The cityscape of Bhopal is pretty contrasting with caves, temples, palaces, forts, rivers, lofty mountains, falls, national parks and it gives a complete blend of folklore and history. This capital of Madhya Pradesh is not only surrounded by numerous heritage sites but with also many historical palaces, forts and various popular nearby towns. It is a calm, cultured and rich in flora and fauna and it is the reason it is very popular among travellers.

30 Weekend Places Near Bhopal

1. Sanchi Stupa

Sanchi Stupa is a very popular old stone structure within a Buddhist complex. It has a central hemispherical chamber. It was commissioned in the 3rd century BC by Emperor Ashoka. It encompasses relics of Buddha. It is one of the ancient stupas of central India which has been best conserved. It is a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site. The road leading to the stupa is very scenic and is a great spot for a road trip. Sanchi Stupa is one of the most popular weekend places to visit near Bhopal.

Distance: It is about 50 km from Bhopal.

Entry Price: INR 10

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.

2. Bhimbetka Rock Shelters

Bhimbetka Rock Shelters is an archaeological site with beautiful artwork and paintings. These belong to the Mesolithic and Palaeolithic era. It is a great place to witness the cultural and human evolution over the years. There are almost 750 rock shelters and they are spread over seven hills. The cave paintings showcased over here highlights the prehistoric periods.

Distance: It is about 45 km from Bhopal.

Entry Price: INR 10

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 7.00 am to 6.00 pm.

3. Satpura National Park

Satpura National Park is another important place to visit near Bhopal. This 524 Square kilometer National Park is located in Sarangpur in Hoshangabad. You can experience the true essence of the central Indian highland ecosystem. The entire place is surrounded by gorges, ravines, and sandstone peaks. Various animals like black buck, leopard, Malabar Giant squirrel, Indian Bison, Four Horn Antelope, and others can be spotted here.

Distance: It is approximately 150 km from Bhopal.

Safari Price: INR 3050 for Indians per vehicle. INR 4500 for foreigners per vehicle.

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 6.00 am to 10.30 am and 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm.

4. Bori Wildlife Sanctuary

This sanctuary spreads up to 518 square kilometers. It was established in the year 1865. This Sanctuary is located along the Tewa River and is a part of the Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve. It is located in Ratibandar with various rare species of wildlife. There are numerous scenic resorts where you can plan your stay in Pachmarhi.

Distance: It is about 170 km from Bhopal.

Entry Price: INR 400 for Indians. INR 1500 for foreigners.

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 6.30 am to 5.00 pm.

5. Vidisha

This beautiful city is located in between the Betwa and the Beas River. This town is popular for having some of the most popular historical monuments and for being an important trade center in the 5th and 6th centuries. Here you can witness a great collection f the artwork of the Gupta period. It is a perfect weekend getaway from Bhopal and is very close to Sachi. If you are thinking for weekend places near Bhopal, Vidisha is an excellent option.

Distance: It is about 55 km from Bhopal.

Places to visit: Dashavatara Temple, Udeshwara Temple, Girdhari Temple, Bajramath Temple, Khambha Baba, Maladevi Temple, Udayagiri, Lohangi Pir, Bija Mandal.

 6. Islamnagar Fort

This fort was constructed in the year 1715 under the reign of Afghan commander Dost Mohammad Khan. It has a grandeur and a charm of its own. You can witness the intriguing part of the glorious historic era during this time. It is an offbeat tourist place and is located very close to the Orchha Fort and the Gwalior Fort.

Distance: It is about 15 km from Bhopal.

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm.

 7. Bhojeshwar Temple

This temple is located on the Bhojpur road which is almost 30 kilometers from Bhopal. There is also 18 feet tall Shiva Linga inside the temple which was set up during 1010 and 1055 BC. It was set up by Raja Bhoj and is now a very popular tourist place near Bhopal. There is a slope behind the temple where it was said the stones were rolled during that time.

Distance: It is approximately 30 km from Bhopal.

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 6.00 am to 7.00 pm.

 8. Raisen

The entire Raisen City is located at the foot of the Raisen Fort. It is entirely made up of sandstone and is located on the top of the hill. Various significant monuments have been located over here along with Sanchi being the most popular. The name has been an alteration of Rajavasini which literally meant the Royal Residence.

Distance: It is about 45 km from Bhopal.

Places to visit: Barna Dam, Hinglaj Devi temple, Chouki Garh fort, Bhojeshwar Temple, Tirupati Balaji, Raisen Fort, etc.

9. Indore

It is popular for various monuments like Lalbagh palaces and the Rajwada. Here you can find various bazaars top selling Zari Zardozi and even various antiques. The rich architectural heritage over here was by the Holkar dynasty. Sarafa and Chowpatty are the various popular food lanes serving various delicious dishes.

Distance: It is about 200 km from Bhopal.

Places to visit: Rajwada, Chhatris, Central Museum, Kanch Palace, and Lalbagh.

10. Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary

If you wish to enjoy some memorable time with your kids, you need to take them to Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary. It is one of the most preferred weekend places near Bhopal. This old wildlife park in the year 1989 and is surrounded by various flora and fauna like a blue bull, Teak, Babool, bamboo, Barking deer, etc. The great expanse of the green jungle can be seen from the guesthouses over here. Traversing around the park gives a close peek at the flora and the fauna.

Distance: It is about 195 km from Bhopal.

Entry Price: INR 5

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.

 11. Ujjain

Ujjain is an excellent choice for weekend places near Bhopal. This city is popular for the Mahakaleshwar Mandir and the Ganesh and Harsiddhi Temples. It was previously the residence of Emperor Ashoka. It is a very peaceful and spiritual city with temples on every corner. It is one of the Seven Sacred Cities of Hinduism since 600 BC. It is located just next to the Shipra River and remains crowded during Nag Panchami, Shivaratri, and Diwali.

