Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh combines scenic beauty, historicity and modern urban planning. It is situated on the site of an 11th century city, Bhojpal, founded by Raja Bhoj. Bhopal today presents a multi-faceted profile; the old city with its teeming market places and fine old mosques and palaces still bear the aristocratic imprint of its former rulers; among them the succession of powerful Begums who ruled Bhopal from 1819 to 1926. Equally impressive is the new city with its verdant, exquisitely laid out parks and gardens, broad avenues and streamlined modern edifices.
The founder of the existing city was Afghan soldier Dost Mohammad (1708-1740). Fleeing from Delhi in the chaotic period that followed Aurangzeb's death, Dost Mohammad met the Gond queen Kamlapati, who sought his aid after the murder of her consort. A charming legend relates how the queen would recline in a lotus barge that, on moonlit nights, would drift across the lake. The two lakes of Bhopal still dominate the city, and are indeed its nucleus. Bordered along their shores stand silent sentinels that testify to the growth of the city.
A beautiful water body of the 11th century, Upper Lake is the oldest man-made lake in India. Locally called as Bada Talab, it is a massive earthen bund constructed across the Kolans River. Legend says that King Bhoj constructed this gigantic lake, which is believed to have cured his skin disease.
A massive lake with a catchment area of 36.1 sq km, the Upper Lake happens to be the major source of potable water for the people of Bhopal. An attractive royal garden called Kamla Park in the vicinity makes the surroundings more scenic. A favourite spot of the water enthusiasts, this lake is the hub of all water sport activities in Bhopal.
Bhopal also known as the City of Lakes and is the capital of the State of Madhya Pradesh in India. Among the various attractions of Bhopal is the boat club situated in Bhojtal or Upper Lake and is quite famous.
The boat club offers boating facilities and also various water sport facilities for the visitors. The boat trip offers travellers a breathtaking view of the sprawling lake. One of the prime attractions in Bhopal, Bhojtal is the largest artificial lake in Asia.
Bhopal, one of the greenest cities in India can be easily accessed by road and rail from anywhere in the State.
Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, is a facinating amalgam of scenic beauty, old historic city and modern urban planning.
Few state capitals in India have a history as eventful as Bhopal. The city of Bhopal has witnessed many changes since it was found by the Afgan soldier Dost Mohammed in the year 1708.
Bhopal has been a city in which one finds traces of cultures as different as those of Buddhists, Hindus, Mughals and Afghans, all of which have been blended to perfection, providing Bhopal a distinct identity.
Bhopal is 741 Km from Delhi, 789 Km from Mumbai, and about 200 Km from Indore.
The Upper Lake
One thousand years ago, Bhopal lake was built by late Parmar King Bhoj known as Upper lake. There is a saying that once king Bhoj suffered from skin disease. All vaidya’s failed to cure him. One day a saint told king Bhoj to build a tank to combine 365 tributaries and then have a bath in it to wipe out the skin disease. As per the saint’s version, King Bhoj called upon his engineers to build up a huge tank. They spotted a place near river Betwa, which was 32 KM away from Bhopal. When this was measured, it was found that it has only 359 tributaries. A Gond Commander Kalia fulfilled this shortage. He than gave the address of an invisible river. After merging the tributaries of this river the number 365 was completed.