Bhopal Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2022
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Split by a pair of lakes, the city of Bhopal, also popularly referred to as the ‘City of Lakes’, is a true paradise for history buffs and art patrons. One of the greenest cities in India, Bhopal was founded by Raja Bhoj and features a number of natural and artificial lakes. The city of Bhopal has a very rich cultural heritage represented by numerous historical monuments, religious places as well as museums.

The city can be divided into two parts, the old city towards the north comprising of mosques, bazaars and old havelis and the modern city towards the south. The two major lakes of the city are ‘Bhojtal’ and ‘Chhota Talab’, also called Upper Lake and the Lower Lake respectively. Apart from tourism, the lakes are also a vital source of water for the residents of the city. Mosques like Taj-Ul-Masjid, built by Shah Jahan Begum is one of the largest in India, showcasing the rich heritage of the city and the classic Mughal architecture.

For the history buffs, Birla Mahal is a place where you can witness a number of prehistoric artifacts and stone sculptures that date back to the Paleolithic and Neolithic age.  There is also Archaeological Museum where you can learn more about the vibrant history of the state and appreciate myriad statues of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva.

When it comes to places of religious significance, Bhopal is famous for having the Moti Masjid and Jama Masjid. Moti Masjid is famous for having a striking resemblance with the grandeur of Jama Masjid in Delhi while the Jama Masjid of Bhopal is known for attracting thousands of devotees from all over the country. Boasting of splendid minarets and elegant hallways, Taj-Ul-Masjid is another popular mosque to see in Bhopal.

Gohar Mahal is another example of the city’s rich heritage. Built by the first woman ruler of Bhopal, it exhibits a blend of both Hindu and Muslim architectures. At a distance of 45 km from the main city is the Raisen Fort which was built in the 6th century. The fort is located atop a hill and is home to a number of palaces, lakes, and temples. Bhojpur Temple, built in 11th century on the banks of Betwa River, though incomplete, is an exquisite piece of architecture. The tallest Shiv Linga is located inside this temple which is carved out of a single rock. The fort also houses the shrine of Muslim saint Hazrat Peer Fatehullah Shah Baba, some temples and various medieval ruins making it an amazing retreat when you are in Bhopal.

Learn about the tribal cultures of various parts of the country at the National Museum of Mankind, also known as Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya. The museum situated on Shyamala Hills takes us through the evolution of mankind. Another museum is the State Museum of Madhya Pradesh which is located in the same building complex, consisting of 16 theme galleries presenting us with sculptures, coins, and manuscripts representing a vivid picture of both the modern and ancient India.

If you are a wildlife lover, then remember to take a walk through the Van Vihar National Park, located in the heart of the city. The national park is home to a number of birds and animals. Animals like a tiger, lion, cheetah can easily be found here along with 200 different species of birds. Situated between the Upper Lake and the Shyamala Hills, it is a picturesque place and a perfect spot to explore a range of wild animals.

Apart from the attractive tourist spots, Bhopal also offers a lot for shopping lovers. The inner city is clustered with many lively, vibrant bazaars offering diverse kinds of products. Zardozi Sarees, Mulberry silk, Tussar silk are few famous items. The markets are also famous for Mandana and Pithora paintings that should be on your bucket list while shopping in Bhopal.

Bhopal will surely not disappoint you if you are a foodie. The cuisine of Bhopal is heavily influenced by both the Hindu and Muslim cultures and includes both vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian delicacies. Inner Chowks of the city presented us with the authentic Bhopal cuisine, the most popular ones being rogan josh, korma, biryani, pulao, kebabs, etc. Bafla is another popular dish which is served with pulses and is a total delight for one’s taste buds. When you are in Bhopal, you must also try Bhopali Paan which is considered to be an important item representing Bhopal’s culture.

Bhopal also encompasses some superb places in the vicinity of the city to spend some great time with your loved ones on weekends. One of the most popular places to visit from Bhopal is Bhimbetka Rock Shelters that are famous for having the oldest cave paintings in the world. The world heritage site is famous among all the history lovers and is located just 45 kilometers from the city of Bhopal.  

Another famous place you should not miss when you are in Bhopal is the UNESCO world heritage site of Sanchi Stupa. The place houses relics of Buddha and is one of the most important Buddhist sites in India. Tourists in Bhopal can also visit the famous Udayagiri Caves where one can admire the iconographies of Hindu Gods like Vishnu, Durga and Shiva depicting legendary stories of the Gods and their Shrines.

Commemorating the vibrant past of Bhopal, Rani Kamlapati Palace is a wonderful place to see the residence of Rani Kamlapati. For those who are fond of adventure, Halali Dam and Reservoir is an excellent getaway to indulge in boat rides and picnics. The gigantic dam is built on the Halali river and also offers a pristine landscape to enjoy mesmerizing vistas.

