The land of lakes – Bhopal, is the heart of Madhya Pradesh, India. Being of the largest cities in the country, Bhopal has a treasure of beautiful tourist destinations. So, if you choose to have a tour around the city, here is the list of places you must not miss visiting. Although, Bhopal has many must-see-spots, we bring you the most exotic tourist attractions of the city.
One of the oldest stone creations in India, the Stupas at Sanchi are not only the most well known tourist destinations in the country but also around the world. The great emperor Ashoka, custom-built these monuments in the 3rd century BCE. You will surely be mesmerised by the beauty of these structures. There are multiple Buddhist remnants and, the place depicts the Buddhist history in the country.
Taj-ul-Masajid is the largest mosque in India. Built in the 19th century, the gorgeous structure features pink facade topped by two 18 storey high minarets with marble domes. The art and architecture of the place will leave you spellbound. For its structural beauty, it is named as Taj-ul-Masjid which means – ‘The Crown of Mosques.’
National Museum of Mankind:
The National Museum of Mankind is known as the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya-(IGRMS). It is an anthropology museum that features the story of mankind or the evolution of mankind in an interesting style. Spread across 200 acres of land, the museum is located on the Shyamla Hills in the city. It has a vivid collection of pre-historic painted rock shelters. The place showcases the tribal culture and is popular for being the replica of tribal life. Among all other wonderful things, it also has an enormous library and audio visual archives.
Laxmi Narayan Temple (Birla Mandir):
The famous Laxmi Narayan temple in Bhopal defines purity and divinity to the core. The gorgeously designed temple was built by the Birlas and hence, is also known as the Birla Mandir. The temple commemorates Hindu deities – Lord Vishnu and Goddess Laxmi. The temple also enshrines idols of many other deities. Divinity surrounds the entire temple environment, rendering peace and tranquillity to the visitors.
Van Vihar National Park:
This is a must visit place for all the nature and animal lovers. Also, it’s a photographer’s delight! At Van Vihar National Park you can find a wide variety of animals and birds in their natural habitat. There are over 200 species of birds, and it is also a home for wild animals such as leopards, tigers, and lions among others. The park is open to visitors on all days except on Fridays.
Upper Lake (Bada Taalab):
The Upper Lake, commonly known as the ‘Bada Talab’ by the locals is one of the biggest manmade lakes in the country. It is the largest source of potable water for the people of Bhopal. Apart from being famous for its scenic beauty, the lake is also a hub of fun water sports.
Shaukat Mahal is known for its unique and exclusive architecture. Its distinctive characteristic is the captivating structure that features both oriental and occidental architectural styles. Located in the chauk area of the city, the Mahal is exceptionally different from the other Muslim monuments in its vicinity.
Moti Masjid is a spectacular holy place which was constructed by the progressive Muslim ruler Sikander Begum in the year 1860. It is one of the most visited tourist destination due to its structural beauty. Also known as the Pearl Mosque, Moti Masjid is an important landmark in the history of Muslim women in India.
So, these are the must see tourist places in Bhopal that will surely delight the curious traveller in you. Apart from these, there are several other tourist destinations that you may also like to add to your must visit list like the Lower Lake, Jama Masjid, Bharat Bhavan, Bhimteka Rock Painting among others.
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