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
The ‘City of Lakes’, Udaipur in Rajasthan is the capital of the kingdom of Mewar. It has several beautiful lakes that are a great source of attraction for national and international tourists. Udaipur is famous for its palaces from the Rajput era. Most of the palaces have been converted into luxury hotels. Udaipur is well known for its handicraft items such as terracotta, paintings, marble articles and silver arts. Local transport as well as rail and air services are well established in Udaipur.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Udaipur. Some of them are Hotel Udai Palace (Tariff – Rs. 950), Saheli Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 900 to Rs. 1500), Jag Niwas Guest House & Restaurant (Tariff – Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000).
The official language of Udaipur is Mewari. The other languages spoken here are Hindi and English.
The important events of Udaipur are the Mewar Festival held in March and Shilpgram Crafts Fair held in December.
Places of Interest
There are several places of tourist attraction in Udaipur. Some of the places include Maharana Pratap Memorial (4 km), Neemach Mata Temple (7 km), Baghdada Crocodile Park (12 km), Jaisamand Lake (13.4 km), and Ekling Ji temple (22 km).
How to Get There
The closest airport to Udaipur is Dabok Airport (also called Maharana Pratap Airport) which is only 20 km away.
Udaipur Railway Station is at the heart of Udaipur city, which connects it to nearby cities.
Travellers can reach Udaipur from many cities, including Bikaner, Delhi, Ajmer, Mount Abu and Surat for instance. Shreenath Travellers and Neeta Tours and Travels are just some of the operators on these routes. You can opt for Volvo bus ticket booking service provided by several online bus booking websites.