Upper Lake

Open Time : 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Entry : free

Address : Upper Lake, Madhya Pradesh

Why to visit Upper Lake

Bhopal is referred to as the "city of lakes" since it has several lakes. The Upper Lake, which is located to the west of Bhopal, is the most notable of these. The Upper Lake, also known as Bhojtal, was developed in the eleventh century CE by Raja Bhoj of the Paramara dynasty. Folklore claims that King Bhoj once had a skin condition for which no Vaidya was able to provide a remedy. Then, one day, a saint instructed him to construct a tank that would contain all 365 of its tributaries and to take a bath in it to heal his skin condition. In order to reach 365 rivers, the monarch assigned his engineers to work on the project with assistance from Gond Commander Kalia, who provided him with the location of a secret river. And so the Upper Lake came into existence. The tank was transformed into a sizable pond and given the names Bada Talaab and Kaliasot.

It is the primary supply of drinking water for the locals, providing over 30 million gallons of water per day over an area of 36.1 sq km. The discharge to the river Kaliasote is presently regulated by the Bhadbhada dam, an eleven gate structure that was built at Bhadbhada in 1965 near the southeast corner of the Lake. Bhoj Wetland, which is now a Ramsar site, is made up of Bada Talaab and the neighbouring Chhota Talaab, both of which translate to "little lake" in Hindi. The Pul Pukhta overbridge separates the Upper Lake from the Lower Lake. Van Vihar National Park borders it on the south; human settlements border it on the east and north; and agricultural lands border it on the west. 

A beautiful royal garden called Kamla Park that draws a lot of tourists each year overlooks the lake. In addition, there is a huge statue of Raja Bhoj perched atop a pillar in one lake corner and holding a sword. The tomb of Shah Ali Shah Rahmatullah is located on the island in the middle of the lake.

FAQ on Upper Lake

What hotels are near Upper Lake?

Hotels near Upper Lake: (0.16 km) Wind And Waves (0.29 km) The Bhopal Grande (0.67 km) Jehan Numa Palace Hotel

What restaurants are near Upper Lake?

Restaurants near Upper Lake: (0.17 km) Winds n Waves (0.20 km) ZAUQ (0.68 km) TAO-Tattenham Across the Orient (0.68 km) Under the Mango Tree

What attractions are near Upper Lake?

Attractions near Upper Lake: (1.05 km) Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum (1.52 km) Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya - National Museum of Mankind (0.84 km) Boat Club, Bhopal

Special Tip

Using a boat costs approx Rs. 100 per person for a cruise boat, Rs. 240 per person for a motor boat, and Rs. 80 per person for a paddle boat. The boat club was established on the eastern shore of the lake and offers guests a variety of water sports, including parasailing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, etc. Its neighbourhood includes the lovely Kamala Park.

By Sparsh Kapoor

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