Bhopal’s extensive attractions take around 3 days to explore the best of what the city has to offer. Start your stay by visiting the soulful Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi and touch history at the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka. The Upper lake is a sight to behold with boats that sway in the water and the view of the city embracing the sunset. Take a boat ride here to make the most of the visit!
An early visit to the Van Vihar National Park is just what you need to forget your schedule and feel one with nature! Don’t miss out on seeing the animals that have their home here. The place is also apt for wildlife photography.
A short visit to the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (National Museum of Mankind) takes you to the heart of the evolving art in Madhya Pradesh. Take some time as you see the Tribal life and explore their culture, their art and their love of jewelry! The Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum is another popular tourist place in Bhopal and is loved for its visual exhibits that redefine art and tradition. The State Museum and Birla Museum in Bhopal are a treat for history lovers and really show the journey of Madhya Pradesh in a nutshell.
Bhopal’s temples are legendary and the Lakshmi Narayana Temple is no exception to that. The gorgeous architecture of the place is unique itself and the surrounding view adds to the beauty of the place. The Gufa temple (Cave temple) is home to Lord Shiva and Hanuman (the monkey god) and attracts devotees from all over the country.
The architecture of Taj ul Masajid and Gohar Mahal add to the splendor of the city while a calm walk around the Lake View during sunset, is a small indulgence no one should miss! Finally, a photo at the Tropic of Cancer is perfect to wrap up the journey and leave with a heap of memories!
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What to Do in and around Bhopal
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Upper Lake, Madhya Pradesh
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The Malwa King- Paramara Raja Bhoj, was struck with sickness and after consulting many Vaidyas (Doctors) approached a saint. The saint suggested him to build a tank that was fed by 365 tributaries and rivers. The current place was fed by 359 and with the help Gond Commander Kalia (who gave the King information about an underground river), this tank was formed. Today, the Upper lake is a vast expanse of water that reflects the city scape of Bhopal and is a major cultural and religious place for immersing idols of God and Goddesses during festivals. The island in the middle of the lake has the tomb of Shah Ali Shah RahamatullahAlla.Tourist boat trips are arranged at the place by local organizers. Don’t miss out on the sunsetshere.
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Bhojpur Raisen, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, 462038, India
07:00 am - 06:00 pm
Located around 50 kilometers from Bhopal, the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka is a collection of 600 caves that bear rock paintings belonging to the Neolithic Age (around 10,000 BC!). See the brilliance of the dyes used, the pictographs that tell the story of human history and the old caves that add to its historic appeal. A walk here is fascinating for history lovers and gives you a peak into one of the most rare archeological findings in not just India, but in the world!
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Lake View Walk Path, Krishna Nagar, Shymala Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462002
09:00 am - 06:00 pm
The Van Vihar National Park is adjacent to the Upper Lake (Bhojtal) and is loved for its treasured wildlife. The park covers an area of around 4 and a half square kilometers and offers encounters with tigers, lions, panthers, Hyenaa, sloth bears, sambar, Chital, Nilgai, Blackbuck, Chousingha, Common langur, Rhesus macaque, Wild boar and Porcupins among others.
The place is home to 200 species of birds and preserves a deciduous scrub forest flora. Take a wild safari trip here as you come face to face with the animals and see a part of Bhopal that would otherwise be lost!
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Shymala Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462013
11:00 am - 06:30 pm
The Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (National Museum of Mankind) carries the stories of human and cultural evolution in India and is popular for its Tribal exhibitions that include tribal habitat, tools and lifestyle.
Other highlights include:
The Coastal Village, Desert Village, Himalayan Village exhibits along with the Mythological Trail and Traditional Technology park.
The art exhibits showcased here that include vivid tribal creations.
Tribal jewelry showcased here.
Tribal/ Ethnic dances performed at the open-air theater.
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Arera Hills, Zone-I, MaharanaPratap Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462011
10:30 am - 10:30 pm
With over 125 retail shops that offer the best of the shopping pulse in Bhopal, the DB City Mall is every shopaholic’smust-see when in the city. The mall is the largest in Bhopal and is at its hustle-bustle best during weekends and festive season. Do stop by at the place to catch a trending movie or simply enjoy the many eateries that serve delicious food.
The place is home to some of the biggest retail brands that complete the experience.
