Hey! Planning a vacation?? A trip to some unknown beautiful place to feel relaxed and refreshed…? So Welcome to the Plains, Welcome to the “City of Lakes”! 9 Best Places to Visit in Bhopal-Know its History and Culture.
You might have heard about this place but today we will tell you some secrets of this place! The administrative and economic capital of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal also known as the ‘City of Lakes’ or the second greenest city of India has a rich past and a beautiful present. Spread in the large area of 2,772 km square with a literacy rate of 82.3%, Bhopal was founded by Raja Bhoj and ruled by Nawabs, Bhopal sets a good example of secularism with a population of both Hindus and Muslims. Mughal influence is seen in the delicious cuisine of Bhopal and for the non-veg lovers, this place is famous for Kebabs while Bafla and Sewaiya form an essential part of the vegetarian meal.
The City of Lakes is divided into Old Bhopal designed by Mughals representing the old architectural styled mahals and the New Bhopal with a modern architectural design. This quality of the place brings to it the title of a well-planned urban city. It also forms an educational hub including IISER, MANIT, SPA, and AIIMS so, do refer this place for higher
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Bhopal established and run by the Ministry of Human Resource Development is an autonomous research institute in Bhauri district of Bhopal, India. It provides research in basic science at undergraduate and graduate levels with equal emphasis on higher education.
Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT) Bhopal, is an institute of national importance with a large campus of 650 acres. It has 10 hostels, proper food facilities, workshops, canteen gym, sports complex and an open auditorium to provide a good platform for the students.
SPA- The School of Planning and Architecture, Bhopal provides specialization in education and research field of urban planning and architecture. It was established in 2008 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India as an autonomous institute.
A medical research public university, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) is one of the 7 institutes established by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojna (PMSSY).
Apart from studies, Bhopal has many stunning places to visit. When you plan a trip to Bhopal, you will feel mesmerized looking at the beauty of the city but the ‘must visit’ places (which you should not miss at all) include:
1. Bhimbetka: Labelled as the World Heritage Site, Bhimbetka is on the rocky cliffs of Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary, about 46 km from Bhopal, discovered accidentally by Dr. Vishnu Wakankar. It houses 15,000 years old rock paintings on the walls and ceilings of caves representing various historical periods.
2. Bharat Bhawan: For those fascinating artistic works, Bharat Bhawan is the appropriate place! It was established in 1982 by Government of Madhya Pradesh and encloses an art gallery, studio theatre, tribal museum and what not!
3. Manav Sangrahalay: Located on Shyamala Hills, this National Museum of Mankind was established in 1985 in an area of 200 acres. It depicts very beautifully the tribal culture across India. The most attractive is the display of a Rajasthani desert village and a Himalayan village.
4. State Museum of Madhya Pradesh: This place is of special interest for grasping historical knowledge related to age-old manuscripts, sculptures, fossils, carvings etc.
5. Upper Lake: The biggest artificial lake in the state! It is the major source of water in the City of Lakes and is believed to cure skin diseases. It combines the water of 365 tributaries and offers all kinds of water sports activities and mesmerizing sunset view. The adjoining Kamla Park is a place of choice for families and friends to spend lovely evenings.
6. Van Vihar National Park: Declared as a National Park in 1983, it is a home to a wide range of birds and animals. The animals are kept here in their natural habitat and the park provides a facility to either walk through the park or use cycles.
7. Taj-ul-Masjid: The construction of this largest mosque in Asia was begun by Sultan Shah Jahan. It covers a wide area of 23,312 square feet and the minarets are 206 feet tall. It is rewarded with the title of ‘Crown of Mosques”. It has an amazing architecture, Islamic engravings, and fresco paintings.
8. Bhojpur Temple: The Bhojeshwar Temple also known as the ‘Somnath of the East’ is known for the carving of the biggest Shiva Linga out of a single stone of a height of 7.5 feet with a circumference of 17.8 feet. It is built on the principles of Vastu Shastra.
9. Birla Mandir/ Lakshmi Narayan Temple: The temple is built in the honor of Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Narayan and also has an idol of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Attached to Mandir is the Birla Museum which has a collection of sculptures dating back to 12th century.
So, Bhopal located in the Heart of India is completely a place to fall in love with! Now I hope that the historical, geographical and educational background of Bhopal, the taste of the state and of course the places of interest will surely urge you to visit this place. Do visit the City of Lakes at least once in a lifetime. I assure you that you will have a good time here.
Hope you enjoy your vacations! Happy holidays!!