Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, is a surprising mix of medieval Hindu and Islamic architecture and modern town planning. It is a fast growing industrial city situated on gently rolling hills and around two artificial lakes.

Bhopal is a convenient base for visiting the stupas and abandoned monasteries of Sanchi, one of the most important Buddhist sites in India. Other places of interest are the cave shrines of Udaigiri and the prehistoric cave paintings of Bhimbetka.

What to see

Bharat Bhawan: designed by Charles Correa, this is a unique centre for visual and performing arts. (Timings : 1400 hrs to 2000 hrs.(except on Mon) ; Chowk ; Gandhi Bbavan; Gohar Mahal; Jama Masjid ; Laxmi Narayan Temple ; Moti Masjid ; Neori; Shamla and ldgah Hills - on Shamla hills is the Sophie Masjid , Shoukat Mahal & Sadar Manzil , Taj-ul-Manzil; Upper and Lower Lakes and Van Vihar.

Museums: Birla Museum (Timing: 0900 hrs to 1700 hrs - closed on Monday); Central Museum (Timing: 1030 hrs to 1700 hrs - closed on Sunday); State Museum (Timing: 1000 hrs to 1700 hrs. closed on Monday) and Tribal Research & Development Institute (Timing: 1030 hrs to 1800 hrs. closed on Monday & National Holidays).

Getting There

Air: Indian Airlines and private airlines connect Bhopal with Delhi, lndore, Jabalpur, Mumbai, and Raipur.

Rail: Bhipal is connected by rail major cities in India.

Road: Motorable roads connect Bhopal with Agra 523 Km, Ahmedebed 571 Km., Aurangabad 588 Km, Delhi 728 Km, Gwalior 422 Km, lndore 187 Km, Jabalpur 295 Km, Khajuraho 387 Km, Mandu 290 Km, Mumbai 789 Km, Pachmarhi 195 Km, Sanchi 46 Km, Ujjain 189 Km.

General information

Area: 75 Sq.Km

Temperature: Summer - Max: 47.7 Deg.C Min: 24.9 Deg.C Winter - Max: 24.5 Deg.C Min: 09.1 Deg.C Rainfall: 124 Cm Altitude: 572 Mts Season: October to March STD Code: 0755

Excursions

  1. Hathaikhera (1 0 Km): On the Raisen Road, it is an ideal fishing and angling spot.

  2. Islamnagar (11 Km): Palace of Bhopal’s Afghan rulers built by Dost Mohammed Khan. Formal gardens surround tbe palace and pavilion.

  3. Bhojpur (28 Km): Renowned for the remains of the magnificent Bhojeshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

  4. Chiklod (45 Km): A summer resort of the former ruler, Nawah Hamidulla Khan. A lake and a beautiful garden here are ideal picnic spots.

  5. Raisen (45 Km): Once a fortress of strategic importance in Malwa, Raisen has 9 gateways and 3 palaces - Badal Mahel, Raja Rohati Ka Mahal and Isrardar Ka Mahal.

  6. Bhimbetka (46 Km): It is an archaeological treasure. In the rocky terrain of dense forest and craggy cliffs, there are over 700 rock shelters belonging to the neolithic age. Paintings in over 500 caves here, depict the life of prehistoric cave dwellers. The drawings and paintings can be classified under different periods - Upper Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Chaleolithic, Early Historic and Medieval.

  7. Vidisha (56 Km): Vidisha or Besnager as h is called in the Pali scriptures, once the prosperous capital of the Sungas, contains some remarkable antiquities that throw light on the considerable architectural development of the period.

  8. Ginnorgarh Fort (63 Km): This historical fort was once a stronghold of the Gonds