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South of the lakes, Bhopal is more modern, with wide roads, some excellent museums, and upmarket hotels and restaurants nestled comfortably in the Arera and Shyamla Hills. The central district here is known as New Market.


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$63 Private & Custom Tours

Bhopal Gas Tragedy and Union Carbide Factory Private Tour

Start the day after meeting your guide in your hotel lobby or the airport in Bhopal city. The driver will take you to the sites of the tragedy while your guide helps you to understand the causes of world's worst industrial disaster. The Bhopal Gas Tragedy was a catastrophe parallel to no other. In the early morning of December 3, 1984, a rolling wind carried a poisonous gray cloud from the Union Carbide Plant in Bhopal. Forty tons of toxic gas (Methy-Iso-Cyanate, MIC) were accidentally released from the plant. The result was a living nightmare for the residents. They awoke to clouds of suffocating gas and began running desperately through the dark streets. The victims arrived at hospitals breathless and blind. The lungs, brain, eyes, muscles as well as gastrointestinal, neurological, reproductive and immune systems of the survivors were severely affected. When the sun rose the next morning the magnitude of devastation was clear. Dead bodies of humans and animals blocked the streets, leaves turned black, and a smell of burning chili peppers lingered in the air. An estimated 10,000 or more people died, about 500,000 more people suffered agonizing injuries with disastrous effects of the massive poisoning. Visit the Remember Bhopal Museum. The museum has preserved the belongings and pictures of the tragedies victims. The first-of-its-kind museum is situated in the New Housing Board Colony near the now-defunct Union Carbide plant. See the Rehabilitation Centers that are trying to serve mankind in effort to make Bhopal a better place to live in.After the tour is concluded you will be returned to your place of pickup.

$60 Cultural & Theme Tours

Explore Bhopal in One Day Tour

Today we will pick you in an air conditioned car from your hotel to acquaint you with the glory of old Bhopal city and you will be mesmerized by the ambience of the regal vista of the Begums and the Nawabi. In your tour first you visit the grand Taj – u l – Masjid in pink hue which was built by Shahjahan Begum 1870 A D. It has too lofty minarets which have the elevation of many storeys. You also get to see the Jama Masjid which was built by Qudsia Begum. Later the daughter of this lady Sikandar Jahan Begum built the famous Moti Masjid. This Begum ruled in 19th century and dressed herself as a Muslim Prince. After the visit of these famous mosques you get to see the prominent palaces – shaukat Mahal and Gohar Mahal. Gohar Mahal built in 1820 by Qudsia Begum is a fine specimen of endo – Islamic art. The city of Bhopal provides you an opportunity to visit. The famous museum – Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav sangrahalaya which displays the life and culture of Indian tribes. At the end of the day you can visit chowk area where you can enjoy street shopping. These shops are full of local crafts like beadwork Jootis (slippers) etc. After finishing the tour our driver would drop you at your hotel in Bhopal.

$62 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip to Sanchi Stupa & Vidisha from Bhopal

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for the 1.5 hour drive to the village of Sanchi.Located in Sanchi is the Great Stupa that was commissioned by Emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty. Legend has it that Emperor Ashoka after his bloody conquest of India was repentant of his deeds and took solace in Buddhism. He built several Stupas across India to preserve and spread the Buddhist faith. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Stupa in Sanchi is one of the best preserved Stupas in India.The Stupa is in the shape of a large hemispherical dome that is 54 feet high. It has a central chamber where the relics of Lord Buddha are kept. It is surrounded by four ornamental gateways that open up to the four directions. A sandstone pillar is also found on the grounds of the Stupa. It has the edict of Emperor Ashoka engraved upon it in the ancient Brahmi script.Next visit the town of Vidisha, a 15 minutes drive from Sanchi. The town is situated on the banks of the River Betwa and was the birthplace of the first wife of Emperor Ashoka. Emperor Ashoka was the legislative leader of Vidisha during his father's lifetime. The Hindu God, Lord Rama is believed to have come here. His foot impressions are still preserved on the banks of the River Betwa at a site called "Charan Teerth".At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Bhopal and dropped off at your hotel.

