in Madhya Pradesh
capital of Madhya Pradesh combines scenic beauty, historicity and
modern urban planning. It is situated on the site of an 11th century
city, Bhojapal, founded by Raja Bhoja.
The founder of the existing city was however an Afghan soldier of
fortune, Dost Mohammed. Fleeing from Delhi in the chaotic period
that followed Aurangazeb's death, Dost Mohammed encountered the
beautiful Gond queen Kamalapati, who sort his aid after the murder
of her consort.
charming legend relates how the queen would recline in lotus barge,
that on moonlit nights, would drift across the lake. The two lakes
of Bhopal still dominate the city, and are indeed its nucleus.
along their shores stand silent sentinels that testify to the growth
of a city.
today presents a multi-faceted profile; the old city with its teeming
market places and fine old mosques and palaces still bears the aristocratic
imprint of its former rulers, among them the succession of powerful
Begums who ruled Bhopal from !819 to 1926.
impressive is the new city with its verdant, exquisitely laid out
parks and gardens, broad avenues and streamlined modern edifices.