Bhopal is Madhya Pradesh's captivating capital, set on a pair of sparkling lakes and home to bustling bazaars and beautiful mosques. You can explore a cavernous temple, dine out at upscale restaurants and discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Things to do in Bhopal
In Bhopal's southern neighbourhoods you'll find upscale hotels, sleek restaurants and excellent museums. Don't miss the Tribal Museum, which offers a window into Madhya Pradesh's colourful local culture. Inside you can admire traditional huts, intricate carvings and hand-woven textiles.
Taj-ul-Masjid was commissioned by Shah Jahan Begum, one of Bhopal’s beloved female rulers. The complex is encircled by dusty pink walls and is topped by three soaring domes and a pair of towering minarets. It's worth setting your alarm early to experience the sunrise call to prayer.
Venture out of town to discover the Great Stupa at Sanchi, a UNESCO-listed stone structure that dates back to the 3rd century. Don’t miss the Udayagiri Caves, which house some of the world's oldest Hindu temples and carvings.
From colourful street food to upscale eateries, Bhopal serves up some of Madhya Pradesh's best cuisines. Snag a table at Under the Mango Tree, a top-tier restaurant housed under a breezy white pavilion. Save your appetite for sumptuous barbecue kebabs, baked tandoori dishes and craft cocktails.
Getting around Bhopal
Most of Bhopal's neighbourhoods are easy to get around on foot. If you want to visit a different part of the city, auto rickshaws and taxis are a fast way to get around. Regular flights depart from Raja Bhoj Airport, 15 kilometres from the city centre.