$100 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip To Sanchi Stupa & Vidisha From Bhopal With Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning for the 1.5 hour drive to the village of Sanchi.Located in Sanchi is the Great Stupa that was commissioned by Emperor Ashoka of the Mauryan dynasty. Legend has it that Emperor Ashoka after his bloody conquest of India was repentant of his deeds and took solace in Buddhism. He built several Stupas across India to preserve and spread the Buddhist faith. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Stupa in Sanchi is one of the best preserved Stupas in India.The Stupa is in the shape of a large hemispherical dome that is 54 feet high. It has a central chamber where the relics of Lord Buddha are kept. It is surrounded by four ornamental gateways that open up to the four directions. A sandstone pillar is also found on the grounds of the Stupa. It has the edict of Emperor Ashoka engraved upon it in the ancient Brahmi script.Next visit the town of Vidisha, a 15 minutes drive from Sanchi. The town is situated on the banks of the River Betwa and was the birthplace of the first wife of Emperor Ashoka. Emperor Ashoka was the legislative leader of Vidisha during his father's lifetime. The Hindu God, Lord Rama is believed to have come here. His foot impressions are still preserved on the banks of the River Betwa at a site called "Charan Teerth".Your tour will include lunch at a local restaurant (beverage excluded).At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Bhopal and dropped off at your hotel.

$127 Private & Custom Tours

Full-Day Private Tour to Bhojpur and Bhimbetka Caves from Bhopal with Lunch

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and driven to the foothills of the Vindhyachal mountains where the Mesolithic era Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka are situated. There are around 750 Rock Shelters that are to be found on seven hills spread over an area of six miles. These caves contain the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent. Of the 750 Rock Shelters, 500 contain well preserved cave paintings that dates back 30,000 years ago. These cave paintings bear a striking resemblance to those found in Australia, the Kalahari desert in Africa and Lascaux in France. Spend some time in this historical art gallery marvelling at the skills of these ancient humans. A notable painting in these caves is that of a bison attacking a man. What is noteworthy is that the painting is visible only when the sun is at a certain point in the sky. After the visit to the caves, take a lunch break (beverage excluded) at a local restaurant. After lunch drive to the town of Bhojpur, a 45 minute drive away, and visit its celebrated temple that is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. This 11th century temple houses one of the biggest lingas in India and it is made out of a single rock. For reasons that are still unknown, the construction of this temple was halted midway and it remains incomplete to date. One can see architectural plans engraved on the surrounding rocks and unfinished materials abandoned at the site. The architectural drawings carved on the rocks and the mason's marks have helped scholars understand the temple construction techniques of 11th-century India. The temple has been designated as a Monument of National Importance by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Bhopal and dropped off at your hotel.

$97 Private & Custom Tours

Full-Day Private Tour to Bhimbetka Caves & Bhojpur from Bhopal

You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and driven to the foothills of the Vindhyachal mountains where the Mesolithic era Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka are situated. There are around 750 Rock Shelters that are to be found on seven hills spread over an area of six miles. These caves contain the earliest traces of human life on the Indian subcontinent.Of the 750 Rock Shelters, 500 contain well preserved cave paintings that date back to 30,000 years ago. These cave paintings bear a striking resemblance to those found in Australia, the Kalahari desert in Africa and Lascaux in France. Spend some time in this historical art gallery marvelling at the skills of the ancient human race. A notable painting in these caves is that of a bison attacking a man. What is noteworthy is that the painting is visible only when the sun is at a certain point in the sky.After the visit to the caves, take a lunch break (own expense) at a local restaurant.After lunch drive to the town of Bhojpur, a 45 minute drive away, and visit its celebrated temple that is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. This 11th century temple houses one of the biggest lingas in India and it is made out of a single rock.For reasons that are still unknown, the construction of this temple was halted midway and it remains incomplete to date. One can see architectural plans engraved on the surrounding rocks and unfinished materials abandoned at the site. The architectural drawings carved on the rocks and the mason's marks have helped scholars understand the temple construction techniques of 11th-century India.The temple has been designated as a Monument of National Importance by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).At the end of the tour, you will be driven back to Bhopal and dropped off at your hotel.