Bhopal, the capital of the state of Maharashtra, is an amazing place to explore. With a royal history that goes back to centuries, and various adventure and wildlife havens scattered all over, it is a must-visit place. Mentioned here are some of the attractions to explore in Bhopal. Do check for flights and train 12722 running status, which frequently runs through the city, to reach your destination.
Heritage hotels – The district of Bhopal was one of the largest princely states in ancient India. Home to several dynasties, there are several palatial homes in the district, with some of them being converted into heritage hotels. Of the lot, the Noor-us-Sabah Palace, and the Jehan Numa Palace are the most famous ones. The former was constructed under the rule of Nawab Hamidullah Khan, in the 1930s for his elder daughter; while the latter was constructed in the late 1890s by General Obaidullah Khan, commander of the forces of the princely state of Bhopal. Today, both the palaces showcase the same grandeur, with immaculate gardens and a mix of Indian-Victorian architecture.
Van Vihar National Park – One of the largest wildlife parks in the district, the Van Vihar National Park is located in along the beautiful landscape of the Upper Lake. The spectacular haven is home to animals like lions, tigers, hyenas, crocodiles and others. Most of the animals in the park were rescued from some sort of bondage, especially the sloth bears, who were chained from their nostrils and made to dance to their tunes of live entertainers. The national park encourages and pioneers other such animal rehabilitation and rescue missions. If you wish to visit this amazing place then do check for flights and train 12722 running status, which frequently runs through the city, to reach your destination.
Bhojpur Temples – Situated in the valleys beside the Betwa river, Bhojpur is a historical town founded by Bhopal’s first king, Maharaja Bhoj. The king belonged to the clan of the Parmar Rajputs, who ruled the region during the 11th century AD. Today, these temples stand tall as a reminiscent of that magnificent era. Located about 30 km from Bhopal, these temples are also known as Bhojeshwar Temples and are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temples have large domes, which exquisite sculptures donning on the walls, ceilings, and doorways. Within one of the temples, you can also find a massive, 18 feet high Shiva lingam, which attracts devotees from all corners of the region
Cave paintings in Bhimbetka – Situated in the Vindhyan Hills, few kilometers south of Bhopal, the cave paintings in Bhimbetka have been tagged as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. These clusters of natural caves are the site of few astonishing wall paintings made in the early paleolithic era. Dr. V. S. Wakankar, an esteemed archaeologist, excavated a series of about 1000 caves in 1957. These paintings do not showcase gods, goddesses or kings, but the daily life of early mankind like group dances, hunting session, horse riding, shelter building etc.