Captivating Places to Visit in Bhopal
One of the greenest cities in India, Bhopal boasts many national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and zoological parks rife with flora and fauna.
Places to visit in Bhopal:
Upper Lake and Lower Lake
Also known as ‘Bhojtal’, the ‘Upper Lake’ is one of the top places to visit in Bhopal and definitely a great site to enjoy a wonderful picnic with your friends and family. Nearby the ‘Upper Lake’ is the ‘Chhota Talab’ or the ‘Lower Lake’ and both the upper and lower lakes constitute the ‘Bhoj Wetlands’.
Yet another of the most popular places to see and visit during your holidays in Bhopal is the ancient ‘Bhojpur Temple’, also known as ‘Bhojeshwar Temple’ built in 11th century AD during the reign of Raja Bhoj. Dedicated to lord Shiva, the temple is located in the heart of the archeologically important site of Bhojpur, just 28 km. from the city of Bhopal.
National Museum of Mankind
Also famous as the ‘Tribal Habitat Museum’, the ‘National Museum of Mankind’ was established in 1977. In 1993, this museum was renamed as Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, at the instance of the Ex- Prime Minister, Late Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Spread over an area of 200 acres of land, close to the ‘Upper Lake’ amidst Shamla Hills in Bhopal, the museum is the only one of its kind in India and is world-famous to house an excellent collection of prehistoric rock shelters dating back to the early stone-age era that prevailed on the Indian subcontinent in bygone times. It is one of the top tourist attractions to visit in Bhopal.
The Central Zoo Authority oversees the management of Van Vihar, a nature reserve and botanical habitat in Bhopal. It is near Bhopal’s Shyamla Hills, just next to the Upper Lake. It is a paradise for nature-lovers since the animals are maintained close to their environmental conditions.
There are several rock shelters in Bhimbetka that show the oldest evidence of human existence in South Asia. 2003 was the year that it was designated a World Heritage Site. More than five hundred rock caves and shelters may be found at Bhimbetka, each of which has a significant number of artworks.
Gohar Begum, the city’s first female ruler, is credited with building this stunning monument in 1820, located on the banks of Upper Lake. It is widely regarded as among the most attractive buildings in Bhopal. The palace was designed and constructed using a seamless blending of Hindu and Mughal architectural principles.
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