City Trails Things To See And Do In Bhopal

Do you know that Bhopal is also famous as the "City of Lakes" Here we have compiled an exclusive list of things to do and see in Bhopal
Bhopal has a lot to offer to tourists. Credit Shutterstock
Bhopal has a lot to offer to tourists. Credit Shutterstock

Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, is often remembered for the unfortunate gas tragedy of December 1984&mdashone of the worst industrial disasters in history. However, do you know that Bhopal is also famous as the "City of Lakes" due to its various natural and artificial lakes Yes, you read it right. The city, which is also one of the greenest in India, has enough to offer to those who love to travel. If this has caught your interest, here we have compiled an exclusive list of things to do and see in Bhopal.

Places to Visit


One of the largest mosques in Asia, the Taj-ul-Masjid is a prominent landmark of Bhopal. Taking inspiration from Mughal architecture, the mosque has a pink facade topped by 18-storey high octagonal minarets with marble domes and attractive pillars. The ceilings here are decorated with ornate petalled designs.

Location NH 12, Kohefiza

Shaukat Mahal

Located at a distance of 4km from Bhopal railway station, the Shaukat Mahal is one of Bhopal's most beautiful architectural marvels. It was constructed in the 1800s as a wedding gift for Sikander Jehan Begum, the first female ruler of Bhopal. A mix of Indo-Islamic and European architecture, Shaukat Mahal's roof is adorned with a series of triangular-shaped arches. 

Location Sultania Rd, Nakkar Khana

Moti Masjid

This iconic mosque was built in the 19th century by Sikander Jehan Begum (Nawab of Bhopal from 1860 to 1868), the daughter of Qadsia Begum (wife of Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah and mother of emperor Ahmad Shah Bahadur). The architecture of this mosque greatly resembles the Jama Masjid of Delhi. The white marble mosque is a treat to the eyes and gives a feeling of peace and serenity, making it a must-visit place.

Location Hawamahal Rd Chowki Talaiya

Sadar Manzil

This royal building is located in the city's heart and used to be the hall of a public audience for the rulers of Bhopal. Set amid picturesque and well-laid-out gardens, this is where the nawabs of the city would meet with the masses and address them on important occasions.

Location Sultania Rd, Nakkar Khana, Peer Gate Area

Upper and Lower Lake

The "Bada Talaab," or Upper Lake, is one of the oldest artificial lakes in the country. Spread over 36 sq km, it provides tourists with great views and water sports opportunities such as canoeing. To its east lies the "Chota Talaab" or Lower Lake, constructed by Chote Khan, nawab Hayat Mohammad Khan's minister.

Laxmi Narayan Temple

Situated in the Arera Hills is the Laxmi Narayan Temple, dedicated to Goddess Laxmi and Lord Vishnu. There is a statue of Lord Shiva with his wife, Goddess Parvati also. The temple structure has carved archways and is surrounded by well-maintained lawns.

State Archaeological Museum

The State Archaeological Museum houses a unique selection of sculptures from all parts of the state. It has a collection of ancient artefacts, statues of Buddha and Lakshmi, paintings and images of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, and a collection of art pieces and rare antiquities.

Foods to Try

Paya Soup - Chatori Gali
If you come to this food haven, don't miss the mutton Paya soup (lightly spiced lamb slow-boiled in a broth). Also, unlike the Paya soup found in other parts of the country, the Paya soup served here is thick and less oily.

Location Chowki Talaiya, Talaiya

Poha Jalebi - Swaad Bhandar
If you are in the mood for some vegetarian snacks, the first place you should visit is Swad Bhandar. Always crowded and noisy, the eatery serves fresh Bhopali Poha garnished with a generous helping of crispy sev along with jalebis.

Location House No.26, Marvadi Rd

Kebabs - Jameel Hotel
This place is known for its rich, succulent kebabs made of chicken or mutton, delicious egg curry and mutton stew.

Location Shop No 24, Gali No 1, Ibrahimpura

Indulge in Some Shopping
If you are done with sightseeing activities, head to the Chowk Area for shopping, where you will find several shops selling Chanderi and Maheshwari sarees, embroidered clothes, footwear and antique products at reasonable prices.

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