Travel- a word that brighten ups gloomy faces, a word that takes us to our fantasy land… where we feel the breeze, where we admire the sunset sitting in nature’s lap, where we head to an own place and the fear of being lost doesn’t haunt us. Inside every heart dwells a plan for a perfect holiday. Some of us have to privilege to plan the dream vacation with the best pals in our life, whereas some of us plan to live the moment with the love of our lives. Running away from the monotonous life, heading to the destination with the best person and getting eloped in the moment. College student dreams of travelling to Goa, party hard, get drenched in the cheap alcohol and wake up on the beach shack, admiring the beauty of the Arabian Sea. Kerala has become the dream destination of the newlyweds- the mesmerising backwaters, plush green gardens, a romantic date on a houseboat. An IT firm employee throughout his life saves to get… “Oh so Leh…aid…” where the Pangong Lake reminds of the 3-idiots reunion, where driving by the rocky terrain brings out the stronger person within, where passing by the Kargil bring the feeling of patriotism. Everyone has a different dream destination, different interests. Paragliding in Goa, Snorkelling in the Andaman, Mountaineering in the Himalayan Range, Rafting in Rishikesh, Riding the Toy-train in Matheran or just feel the waves gushing at the Marine drive, every heart yearns to feel this once in their lifetime. A lot of effort goes into planning of a perfect vacation. India opens up to a variety of options in front of you, to choose and explore. It contains a bagful of options ranging from mythological to adventurous, historical to modern India, low budget to high budget.
Bhopal, the heart of Madhya Pradesh, is a perfect blend of historical and modern India. It is also known as “City of Lakes” for the artificial lakes. With the passage of time, the city has retained the Nawab touch, which adds on to the beautification of the city.
Why the city should be on your bucket list, here is an answer to it.
- City of Lakes:
The Upper Lake & Lower Lake, I bet will not disappoint you, strolling beside the lake watching the sunset, gazing at the dazzling sky. During winters, chill might run down your spine, the greenery around and the breeze flowing by the lakeside is freezing experience. The water sports activities add to the tourist crowd at the Upper Lake. Often, there are street plays organized by the art club of the city.
Nawabs & Kebabs, is a perfect combination, which has kept the royal charm alive in the city. A foodie would love being at the Kebab capital. The Lafzeez Hakeem serves a platter of mouth-watering, melt in mouth kebabs. A place where vegetarians can also enjoy kebabs along with the non-vegetarians.
An hour and a half drive brings you to this mystical monument. UNESCO World Heritage site, situated in Raisen District would make you believe – “History is beautiful”. The calmness of the place, the architectural beauty, and the dilapidated walls talks about long lost history.
- Bhimbetka Rock Shelters
The archaeological site is one-hour drive away from the city. The rock shelters have about 114 or more cave paintings. The natural colours used in the preparation of the paintings, have not faded, even if time faded away. The world heritage site is worth a visit.
- Bhojpur Temple
On the way to the Raisen district, this old temple describes all about the architectural heritage. The temple of Lord Shiva has a huge wooden Shivling. A glance at the temple and your heart would say “Magnificent”. A beautiful piece of work, cravings on the pillars, the ruins of history still have many stories to say.
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