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 Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)

Description:  Bhopal, the capital of Madhya pradesh, is a fascinating amalgam of scenic beauty, old historic city and modern urban planning.   It is the 11th century city Bhojpal, founded by Raja bhoj, but the present city was established by an Afghan soldier, Dost Mohammed (1707-1740). His descendants built Bhopal into a beautiful city. The two lakes of Bhopal still dominate the city, and are indeed its nucleus. Bordered along their shores stand silent sentinels that testify to the growth of the city.  Bhopal today presents a multi-faceted profile the old city with its marketplaces and fine old mosques and palaces. Equally impressive is the new city with its verdant, exquisitely laid out parks and gardens, broad avenues and streamlined modern edifices. The city is famous for silver jewellery, exquisitely fashioned beadwork, embroidered and sequined velvet fashioned purses and cushions. Bhopal has been a city in which one finds traces of cultures as different as those of buddhists, hindus, moguals and afghans, all of which have been blended to perfection, providing Bhopal a distinct identity.

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  • Bhopal Geography and Climate

    Bhopal is located in the northwestern part of the state of Madhya Pradesh, in the central region of India. It lies along the slopes of a sandstone ridge, which is a part of the Malwa plateau. There are two man-made lakes at the center of Bhopal city. The weather in Bhopal during summers (April-June) is quite hot, but winters (November-February) are cool and pleasant. It experiences southwestern monsoon rains in July-September. It is 744 km south of Delhi and 779 Km northwest of Mumbai (Bombay).

  • Best time to visit Bhopal

    Though Bhopal can be visited throughout the year, it is advisable to avoid the summer season.

    Best time to visit October-March

  • Bhopal Near Getaways

    Bhopal has a number of historical places around it. Islamnagar, 11 km from Bhopal, is famous for its buildings made by Dost Mohammed. Twenty-eight kilometer southeast of Bhopal is the ancient city of Bhojpur. Forty-five kilometers south of Bhopal lay the famous Bhimbetka caves known for their prehistoric paintings. Neori (6 km), Ashapuri (6 km) and Chiklod (45 km) are historic spots, while Hathaikheda (10 km) and Samardha (26 km) should be visited for angling and picnics, respectively. Sanchi, located 46 km northeast of Bhopal, is world famous for its Buddhist monuments including the great Sanchi Stupa.

  • Distance from Bhopal to
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  • How to reach Bhopal by Rail

    Bhopal is an important railway station as it is on the main Delhi-Madras route. The station is near Hamidia Road. The Shatabdi Express connects Bhopal to Delhi. It is also well linked to Mumbai, Bhopal, Gwalior, Jhansi and Ujjain by train.

  • How to reach Bhopal by Air

    Bhopal airport is 12 km from the Old City.

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    Bhopal Festivals and culture

  • Bhopal Festivals

    A three-day Ijtima (religious congregation) is held in the precincts of the Taj-ul-Masjid of Bhopal annually. It draws many Muslim pilgrims from all parts of India.

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    Bhopal Entertainment and Night Life

  • Bhopal Seasonals

    Summers are too sweltering and very scorching to make a visit to this place and last from April to June. The winters are quite pleasant and last from November to February. July to September is the monsoon period and it receives the south-western monsoon rains. It is better not to make a tour of Bhopal during the summers and cotton clothing is simply ideal all the year round in Bhopal.

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    Bhopal Tips

  • Bhopal ATM's

    Bank of India ATM
    Tatya Tope Nagar
    Bhadbhada Road

    Canara Bank ATM
    Aryavart Complex
    Shop #1
    Bhadbhada Road
    New Market
    Landmark: Opposite Karju Hospital

    State Bank of Indore ATM
    Shop #3
    Arya Samaj Market
    Bhadbhada Road

    State Bank of Mysore ATM
    #252C & D
    Pul Bogda
    Ashoka Garden
    Landmark: Near Raisen Road

    State Bank of India (SBI) ATM
    Nehru Nagar
    Malviya Nagar
    Landmark: Near Madhuram Sweets

    State Bank of India (SBI) ATM
    Bairagarh Market
    Landmark: Near Chanchal Sweet Chouraha

    State Bank of Indore ATM
    Surendra Palace, Vidya Vihar
    Hoshangabad Road

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