my smartphone. Jugnoo autos make life simple and reasonable. So get the jugnoo app, type your destination and hop in. You would reach to your dream destination in a jiffy. However, if you like you can also book cab with Uber and Ola, but the fares would be a bit more.
The first stop of ours was the magnificent Taj-ul-masjid. The architecture is enormous and beautiful. The mosque is the pride of Bhopal. Bhopal is known as city of lakes. There are many lakes we did not touch down upon. The mosque is situated on the embankment of some lake the name of which I cannot remember right now.
The construction started during the reign of Shah Jahan Begum and continued by her daughter Sultan Jahan Begum in her lifetime. The huge pillars and domes of the architecture would drive you to the bygone era of nawabs when royalty was the symbol of excellence.
This is the place where I would be found if I am not found anywhere in the city. The superstructure would definitely pull you up from your depressive busy office life once you get in here.