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