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Bhopal(City of lakes) - Places to visit in Bhopal

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History of Bhopal is one of the oldest in India and this city has a glorious past. The history of Bhopal Kaikhusrau Jahan Begum narrates tales of interesting, heroic and amazing incidents. Bhopal takes pride in its excellent blend of Islamic and Hindu cultures. Various dynasties have ruled the city over the years, contributing to its architectural and historical richness.

The history of Bhopal starts with its foundation by the Parmara King Bhoj (1000-1055), who had his capital at Dhar. The city was initially known as Bhojpal named after Bhoj and the dam (`pal`) that he is said to have constructed to form the lakes bounding Bhopal. The fortunes of Bhopal rose and fell with that of its reigning dynasty. As the Parmaras declined in power, the city was destroyed several times and finally faded away into obscurity.

An Afghan soldier of the Orakzai tribe called Dost Mohammad Khan laid out the present city of Bhopal at the same site following the death of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1707. He brought with himself the Islamic influence on the culture and architecture of Bhopal, the ruins of which is still evident at Islam Nagar. Bhopal was the second largest Muslim state in pre-independence India and was ruled by four Begums from 1819 to 1926. History of Bhopal has also experienced the rule of Begums, like the famous Qudisa Begum, who was the first female ruler of Bhopal and was succeeded by her only daughter Sikandar, who in turn was succeeded by her only daughter, Shahjehan. Kaikhusrau Jahan Begum was the last female ruler, and was succeeded by her son. The succession of the `Begums` gave the city such innovations as waterworks, railways and a postal system. History of Bhopal has witnessed several monuments as reminders of this glorious period.

It was one of the last princely states to sign the `Instrument of Accession` 1947. Though India gained Independence in August 1947, the ruler of Bhopal surrendered to the Indian government on 1 May 1949. Sindhi refugees from Pakistan lived in Bairagarh (Sant Hirdaram nagar), a western suburb of Bhopal. According to the States Reorganization Act of 1956, Bhopal state was incorporated into the state of Madhya Pradesh, and Bhopal was declared as its capital. The population of Bhopal rose rapidly since then.

Even after India`s independence from British rulers, HH Nawab Hamidullah Khan, who had been titled `Aala Hazrat`, ruled Madhya Pradesh. He had his personal influence not only over the heads of the remaining states, but also over the eminent national leaders of the independent India. "Nai Raah", a weekly Hindi journal was started with the motive to raise the voice of people of Bhopal State, to move for merger. "Nai Raah" very soon became the mouthpiece of people of Bhopal State, promulgated the smouldering fire in the hearts of oppressed and suffering public of the state. Ultimately Sardar Patel had to speak up on behalf of the union government to pressurise for the merger. As a result, the agreement of the merger of the Bhopal State in the union of the independent India was signed on 30 April 1949.

Best Season, Climate and Clothing

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. Touristplacesinindia.com is your authentic travel guide on Bhopal and provides useful information on the hotels and tourist attractions of Bhopal.

Van Vihar

A wild life sanctuary with White Tigers as a specialty.

Manav Sangharalay

Famous for the display of Stone Age articles.

Boat Club

You can speed and paddle the Boat.

Birla Temple

The Temple famous for its built with White Marble.

Bharat Bhawan

The place for caltural programs.

Mahavir Tekri

Famous temple of Lord Mahavir situated at Hill Top Entire Bhopal could be seen from this place & you can even enjoy the Ropeway.

Bhojpur

28 km from Bhopal, Bhojpur is famous for its exquisite 11th century shiva temple and lake built by Raja Bhoj has many Shiva images engraved on its walls, it also houses an enoumous shivalingam carved out of single stone.

Bhim Betka

46 km from Bhopal, The village of Bhimbetka is surrounded by the northern fringe of the Vindya Mountains, The range is covered by huge rocks. Recent discoveries of over 600 rocks shelters have revealed painting that date back to early Stone Age.

Pachmarhi

195 km from Bhopal, Panchmarhi is Madhya Pradesh’s most verdant jewel. Each dawn of this lovely hill resort girdled by the Satpura ranges ushers in a day of tranquil beauty. The green shades that embraces the mountain flow quietly in to ravines, and every where one can hear the gentle murmur of flowing waters.

Khajuraho

450 Kms from Bhopal. This obscure village, a long way from anywhere, is on the world's culture map for its' 22 world-famous stone temples which were built by the Chandela kings between 950 AD and 1050 AD (originally there were 85 temples, but only these have survived). The most important are the Chaunset Yogini Temple dedicated to Goddess Kali, The Mahadev Temple, Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely image of 11 headed Vishnu, Vishvanath and Nandi Temples, Lakshmana Temple, Visha Temple of Shiva (the largest and most typical of the temples). The Eastern group of temples consist of the Parasvanath Temple (the only Jain Temple surviving at Khajuraho), the Javeri Temple (dedicated to Vishnu), and other temples dedicated to Brahma, Yamuna and Adinath. Each temple, built of stone, is distinguished by carved spires and walls, where the subjects range from aesthetic depictions of major and minor deities and celestial beings to a variety of erotic sculptures.

Mandu

350 Kms from Bhopal. The city of joy is famed for stories of the love of King Baz Bahadur, for his consort, Rani Rupmati. Originally the capital of the Hindu Parmar Kings in the 13th century it was later captured by the Sultans of Malwa. The ancient monuments include Hoshang Shah's Tomb, India's first marble edifice and one of the supreme examples of Afghan architecture, which served as a model for the masterbuilders of the Taj Mahal, centuries later. Also worth a visit is the Jami Masjid, inspired by the mosque of Damascus.