6 Offbeat Locations Around Bhopal
Updated: Jul 25
The city of Nawabs, Bhopal has so much in store for someone who likes to travel and explore that one would never get tired of reading, seeing and finding out more about this beautiful city. While there is a rich cultural heritage that this city holds within itself, the place is also a hub of some of the most outstanding yet off beat places. Here is a list of some different places in Bhopal that you need to scale.
1. Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh
The only hill station in Madhya Pradesh, Pachmarhi (211km) is often known as the queen of the Satpura ranges. Situated at an altitude of 1,067 feet, this tourist spot is blessed with myriad attractions like ancient caves and beautiful monuments. Being at an elevated height and surrounded by beautiful forests of the Satpuras, with their streams and waterfalls Pachmarhi gives any tourist a serene and memorable experience. Since Pachmarhi was discovered and developed in the modern times by Captain James Forsyth of the British Army, this city houses charming churches built in colonial style architecture.
2. Bhimbetka, Madhya Pradesh
The Bhimbetka rock shelters (45km) are an archaeological site, exhibiting the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent, and thus the beginning of the South Asian Stone Age. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003. Bhimbetka is home to more than 500 rock shelters and caves which have a large number of paintings. The oldest paintings are considered to be 30,000 years old, but some of the geometric figures date to as recently as the medieval period. The colors used are vegetable colors which have endured through time because the drawings were generally made deep inside a niche or on inner walls. It a great place to visit for almost all age group people.
3. Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh
A symbol of the vast heritage present throughout the culturally rich India, the Buddhist monuments of Sanchi (48km) are one of the oldest stone structures in India. Designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the Great Stupa was installed in the 3rd century BC by Emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty. The sculptures and monuments present at the site are a fine example of the development of Buddhist art and architecture. The stupa sits atop a hill in Sanchi, surrounded by lush gardens, providing visitors peace and serenity at this grand tribute to the peaceful religion of Buddhism. Sanchi is a small village situated at the foot of a hill, located very close to the capital city of Bhopal. This place is known for its ancient Stupas, monasteries and other remnants of the rich Buddhist culture which date back to the 3rd century B. C. It is one of the most important places for Buddhist pilgrimage and pilgrims from around the world visit this place, especially to see Sanchi Stupa which is also a World Heritage Site.
4. Bhojpur, Shiv Temple
The enigmatic temple of Bhojpur (25km) is an incomplete Hindu temple situated in the Bhojpur Village of Madhya Pradesh. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, it houses a 7.5 feet high lingam in its sanctum and is believed to have been constructed in the 11th century during the reign of King Bhoja. The temple's construction was left abandoned for reasons that are still unknown. Construction material can still be found at the site, with architectural plans engraved on the surrounding rocks. Historians speculate that it could be due to a sudden natural disaster, war or lack of resources. The temple has been designated as a Monument of National Importance by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
Madhai (127km) is a quaint town located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Madhai is serene and peaceful because of which this place becomes an ideal holiday destination to get away from the pell mell of the city. The place is rich in biodiversity and the lush greenery that wraps the whole place is mesmerizing. This is an ideal place to unwind and spend some quality time with your loved ones. Madhai is also a treat for nature lovers as the myriad variety of flora and fauna that is found here will leave you enchanted. The people who are inhabitants of Madhai are very friendly and welcomes everyone with open arms.
Hanuwantiya (167km) is one of the island among the archipelago situated in the Indira Sagar river. This place is vibrant and colorful that will surely be a good break from the hustle bustle of the city life. Hanuwantiya island is full of scenic beauty and the cool water that surrounds this island is an added bonus. The adventurous activities and the serenity of this place will makes this place a great holiday destination. During the Jal Mahotsav, this place is thronging with people and the colourful kites and hot air balloons that fly ornate the sky making the whole place look mesmerizing.