Taj Mahal (Palace) of Bhopal was built by Shah Jahan Begum in (1868 – 1901) the daughter of Nawab Jehangir Mohammad Khan and Sikandar Jahan Begum of Bhopal. Taj Mahal is situated near the famous Taj ul Masajid of Bhopal.
Shah Jehan Begum wanted the same glory for herself as Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. So, she named this palace the ‘Taj Mahal’. Its construction was started in 1871 and was completed in thirteen years in 1874 for a cost of Three million Rupees. Interestingly, in 1949, this palace served as a shelter to thousands of riot victims and migrants of India Pakistan partition from Sindh and Punjab for many years.
The palace has 120 rooms and eight large halls. The large entrance of this six storied building and the main lobby are huge and spacious in order to accommodated horse driven carriages inside the palace. The ‘Sawan Bhado’ pavilion in the main courtyard of the palace is an attempted remake of a similar pavilion in the Shalimar Bagh in Kashmir. Here, artificial nozzles with underground water supply were mounted inside walls for spraying cold water in hot summer afternoons.
Islamnagar was a Rajput town, called Jagdishpur until taken by an Afgan (Dost Mohammad Khan) in 1715. He founded the Bhopal State with Islamnagar as its capital. Fortifications were built within them are a palace, gardens and a charming village. Islamnagar is 11 km away on the Bhopal- Berasia road.
Islamnagar was the palace of Bhopal's Afghan rulers and was built by Dost Mohammed Khan. Formal gardens surround the palace and the pavilion. The latter a synthesis of Hindu and Islamic decorative art, has columns lavishly embellished with floral motifs. Other monuments to see are the Hamam of the Chaman Mahal and the double-storied Rani Mahal.
Ginnorgarh Fort is 61 Km far from Bhopal and it situated at a distance of 3 km from Delawadi. Situated in a lovely forest, Delawadi is a beautiful picnic spot situated among lush green forest and amazing natural beauty.
Tourists can enjoy trekking, camping and bird watching in the area. The historical fort standing on an isolated hill about 1,127 metres long and 266 metres. Broad is situated 3 km away from Delawadi.
The fort was once a stronghold of Gonds, but fell to Mohammad of the Bhopal State. One important attraction of Ginnorgarh fort is the 5 floor pond (Bawdi in Hindi). Buses ply the route, but from Delawadi to the fort one have to travel on foot.
Bhopal has a popular Jain temple called MANUA BHAN KI TEKRI (JAIN TEMPLE) where people can go either on foot or on rope-way. MANUA BHAN KI TEKRI (JAIN TEMPLE) is also known as Mahaveer Giri. It is very popular for its scenic views.
MANUA BHAN KI TEKRI (JAIN TEMPLE) situated near Bairagarh Road 7 km away from Bhopal on the top of a hill, a pilgrimage and faith of jain devotees. On the tekri the Jain saint Maharaj Shri Vijay Suriji, Shri Jindutta Sureshwarji and Acharya Manutung’s footwears are kept and also a idol of Shri Man Bhadarji has been installed. On the Simha Gate of the temple is an old manuscript carved on the stone, the language in which it has been written is still to be deciphered. It is also said to be the Sadhana Sthali of Oswal Dynasty. A big fare is also held every year here on Kartik Purnima.