With breathtakingly beautiful places to enchant you everywhere, Bhopal is a fascinating destination to check off from your bucket list. Whether you are a backpacker or you like to experience travel in an extravagant style, Bhopal is capable of catering to the travel needs of people with distinctive preferences.

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Latest Information on Travelling to BHOPAL?

Entry is open from all domestic states.

  • Wearing of masks is compulsory when out in public.
  • A self-declaration form or health status on Aarogya Setu app along with a valid government ID proof is required before arrival at Bhopal.
  • Thermal screening to be done for all passengers arriving in Bhopal
  • Symptomatic passengers shall have to under-go COVID-19 testing.
  • Bhopal has complete lockdown on Sundays.
  • Night Curfew is active from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. every night.
  • Markets, malls and parks in Bhopal are open with strict social distancing norms
  • No restrictions on the number of passengers in a vehicle, but passengers must be wearing masks.
  • All COVID-19 related SOPs from the Ministry of Tourism are being followed in restaurants and tourist attractions.
  • Passengers are required to download the Arogya Setu app on their phone before travelling to Bhopal
  • Thermal screening and health profiling shall be done for all passengers arriving at airports, railway stations and bus stands.
  • Symptomatic passengers shall have to undergo COVID-19 testing or as instructed by the Health Authorities present.
  • Symptomatic passengers, awaiting test results shall have undergo institutional quarantine.
  • In case of a positive report, travellers shall be booked at a COVID Care Centre till they recover. Re-testing shall be done after the given period, provided which the passenger shall either undergo home quarantine or continue their stay at the centre, as instructed by the competent authorities.
  • If the COVID-19 test results for symptomatic passengers is negative, no institutional or home quarantine is required.
  • No quarantine is required for business or business travellers.

Flights are functional to Bhopal Airport from major cities like Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Raipur, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Mumbai.

Local Transport

Local buses, taxis, cab aggregators and autos are functioning in the city.

The government of Madhya Pradesh has taken various steps to ensure the safety of travellers and tourists in Bhopal. Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines and safety measures issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to keep yourself safe.

Inter-State, Intra- State, Inter-District and Intra-District Entry Allowed in Bhopal without Restrictions Updated: 04 Sep 2020

Travellers from other states and districts can now enter Bhopal without any restrictions or e-pass requirement. Read more.

Inter-state Movement of Buses Allowed in Bhopal Updated: 04 Sep 2020

Under the guidelines of Unlock 3.0 from the state government, inter-state buses are now allowed to enter Bhopal.Read more.

Hotels and Restaurants Can Be Open Till 10 p.m. Jehan Numa Palace and Other Luxury Hotels Offer Take-aways Updated: 04 Sep 2020

According to the latest developments in the state government’s guidelines for Bhopal, restaurants and hotels and stay open till 10 p.m in the night. Luxury hotels like Jehan Numa Palace are open for dining as well as offering take-aways.Read more.

State-run and Private Hotels and Resorts Have Been Allowed to Function in Bhopal Updated: 04 Sep 2020

Many of the resorts and hotels in the tourist areas of Bhopal are now open for stay. This decision was taken to bring back normalcy to domestic tourism sector.Read more.

National Parks, Pilgrimage Sites and Heritage Destinations in Bhopal Open for Domestic Tourism Updated: 04 Sep 2020

The state government has allowed Van Vihar National Park along with other pilgrimage and heritage sites in Bhopal to be accessible to domestic tourists.Read more.

Complete lockdown on Sundays in Bhopal Updated: 04 Sep 2020

As per the guidelines of the state government, Bhopal will be following complete lockdown on Sundays of every week.Read more.

Night Curfew Timing Eased by Two Hours in Bhopal Updated: 04 Sep 2020

The timings for the COVD-19 related night curfew has been eased in Bhopal. Now, the night curfew shall be active from 10 p.m. in the night to 5 a.m. in the morning.Read more.

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09 December 2019
Perfect river side camp.we enjoy a lot with our group there is various team building games . delicious food they served to us when we reah there the give us tea and some snaks then we enjoy bornfire nd some songs with the group then we take the food nd go to night walk where we do the star gazing then we come to our tents those who wanted to sleep they but we stay near bornfire nd discuss about life nd then we wake up early mrng nd go to see sunrise nd the we play many games nd take the breakfast after the group picture we move to our homes.
20 November 2019
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03 December 2019
It was an awesome experience ,event
04 December 2018
Dr Shamsher Singh Camping Experience near Bhopal
We were welcomed by a cheerful host (Abhishek Tiwari) in a picturesque garden camp setting after our hectic day schedule. From the point of entering into the Thrillophilia event till the dispersal photo shoot, we had an amazing time.The night started with Fun games and culminated with Tasty food, Bonfire and Dances. What made it more special was a birthday party of a member that was quite unplanned still well managed. After a relaxed sleep in our tents, we woke up to the chirp of birds in the serene Bhopal Countryside and geared up for trekking to the highest point of Bhopal i.e. "Manuabhan Ki Tekri". The experience ended with a splendid photoshoot and a bit emotional good-byes with our newly made adventure family. Hoping to do more such great trips with Thrillophilia. -Dr Shamsher Singh
Heritage & Wildlife Circuit Cycling Tour To Bhopal, Sanchi & Chidi Kho. Is great cycling tour.
12 December 2020
Nice place to visit weather is so good our group enjoyed so much water is so clean Very tasty food nice trip enjoyed very well.
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Nice services without any problems and better way to roam in the city and visit various tourist places.
Really enjoyed a lot riding in Bhopal. Cycle On Rent in Bhopal is a cheap alternative.
The service was very good. The staff is really kind. The vehicles they provided were in good condition because of which we were able to complete our trip effortlessly. We appreciate their service.
Good qualities cycle really enjoyed riding in Lake view Bhopal.

