Bhopal - The City of Historic Grandeurs and Lakes!
Fondly called the ‘City of Lakes’, Bhopal is the capital of Madhya Pradesh and considered the heartland of India. Located amidst exquisite lakes, the city is a beautiful combination of regal heritage and breath-taking natural landscapes.
The life of this 200 years old city swirls around its heritage and culture. Bhopal has many tourist attractions like Bada Talab, Van Vihar National Park, Taj-ul-Masajid, Moti Mahal, Gauhar Mahal etc. Although, Bhopal becomes even more scenic and beautiful during the monsoon season, city’s weather is always pleasant!
The culture talk!
The handicraft industry is well-established in the city, the locals are involved in the making of beautiful Zardozi artefacts with minute intricacies. Festivals like Holi, Rang Panchami, Navratris, Diwali, Dussehra, Eid, Ganesh Puja and other auspicious occasions are celebrated with joy. Eating paan is a part of the culture among the Bhopalis. The residents of Bhopal, love every form of art-dance, music and painting. Kathak is one of the major categories of dance practiced by people. Furthermore, Dhrupad Sansthan is a renowned music academy where one can learn Indian classical music. Food in the city is unique and quite influenced by the Islamic culture. Non-vegetarian delicacies like Bhopali Murgh Razala or Bhopali Gosht Korma, Murgh Nizami and Seek Kebab are some of the exclusive preparations. Vegetarian dishes like Paneer Rezala or Paneer Butter Masala are equally loved and cherished by the locals as well as tourists.
The regal history of the town!
Bhopal, also called the ‘City of Royals’ has a long, imperative history. Between 1819 and 1926, it was ruled by the generation of Begums, who gave the city its waterworks, railways, a postal system, and a municipality constituted in 1907.
The temple of Bhojpur is an ancient Hindu temple near Bhopal. The holy place is devoted to Lord Shiva and houses a 7.5 feet high lingam. It is said that the construction of the temple started in the 11th century during the monarch of King Bhoja, but the structure and its construction was forsaken for reasons still unknown.
Madhya Pradesh has a rich history which dates back to the pre-historic era. In the lap of lush green forest covers, at the southern edge of the Vindhya Hills, there lies a shelter of close to 500 pre-historic rock caves called the Bhimbetka Rock Shelter.
By Air: Raja Bhoj Airport, is located about 15 km away from the city centre and is well-connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. From the airport, taxis are available to reach the city easily.
By rail: Bhopal Junction and Habibganj station are biggest railway stations in the city and are well-connected with all major railheads of the country.
By road: Well-built roads from Bhopal are connected to all the major cities of India, and are easily accessible.