Lower Lake

The story of Bhopal - capital of Madhya Pradesh - takes in Kings and Begums, charming mosques and cooling lakes, some pleasant green areas and one of the worst industrial disasters in the world.

The Lower Lake or Chhota Talaab is a famous lake in Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh in India. Along with the Upper Lake, it comprises the Bhoj Wetland. The lake was created in the year 1794 in order to beautify the city. The lake’s construction was commissioned by Chote Khan, a well-known minister of Nawab Hayat Muhammad Khan Bahadur. There were a number of wells which were merged together to form this lake. There is a famous bridge which separates the Lower Lake and Upper Lake, commonly referred to as "Pul Pukhta" or Lower Lake bridge. The lower lake has also found mention in texts and referred to as "Pukhta-Pul Talao". The lakes in the centre provide balm to the eyes and moments of leisure on summer evenings and wintry afternoons.

Hindi is widely spoken in Bhopal.

Travel Tips

The best time to visit the city is during the winter months from October to March.


When to visit

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sprinkles Pleasant
  • 33° Max
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  • 6.1 mm
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Things to do

Tourists can indulge in boating in the lake. There are motor boats available for hire for a nominal charge. There are a number of old mosques in Bhopal which provide a glimpse of the fantastic Mughal architecture. The old mosques that are worth a visit here include Taj-ul-Masajid (largest mosque in the country), Jama Masjid and Moti Masjid.

One must also take the time to visit the old city market in order to avail of some good bargains on art like the bead work and the hand embroidery that the city is famous for.

Last but not the least, you can visit the "Museum of Man" has been created by the state’s government to showcase how the tribals stay. 

Getting Around

Bhopal has a well-connected transportation system which comprises of buses, mini-buses, three wheeled autos and a few tempos that take tourists around the city. Travellers can also book a cab/ taxi to tour the city at reasonable rates. However, most hotels in the city can arrange for transport for guests.The best time to visit the city is during the winter months from October to March.

Places to Stay

There is a plush century-old heritage structure that offers amenities like a cyber afe and a health snack bar.

How to Reach

  • The Raja Bhoj Airport is the nearest airport. Air India and Jet Airways have regular flights linking Bhopal to Delhi, Hyderabad, Indore, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai.
  • Bhopal is well connected by rail. There are two main stations in New Bhopal. There are a number of trains which connect major cities in India to Bhopal.
  • Bhopal is also connected to the major cities in India via the national highways.

Surrounding Attractions

Sanchi is a famous Buddhist pilgrimage. Some of the first "stupas" here were built around the 3rd century BC by King Ashok.  Sanchi is located around 45 kilometers from Bhopal and can be accessed by road.

Khajuraho is famous for its numerous temples as well as showcasing Kamasutra through figures/ statues on the temples. It is located around 383 kilometers from Bhopal.

Pachmarhi is a small army settlement and is located around 210 kilometers from Bhopal.

Emergency No.

Police Control Room - 0755-234100/100

Ambulance - 0755-577365/102