Offbeat Places to Visit in Bhopal
Updated: Mar 14
It is no secret that Bhopal is teeming with lakes; you will also find a bright neon Hollywood-like sign claiming to be the ‘The City of Lakes’. However, if you are visiting Bhopal and want to visit places in Bhopal that are not the usual haunts like Taj-ul-Masajid, Van Vihar National Park or Bhimbetka, we have some exciting offbeat places to visit and explore while in the beautiful city of lakes.
Read our blog to learn some Popular Things to Do while in Bhopal but read on if you are looking for offbeat places to visit in this charming city.
Islam Nagar Village
The Islam Nagar Village, 12km from the city centre, tells the story of a time long forgotten when that region used to be the capital of the princely state. Now exists ruined palaces surrounded by beautiful gardens where you can explore and discover the beauty that still stands from another era. The architecture of the buildings represents the unique combination of diverse cultures that coexisted at that time with a stunning Charbagh, a pillared structure found in the middle of the courtyard in the village centre. When at the village, you have to visit Chaman Mahal, Rani Mahal, Gond Mahal, Hammam and Sheesh Mahal, known for their grandiosity, beauty, and stunning architecture. Islam Nagar Village is accessible through local buses or auto rickshaws from Bhopal.
The Taj Mahal of Bhopal
Located next to the famous Taj-ul-Masajid, you will find the Taj Mahal of Bhopal, which took over 13 years to build. Inspired by the beautiful craftsmanship of the Taj Mahal in Agra, the Nawab at the time lived in this stunning piece of architectural understanding. Interestingly, it pulls inspiration from Hindu, Mughal, British, French and Arabic designs, making it an architectural wonder.
If you are looking to explore Bhopal’s rich culture and heritage, wander around the Birla Temple and then visit the Birla Museum to learn more. The Birla Museum is the perfect place to visit for a history buff. It houses many historical items like artefacts, sculptures, manuscripts, paintings, and old coins, some dating all the way back to the 2nd century. Obtain a snapshot of the city of Bhopal from centuries ago.
The Hanging Bridge on the Banks of the Upper Lake
This offbeat location may not seem offbeat as some of the other suggestions, as it is located in the middle of an entertainment and tourism complex. It is a suspension bridge similar to the Lakshman Jhula in Rishikesh. It is the perfect spot to visit for all those who love outdoor activities in nature. This bridge is unique as it is the longest pedestrian bridge in India made from RCC deck slabs. Enjoy the natural beauty of Bhopal as you spend time either by yourself or with family and friends on this beautiful nature trail.
Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city at Madhai. Enjoy a calm and peaceful holiday amidst the backdrop of the starry skies in Madhai, located just a few hours away from Bhopal. At this animal reserve, you will find abundant biodiversity and lush greenery to keep you company for a relaxing weekend away.
They say that to explore a city truly, you must get away from the usual tourist attractions and find the secret gems that make the city unique, and the ideal way to do it is by walking. So get outside of your comfort zone, speak with locals, and enjoy the local culture.
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