Bhopal, India: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Bhopal is the capital of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and the administrative headquarters of Bhopal district and Bhopal division. The city used to be the capital of the former Bhopal State. Bhopal is known as the City of Lakes because of its various natural and artificial lakes. It is also one of the greenest cities of India. Bhopal is located on the place where the ancient town of Bhojapal was stood once. The city was discovered by Raja Bhoj and it has two beautiful lakes that are located in the center of the city. The city was founded by the King Bhoja of Paramara dynasty and was overhauled by an Afghan soldier, Dost Mohammed Khan who was a subordinate of Mughals. In the year 1724, another Mughal nobleman Nizam ul Malik overran the city and ruled Bhopal city. After that, the Nizams were inhabited by the British and in the year of 1949, Bhopal city was reined by the Indian government and came under control of Madhya Pradesh. The city is divided into 6 major areas including Old city and New city and about 75 suburbs. It is a growing tourist place and it attracts many tourists from all over the country and rest parts of the world as well. The city has many places to visit such as ‘Upper Lake’ which is Asia’s largest artificial lake. Lower Lake is yet another lake to be seen here. The city also offers Van Vihar National Park which is located at the south of Upper Lake. In addition, Bhopal is where one of the largest mosques in Asia is located. The city also has many places of interest such as Bharat Bhavan, Manav Sanghralay, Museum of Natural History etc. The city is known as being India’s worst industrial disaster in history due to the leak of a mixture of deadly gases. The Bhopal Gas tragedy of 1984 claimed 2,259 lives and left several thousand and permanently or partially disabled. Bhopal has a humid subtropical climate, with cool, dry winters, a hot summer and a humid monsoon season. Summers last from late March to mid-June. The monsoon lasts from late June until late September. These months see frequent thunderstorms and flooding and the humidity is quite high. Winters lasts from late October to early March. Winters in Bhopal are cool, sunny and comfortable with little or no rain.