Bhopal, known as “the city of lakes”, is the capital of the Incredible Madhya Pradesh, renowned for its captivating aura and gifted landscape. The city is an amalgamation of the ancient and the new, the wealthy and the needy, the wide roads of New Bhopal and the narrow “gullies” of Old Bhopal, and a blend of planned development on one side with urban sprawl on the other.
Bhopal has a lot to offer to the tourists visiting the city but, it also consists of some splendid weekend getaways from Bhopal. There are plenty of places around Bhopal that you can visit for a weekend trip. Let’s go through the 5 best weekend getaways from Bhopal.
Pachmarhi-Queen of Satpura
Pachmarhi, a picturesque hill station in Madhya Pradesh, sits beautifully embellished in nature and history amidst the Satpura range. This place is treasured with ancient caves of the Buddhist era nesting in conformity with the serene waterfalls. Pachmarhi will certainly make you feel calm, the same way you felt when you put your bare feet on the garden grass for the first time, as a child.
How to Reach: The place can be reached by bus or taxi as Pachmarhi does not have its own railway station.
Distance: 191 Kilometers
Places to Visit: Must-visit places are Apsara Vihar, Rajat Prapat (Silver Fall), Pandava Caves, Mahadeo hill, Jata Shankar Caves, the Handi Khoh Valley, Dhoopgarh, the bee falls and the Duchess Falls
Things to Do: Sightseeing, photography, trekking, camping and shopping at the main bazaar
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year
Dhana-A Place for Skydiving Lovers
Now, adventure enthusiasts don’t need to travel too far to jump off a plane anymore to experience the thrill of skydiving, as India’s first skydiving camp has been set up at Dhana near Bhopal. Dhana is a scarcely populated town in the Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh.
When you jump off the plane, you are completely free from all worldly problems; it’s just you and the sky! The serene collage of colours miles down may be the place where you live but here is where you are most alive. So come and visit Dhana this summer and have an experience of eternal bliss.
How to Reach: Taking a taxi is the fastest way to do this journey. It is well connected to Sagar railway station and the Khajuraho Airport.
Distance: 200 Kilometers
Places to Visit: For pious travellers, you can pay a visit to Khajuraho’s renowned temples, or you can plan a day trip to Sagar that boasts of over 100 forts scattered all over the city.
Things to Do: Skydiving
Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year, except on a high windy day or bad monsoon
Pench National Park, Seoni-The True Jungle of the Sher Khans
Pench National Park is a place which brings you in close contact with nature and wildlife. Pench is known for its wide range of wildlife population, including tigers and Migratory Birds.
The adventures of Mowgli in Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” and his combat with the fierce Sher Khan were believed to be fought on this very place.
This place with impressive tigers and several other animals will take you back in time when watching Mowgli battle Sher Khan was a thrilling experience.
How to Reach: Seoni bus junction is the nearest bus stop to Pench National Park. Seoni station is the nearest railway station and Sonegaon Airport is the nearest airport to Pench National Park.
Distance: 395 Kilometers
Places to Visit: Sitaghat, Alikatta, Piyorthadi, Raiyakassa and Bodhnala Range
Things to Do: Boat Rides, Jungle Safari, elephant ride, bird watching, jungle walk, star-gazing, and sightseeing
Best Time to Visit: Summer is the best time to visit Pench as one can get a glimpse of lots of animals visiting water-holes to quench their thirst.
Khajuraho-A Festivity of Love and Life
Khajuraho, a group of 22 temples in Madhya Pradesh, is the epitome of Indian art. It is a famous tourist spot and is well-known amongst world travellers. Convoluted carvings and the exceptional erotic sculptures are enough to make any history lover go head over heels with this art. The temples of Khajuraho are an exclusive gift to the world representing hymn to life, joy and, love, flawless in execution and divine in expression.
How to Reach: The fastest way to reach Khajuraho from Bhopal is to take Tata Indica. There is no direct train between Bhopal and Khajuraho. You can take Tulsi Express from Bhopal to Mau Ranipur then take a taxi from there to Khajuraho. There is a direct bus service by Om Sai Ram Travels from Bhopal to Khajuraho.
Distance: 363 Kilometers
Places to Visit: Western group of temples, Kandariya Mahadeva temple, Chaturbhuj temple, Lakshmi temple, Parshvanatha temple, Archaeological Museum, Tribal art museum and Devi Jagadambi temple
Things to Do: Attend the sound and light show, taste delicious and cheap street food, take a bike ride in the old town of Khajuraho, visit beautiful lakes and have tasty south Indian food at Madras Coffee House.
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Khajuraho is from September to March.
Jabalpur-The City of Sparkling Marbles
Known as the “marble city” of Madhya Pradesh, Jabalpur is a town located on the banks of the Narmada river. The place is famous for its unique natural elegance and tourist attractions. The tall mountains made of marble change their forms as the river Narmada passed through it. The glimpse of this beautiful town stays with you for long. Here you will have a delightful experience of nature’s dreamlike spectacles and man’s aspirations to carefully conserve its breath-taking royal history.
How to Reach: The fastest way to reach Jabalpur is by taking a flight of Air India from Bhopal. You can take Jbp Janshatabdi, which is a direct train from Bhopal to Jabalpur. No direct bus is there between Bhopal and Jabalpur.
Distance: 310 Kilometers
Places to Visit: Rani Durgavati Museum, Madan Mahal Fort, Dhuandhar Falls, Bargi Dam, Chausat Yogini Temple, Bhedaghat, Balancing Rock and Dumna Nature Park
Things to Do: Boat ride on Narmada river, access cable car services across Dhuandhar Falls, shopping for marble items, visit Sea World Water Park and shop at Treasure Island mall.
Best Time to Visit: September to March is the best time to visit Jabalpur. Summers should be avoided as the temperature can reach as high as 45 degree Celsius.