The capital of Madhya Pradesh, Bhopal is one of the largest cities in the central part of the country. Apart from being the political and administrative center of the state, it is also a prominent industrial hub. Among the major firms with manufacturing plants in the city are Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Daulat Ram Rail Coach Industries Limited, AS Industries, Tesla Transformers Limited, GK Electricals, Yash Foods, United Engineering Industries and Anik Industries Limited. The city is also home to many renowned educational institutions like Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Forest Management, National Law Institute University, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and School of Planning and Architecture (SPA).
Madhya Pradesh is famous for its wildlife refuges, for many of which Bhopal serves as a gateway. Owing to all these reasons, the city draws a large number of people from around the country every day. Providing them with accommodation are hordes of hotels in Bhopal, ranging from the luxury to budget category. If you are looking for budget hotels in Bhopal, then you can make a booking with FabHotels. Located in Maharana Pratap Nagar or MP Nagar, FabHotel Galaxy Star is the best option for business travelers. Several companies, including Vision Unlimited, Signetic Power Systems, Sheetalnath Builders Pvt. Ltd, Awzpact Technologies & Services, RKM IT Solution Pvt. Ltd, Ondoor Concepts Pvt. Ltd, Magma Fincorp Ltd, Chinar Realty Private Limited and Endeavor Careers Pvt. Ltd, have offices in its vicinity.
Tourist Attractions in Bhopal
From monuments and green spaces to museums and cultural centers, there are a variety of places to visit in Bhopal. Listed below are the top 5 tourist attractions in the city:
- Van Vihar National Park
- Bharat Bhavan
- Upper Lake
- Lower Lake
Apart from these, you can also visit Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Taj Mahal Palace, Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum, Birla Museum, Shaukat Mahal and State Museum.
Shopping and Dining in Bhopal
The bazaars of Bhopal are as colorful and vibrant as anywhere in the country, and you must not miss out on exploring these when here. If you are looking for local handicrafts, then Chowk Bazaar is the place to be. Chanderi and Maheshwari sarees are available in a huge variety and choice of colors here. For an even greater variety of Central Indian handicrafts, you can make your way to Mrignayani Emporium. Bittan Market Haat can be thronged to purchase fresh vegetables; the market also has shops offering exquisite jewelry. You can buy reasonably priced fashionwear, apparel and bags at Habibganj Market. New Market is replete with bookstores and shops selling just about everything. Gandhi Market is visited for groceries, fresh produce, shoes and clothes. Mall hoppers can head to Aura Mall, Century 21 Mall, Metro Plaza, Minal Mall, Aashima Anupama Mall and DB City Mall.
Bhopal offers a large number of options to ardent diners, who can explore regional, North Indian, South Indian, Italian, Continental, Chinese and Mughlai flavors. Some popular places to eat in Bhopal are Greek Food & Beyond, Rice 'n' Bowl Thai & Chinese, Manohar, Pind Balluchi, Da Pizzeria and Sankalp (MP Nagar); Za-aiqa and Filfora (Kohefiza); Kebabsville (Prempura); La Kuchina, Bhopal Express and Under The Mango Tree (Shyamla Hills); New Inn Restaurant (TT Nagar); Cafe Chokolade and Momo Café (Hoshangabad Road); Jameel Hotel (Peer Gate Area), Chappan Bhog (multiple locations) and Bapu Ki Kutia (multiple locations). The city also has outlets of popular fast food chains like Domino's Pizza, Pizza Hut and McDonald's.
How to Reach Bhopal
Being an important cultural, industrial, political and educational hub, Bhopal is well connected to all parts of the country. National Highway 46 and National Highway 146 are the two most important thoroughfares that you can drive on to reach the city. Raja Bhoj Airport, the primary air transit hub for Bhopal, has direct flights to and from Delhi, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Lucknow, Raipur, Jaipur and Indore. The city has two major railheads, Bhopal Junction and Habibganj that can be reached from around the country. To easily access the former transit hub, you can go for economy hotels near Bhopal Junction, such as FabHotel President Hamidia Rd. Among the most easily reachable cities from Bhopal is Indore. If you are extending your trip to cover it as well, then you have lots of hotels in Indore to choose from. The best budget hotels in Indore include FabHotel Ambrosia Vijay Nagar and FabHotel Amrit Residency.