Bhopal Tourism, India

Visit Bhopal - Best of Bhopal

The ‘City of Lake’- Bhopal has some of the most eccentric historical places, gradually developing urban spaces, a deep rooted faith in Indian culture and mythology and a love of science, architecture, art and food! The city is incomplete without experiencing its temples, sanctuaries, pre-historic rock paintings and the myriad of museums that showcase the existing Tribal life of Madhya Pradesh.

Spirituality spins its magic in Bhopal and more often that not you are left in a pocket of tranquil greenery that embracesnature. Deer that gallop around, Owls that greet you with a hoot, Tigers, Crocodiles and Leopards that shine in their natural surroundings, are a common sight in the national park.

A visit to the lakesin Bhopal is reverential. The Bhojtal Upper lake and the Lower ChhotaTalaab are a slice of heaven with stunning views.

Culturally, the beautiful merge of the Muslim and Hindu population is what makes Bhopal charming. To admire the architecture of the Mosques and Temples that grace the city, is just the tip of the iceberg. Visit the small Mahals (Palaces) that add its own charm to the city of Bhopal- and you have a loving mix of places to explore during your stay in the city. Did you know that Bhopal was majorly built by female Islamic rulers during the 19th century?

Amidst the wonderful chaos, lies the tragedy of the famous Bhopal Disaster in 1984 which is still close to the city’s heart.  A visit to the city can never be a casual experience. With every turn, you will explore the love for tradition, culture and history while still keeping up with its urban pulse. The Arera and Shamla Hills hold the best of modern tourism in Bhopal and is a good place to wrap up your memorable trip.

Bhopal Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Bhopal tips for your visit

Time Zone- UTC + 5.30 hours

Currency- INR (Indian National Rupee)

Electricity and Internet:

  • Voltage is 240 Volts with a 50 Hz frequency.
  • High speed internet is available at most hotels. 4G mobile internet has just been launched in India.

Languages: Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, Marathi and Sindhi. Most people will know basic English.

Security:

  • Police- 100
  • Ambulance – 108
  • Fire Brigade- 101
  • Women’s Helpline- 109

Off-beaten Path: A half-day trip to the Van Vihar National pPark in Bhopal is a must and even though considered a tourist spot, the experience is akin to exploring the city like a local. 

Tipping:

  • Tipping is applicable.
  • Whentravelling by Rickshaws, you can round up the bill.
  • Bills at urban restaurants likely include a service charge. However, a small tip at local eateries is entirely by your wish.

Tourist Traps: Do track yourself on google maps as you travel around the city to avoid confusion. The best way to see the tourist places in Bhopal is by opting for a government-run City tour.

Customs:

  • Temples are considered a holy place and you will need to remove footwear before entering.
  • Do dress modestly.
  • Greeting people with a small ‘Namaste’ will be appropriate.

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Facts and Stats for Bhopal*

  • Pollution Statistics in Bhopal

    Know the pollution level of Bhopal before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 54.38 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 68.94 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 61.76 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 43.94 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 44.85 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 53.79 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 41.45 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 17.5 (Very Low)
  • Bhopal: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Bhopal for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bhopal.

    • Burglary and Theft 39.29 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 30.36 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 39.29 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 75 (High)
    • Car Stealing 38.46 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 39.29 (Low)
    • Attacks 33.93 (Low)
    • Drug offense 39.29 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 71.43 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 53.57 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 33.93 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 19.64 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 44.64 (Moderate)
  • Living in Bhopal - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 57.75 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 59.87 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 39.7 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 23.24 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 78.89 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 10.21 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 67.19 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Bhopal

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Bhopal

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 3.66 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.16 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 45.24 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 32.79 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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