Celebrated proudly as the city of lakes, Bhopal is a fascinating amalgam of scenic beauty, old historic charm, and modern urban planning. Split by a pair of lakes, there are two starkly contrasting cityscapes within one. Towards the North you have the old city that is a fascinating area of mosques, serpentine alleys, ‘Chowks’, milling crowds, exotic ‘Havelis’ and crowded bazaars.
Distinctively, the South of the two lakes extends towards the equally impressive ‘New Bhopal’, which is contemporary and modern with verdant and exquisitely laid out parks and gardens, broad avenues, streamlined modern edifices and upmarket shopping facilities. It houses plush hotels and restaurants nestled comfortably in the ‘Arera Hills’ and ‘Shamla Hills’ overlooking the lakes and the old city beyond. The central district is marked as ‘The New Market’, which is a bustling shopping district with bazaars and modern-day showrooms. Both Bhopal's enamour you in their own way and closely vie to bring out the child within you. The city of Bhopal is greener and cleaner than most cities in the country.