Having a lavish historical past, the city of Bhopal spews the stories of colorful days it has encountered. There are a large number of tourist attractions in Bhopal which are being lured by travelers throughout the year. It is believed that the city has been built in the 11th century and was founded by King Bhoj of the Parmar Dynasty. Bhopal city is the capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh which is also known as “the heart of India” and is the 16th largest city in the country. Bhopal also cherished with the title of “City of Lakes”. The city was built by the Raja Bhoj but flourished in the reign of Begums which brings the changes in the culture of the city.
The City of Bhopal is often described as one of the greenest cities in India and is dotted with several sightseeing places. Embracing one of the most venerable National Park and Zoo of central India, the Van Vihar National Park and Zoo is one of the most famous Bhopal tourist places. With many alluring architectures namely Lakshmi Narayan Temple, Gufa Mandir, Manua Bhan Ki Tekri, Moti Masjid, Purana Qila, Sadar Manzil, Sair Sapata, Manav Sanghralay, Taj ul Masjid, and many others Bhopal has many visits from tourists all around the year especially at the Chowk area in Bhopal where most of these elegant architectures as well as markets for shopping are located. Here we have mentioned a few of the famous tourist places of Bhopal. Take a look:
Upper Lake - It is a manmade lake that was built in the 11th century by the Raja Bhoj. It is believed that the water of this lake holds medicinal properties that cure otherwise incurable skin diseases. This lake is a primary source of water for the residents of the city. This lake was built across Kolans River and offers some water sports for visitors such as Kayaking, Canoeing, Rafting, Parasailing, etc.
Van Vihar - This is declared as a national park in 1983 and spread over an area of 4.45 sq. km. This has also managed and developed as a modern zoological park. The animals are kept in their natural habitat. The animals are secured from the poachers and none of the animals is captured but are mostly adopted from the forest.
Lower Lake - This is also renowned by the name of Chota Talab. Along with the Upper Lake, this lake forms the Bhoj Wetland. This lake was built in 1794 to commemorate the beauty of the city. Boating is one of the famous activities among tourists.
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya - The museum is spread across over an area of sprawling 200 Acres and exhibits the story of human life and culture are presented in the museum all year long.
Bhimbetka Rock Shelters - This is a world heritage site and accommodates one of the oldest cave paintings in the world. These are a group of 500 exotic rock shelters and caves which have a large number of paintings. These paintings are almost 30,000 years old and few of them are made in the medieval period.
Gohar Mahal - Built in the year 1820 by the first woman ruler of Bhopal, Qudisiya Begum (also known as Gohar Begum), Gohar Mahal is one charming palace in Bhopal which lured a large number of tourists. This palace is a perfect blend of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture. The rich legacy of this palace will take you into the bygone era with its finesse of craftsmanship during the Nawabi era.