48 Hrs in the Capital City Bhopal
Posted on December 9, 2016 by ghoomophirosisters
Often regarded as the city of lakes, Bhopal is the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, also known as the heart of India. It was founded in the 11th century by the King Bhoja who ruled the city from the then capital Dhar. The capital city was named after the King Bhoja and a damn, which in Bhopal is referred to as Pal. Bhopal is one of the greenest cities in India and hosts a string of attractions of historical significance.
How to Reach
Being the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal is well connected to other major cities in India. If traveling via Delhi, Bhopal Express from Nizamuddin is a good and economical option.
Places to Visit
The Sanchi Stupa is believed to be one of the oldest and the most wonderful structures of ancient India, constructed under the support of Emperor Ashoka in the 3rd century B.C. Located at about 46 km north-east of Bhopal, the Sanchi Stupa edifices the Buddhist architecture and sculpture beginning from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D.
The carvings on the four archways at the Great Stupa of Sanchi present an overwhelming sight of Brahmi script inscriptions and carvings. These carvings are a perfect confluence of life events from Lord Buddha’s life and the Jataka Tales.
At 46 km away from Bhopal, you can find the which are also a UNESCO World Heritage site. These caves date back to the period from the Upper Paleolithic to the Medieval and are evidence to the rich lives of prehistoric humans, their clothes and adornments were worn, art and music, weapons used and animal life. The cave walls rich with paintings reveal interesting details about the everyday lives and lifestyle of the early man. They are regarded as the most exceptional specimens of prehistoric paintings discovered in India.
The Bhojtal, also known as the Upper Lake is the largest in Bhopal and among India’s oldest man-made lakes, which is said to have been built by the Parmarah around the 11th century AD. The Upper Lake and the Lower Lake are separated by an over-bridge and the Lower Lake is situated in the old part of the city. This lake is a prime sightseeing attraction of Bhopal.
The museum that showcases the cultural heritage of the capital city was launched in the year 1971. It is famous for its collection of artefacts and other remnants of historical significance.
Gohar is right behind the famous Shaukat Mahal in Bhopal. It is situated on the edge of the famous Upper Lake. This beautiful Mahal was made in the memory of Gohar Begum, the first female ruler of Bhopal.
Museum of Mankind
The museum has been dedicated to the tribal communities of the country. The museum covers an area of two hundred acres and showcases collections from the pre-historic era.
Bharat Bhavan is the center of visual arts right in the heart of Bhopal city. It is one of the most visited places in the capital city. Bharat Bhavan has a large collection of visual, performing, and vocal arts.
Bhopal is the center of architectural wonders of India and Sadar Manzil is one such architecture that is also historically significant. It is situated next to Royal Enclaves that once served as the courtroom for the rulers of the capital city.
Laxmi Narayan Temple
Laxmi Narayan Temple is one the most visited places in Bhopal city. It is situated on the top of Arera Hills. This temple is also known as the famous Birla Mandir. As the name suggests, this temple has been dedicated to the Goddess of wealth—Laxmi.
Things to Do
Bhopal is the city of lakes and the best way to explore its lakes is by taking a boat ride. A boat ride lets you enjoy the real beauty of the capital city.
Apart from sightseeing, there are loads of things that you can shop in Bhopal. You can go shopping and splurge on silver jewelry, hand embroidered clothes, chanderi, and Maheshwari Sarees.
Restaurants and Food
Bhopal is not only famous for its architectural heritage but also for its delicious food. Some of the best places to eat in Bhopal are:Greek Food Beyond La Kuchina and Za-aiqa. You can enjoy the best Mughlai and Peshawari cuisine here.
Places to Stay
Bhopal is the capital city of Madhya Pradesh. Hence, it has a variety of hotels, guest houses, resorts, and lodges for people from all walks of life. You can get any accommodation of choice depending on your requirements and budget. Some of the best options to stay are Kinara, 10 Downing Street, The Kasbah, MoMo Café, La Kuchina, Greek Food and Beyond, Neelam Chat and Restaurant and Café Craft.Split by a pair of lakes, Bhopal enamours you in its own way and vie. The old ancient structures, prehistoric paintings, and the oldest man-made lakes bring your trip to life.