Bhopal- an interesting mix of history and man-made architecture
Posted: Oct 07, 2015
Once the Land of Nawabs and Begums, Bhopal is now well-known for its culture and heritage. Bhopal is a bustling city in the heart of India. Sanchi Stupa and Bhimbetkar are some of the places to visit in Bhopal. Here is a brief description of the place.
Bhopal is a well-known city of Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal offers some pleasant man-made lakes and it is often known as the city of Lakes. The breathtaking landscape and the fine hills make Bhopal a beautiful place to visit. Every year quite a good population of tourists visits the place. Bhopal is situated between two lakes. The city has well preserved its glorious past and, of course, the land has a promising future as well. Bhopal has a rich culture and heritage and the monuments and havelis are the proof of it. Unfortunately, the place is also famous for the 1984's gas tragedy but now the city is progressing with a high spirit.
The historical past echoes through the city. Bhopal was originally founded by Raja Bhoja and then slowly it became the land of Nawabs. The city still beholds the culture and tradition of Nawabs and Begums. Bhopal is a merry blend of Hindu and Islamic culture. The imprints on the mosques are the evidence of strong the rule of Begums. The unique features and the places to visit in Bhopal attract visitors from all over the world.
Bhopal houses two UNESCO World Heritage Site- one is Bhimbetka which is the evidence of Stone Age Rock paintings. The cave and the rock shelter, Bhimbetka is a treasure of Prehistoric art. Bhimbetka is 46 km away from Bhopal city. The cave paintings are one of the main attractions of the place. The colour of the cave is a unique combination of manganese, wooden coal, hematite, red stone, plant leaves and animal fats. It is a great experience to visit Bhimbetkar. Another site is Sanchi Stupa, constructed during the time of Ashoka this stupa is India's oldest stone structure. A perfect architecture combining Mughal and Buddhist art, Sanchi Stupa is a magnificent gift of past. The great Sanchi stupa is about 46 km away from Bhopal. It is hard to believe but sometimes travellers visit Bhopal just to visit Bhimbetkar and Sanchi Stupa. There are some other places to visit in Bhopal which includes Taj-ul-Masjid, one of the largest mosques in Asia, Van Vihar National Park, Birla Museum, Lower Lake, etc. Being one of the greenest cities of India, Bhopal is beautiful in its own way. November to February the weather is soothing and it is the favourable time to enjoy the city. Bhopal offers a pocket-friendly tour to the visitors. Pohas and jalebis are the famous street foods of the region. Chatori Gali is the place which serves some mouth-watering dishes.
Bhopal has its own airport so, it is not a hectic task to reach the place. Even frequent trains are also there from other parts of the country. More than 150 regular trains take a halt in Bhopal railway station. Check schedules for Bhopal to Lalitpur train for detailed information. Metro, taxi and auto-rickshaws are available throughout the day. Bhopal has developed itself and as a visitor you will not face any problem in exploring the city.
Sandeep is an experienced travel consultant, who enjoys travelling and loves to write about the destinations he has been to and shares his experience. He also writes about travel tips, world's best holiday destinations, best hotels in a destination,