Raisen Fort & Islamnagar


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Islamnagar fort Bhopal

Excursion locations around Bhopal

Think of Bhopal and a series of scenic views of green surroundings, mesmerising lakes and striking monuments will flash in front of your eyes. Undoubtedly one of the greenest cities in India, Bhopal has opulence of natural wealth. Also, the outskirts of Bhopal are no less charismatic than the city of lakes. Eye-catching landscapes, dams, waterfalls and historic structures add to the attractions around Bhopal. Two such heritage monuments are Raisen fort and Islamnagar.

Raisen Fort

An hours drive from Bhopal will take you to the town of Raisen where the Raisen fort hails high on a sandstone spur of Vindhya range. The sprawling citadel has witnessed several kingdoms taking over the region and ruling the area. The fort has 13 mighty bastions and 9 gateways that lead to alluring palaces - the Badal Mahal, Raja Rohini Mahal, Hawa Mahal, Jehangir Mahal, Dhobi Mahal and Kachehari Mahal.

The Jehangir Mahal is decorated with diamond and lotus bud carvings on the walls. The Hawa Mahal has a large Rani Tal which was perhaps a large pool used by royal ladies. It was also one of the 48 tanks and wells that kept the town with water supply round the year.

Raisen fort is accompanied by several temples, a mosque, and a mazaar. A pillared baradari and a hamam is also a place you must not miss.

How to reach :

By Road : 45 km from the state capital Bhopal.


Built by Dost Mohammad Khan in 1716, on the Bhopal-Berasiya road  stands the marvellous ramparts of Islamnagar. The regal structure was later restored and beautified by Baji Ram, minister to Nawab Faiz Mohammad in 1736. Islamnagar served the Mughals till 1727 and later by The Scindias from 1806 to 1817.

The intricately carved monument has two amusing palaces - Chaman Mahal and Rani Mahal.

Chaman Mahal is snuggled within a garden. The pavilions are adorned by floral motifs showcasing Malwa-Mughal architectural style. On the other hand, Rani Mahal is a double-storeyed attractive structure with beautiful baradari.

Both Raisen fort & Islamnagar are perfect choices for short trips or sudden plans. A day well spent at these historical sites will connect you with the glorious past of Madhya Pradesh.

How to reach :

By Road : 14 km from the state capital Bhopal.

(Note : Kindly inquire about the road conditions in advance)