How to Reach

  • Being the capital of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal has good connectivity with all the major cities across India and all the nearby towns in the state by road, rail, and air.
  • How to reach Bhopal by Air: The Raja Bhoj airport in Bhopal is located at a distance of around 15 kilometers from the city center where one can get regular flights from almost all the major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Kolkata, Raipur, Gwalior, Lucknow, Indore, Chandigarh, and Ahmedabad. Taxis and car-sharing services are available at the airport to reach your respective address.
  • How to reach Bhopal by Rail: Bhopal junction is well-connected with all the prime railheads across the country and is the largest station of Madhya Pradesh. Serving as one of the major junctions of the central railway route, it is a major stop for trains running between Mumbai and Delhi. Trains running between the Delhi- Chennai main line are sure to stop at Bhopal Junction. One can board a direct train from any of the main cities of India like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Lucknow, Agra, Nasik, Chennai, Hyderabad etc. to Bhopal Junction.
  • How to reach Bhopal By Road (Bus): Bus traveling is a smooth way of reaching places which are near and far. Bhopal is centered in a way that it is easily scaled by a bus from a various location like Ujjain, Indore, Nagpur, and even Delhi. There are regular private and public buses plying on multiple roads to make your journey scenic and comfortable. AC Volvo, AC sleeper, deluxe and standard buses; you can take any type on all the routes according to your budget and comfort.
  • 1) From Nagpur: Bus is a convenient mode of travel to cover a short distance of around 355 kilometers between Nagpur and Bhopal.
  • Timings: Board evening and overnight buses starting from 7:30 PM till 10 PM.
  • Traveling Time: Take 5 to 6 hours maximum.
  • Fare: between INR 700 to 1200 for standard buses.
  • Starting Points: Rahul complex Nagpur, Bole petrol pump, and Ravi nagar square.
  • 2) From Delhi: It is difficult to find an MPSRTC bus plying between Delhi and Bhopal but Volvo buses and deluxe sleeper buses are made available by certain private operators which can cover the distance of 780 kilometers in 12 to 15 hours.
  • Timings: Overnight buses Volvo buses from New Delhi to Bhopal
  • Traveling Time: Take 12 to 15 hours maximum.
  • Fare: between INR 2000 to 2400 for AC Volvo buses.
  • Starting Points: Chhatarpur bus stand.
  • 3) From Indore: It is very easy to find private and public buses running between Indore and Bhopal. There is no dearth of buses on this route covering a road distance of 190 kilometers between the two station.
  • Timings: Starting from 12:30 AM, 1:30 AM, 3 and 3:30 AM, 4 and 4:30 AM until 7 PM; you get both private buses plying from Indore to Bhopal. You can even opt for government buses running throughout the day on regular intervals.
  • Traveling Time: Take 3 to 4 hours maximum.
  • Fare: between INR 300 to 400 for standard buses.
  • Starting Points: The major boarding point is Radisson Hotel Square in Indore for Bhopal buses.

Best Time To Visit

  • Bhopal is masked in pink hues and brisk fog from late October to early March and the invigorating winter season invites tourists from far and near.
  • Bhopal in Winter (October to March): The average temperature ranges between 4 to 6 degree Celsius during the winter months in the city of lakes. The outside is foggy and cold especially in the months of December and January. But this is the season when the wildlife is in action, the lakes are peppered with Lotus flowers in full bloom and the waterfalls are swelled up.
  • Bhopal in Monsoon (July to September): The balmy showers bring humidity and a dip in the temperature which mostly ranges between 23 and 24 degree Celsius in July, August and September. These are a few months in the year when people visit the heart of India to be enchanted by the greenery and the rippling lakes encircled by lush forests.
  • Bhopal in Summer ( April to June): Summer months are not recommended due to extreme weather condition but if you plan to visit Bhopal in April, May and June then do carry hats, scarves, and shades to protect yourself from the sweltering heat.