Welcome to Bhopal, the City of Lakes and the capital city of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal is known for its natural and artificial lakes, making it one of the greenest cities in India. With a population of nearly 2 million people, Bhopal is the 16th largest city in India and is considered as one of the important financial and economic destinations in Madhya Pradesh. The city is also home to a large number of institutes of National Importance, making Bhopal an educational hub in India.
Bhopal has a rich history that dates back to the 11th century, founded by the Paramara king Bhoja. The city was the capital of the former Bhopal State, a princely state of the British ruled by the Nawabs of Bhopal. Numerous heritage structures from this period include the Taj-ul-Masajid and Taj Mahal palace. However, the city is also known for the Bhopal disaster in 1984, one of the worst industrial disasters in history.
Bhopal is a city that has everything to offer to any kind of traveler. The city has a humid subtropical climate, with cool, dry winters, a hot summer, and a humid monsoon season. Summers start in late March and go on until mid-June, with the peak of summer in May, when the highs regularly exceed 40 °C (104 °F). The monsoon starts in late June and ends in late September, with about 40 inches (1020 mm) of precipitation, frequent thunderstorms, and flooding.
Bhopal is home to several lakes, including the Upper Lake and Lower Lake, as well as several reservoirs such as Kolar Dam and Kerwa Dam. Bhopal city is divided into two parts: Old Bhopal (north) and New Bhopal (south), where malls are mainly situated. Bhopal Municipal Corporation is working to involve local citizens in cleaning, conserving, and maintaining the lakes.
The city is represented in the parliament by Bhopal Lok Sabha constituency and houses the State Legislative Assembly, which seats 230 members of the Legislative Assembly. Bhopal district administration is headed by the District Magistrate of Bhopal, who is the chief executive officer for the district. Bhopal was selected as one of the first twenty Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modis flagship Smart Cities Mission. Bhopal was also rated as the cleanest state capital city in India for three consecutive years, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
In conclusion, Bhopal is a city that has something for everyone. With its rich history, vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and delicious cuisine, Bhopal is a destination that should be on every traveler’s bucket list.