Short History of the City of Lakes Bhopal

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Bhopal city, capital of Madhya Pradesh state, central India.

Situated in the fertile plain of the Malwa Plateau,

The city lies just north of the Vindhya Range, along the slopes of a sandstone ridge.

It is a major rail junction and has an airport.

History The City of Lakes Bhopal

Bhopal was founded in 1723 by Dōst Moḥammad Khan, an Afghan adventurer.

And was the second largest Muslim principality of the British Empire.

Bhopal was constituted a municipality in 1903.

At India’s independence in 1947, Bhopal remained a separate province until 1949, when it acceded to India.

In 1952 the nawab’s absolute rule was abolished, and a chief commissioner’s state was established.

It merged with Madhya Pradesh in 1956, and Bhopal replaced Nagpur as the state capital.

Bhopal disaster

Chemical leak in 1984 in the city of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh state, India.

At the time, it was called the worst industrial accident in history.

When about 45 tons of the dangerous gas methyl isocyanate escaped from an insecticide plant that was owned by the Indian subsidiary of the American firm Union Carbide Corporation.

The City of Lakes Bhopal

Upper Lake

Bhopal’s two lakes are fed by the River Kolas, and are divided from each other by an overbridge.

The Upper Lake (also known as Bada Talaab) is the bigger of the two, and was built in the 11th century by Raja Bhoj.

A huge statue of Raja Bhoj, standing with sword, was also installed on a pillar on one corner of the lake to cement the name of Bhopal as the city of lakes.

The centre of this lake also has a dargah of a local Muslim saint known as Shah Ali Shah.

Madhya Pradesh Tourism runs a boat club on the Upper Lake, which has facilities for sailing, paddle boats and motor boats.

There is also a fish-shaped aquarium near the Lower Lake, with a large variety of colourful fish.

Lower Lake

The Lower Lake is located in the old part of the city, and was built by Nawab Chhote Khan in 1794.

Just in the middle of the city. On one side Kali Mandir and on the other side Professor Colony and Talyia places are located around this Lower Lake/ Chotta Talab.

Shahpura Lake
Shahpura Lake

Charming place to visit in the Bhopal is the famous Shahpura lake

Manisha market situated just near this lake so it is called Manisha Lake also.

Motia Talab

Motia Talaab is situated near the largest Mosque in India, that is the Taj-Ul-Masajid.

And this talab enhances the beauty of the mosque during the evening/ night time.

Kaliyasot Dam
  • Nawab Siddique Hasan Khan Talab
  • Munshi Hussain Khan Talab
  • Lendiya Talab
  • Sarangaria Lake (near Piplani in front of St Theresa School )
  • Jawahar Baal Udhyaan Lake (Near Durga Petrol Pump )
  • Manit Lake
  • Bordi kalan
  • Preet Nagar Lake (now only during Rain)
  • Nariyalkheda Golf course Lake (now comes under Military Centre )
  • Mullah Sarovar

Fair reason to be called ‘City of Lakes’

Laxmi Narayan Temple

The temple is situated on the top of Arera Hill, from where you can have a panoramic view of the entire Bhopal.

Quite a popular place to visit for the tourists.

Dedicated to Laxmi Narayan and built in the modern times, this temple belongs to the Birla group.

Bhojpur temple

The Bhojpur temple, about 30 kms from Bhopal, is a 10th century temple, which lies incomplete & unfinished till date.

Situated on the banks of the Betwa river.

The temple boats of nice architecture and one of the largest Shiv Lingas in the country.

This is truely a heritage site and easily accessible from Bhopal city

Sanchi Stupa

Sanchi stupa is a great historical monument situated at sanchi about 47 kilometers from Bhopal.

Originally built by Ashoka the Great in 2-3rd BC.

And it’s renovation and development was continue till 12th century AD.

A huge an picturesque structure every history lover will like to see,as a world heritage site.

It is the sign of excellent art work erected thousands year ago,must visit site when you go to Bhopal 


Taj-ul-Masajid literally translates to ‘Crown of all mosques!

The 11th ruler of Bhopal, Nawab Shahjahan Begum (1868-1901) was very fond of constructing beautiful buildings and the Taj-ul-Masajid is one of them.

The 800×800 ft ablution tank at this mosque is one of the largest in the country and the mosque also features among the biggest mosques in India.

The area of the tank, courtyard of the mosque.

The land between the mosque and royal market is about 26 acres.

The arches of this mosque are all in sequence of three, with spherical domes.

We have tried to tell about in short Bhopal city.

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