Bhopal is a big dynamic city with lot of hustle and bustle. It has its own set of traffic and pollution woes. If you want to escape the urban chaos and the pollution for couple of days and enjoy a relaxing holiday in the lap of nature, there are many nearby destinations that you can explore. You can easily hire Bhopal outstation cabs for comfortable trips. We have listed the best weekend gateways from Bhopal.
Ujjain is an ancient city in Madhya Pradesh and a popular spiritual destination for travellers. The place is locally known as Ujjaini which literally means a ‘distinguished conqueror’. Ujjain is a hub of Hindu religious activities and houses many popular pre-historic temples. The Mahakaleshhwar Temple is the most renowned temple of Ujjain dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India and considered a holy pilgrimage site. This temple has five levels and houses idols of Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva, Parvati, Kartikeya and Nandi bull. Some other famous temples in Ujjain are Bade Ganeshji ka Mandir, Chitaman Ganesh Temple, Harsiddhi Temple, Gopal Mandir, Vikram Kriti Mandir and Navagraha Temple. Pilgrims from all over India and across the world travel in huge numbers to Ujjain to gain spiritual experience. Located on the banks of Shipra River, the city is also famous for religious fairs like Shivaratrimela, Kumbh and Ardha Kumbh Melas.
Ujjain is an ideal place for foodies as well. It is famous for its street food and there’s no better place than Tower Chowk to relish the delicacies. Make sure to try mouth-watering snacks like Bhel Puri, Aloo Chaats, and Pani Puri. Ujjain is also known for handcrafted ethnic tribal jewellery, textiles and bamboo products. You can easily buy these along with other souvenirs from the local market.
Ujjain is at 190 kms from Bhopal and well connected through a national highway. Book car rental in Bhopal to reach Ujjain in optimal time.
Located at 200 kms from Bhopal, Pachmarhi is the only hill station of Madhya Pradesh. It is popularly known as Satpura Ki Rani or Queen of Satpura as it is perched in the Satpura range. It is situated at a height of 1110 metre above sea level and offers pleasant weather throughout the year. Dhupgarh is the highest point located in Pachmarhi and provides stunning sunset and panoramic views of the surroundings.
Pachmarhi is popular for its natural beauty, ancient caves, waterfalls, monuments, waterfalls, forest and varied flora and fauna. Major attractions of the town are Jata Shankar Cave, HandiKhoh, Pandava Caves, Bee Falls, Apsara Vihar, Duchess Falls etc.
Guna: Guna is located on the north-eastern banks of Parvati River on the Malwa Plateau in Madhya Pradesh. It is regarded as the gateway to Chambal and Malwa region. The city is also a district and is one of the most developed districts in the entire state of Madhya Pradesh. This lovely city of Guna provides some interesting tourist places as attractions to its visitors. The Panchamukhi Hanuman Ashram is a popular holy place situated 4 kms from the railway station. It is regarded as one of the five strengths of Lord Hanuman. Other holy places of tourist interest in Guna are the Bishbhuji Temple and the Jain Temple. History buffs must visit the Bajrangarh Fort to get a glimpse of the bygone era. Guna is at 211 kms from Bhopal and can be conveniently reached via road. Book taxi in Bhopal for a hassle-free journey.