Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, is a fascinating amalgam of scenic beauty, old historic city and modern urban planning. It is the 11th century city Bhojpal, founded by Raja Bhoj. 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. Bhopal today presents a multi-faceted profile; the old city with its marketplaces and fine old mosques and palaces still bears 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. It is greener and cleaner than most cities in the country. The city provides a fascinating blend of scenic beauty with its lakes, parks, temples, mosques, gardens , museums, statues and buildings. Bhopal is very well connected by Air and rail to New Delhi, Mumbai, Indore, Gwalior. Airport is 15 km from the city center and nearby MANIT.
Within the city and nearby Bhopal the major Tourist attractions are state museum,(has fossils, paintings and rare Jain sculpture),Taj-ul- Masjid (one of largest mosque ) Van Vihar ,and Shaurya Smarak, etc. Sanchi (45 KM) , where Emperror Ashoka constructed Buddhist Stupas and has been given status of “World Heritage Site” by UNESCO.