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 Also Read - Covid-19 Warriors: MP Doctor Turns His Car Into a Temporary Home To Protect His Family From Coronavirus

View of Bhopal city with upper lake in the backdrop from Manuabhan Tekri

View of Bhopal city with upper lake in backdrop from Manuabhan Tekri at Bhopal also known as 'city of lakes' & it is capital city of Madhya Pradesh Also Read - Coronavirus: Bhopal Enters Complete Lockdown, Only Medicine And Milk Shops to Open

The Taj-ul-Masjid, India’s largest mosque and one of Asia’s biggest

this is the one of the aisia's biggest mosque situated at bhopal (india) bhopal is also know as city of lakes Also Read - Scindia Meets Amit Shah, A Day After Joining the BJP; To Hold Roadshow in Bhopal Today

The Taj-ul-Masjid, which translates to Crown Among Mosques, as seen at night with all its lights

Crown Among Mosques Taj-ul-Masajid is a Mosque situated in Bhopal, India

The Moti Masjid or Pearl Mosque, another important mosque and architectural and cultural heritage site in Bhopal

Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque), Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

The old city of Bhopal on the Northern side of the lake

Lake of Bhopal, India

A statue of Raja Bhoja in Bhopal; Bhoja was a Paramara dynasty king who ruled over the Malwa region in central India

Raja bhoj, Bhopal

Satukunda Rock Paintings in the Bhimbetka rock shelters, a heritage site just 24 km east of Bhopal , dating back 5,000 years

Satukunda Rock Paintings. Just 24 km fom Bhopal, Satkunda has around 5000 year old rock art. Contemporary in quality and age the world Heritage site of Bhim Baithika in the east of Bhopal

A wider view of the mouth of a rock cave at the Bhimbetka rock shelters

Bright light at mouth of rock cave at Bhimbetka near Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Sculptural depiction of the life of prehistoric cave dwellers at Bhimbetka

Sculptural depiction of life of prehistoric cave dwellers at Bhimbetka near Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

A carving of Vishnu at the Udayagiri Caves in the city of Vidisha, northeast of Bhopal

Vishnu, The Udayagiri Caves feature some of the oldest Hindu cave temples, located in the city of Vidisha, northeast of Bhopal in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India

Stupa 3 crowned by single umbrella at Sanchi, near Bhopal

Stupa 3 crowned by single umbrella at Sanchi, near Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

The details of the gate at the Great Buddhist Stupa in Sanchi

Great Buddhist Stupa in Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh, India. Detail of the gate

Some of the historical buildings and landscape seen in the Sanchi site

HIstorical building and landscape of Sanchi,Bhopal

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.