Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh located in the centre of India is a rare combination of picturesque beauty, royal history and urban town planning. Bhopal derives its name from the city Bhojapal founded by raja Bhoj. Bhopal is a versatile city teeming with historical monuments, market places, mosques and palaces which leave a print of the emperors who once upon a time ruled here. The city is well designed with luxuriant and delicately laid out gardens, statues and wide streets.
Places to Stay
Manjeet Hotel (Tariff- RS 300 ) Hotel Sonali Regency (Tariff- Rs 1286 ) Situated at a distance of 1 km from station and 250 mt from bus stand, Hotel Surya- (Tariff- Rs 1100 and up) is situated at a distance of 1 km from railway station and 250 m from bus stand are some of the popular budget hotels.
Places to Visit
There are various forts and mosques which you can visit in Bhopal. Some of the noteworthy places are the Jama Masjid, The Laxmi Narayan Temple, The Government Archaeological Museum and the beautiful aquarium. The main bus stand in Bhopal is the Nadra bus stand and one can take bus to visit all these places.
The Khajuraho dance festival around the month of February and March is a must watch on your visit to Bhopal. Along with that some of the most loved events are the Gwalior Light and Sound show where the history of the fort is enacted with music, lights, dances and sound effects. These are treats which should not be missed at all.
The official language of Bhopal is Hindi. English is also spoken.
How to Get There
There are regular flights which connect Bhopal with Jabalpur, Delhi, Mumbai and Gwalior.
Bhopal is situated in the main line of Delhi to Chennai. All the major trains going to Mumbai via Delhi and vice versa have a terminus in Bhopal station.
Bus services connect Bhopal with Mandu (285 km), Khajuraho (383 km), Gwalior (423 km), Jabalpur (295 km) and Ujjain (188 km). Avail of bus ticket offers from Ticketgoose.com when you book your tickets online
Earlier known as Ujjaini, the land of Ujjain is one of the famous sites that hosts the Kumbh Mela, a religious carnival that attracts millions of Hindu pilgrims. Ujjain is known as the ‘City of Temples’ as it has the maximum number of temples in the world. It has been home to some of the great scholars such as Kalidasa and has witnessed the rise and fall of two ruling empires – Mauryas and the Guptas. It also has been one of the four global seats of learning in ancient India.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Ujjain. Some of them are Ashray Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 800 onwards), Hotel Ramakrishna (Tariff – Rs. 600 onwards), Hotel Preeti (Tariff – Rs. 500 onwards).
The official language of Ujjain is Hindi. The other language spoken here is Malavi.
The important event of Ujjain is Kumbh Mela scheduled to be held in 2016. Apart from that, Kartik Mela is held annually in December.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Ujjain. Some of the places include Kalidas Academy (1.9 km), Mahakaleshwar Temple (2 kms, Sandipani Ashram (4 km), and Kaliadeh Palace (9.4 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport to this place is Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport in Indore which is approximately 55 km away.
Ujjain Junction railway station situated in Ujjain district is approximately 0.5 km away.
There are bus services to Ujjain from Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and other major cities. Some of the bus operators that offer good services to passengers include Shrinath Travels, Multani Sona Travels. If you are booking bus tickets for your journey, book online and travel without any tension.