Bhopal Photos that Capture its Historical and Cultural Richness
The city of Bhopal is a city with two very different identities, finely split by geography.
| Published: December 7, 2017 12:10 PM IST
Published: December 7, 2017 12:10 PM IST | Updated: December 7, 2017 12:10 PM IST
Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, isn’t called the City of Lakes for nothing. It has two beautiful lakes that separate the city into two unique identities. One is modern Bhopal, with modern shopping complexes and plush hotels and a 21st-century cityscape, south of the two lakes. The other is the old city, where narrow snake-like alleys and take you to centuries-old chowks, crowded marketplaces, mosques and monuments. Here is a look at the sights of Bhopal that showcase its historical and cultural heritage. ALSO READ: Photos of Cherrapunji That Remind You of the Wonders of Monsoon
View of Bhopal city with upper lake in the backdrop from Manuabhan Tekri
The Taj-ul-Masjid, India’s largest mosque and one of Asia’s biggest
The Taj-ul-Masjid, which translates to Crown Among Mosques, as seen at night with all its lights
The Moti Masjid or Pearl Mosque, another important mosque and architectural and cultural heritage site in Bhopal
The old city of Bhopal on the Northern side of the lake
A statue of Raja Bhoja in Bhopal; Bhoja was a Paramara dynasty king who ruled over the Malwa region in central India
Satukunda Rock Paintings in the Bhimbetka rock shelters, a heritage site just 24 km east of Bhopal , dating back 5,000 years
A wider view of the mouth of a rock cave at the Bhimbetka rock shelters
Sculptural depiction of the life of prehistoric cave dwellers at Bhimbetka
A carving of Vishnu at the Udayagiri Caves in the city of Vidisha, northeast of Bhopal
Stupa 3 crowned by single umbrella at Sanchi, near Bhopal
The details of the gate at the Great Buddhist Stupa in Sanchi
Some of the historical buildings and landscape seen in the Sanchi site
As you might have guessed, a lot of these photos capture the old Bhopal, a reminder that this city has been vital to the many kingdoms that came before independence. Moti Masjid, Panchmarhi, Raisen Fort and the Lower Lake are just some of the major tourist attractions here. NOW READ: Photos of Gulmarg in April show why it is the best summer holiday destination ever!
While the old city certainly has its charm, new Bhopal is not that far behind either. It is fascinating to experience the rustic allure of Bhopal’s old bazaars and mosques and then head to the restaurants and complexes in Shamla and Arera Hils, and the shops in New Market.