Did you know that Bhopal is the 17th largest city in India? Yes, and travelling here was quite a fun ride for me. It is because I travel so much that I get to know various things about the culture, traditions and small yet peculiar nuances. All of this helps me grow and learn new things. One more thing which you may or may not know is the fact that it is also one of the greenest cities of India. Here, you will be finding many examples of institutes coming from both educational and research background.
However, before visiting Bhopal I knew that I had to visit the gas tragedy site. Yes, I still remember the day when I was around 6-7 years old and there was some news regarding some kind of gas tragedy in Bhopal. From then on, there was a certain curiosity in me to visit this place and I did when I got the chance to do so. It was really an exhilarating experience altogether.
The city hosts many cultural festivals every year in the Bharat Bhavan which is the main cultural centre of the city. Diwali and Eid are two festivals which are celebrated extravagantly in the region.
Visiting this place what I got to know is that it was created in the 11th century by some Raja Bhoj who had curated this lake to specifically cure skin diseases. I can only say that travelling to this place was one of the most memorable experiences for me. However, now it is known as the Bhojtal. A local guide told me a fact which somewhat quite fascinated me. I got to know that this lake is one of the major sources of clean drinking water to the 40% population of the city.
Travelling to this amazing national park was quite an amazing experience for me. I got to see various animals such as Gharial, leopards, cheetal deer and just about every other animal possible. Being a solo traveller I really like the feeling of discovering new spots and new places all alone.
The Gohar Mahal was established in the year of 1820 by the first woman ruler of Bhopal. Her name was Qudisiya Begum. Interesting to know, isn’t it? I was quite fascinated listening to this fact as the guide was telling me this, bright sunlight falling on his face amid the crowd of local and foreign tourists.
Go Shopping - Bhopal is one of the most interesting places to explore. This is what I really found out by visiting here. This place is also known for its embroidery, beadwork, bags, shawls etc. I had purchased this amazing bag for my brother here and when I went home, gifted the bag to him.
Visiting the Birla museum is one of the best decisions taken by me. I found some old artifacts which were used by the Paleolithic and the Neolithic man as well. Moreover, there are also stone sculptures from the 7th to the 13th century as well as the 2nd century BC.
Bharat Bhavan is one of the most interesting places to explore. I was quite amazed by the overall architecture and the performing arts.
Ijtima is a religious festival which continues for three days. It is considered as one of the most important festivals which are celebrated with great enthusiasm in Bhopal.
I have not experienced it first hand, however, have heard a lot about this festival. On this festival, every evening of the whole fiesta is specifically organized by an eye-catching art depiction, competition etc. During this festival, there are many exhibitions and craft fairs which are responsible for attracting a lot of tourists from all across the country.
The best time to visit Bhopal is from the months of October to March. During these months it is the perfect time to travel and for sightseeing as well.
Other than that, it is extremely easy to reach within the city from any part of the country. Raja Bhoj International Airport is the nearest airport which mainly serves the entire state of Madhya Pradesh. It is just 13 kms away from the city of Bhopal. Also, Bhopal is one of the main connected railway stations in India. There are two main railway stations in the city which can easily connect you to all major cities of the country.