Bhopal Madhya Pradesh
 


Quick Getaways in Bhopal


Islamnagar - Located 11 km away on the Bhopal-Berasia Road, past the infamous Union Carbide Factory (the poisonous gas leakage causing the worst industrial disaster in 1984), Islamnagar is a small village known for the palace of Bhopal's Afghan rulers built by Dost Mohammed Khan. Gardens surround the palace and the pavilion. The pavilion, a fusion of Hindu and Islamic ornamental art, has pillars richly done with floral motifs. Other important monuments are the hamam (baths) of the Chaman Mahal and the double-storeyed Rani Mahal.

Bhojpur - Located 28 Kms from Bhopal, Bhojpur is well-known for the magnificent 11th century Shiva temple, Bhojeshwar Mandir and the lake constructed by the legendary Parmar King of Dhar, Raja Bhoj (1010-1053). The huge Shiva Lingam in the temple carved out of a single rock over a three tiered square sandstone platform, is the largest in India. The Lingam is 7.5 ft tall and almost 21.5 mt in circumference. The temple is a simple square with a richly carved dome supported by four pillars guarded by two ornamental figures at the entrance. There is a simple Jain shrine nearby which has a 6m high black statue of a Thirthankara along two smaller ones. A very colourful and big mela is organised here on the occasion of the festival Maha Shivratri.

Sanchi - Sanchi, 46 kilometers from Bhopal, located on an isolated hill crowned by a group of Stupas from the 3rd century B.C. to the 12th century A.D., occupies an unmatched place in Buddhist history. Its Stupas, Chaityas, Temples, Monasteries, and gateways embroidered by delicate carvings depict the Buddha's life and teachings. To Buddhists all over the world, Sanchi is almost as holy a spot as Bodh Gaya or Sarnath. On Buddha Purnima (full moon), which usually falls in April/May according to the lunar calendar, Buddhists from many countries  all  over the  world come  to Sanchi  to  celebrate  the  triple

Sanchi in Bhopal

anniversary of Gautama Buddha's birth, enlightenments and Parinirvana.

Bhimbetka - Bhimbhetka based on the northern fringe of Vindhya Mountain ranges is a major tourist attraction 46 kms from Bhopal. This place has South Asia's richest collection of prehistoric paintings and other archeological discoveries. The paintings in over 500 caves depict the life of the prehistoric cave dwellers and a smaller number have evidences of Stone Age habitation. The oldest paintings are believed to be up to 1200 years old. Executed mainly in red and white with the special use of green and yellow, the scenes usually depict hunting, dancing, music, horse and elephant riders, animals fighting, honey collection, decoration of bodies, disguises, masking and household scenes. Animals such as bison’s, tigers, lions, wild boar, elephants, antelopes, dogs, lizards, crocodiles etc, have been abundantly depicted in some caves. Popular religious and ritual symbols also occur frequently.


Udaygiri -
Five kilometers from Vidisha are located the Udaygiri Caves, carved into the side at a sandstone hill. The caves date from A.D. 320 to 606. An inscription in one of these caves suggests that it was carved out during the reign of Chandragupta II (A.D. 382-401). Of the 20 Gupta caves, two are Jain and the remaining 18 Hindu. One can have a look at an image of Vishnu in his boar incarnation in Cave number 5.

Events in Bhopal

A three-day Ijtima (religious congregation) is held in the grounds of the Taj-ul-Masjid annually. It draws scores at Muslim pilgrims from all parts of India.

Every year in January/February, the villages of the Manav Sangrahalaya comes alive with the potters' workshops, folk music and dance, and open-air plays. It provides an opportunity for the tribals at the region to demonstrate their skills in painting, weaving, and the fashioning of bell metal into exquisite works of art.

Getting There & Away to Bhopal

Flights to Bhopal
Bhopal airport is 12 kilometers from the Old City. Regular flights operate daily to Delhi, Mumbai, and Indore.
Trains to Bhopal
Bhopal is an important railway station as it is situated on the main Delhi-Chennai route. The station is near Hamidia Road. Bhopal is well linked to Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Gwalior, Jhansi, and Ujjain.
Car and Bus service in Bhopal
Tourist places like Sanchi, Indore, Ujjain, Panchmari and Jabalpur, and Khajuraho are easily accessible from Bhopal by the road network.

Getting Around

There are no metered taxis. However, tourist taxis are available at the airport and at hotel travel desks, or you can hire cars from travel agencies. The common modes of transport are auto-rickshaws and tourist cars and jeeps which are available on hire.
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