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Bhopal Travel Guide


Bhopal Travel Guide

Positioned in the North Western region of the state of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal summons a large number of tourists every year. The place has a unique charm of its own which lures travellers time and again. It is the capital town of the state of Madhya Pradesh. The place has a historical significance and that is from where its glory emanates. The city can be best described as an amalgamation of art, history, tradition and culture. Though the city is developing at a lightning speed yet it has managed to retain the past glory in all its affluence.


The city is populated with a mixed number of sects and religion. One needs to have ample time in hand to explore the place in all its length and breadth. Bhopal owns a large number of temples and mosques that are steeped in rich history. Imbibing knowledge about them will surely leave you dazed at the vastness of the country’s cultural heritage.


Bhopal’s history dates back to the 11thcentury A.D. during the time of the legendary King Bhoja. Temples, mosques and other monuments built since then are playing an important role today from tourism point of view. They are truly an architectural marvel.


The place abounds in a significant number of tourist spots. Prominent among them are the Laxmi Narayan Temple, Taj-ul-Masjid, Gohar Mahal, Birla Museum, Archaelogical Museum, Moti Masjid, Sadar Manzil, Shaukat Mahal, Bharat Bhavan, Lower Lake, Upper Lake, Van Vihar Zoo, National Archieve Museum, Rastriya Manav Sangrahalaya etc.


Also known by the name of Birla Mandir, the Laxmi Narayan Temple is located on the south of the Lower Lake on the Arera Hills. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu God and Goddess Narayana and Laxmi respectively. The temple is built with white marbles which symbolises purity and divinity. The architectural splendour of the temple is a major attraction. The Birla Museum lying at a close proximity to the temple exhibits an extensive collection of sculptures and other artefacts from the district of Madhya Pradesh. The temple is adorned with sprawling lawns, fountains and an extensive number of ornamental plants and flowers.


The Taj-ul-Masjid is one of the most impressive structures in Bhopal. Taj-ul-Masjid literally means ‘The Crown of Mosques’ and rightly too. There are a number of spectacular features embedded in the mosques which accentuates the natural charm of the place.


The Shaukat Mahal is a blend of western and local Islamic style of architecture. The Mahal was apparently planned and designed by the prince of the Bourbob dynasty of France. Shaukat Mahal is worth a stopover. The Moti Masjid is another important tourist place of attraction. Built by Sikandar Jahan, the daughter of Kudsis Begum in the year 1860, the mosque flaunts the Islamic art and architecture in all its profundity.


There is the Upper Lake and the Lower Lake which contributes to the beauty of Bhopal. Bhopal is well connected with all the surrounding cities hence, getting there is easy. Once there you will surely not want to come back. The place has a captivating charm that is sure to keep you engaged for hours end.  

Last Updated: 01/10/2012

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