I was born in a small city of north India. My father was in the army, which gave me enough chance to explore various great places, cultures & heritage across India. I have always been fascinated by the diversity in culture & number of states in our country India. Being a huge country in terms of population, this is something unique in India that we have the endless variety of regional languages, religions & cultures which keeps on changing as you move from East to West or North to South.
Recently bloggers across India have been invited by a well-established brand in India as well as globally -Tata Motors, to participate in #Madeofgreat Zonal War where each blogger has to write about his favourite city in India with respect to these key features- Drive, Design, Connect. I decided to play with my native zone- North Zone. This blog post is in context with my experience with one of the best cities of the Northern part of India & capital of Indian state MadhyaPradesh, also known a "Lake City"- Bhopal. So let's get started.
I moved to Bhopal after my high school for my engineering. The first time when I entered the city I saw one board on the highway which says "Welcome to Lake City Bhopal". Trust me, guys, you will find the small & big lakes within the various part of this city. In terms of roads & infrastructure, the city has evolved drastically. I have seen a lot of changes in last 5-10 years. Bhopal has Indias longest BRTS(Bus Rapid Transit System), which help the citizens to move with a pace across the roads & have a high-class transport system. The kind of greenery you will find in this city is sufficient to qualify it as one of the greenest cities in India.
In terms of design, the city is well planned especially the new city called Habib ganj is well planned besides the NH 12- Hoshangbad highway. The city consists of various monuments & heritage places to visit. The famous Taj-ul-Masjid is one of the biggest mosques in Asia. The design & architecture has a strong resemblance to Badshahi mosque of Lahore with amazing design, marble flooring & a huge hallway. There is a local saying in Bhopal" Masjid mein masjid, Taj-ul-Masjid". Everyone is allowed here to visit.
In terms of connect, the city has next huge population of Muslims in Bhopal, next to Hyderabad. But you will not identify this fact by looking at the people of this city. The Hindu & Muslim lives here in peace & commonly known with Demonym "Bhopali". You all must have heard of the famous character of "Surma Bhopali" from superhit Bollywood movie "Sholay". There are lots of other travel destinations for history lovers like Bhimbetka rock shelters, Manuahbhan Tekri, Bhojpur temple, Sanchi etc.
In terms of Infrastructure & development city has grown rapidly & is in the race of becoming a metro city in future. Currently, I am working in Mumbai, but I always miss my college days & the time I spent in Bhopal. I support my city & hope to see it growing by the time. Feel free to share your experience if you had visited Bhopal in recent time.