Some of the important tourist sites in Bhopal are:
Taj-ul-Masjid is the revered the largest mosque in India. The mosque is used as a madarasa (religious school of the Muslims). It has three white domes and two massive minarets. The entrance is through the Lal Market Gate. The three-day Ijtima congregation held here annually draws people from all over the country.
Jama Masjid and Moti Masjid are other important mosques built by the local Begums in the 19th century. Qudsia Begum built the Jama Masjid in AD 1837. The Moti Masjid is based on the Jama Masjid of Delhi and was built by Qudsia Begumís daughter Sikander Begum.
Shaukat Mahal and Sadar Manzil are other important tourist attractions. While Shaukat Mahal is a strange mixture of Indo-Islamic and European styles of architecture, Sadar Manzil is a hall used by the local rulers for public audience. It is interesting to note that a Frenchman has designed Shaukat Mahal by combining the Post-Renaissance and Gothic styles.
Bharat Bhavan is a major cultural center of the city and the country. Designed by Charles Correa, it boasts of an art gallery with a permanent exhibition of the works of many modern Indian artists and sculptors, a tribal museum and three theatres where Bhopal is treated to riveting plays, music recitals, and concerts. One of them is an open-air amphitheatre with the lake and the old city as its backdrop. At night, the dark and brooding lake, shot by streaks of gold, creates a rare and incomparable atmosphere.
Van Vihar is the zoological park in Bhopal. An entire hill with the lake on one side has been cordoned off and divided by wire mesh into blocks of forest and open area where animals roam freely. Several species of deer wander on the road along the lake, as one drives past. One can enjoy watching the more ferocious panthers and tigers, across a deep trench, in their natural habitat. The white tiger here is very popular but haughtily disdainful of all the excitement he causes.
Manav Sangrahalaya or the Museum of Man covers an area of 200 acres. Here, a combination of permanent open-air exhibitions and indoor museums has been created in breathtakingly beautiful surroundings. The Government Archaeological Museum and the Birla Museum are the other museums worth visiting in Bhopal.
The Lakshmi Narayan Temple or the Birla Mandir is situated to the south of the Lower Lake. It also gives a nice view of the city.
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