DAY 01: BHOPAL
Arrival at Bhopal Airport, assistance upon arrival and transfer to hotel / resort, get freshen up and move for Sightseeing / Visits in Bhopal as per the timings,
Bhopal the ‘City of Historic Grandeurs and Lakes’ the life of this 200 years old city swirls around its heritage and culture. located in the central part of India, Surrounded by lakes and hills, famous for its natural beauty and one of the greenest cities in India, also known as the ‘city of lakes’ due to its various natural and artificial lakes and, the city offers an amazing unique heritage cultural experience. It is home to the largest mosque in India and one of the largest mosques in the world, founded by famous Raja Bhoj, the history of royal city dates back to the 11th century and the present city established by an Afghan soldier, Dost Mohammed, in the 18th century. Interestingly, unlike any other princely state in Indian history, Bhopal was ruled by the generation of Begums (women rulers) for more than 100 years and popular as ‘Bagum Bhopal’. With its stunning heritage sites and numerous cultural hubs, the green city of Bhopal still bears the stamp of the Bagums of Bhopal who ruled the city for long time
Taj-ul-Masajid ‘Crown of Mosques’ considered one of the largest mosques in the world, this grand mosque built by Shah Jehan Begum, the eighth ruler of the place and Bhopal’s third female ruler. The excellent example of Indo-Islamic architecture and art, a pink facade, tall minarets, arched roofs, three huge domes, marble flooring, massive pillars, ornate ceilings and a huge central hallway. With an interior area of about 430,000 square feet, the mosque has capacity of 175,000 people.
Moti Masjid ‘Pearl Mosque’ built in 1862 by the ruler of Bhopal Sikander Jahan Begum. Crafted with beautiful, pure white marble, the architecture of the mosque holds a striking resemblance to the historic Jama Masjid in Delhi. The dazzling white facade of the monument has earned it the name ‘Pearl Mosque’, which has a grand courtyard that opens a window to some of the most amazing views of the city
Gohar Mahal is undoubtedly one of the most historically beautiful places to visit in Bhopal. Built-in 1820 by first female ruler of Bhopal Qudsia Begum, the palace is ornamented with intricate interior carvings and beautiful decorations on the exterior. The palace also serves as an exemplary site of the Indo-Islamic architectural style. The great hall chaperones the idyllic lake, while the interiors of the hall host numerous ancient paintings and intricate woodwork and art.
The Kamlapati Palace built in 1722; the palace takes the name of the widow of Nizam Shah Gond Queen Kamlapati. Perched along the banks of Upper Lake in Bhopal, the palace is a clear reflection of the Mughal and the modern architectural styles fused into a graceful art that adorns the face of the building
Lakes of Bhopal Upper Lake of Bhopal locally referred to as ‘Bhojtaal’ is the oldest man-made lake in India. Dating back to the 11th century, the lake is believed to have been built by famous Raja Bhoj. The lake is overlooked by a grand royal garden, which is another tourist attraction of the city. The Lower Lake localy referred to as “Chhota Talab”, is separated from the Upper Lake by a bridge known as Pul Pukhta or the Lower Lake Bridge. Lower Lake also dates back to the 11th century and has fallen under the rule of countless kings. Lakes are bathed in an aura of blissful quiet and tranquillity, making it perfect for nature lovers and one of the most picturesque places in Bhopal with Arch Bridge adding feathers
DAY 02: BHOPAL
After breakfast move for Sightseeing / Visits in Bhopal – Evening free for leisure
The Tribal Museum in the city of Bhopal displays the unique work of tribal including their roots in the tribal heritage and culture. The museum complex carefully segregated into 6 galleries, each of which is dedicated to the tribal culture, life, art, and mythology. If you’re a history buff or a mythology enthusiast, this place is meant for you
National Museum of Mankind is seated atop the Shymla Hills, along with the Upper Lake in Bhopal. The anthropological museum presents a beautiful illustration of the evolution of mankind, with reference to India. It also displays a variety of prehistoric rock shelters, which is something few other museums in India can boast about. Installed as a tribute to the tribal communities and folks of the state, the museum also has a well-stocked library, along with remarkable audio-visual archives.
Sadar Manzil a royal building that used to be the hall of public audience for the rulers of Bhopal. The monument is set amidst picturesque and well-laid out gardens and reflects Oriental traces of Indo-Islamic architecture. The building used as the main courtyard by nawabs (rulers) of Bhopal in meeting with the masses here, and address them on important occasions. The charm of the Sadar Manzil has withstood the test of time, and even today one can see intricate carvings in the ceilings and archways that hint at its former grandeur and opulence
DAY 03: BHOPAL – BHIMBETKA / BHOPAL
After breakfast move for Day Excursion trip to Bhimbetka UNESCO world heritage site – Evening free for leisure
Bhimbetka an archaeological treasure, cave paintings dating back to approx. 30,000 years, the Rock shelters that were home to humans, millennia ago. Situated around 45 km from Bhopal city, a rich flora and fauna surrounding these, indeed, make Bhimbetka a gift to us from our earliest ancestors. The Bhimbetka Rock Shelter has the oldest-known rock art in India, as well as is one of the largest prehistoric complexes to be seen. This place has around 243 rock shelters and has earned the honour of UNESCO world heritage site. A walkthrough these ancient naturally carved rocks surrounded by dense forests of Bhimbetka will bring alive child-like wonder in you. The paintings found in the rock shelters here have a striking resemblance to the ones discovered in Kakadu National Park in Australia; to the cave paintings of Bushmen in Kalahari Desert and Upper Palaeolithic Lascaux cave paintings in France
The Chowk Bazaar in Bhopal is the heritage colourful bazaar that reflects the old charm of heritage city, most of the places and shops with a touch of the old world through the mosques and havelis that are a beautiful blend of Indo-Islamic architecture lined up along it. The shops promise to be a sheer delight for anyone interested in traditional arts and crafts, silver jewellery or embroidered work. In the same vein, the street food is definitely worth a bite or two and then some more