Top 7 Places To Visit in Bhopal

July 16, 2015   /   byRavi Atwal  / Categories :  Uncategorized
The Great Stupa

At the very heart of our diverse nation, seamlessly flowing into the beautiful Vindhyachal range, we have the City of Lakes, Bhopal. A city that has retained its natural beauty and heritage and has yet become an industrial and educational hub, Bhopal has a lot to offer anyone who pays a visit.

1. Bhojtal

Bhojtal

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Bhopal itself is said to have been built around the largest artificial lake in Asia, the Bhojtal. Built in the eleventh century by the king of Malwa, the lake is said to have the waters of 365 tributaries which give it healing powers. Amazingly, even a thousand years later, this lake continues to be the lifeline of the city of Bhopal and is respected as such. With over 200 species of flora and fauna, which includes the famous Indian Sarus Crane, this lake is a sight to behold.

2. Van Vihar National Park

Van Vihar National Park

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Built around the Bhojtal, Van Vihar National Park has gone on to become a site for the conservation of various native as well as non-native species. For the sake of protecting visitors, animals such as gharial, bears, python, hyena, lions, tigers etc. are kept in enclosures, whilst a wide range of other exotic animals such as black buck, cheetal, blue bull, sambhar etc. have a free run of the entire Park. A hundred species of birds have also been sighted so far within the Park.

3. The Great Stupa At Sanchi

The Great Stupa

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Located on the outskirts of Bhopal, these are the legendary stupas known to be commissioned by Emperor Ashoka himself to spread the message of Gautam Buddha in the 3rd century BCE. It is the oldest standing stone structure in India. Having stood the test of time, the stupa is an object of fascination for all history buffs, with various carvings and symbols giving us insight into the olden days.

4. Bhimbetka Rock Shelters

Bhimbetka Rock Shelters

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Excavations in the Raisen district of Bhopal have revealed artwork etched into the rock that, archaeologists claim, date back to the Stone Age.The interesting factor is the sheer variety of animals and symbols depicted on the rocks, some of which archaeologists are still unable to identify.Thus, this area gives us insight into one of the most mysterious times known to mankind, the time before the birth of civilization itself. Besides this, these rocks have significance in Hindu mythology as a shelter for Bheem and derive their name from this legend.

5. Chota Talaab

Chota Talab

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The Chhota Talaab was built in the late 18th century to beautify the city and provide entertainment and relaxation to its residents. Separated from the Bhojtal by the Pul Pukhta, this lake has a variety of entertaining activities such as boat riding and sightseeing to offer. An architectural wonder, it has been built in a terrace fashion so as to help it source water from the Bhojtal.

6. Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid Bhopal

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Jama Masjid essentially means the main place of worship and prayers for Muslim faith. The Jama Masjid in Bhopal or the Taj-ul-Masjid is one of the largest mosques in the India. Its construction was initiated by Bahadur Shah Zafar, the famed last Mughal emperor, in the early 20th century. The majestic structure has a pink facade and the architecture is reminiscent of the Jama Masjid at Delhi and the Badshahi Masjid at Lahore.

7. Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya

Located with proximity to the Bhojtal, this vast museum aims at showcasing the evolution of mankind with special reference to the Indian subcontinent. Various aspects of life across India, in the different terrains, regions and cultures have been explained lucidly here. Engaging activities such as fairs, open-air exhibitions, online exhibitions etc. are often set up here, while the 200 acre museum itself boasts of state-of-the-art amenities designed to ensure an enriching experience.

Bhopal is a city which has, and continues to be, at the heart of one of the cultural and socioeconomic hubs of the world. With nature and heritage all around, visiting Bhopal is sure to be nothing short of exhilarating.