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NH 12, Kohefiza, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462001, India
06:00 am - 08:00 pm
Built during the reign of Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar by Nawab Shah Jahan Begum through 2 generations (continued to be built by her daughter Sultan Jahan Begum), the Taj-ul-Masajid translates to ‘Crown among Mosques’. The gratifying title stays true even today and the mosque is one of the largest Mosques in India!
A design much ahead of its time (mid to late 19th century), the architecture of the mosque is truly stunning with intricate wall art, high arches, 18-storey high minarets that touch the gorgeous sky and classic use of marble that adds to its grace.
The Lakshmi Narayana Temple is home to the deity of Goddess Lakshmi and her husband Vishnu. Built by the Birla Family- a popular Industrialist in India, the temple’s tranquil environment surrounded by the lush green Arera Hills, is a rare experience in itself. The temple also has a small museum that accommodates sculptures dating back to the 12th century.
The panoramic view of the city from the temple, is the icing on the cake! Stop by at the place to explore its beautiful architecture and peaceful ambience.
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Science Center Rd, NITTTR Campus, Shymala Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462002
12:00 pm - 08:00 pm
The Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum nullifies the gap between the mythical belief of the Tribal population and the evolving urbanization. The museum gives you a peak into the psychology of the Tribal people, their practices, games and interpretation of life.
Learn about the Baiga, Gond, Saharia, Kol, Korko and Bharia tribes of India. Don’t forget to see the exhibits made from terracotta, hollows of dried gourd, hemp and papier-mache. The gallery is quiet a visual treat for art lovers.
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Kerwa Dam, Mendora, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462007
12:01 am - 12:00 am
On a sunny day, the Kerwa Dam is the perfect spot to unwind and relax as you go boating, bird-watch or simply have a small picnic in the lush greenery all around.
The nearby Jungle camp is a favorite family spot where you can feel closer to nature and enjoy the view of the dam. The place offers adventure sports like Roping, Paintball, Rappelling and River Crossing. Don’t forget to carry your camera to capture the scenic beauty all around.
In the early 19th century, Queen Qudisiya change the patriarchal ruling world and stepped on the throne to rule Bhopal. As an admirer of art and architecture, she built the Jama Masjid and the Gohar Mahal. This place marks a unique marriage of Indo- Islamic architecture and was the Queens final resting place before she passed away and gave her throne to her daughter.
Today, the Mahal casts a spell on anyone who visits and is one of the most treasured places in Bhopal. The nearby market, makes for the perfect place to bye locally made gifts.
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Shamla Hills, TT Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462002
10:30 am - 05:30 pm
Formerly known as Bhopal Museum, the State Museum conveys the history, struggle and culture of Madhya Pradesh through historical artefacts, fossils, pre historic collection found near the surrounding caves, sculptures and the textiles famous to the state.
The collection belonging to the royal family is the highlight of the place while the weapons, instruments and miniature exhibits are just as stunning.
Other highlights include:
Buddhist Bagh Cave paintings
Bronze statues dating from the 8th to the 11th century.
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VIP Road, Upper Lake Area, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462030
12:01 am - 12:00 am
The view of Upper Lake of Bhojtal comes to life when the sun geos down and the lake reflects the city lights of Bhopal. Boats sailing in the lake add to the charming sight. The place is apopular place to grab a bit of the local food varieties and is perfect if you are looking to explore local favorites!
The sunsets here are magical and along with the view of the city makes for a memorable spot!
Take a selfie at the point where the Tropic of Cancer passes. Located on route to Sanchi from Bhopal, at a distance of 30 kilometers (from Bhopal), the twin lines that are drawn on the road marks the spot!
Fun fact! The tropic of Cancer passes through 8 states in the country-Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Tripura and Mizoram. The place is perfect for a pit-stop on your way to seeing the Buddhist monuments at Sanchi.
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Banganga Road, Shymala Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462002
10:30 am - 06:00 pm
The Regional Science Center offers scientific exhibits that are interactive, fun and unique. Whether it is visualizing the sound coming from a guitar, illusion art and Physics, space manipulating exhibits like the ‘Infinite Well’ or the spooky moving skeleton- the center is a must-see for people of all ages.
The center also has a 200-seater auditorium, a conference hall and also has a mobile bus that takes the exhibits to its visitors!