Bhopal the capital of Madhya Pradesh showcases scenic beauty and modern urban planning with historic legacy and traditional arts and crafts.
It is situated on the site of an 11th century city, Bhojapal, founded by Raja Bhoja, Bhopal today presents multi faceted profile; the old city with its teeming market places and fine old mosques and palaces which still bear aristocratic imprint of its former rulers; among them the succession of powerful begums who ruled Bhopal acceded to the Indian Government only in May 1949. equally impressive is the new city with its verdant, exquisitely laid out parks and gardens, broad avenues and streamlined modern edifices.
It is a city in which one finds traces of cultures as different as those of Buddhists, Hindus, Moguls and Afghans, all of which have blended to perfection, providing Bhopal a distinct identity. It is fast becoming an education hub and has numerous attractions for varied tastes, including nature lovers, entertainment seekers and adventure buffs.
The tourist attractions of Taj-ul-masajid, Jama masjid, Gohar Mahal, Bharat Bhawan, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahlaya (National Museum of Mankind), Van Vihar and Regional Science Center are places worth seeing. A trip to Bhopal is incomplete without visiting Lower and Upper Lakes, the Aquarium and the famed Chowk Bazaar. Bhopal is 741 km from Delhi, 789 km from Mumbai, and 186 km from Indore. The major tourist attractions like Kanha National Park, Ujjain and Sanchi are close by and well connected.
Bhopal is conveniently connected by regular air flights to and from Mumbai, Indore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Raipur.
It is on one of the main Delhi- Mumbai railway lines and also on the main line to southern state capitals of Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram. There are direct trains to Amritsar and Jammu tawi and also to major towns in Madhya Pradesh.
The climate is moderate in Bhopal and remains pleasant through out the year.