Popular Sights, Bhopal, India: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Van Vihar Natural Park
Van Vihar Natural Park is located at the heart of Bhopal. It is managed as a modern zoological park where animals are kept in their natural habitat. The park allows easy access to the visitors through a road passing through the park and security of animals from poachers has been ensured by building trenches and walls which makes this park unique compared to other parks. Most of the animals are either orphaned brought from various parts of the state or those, which are exchanged from other zoos. No animal is deliberately captures from the forest. The park was declared a national park in 1963. The park is home to a wide range of birds and animals. Some of the wild animals found here include tiger, lion, leopard, sambar and chital. The park is also home to over 200 species of birds. It is possible to either walk or hire cycles to explore the park. Opening hours: Open all days except Friday 07.00 am – 07.00 pm.
Upper Lake was created by Raja Bhoj in the 11th century. It is the oldest man-made lake in India. Locals also call it ‘Bada Talaab’. The lake is said to have cured the skin disease of the king. The Upper Lake also serves as a major source of potable water for the residents of Bhopal. This lake is hub of water activities in Bhopal. It is possible to go sailing, paddle boating and motor boat riding here.
Birla Museum is an archeological museum that was established in 1971 and it has a large collection of manuscripts, paintings and sculptures belonging to the period from 2nd century BC to the 6th century AD. Primitive tools used in Paleolithic and Neolithic age are on exhibit here. In addition, some elements of Harappan and Mohanjodaro civilizations and Sunga, Kushana, Gupta period are also preserved here. Address: Nishant Colony, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India.
Bhojpur Temple is known as Somnath of the East. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is located on the banks of the Vetraveti River in Raisen District of Madhya Pradesh. The name of the temple comes from King Bhoj who once ruled the area surrounding the temple. The temple is also known as Bhojeshwar Temple. The Shivling and the temple were commissioned by Raja Bhoj between 1010 and 1053 AD. On the other hand, the temple was never completed. The stone Shivling is 7.5 ft tall and stands on a platform 21 ft tall. It is also the largest stone structure carved out of a single rock in the world. The temple is under the Archaeological Survey of India. The temple’s entrance has an arch. It is also believed that the temple was the first structure that has an arch. According to locals, the temple was built by the Pandavs in order to worship Kunti, their mother. Opening hours: Open all days except Monday 06.00 am – 07.00 pm.
National Museum of Mankind
National Museum of Mankind is also known as Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya. It was established in the year 1985. It is located on Shymala Hills. This anthropological museum gives an insight into the revolution of mankind. It is also known as the Tribal Habitat Museum. It is the only museum in the world that has a vivid collection of pre-historic painted rock shelters. There is also an open-air exhibition of contemporary tribal cultures and actual-size dwelling of typical tribal villages of Indian states. Opening hours: 10.00 am – 06.00 pm.
Tal-ul-Masjid, also known as ‘The Crown of Mosques’ is an old mosque that was also used as a madrasah. The construction of this mosque was started by Sultan Shah Jehan Begum of Bhopal. Pn the other hand, it was completely built after 1971 by Allama Mohammad Imran Khan Nadi Azhari of Bhopal. Tal-ul-Masjid is one of the biggest mosques in Asia and the largest in India. The pink mosque is built around a large courtyard with a huge tank in the center. The main attraction of this mosque is the 18 floor high octagonal minars with marble domes.
Gohar Mahal is located in the banks of Upper Lake. It was built by Gohar Begum who hwas the first woman ruler of Bhopal. Gohar Mahal was constructed in the year 1820. The building represents a mixture of Hindu and Mughal Achitecture.