Bhopal Tourism

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.

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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Bhopal

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

    • Air Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 64.2 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 57.22 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 42.05 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 45 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 51.7 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 38.27 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 17.07 (Very Low)
  • How safe is Bhopal for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bhopal.

    • Burglary and Theft 45.31 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 76.67 (High)
    • Car Stealing 40 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 42.19 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 29.69 (Low)
    • Drug offense 45.31 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 71.88 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 50 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 31.25 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 17.19 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 46.67 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Bhopal is 129.18 (High)

    • Safety Index 55.92 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 66.57 (High)
    • Pollution Index 56.07 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 42.31 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 22.69 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 60.49 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.53 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 62.92 (Low)
    • 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.

  • 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 2.87 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 31.04 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 46.64 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 32.75 USD

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