Bhopal popularly known as the City of Lakes is not just that. The city is filled with places with historical background that will not only educate you a little about history but you’ll also get to see many beautiful monuments with interesting stories about its build. The city has everything like dams, museums, waterparks, beautiful temples and forts, and more and more places to shop. Bhopal has everything you need. So here’s a list of the top 10 must-visit places in Bhopal that will take your breath away.
1. Upper Lake
Upper lake is the place to go if you’re looking for scenic beauty and solace both. This lake was constructed by Raja Bhoj to cure his skin disease, as instructed by a saint to him. The lake was made out of 365 tributaries and thus had medicinal properties. This place is a delight for the eyes at night with its beautiful fountains and lights. Definitely a place to get pictures clicked. This place also offers boating and paddling with all the required safety measures. It is must visit place in Bhopal.
2. Van Vihar National Park
Van Vihar National Park serves as a natural habitat for many species of animals, with the highlight being that none of the animals are captured for display rather only orphaned animals are kept here or those animals which are exchanged from zoos. The park offers the visitors a peek at the wildlife right in the middle of the city. There is an abundance of flora and fauna here which you can witness while cycling which is a plus point!
3. Shaukat Mahal
Shaukat Mahal was built in the 19th century as a wedding gift for Sikander Jahan Begum, the first female ruler of Bhopal. The palace is a piece of art that was designed by a descendant of the Bourbon Kings of France. The architecture of this palace is of Asian and Western styles, which stands out from the Indo-Islamic architecture we mostly see in Bhopal.
Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS) or National Museum of Humankind or Museum of Man is a museum that focuses on bringing tribal life to the forefront and educating people about it in a fun way. They invite tribal people from all over India to build their traditional homes here and showcase their culture and lifestyle through it. The museum also exhibits anthropological evidence, by showcasing the tools used by the early mankind and displaying a few important pages of history. It’s a great effort of keeping alive the nearly extinct tribes in India.
5. Birla Museum
The Birla Museum and the Birla Temple both are built in the same complex. The museum has a plethora of sculptures of Shiva, Vishnu, and Shakti and has galleries dedicated to different gods. It also showcases historic sculptures, tools, manuscripts, statues, and paintings and has a replica of the Bhimbetka caves, which makes it a must-visit for art lovers. The temple also is beautifully made and painted brightly unlike other temples that do not attract that much attention.
Taj-ul-Masajid is the largest mosque of India as well as the largest mosque in Asia. Its construction was started by Nawab Shah Jahan Begum in 1844 but the construction work kept getting halted due to lack of funds. It was ultimately built by Allama Mohammad Imran Khan Nadwi Azhari and Maulana Sayed Hashmat Ali Sahab of Bhopal in 1971. The mosque is a beauty with a pink facade, topped with octagonal minarets with marble domes. The flooring resembles Mughal architecture, it is a must-visit place for those who want to know more about the Mughal architecture.
7. Bhojpur Temple
Bhojpur Temple or Bhojeshwar Temple is one of the many magnificent monuments built by Raja Bhoj of the Paramara Dynasty in the 11th-century. The temple is mysteriously unfinished and has many folklores about it. The temple also houses the world’s biggest Shiva Linga, which is 22 feet tall, which contributes to the temple’s grandeur.
8. Gohar Mahal
Gohar Mahal was built by Qudisiya Begum, also known as Gohar Begum, in the 1820s. She was the first woman ruler of Bhopal, she rose to power because of her unbiased rule. Gohar Mahal is the perfect blend of Mughal and Hindu architecture. This Mahal speaks about the glorious past of Bhopal with its beautiful style. The state government keeps hosting events or exhibitions related to handicrafts, pottery, tribal items, and clothes.
9. Bharat Bhavan
Bharat Bhavan is a place to go for literature and art lovers as almost all the time this place is hosting some event. This Bhavan was built by architect Charles Correa and the Government of Madhya Pradesh. It houses an art gallery, a fine art workshop, an open-air amphitheater, a studio theatre, an auditorium, a museum tribal and folk art, libraries of Indian poetry, classical music as well as folk music.
10. Moti Masjid
The Moti Masjid of Bhopal has a striking resemblance to the Jama Masjid of Delhi. It was built by Sikander Begum in the year 1860. The Masjid also has a sparkling white façade, because of which it is called the Pearl Mosque.