Bhopal the capitalBhopal City is the capital of Madhya Pradesh. It is an attractive mixture of charming beauty, old historic city and fresh urban planning. The name is derive from Bhoj Tal ("Bhoj's Lake"), a lake created by Raja Bhoj in the 11th century
Bhopal the City of LakesIt is often known as city of lakes for its various natural as well as non-natural lakes and is also one of the greenest cities in India. Today that lake is the Upper Bhopal Lake (Bada Talab), which is connected to the Lower Bhopal Lake (Chhota Talab) by an bridge. With 500 CR water supply project Narmada River also reached to Bhopal and covered major part of the city, hence healthy and adequate water supply in Bhopal.
Bhopal the City in mid of India: Bhopal is situated in the central part of India, and is just north of the upper limit of the Vindhya mountain ranges. Bhopal is 741 km from Delhi, 789 km from Mumbai.
Air:- Bhopal is connected by regular Alliance Air flights to all major cities of India. Airport is around 15 km from the city centre.
Rail:- Bhopal is on one of the two main Delhi to Mumbai railway lines and also on the main line to the southern state capitals of Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Thiruvananthpuram.
Road:- City is connected to other parts of India through national and state highway.
Demographic profile of Bhopal: In 2011, Bhopal had population of 2,371,061 of which male and female were 1,236,130 and 1,134,931 respectively. Average literacy rate in 2011 were 80.37 compared to 74.61 of 2001. With regards to Sex Ratio, it stood at 918 per 1000 male compared to 2001 census figure of 895. The city is dominated by Hindu followed by Muslims. Since Bhopal is centrally located, people from other communities have also settled here for generations. Hence the city has inhabitants residing in small communities like Christians, Jains Punjabis, Gujaratis, Bengalis, Biharis, Marathis, etc.
Climate of Bhopal: The climate of Bhopal is moderate. The summers are hot with maximum temperature goes up to 44 degree Celsius and winters are cold with minimum temperature dropped by 8 degree Celsius but it does not face extreme weather conditions. It rains fairly during rainy season with total rainfall is about 1150 mm. The weather is pleasant all through the year.
Bhopal the education Hub:
Bhopal today, is fast promising as an education hub in Central India,
the city with its multi stream educational services attracts students from not just the state but across the country.
Home of 5 universities, 8 National institutes, about 100 engineering and business colleges, 5 medical and 5 polytechnic colleges. Around 1 lacs students studied in Bhopal and the pure and peaceful environment of the city provides a best background for education.
Education these days is looked at as an asset by most and the city's educational institutions offer a brilliant return on investment, an lead that halt from the reasonably low cost living offered by the city.
The cosmopolitan attitude of the city is a further advantage, staying right to its hospitable character the city welcomes students from all regions and backgrounds, the city eateries offer decent reasonable food to suit every taste and pocket.
Economy of Bhopal: Mandideep and the Govindapura area are considered to be the main business areas and have more than 1,000 small and medium scale companies. Hindustan Electro Graphite, Lupin laboratories, Eicher tractors, Makson Group of Companies & BHEL are some of the major companies in the city. Bhopal is also well known for medicinal goods (World largest producer of Lisinopril API for hypertension also manufacture of both oral and inject able antibiotics) electrical goods, jewellery (Bentex & Artificial) and chemicals.
Culture of Bhopal: Festivals like Ganesh Puja, Navratris, Diwali and Dussera as well as Eid and other festivals are celebrated with joy. Bhopal Ijtima is an annual Muslim world preachers worshippers, is held at old city. Eating paan (betel leaf) is a part of the culture among the Bhopalis.
Language: Hindi is the official language of the city. Urdu, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Sindhi are some of the other languages spoken by the communities staying here for generations. English is another important language of the city and is used by the urban population.
Top places to visit in and nearby Bhopal: Bhopal is a mix of the rich form of art, custom and civilization. The city is also related with places of historical interest to the tourists. There are mosques, lakes, art galleries and museums with a large collection that suggest particular significance in Bhopal.
- Birla Museum ~ "This was established in the year 1971. Stone statues, soils, documents and paintings are displayed in this museum
- Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sanghralaya ~ The museum is spread across a huge area of two hundred acres, tells the integrated narration of evolution of man and culture with particular reference to India
- Archaeological Museum in Bhopal ~ Formally known as Bhopal museum, the place holds impressive collection of monument like coins, excavated objects, paintings, tribal handicrafts, musical instruments brought from various parts of the state an reflect the rich heritage of Madhya Pradesh
- Bharat Bhavan ~ Inaugrated in 1982, its a art centre set up to create an interactive proximity between the verbal, visual and performing arts. It is a open platform for someone who would like to contribute something new and meaningful, in contemporary scene in the fine arts, literature, theatre, cinema, dance and music.
- Upper & Lower Lake ~ Bhopal is known as city of lakes because of these two lakes. Adventure sports activities like paddling, rowing, and motorboats are the key attraction for tourists.
- Van Vihar National Park ~ The Park is spread across 4.43 sq km (approx.) of area. Over 300 species of animals, reptiles and birds. White tiger are the major attraction of this park.
Various Key traveller attractions close by and well linked
- Sanchi Stupa ~ India's oldest stone structure, constructed by Emperor Ashoka showcase the example of Buddhist art and architecture right from the early Mauryan period. Bhopal to Sanchi is about 46 km via road
- Bhimbetka ~ Bhimbetka consists of 600 rock shelters dating back to 5,500-1,000 BC and lies South Asia's richest collection of prehistoric paintings, and the beginning of the South Asian Asian Age is about 45 km from Bhopal
Key cities like Indore & Ujjain are also within 200 km from Bhopal
Bhopal the Smart City
As the Narendra Modi government visualizing the smart cities in the country, Bhopal portrays itself as a major contender. Bhopal is naturally a Smart City. If we compared to Bhopal with other cities, the city have many natural gifts like lakes, lesser population density and lush green environment qualifies for a Smart City, logically. Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Mr Shivraj Singh Chouhan also said that crucial infrastructure will be developed to make Bhopal a global-level green and smart city. Smart City will have Interstate Bus stand in an area of 3 hectares, superior traffic system with Automatic traffic signals, 5 over bridges and 3 flyovers.
Why invest in Bhopal
- Calm and stable political state of affairs
- Closeness to highly productive land and rich natural resources.
- Well-connected to key Indian cities through a strong railway network.
- Ample water
- Uninterrupted and committed electrical energy through industrial supply
- Well-planned road system which is considered the best in the whole state. Apart from that, the National Highway (NH12) connecting it to Jabalpur in East and Jaipur in West & (NH69) connect Nagpur.
- Accessibility of good infrastructure for industries in and around Bhopal and industrial passageway at affordable cost
- Availability of low-cost labour with minimum attrition & zero labour loss
- Plentiful and skilled man-power foundation
- Well-developed industrial infrastructure that helps tremendous interstate connectivity.
- Investment prospect for infrastructural advance under Public private partnership model available
- Bhopal's Raja Bhoj Airport supports regular flights to and from major Indian cities such as Delhi, Mumbai. Converting this domestic airport into an international airport are also in the planning stage