Bhopal is the state capital of Madhya Pradesh and an important economic and cultural hub. The city is also an excellent base from which to visit the extraordinary paleolithic cave-paintings of Bhimbetka and Satpura National Park as well as Sanchi and Mandu – two of the state’s finest ancient sites. Bhopal itself is, like many Indian cities, an amalgamation of the old and new – the historic centre chaotic, noisy and frenetic, the planned city spacious and increasingly modern. Named after its 11th century founder Raja Bhoja, from the 19th century Bhopal was ruled by a succession of enlightened Muslim women who established innovations including a new postal system and a state-wide railway. The building of a series of grand municipal buildings was also initiated during this period with the grand three-domed Taj-ul-Masjid Mosque, Jama Masjid, 150 year old Moti Masjid and Shaukat Mahal – which stands by the city’s main market place – the most important sites.

Suggested Journeys for Bhopal

We are pleased to offer the following selection of suggested itineraries based on our personal experiences. By combining these itineraries with your thoughts and ideas we can tailor any journey to make it special, unique and designed around you.

Sacred Places and Natural Beauty of Madhya Pradesh

15 days starting from £3695 per person

Despite being one of India's most rural states, Madhya Pradesh is the cradle of Indian civilisation with a strong Hindu-Buddhist culture, abundance of historical sites and plethora of wildlife unrivalled throughout the subcontinent. After an exploration of Delhi, fly to Bhopal and visit the...

Classical India - A Journey from Mumbai to Agra

18 days starting from £3980 per person

As one of the world's great nations, India has an unrivalled historic tradition with this itinerary exploring the ages of Indian history through religion, architecture and people. Leaving the Victorian grandeur of Mumbai, journey to central India, home to the cave temples of Ajanta and Ellora,...