India - Bhopal City Information

by V.A.Ponmelil (All rights reserved by the author)

Bhopal City lnformation

Bhopal is the capital of Madhya Pradesh and is a fascinating amalgam of scenic beauty, old historic city and modern urban planning.

It is situated around two artificial lakes amidst picturesque settings and is also known as the city of lakes.

The city is famous for silver jewellery, exquisitely fashioned beadwork, embroidered and sequined velvet fashioned purses and cushions.

Places of Interest:

• Taj-ul-Masjid - It is a large mosque with pink towering. It has an impressive main hall with inter-arched roof, the three white domes and the two white domed massive minarets. A three-day ' Ijtima', a congregation of Muslims in India is held here annually.

• Chowk-Shopping Place - The Chowk is lined with old mosques, havelis, and shops. 

• Jama Masjid - The mosque has gold spikes on the tall dark minarets and is built by Kudsia Begum, the devout wife of the ruler of Bhopal.

• Moti Masjid - Also known as Pearl Mosque, this mosque is architecturally similar to Delhi’s Jama Masjid.

• Shaukat Mahal and Sadar Manzil - Shaukat Mahal is a mixture of architectural styles designed by a Frenchman.

• Gohar Mahal - Gohar Mahal on the banks of the Upper Lake was built by Kudsia Begum. It is a magnificent fusion of Hindu and Mughal architecture.

• Upper and Lower Lakes - The legendary Raja Bhoj is credited with the construction of these two lakes.

• Aquarium - The fish-shaped aquarium, facing the Lower Lake houses a number of species of fishes.

• Van Vihar - The safari park has a rich variety of animals and birds.

• Government Archaeological museum - The Museum has a good collection of sculptures from various parts of Madhya Pradesh.

• Bharat Bhawan - It is a center for the creative and performing arts and is one of the most unique national institutes in India.

• Tribal Habitat (Museum of Man) - It is an open-air exhibition of tribal house types located at Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya on Shamla Hills.

• Regional Science Centre - It has a planetarium and a science museum with about 300 participatory exhibits.

 

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