Bhopal City in India - Travel and Sightseeing Guide with Photos.
About Bhopal City which is in Madhya Pradesh State, India.
The City of Bhopal (known as the City of Lakes) is located on the Malwa Plateau and is capital of the Indian State of Madhya Pradesh. The city has two natural lakes which are named Bhojtal (formerly Bada Talab
or Upper Lake) which feeds the Kolar River and the much smaller and rather scruffy Chota Talab (Lower Lake). The huge Bada Talab covers an area of more than 30 square kilometres, partly borders and also forms part of Van Vihar National Park. Bhojtal is not a natural lake and was possibly built by the King of Malwa Raja Bhoj.
have existed in Bhopal as far back as the year 800 it really came into it's own in the 1720s when Dost Mohammad Khan - who was a mercenary and was given Bhopal village as part of his fee - expanded the village into a powerful fortified city. Bhopal's fort (Fategarh Fort) was never taken by force however the fort has been peaceably taken over for use by Gandhi Medical College - the fort's
frontage can be seen from beside Bada Talab Lake. Dost Mohammad Khan was also responsible for the strong Islamic influence which still exists in Bhopal - as can be seen from the many mosques
in the city.
Ways of travelling too and from Bhopal i.e. flights, Indian railways or by car.
Bhopal's modern airport is called Raja Bhoj and is situated at Bairagarh alongside National Highway 12 and around 15km from the City centre. The airline using the airport are JetKonnect, Air India and SpiceJet and these offer direct daily flights to Ahmedabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Raipur.
. The main railway station at Bhopal is called Bhopal Junction Railway Station (code BPL) and is located within the Chandbarh area of the city - it's around 2kms from the northern edge of Lower Lake. There are train connections to quite a huge number of Indian cities from Bhopal Junction - including New Delhi, Indore, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Secunderabad, Bangalore, Jaipur, Mumbai, Amritsar, Varanasi, Pune, Lucknow, Agra, Chennai, Nanded, Hyderabad,
Mysore, Kolkata and Jodhpur. If pre-planning and pre-booking an itinerary which includes going by train you may be interested in reading our About India
topic for information about online reservations and buying tickets in advance on the Indian Railways site.
Travelling between destinations even quite some way apart by hiring a car and driver is often a reasonable option in India - lots of convenience, no luggage weight problems and a good way to see the Indian countryside. Easily the cheapest way to find a car and driver for a
long distance trip is to ask or or two auto drivers - they will always know someone. If done via a hotel almost certainly the price will be well marked up.
One of the main places to go and see has to be the famous Buddhist Stupas at Sanchi
- which are quite easily visited on a half or full day-trip.
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