Bhopal is the capital of Madhya Pradesh. When it was ruled by the Mughals, it was the capital of Bhopal State. It is the only state to have been ruled by four women from 1819 and 1926. However, despite the fact that it has been ruled for the longest time by Mughals, it is named after Raja Bhoj of the Paramara dynasty. The Mughal influence is visible in the culture and architecture of the city. Bhopal has a hilly terrain and a dry climate. Bhopal is also called ?The City of Lakes? for it has beautiful artificial lakes. Its lush greenery and beautiful sightseeing locations make it a must for everybody to visit, so book your cab a Getmecab and start right away!
There are lots of interesting places in Bhopal
which fascinates the people and tourist like:
• Bhopal Lake
Bhopal Lake is formally named 'Bhojtal'. Lakes are colloquially known as 'Talaab', and Bhojtal is known as the 'Badatalaab'. It is situated all along the VIP road and is a major source of drinking water. It offers a great opportunity for boating and sightseeing, especially during the evening. The lake has a huge statue of Raja Bhoj near the roadside. It is a primary location for anybody who visits Bhopal, and it should not be missed to visit.
• Kerwa dam
Kerwa dam is located in the suburbs of Bhopal. It is a lowly populated picnic spot with a few eating joints here and there. The place is best for a visit during the rains as it becomes lush green and the water level is adequate too. This is a great place for sightseeing and for all adventure sports enthusiasts, for it offers opportunities like twin zipping and rock climbing.
• Bharat Bhawan
Apart from being an aesthetically pleasing place, Bhopal is also a great cultural and traditional hub. This is best showcased at Bharat Bhawan, a theater and an exhibition hall near the Bhopal Lake itself. Bharat Bhawan has shows by some of the greatest artists in the field of theater, music, painting, sculpture and literature. Various festivals in all these fields are organized by the management from time to time, making it a primary attraction for all art enthusiasts.
• Van Vihar National Park
Van Vihar National Park is again, located in the suburbs of Bhopal. It opened in 1983 and ever since it has been very strict about the safety of animals from hunters and poachers. The park categorizes animals into herbivores and carnivores. The herbivores roam around freely while the carnivores are caged. It is a habitat for lions, hyenas, tigers, crocodiles, snakes, pythons, along with herbivores like sambar, blue bull and chital.
Taj-Ul-Masjid translates into 'Crown among Mosques'. It was built at the time of Bahadur Shah Zafar and is the largest mosque in India. The construction of this mosque went through a lot of ups and downs because of the invasions and due to lack of funds. It was finally completed 1985. The architecture of the mosque has a stark resemblance to the Jama Masjid in Delhi and the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore.
• Museum of Man
Also known as Indira Gandhi Manav Sangrahalaya, the museum is spread over a huge area and the handicrafts placed here depict the timeline of the evolution of mankind with respect to the culture of India. It is beautifully designed and depicts aptly the journey of India and its people, while displaying their ethnic art as well.
• Birla temple
Birla temple, a grand pilgrimage in Bhopal, primarily focuses on the worship of the deity Lakshmi Narayan, though the temple has the idols of other Gods as well. The place has the charm of an ancient Hindu construction, which attracts devotees from all parts of India. Not only is it religiously important, but it has a significant aesthetic value attached to it. It has beautiful gardens and offers a large view of the city.
• Fish museum
A fish aquarium is nested in a slightly less visited but a very scenic locality near the governor's residence. Spread across an area of one hectare, the museum has about 66 different varieties of fishes stored in aquariums. Apart from this, it has fishes stored in lakes and ponds as well. If not anything, visit this place to gain more knowledge about the aquatic animals around you!
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