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
Chiplun is a small picturesque city in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a part of the Ratnagiri district and comes within the Konkan region on the coast. The major urban agglomeration nearby is the city of Pune at a distance of 233 km. It is believed that the word Chiplun means ‘Home of Lord Parshuram’.
Places to Stay
The city has a lot of budget-friendly hotels. Some of the options which are worth trying are Hotel Rajnigandha (Tariff – Rs. 1,000), Hotel Sailee (Tariff – Rs. 800), Deepak Deluxe Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 800), Motel Vanashri (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of the region is Marathi. Urdu and Hindi are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
The city is based in the midst of greenery and flowing streams. Some of the places which are worth visiting in the city are Adrey Dam, Chiveli Vagheshwari Mandir, Koyna Dam, Pandavaas Caves, Parshuram Mandir, Sawatsada Waterfalls among others.
How to Get There
New Pune International Airport is the nearest major airport at a distance of 289 km.
The nearest major railway station is the Pune Railway Station at a distance of 234 km; the city has its own railway station too.
Both state-transport as well as private buses have services to the city. Jabbar Travels is one such private operator. Online bus reservation facility has made the process of bus booking in India very convenient.