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     Bhopal, Capital of Madhya Pradesh, has two phases: the old one with its narrow lanes, crowded market places and palaces, and the new one with its broad roads, parks and modern bungalows.

     According to a legend, the city was founded by an Afghan traveller who dated with the queen of the kingdom. That was in the 18th century. However, there existed on the same site an ancient city called Bhojapal and its foundation had been laid by Raja Bhoja in the 11th century. The story of Bhopal's reign of the Begums is recent history.

     There are several landmarks in modern Bhopal that a visitor cannot ignore. Its two lakes are its dominating feature. These, according to historians, provided ample scope to the reigning begums for their romantic breaks. Taj-ul-Masjid is one of the largest mosques in the country. This was built by Shah Jehan Begum. The Jama Masjid with its golden minarets was built by Kudsia Begum. Moti Masjid, a look-alike of the Jama Masjid in Delhi, was built by Kudsia's daughter Sikander Jehan. Shaukat Mahal is a rare example of the influence of Western architecture on Mughal and Indian styles. It was designed by a relative of the Bourbon kings of France. Sadar Manzil used to be the royal auditorium. Behind it is the Gohar Mahal palace. Bharat Bhawan is a modern structure housing the national centre for performing and other arts. It was designed by the internationally famous Charles Correa



     The Tribal Habitat on Shamla Hills provides a picture of the tribal cultures of India. The chowk in the centre of the city has shops selling traditional craft items. Bhopal is well-connected to all major towns in Madhya Pradesh by rail and road. It is linked to Delhi, Gwalior, Indore and Mumbai by air.



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