Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, is a enthralling blend of picturesque scenario, old historic city and modern urban planning. It is the 11th century city Bhojpal, founded by Raja Bhoj, but the present city was established by an Afghan soldier, Dost Mohammed (1707-1740). His descendants build Bhopal into a enticing city.
The state was ruled by four women, Begums — unique in the royalty of those days — under British suzerainty. Qudsia Begum was the first woman ruler, who was succeeded by her only daughter Sikandar Begum, who in turn was succeeded by her only daughter, Shahjehan Begum. Sultan Jahen Begum was the last woman ruler who, after 25 years of rule, abdicated in favour of her son, Hamidullah Khan.
Today Bhopal has blossomed into a city which in spite of being modern upholds the patrician mark of its bygone rulers. The city provides a fascinating blend of scenic beauty with its lakes, parks, temples, mosques, gardens , museums, statues and buildings.
Located in the heart of India, Bhopal is widely known as- THE CITY OF LAKES because of the presence of many natural and artificial lakes namely: Upper Lake Lower Lake Shahpura Lake Motia Talab Nawab Siddique Hasan Khan Talab Munshi Hussain Khan Talab East Railway Colony Lake Jawahar Baal Udhyaan
Lake Manit Lake Bordi kalan Preet Nagar Lake Nariyalkheda Golf course Lake Mullah Sarovar
Now that’s a fair reason to be called ‘City of Lakes’
But the Upper and Lower lakes of Bhopal dominate the city, and are indeed its nucleus. Bordered along their shores stand silent sentinels that testify to the growth of the city.
Apart from being the city of lakes, Bhopal is also popular for its beautiful Mosques. Bhopal has a good number of historic mosques and all of them are worth to visit.
India’s largest mosque. The mosque symbolizes the great culture and glorious history of india.
Its unmatched beauty and the charisma of this mosque can not be explained in words.
One of the most visited islamic religious structure in Bhopal and is visited by thousands of muslim devotees for offering daily namaz.
Dhai Seedi Masjid
In spite of one of the largest mosque of Asia. World’s smallest mosque is also situated in Bhopal. Its approximate size is 16 square meter. It is also the first mosque built in Bhopal.
All mosques are famous for their architectural beauty.The mosques were the evident cultural impact of the Islamic rulers in Bhopal. These mosques have raised the standard of the city in terms of architecture excellence.
National park- Van Vihar
It is the one of the biggest animal conservation areas provided by the Forest department of Madhya Pradesh where you can find a variety of wild animals such tigers, leopards, bears, deers, different types of water animals and birds. The animals are kept in their near natural habitats.
Bhopal Ijtima or Alami Tablighi Ijtima, held every year for three days at Bhopal is one of the world’s largest religious congregations. The event concluded with offering prayers by more than 12 lakh Muslims. Previously this event used to be held at Taj-ul-Masjid in Bhopal, but has been shifted to a place called itkhedi in Bhopal.
Bhopal is not only rich in its history and culture but the food offered here is a real delight for those who call themselves as foodie. Bhopal’s Nawabi history influences its food, as the city which believes in breakfast with Bhopali yaqni biryani.
The avid foodie from Bhopal or frequent visitor to Bhopal is fond of “Chatori Gali” in the Old City.
Chatori Gali is famous for its Stalls of non-veg snacks All the stalls on Chatori Gali open only after sunset and runs till the wee hours of the night. This gali is full of tiny shops selling fish and meat dishes with strong & rustic flavors and taste at prices that you would have. Succulent Seekh and Shami Kebabs with Bhopali Biryani and “Paaye ka Soup” are the hot favourites here. Grilled Roast Chicken and “Chaap” (grilled ribs of the Goat or Beef) are specialities of the region.
The most popular hotels which are specialize in there own delicacies are the Hotel Gazala, Hakeem, Jamil, Yaadgaar and Madina which are like age old, rusty yet lively small hotels open late till night to satisfy hunger pangs of people.
I can go on and on writing about Bhopal, but have to peter out and putting it succinctly, “Bhopali is not a person. It is an attitude. It is a persuasion of turning one’s blues into hilarity, humdrum into sensational, less into HARKITTA and basic into BHANNAT. In the days of yore, when this was a very poor place, people survived through all odds with their jocularity.”
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