 Distance: It is about 190 km from Bhopal.

Places to visit: Chintaman Ganesh Temple, Ram Ghat, Jantar Mantar, Harsiddhi Temple, Kal-Bhairav Temple, and Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga.

12. Bajrangarh Fort in Guna

This fort is popular for the Hanuman Temple and was constructed in the year 1775. It was built by the Maratha rulers and requires special attention since the monument is now in ruins. There are various edifices inside like Moti Mahal, Gunnery, Rang Mahal and many more. The fort is located on the top of the hill, at a height of 92.3 meters.

Distance: It is about 190 km from Bhopal.

Entry Price: Free of cost

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 5.00 am to 11.00 pm.

13. Pachmarhi

Pachmarhi is a famous hill station which is located at a height of 1100 meters. It was discovered in 1857 and was the abode of the Pandavas when they were exiled. It was the summer capital of the Britishers. The green vegetation and the pleasant weather of the place make it a must visit place. The lush meadows and the Satpura hills and jungles add a special charm to it.

Distance: It is about 195 km from Bhopal.

Places to visit: Chota Mahadev, Bison Lodge,  Satpura National Park,  Dhoopgarh, Handi Khoh, Jata Shankar Cave,  Apsara pool, Bee falls, Pandava Cave, and Rajat Prapat waterfall.

14. Mandu

The ancient monuments of Mandu highlight the true Afghan architecture and the true romantic love stories of the kings. The place has various historical edifices and grand palaces. The monumental buildings highlight stories of the bygone era. This engrossing place is very close to Bhopal. It is a known place to visit near Bhopal.

Distance: It is about 300 km from Bhopal.

Places to visit: Darwaza, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, Rani Rupmati Pavilion, Jama Masjid, Baz Bahadur Quilla, Hindola Mahal, Jahaz Mahal, and Mandu fort.

 15. Cactus Garden

The beautiful garden is an interesting tourist place and attracts lot of science enthusiasts and botanists. A wide variety of cacti adds colours to the Garden. It is inside the 200 years old Sailana Palace of Ratlam. More than 1200 species of cacti are grown in this 50 years old garden. It is one of the most interesting and significant places to visit near Bhopal.

Distance: It is about 320 km from Bhopal.

Entry Price: Free of cost

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

16. Madhav National Park

It is located on the Jhansi Road in Shivpuri. It is located on the upper Vindhyan Hills. It spreads up to 355 square kilometers. It is surrounded by wide nallas and plateau slopes. You can see a wilderness of the park in the safari ride and spot various animals like Python, wolf, fox, porcupine, jackal and many more.

Distance: It is located at a distance of 310 km from Bhopal.

Entry Price: INR 15

Timings: Morning safari starts from 6.30 am to 10.00 am. Evening safari is from 2.30 pm to 6.00 pm.

17. Omkareshwar

The sacred Narmada River surrounds the place and it has a unique shape of OM according to the Devanagari script. The Shiva linga sits on the Grand Sabha which is supported by 60 pillars which are of the height of 14 feet. It is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga and is 5 storeyed with each having a different deity.

Distance: It is about 260 km from Bhopal.

Entry Price: No entry fee

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 5.00 am to 9.00 pm.

 18. Maheshwar

Since the 5th century, this town is popular for handloom weaving.  The temple is Maheshwar also has one of the 12 Jyotirlinga. It is located on the banks of the Narmada River. It is filled with pilgrims all throughout the year. They mostly come to worship the shivling over here.

Distance: It is about 300 km from Bhopal.

Entry Price: No entry fee

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 7.00 am to 9.00 pm.

 19. Chanderi Fort

The entire fort is surrounded by various Jain temples and various hills, forests, and lakes. Intricate carvings with small and large pillars hold the entire structure. It is located on the top of a hill. It is situated at a height of 71 meters. The main gate of the fort is known as the Khooni Darwaza and it was built by the Mughal dynasty.

Distance: It is about 225 km from Bhopal.

Entry Price: Free of cost

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 8.00 am to 8.00 pm.

20. Indira Sagar Dam

It was built on river Narmada and is a great place to visit for a day picnic. It is located in Khandwa and remains useful for various activities like water sports, zip lining, and boating. The main aim of this multipurpose project is to provide freshwater primarily for drinking and household purposes. The water is supplied for all the nearby towns and villages.

Distance: It is about 195 km from Bhopal.

Entry Price: Free of cost

Timings: It is open 24 hours.

21. Khajuraho

The rich historical art is displayed in the temples in Khajuraho. They mainly show the love and life and was in existence since 950 to 1050 AD. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for the sculptures. They highlight the spiritual teachings, erotic postures, meditation, and royalty. These sculptures have been a popular sight to see over all these years, spanning decades. Khajuraho is one of the interesting places to visit near Bhopal.

Distance: It is about 376 km from Bhopal.

Entry Price: INR 10 and INR 75 for sound and light show.

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 6.00 am to 7.30 pm.

22. Orchha

This architectural town is in existence since the 16th century. It is along River Betwa and was established by Rudra Pratap. He was the Bundela Rajput Chief. There are various monuments here which are popular for the heritage tours. Various palaces and temples add charm to the place.

Distance: It is about 340 km from Bhopal.

Places to visit: Orchha Bird Sanctuary, Ram Raja Temple, Chhattris, Laxmi Narayan Temple, Raja Mahal, Jahangir Mahal, etc.

 23. Bhedaghat

Several popular Bollywood films have been shot over in Bhedaghat. The magnificent Marble Rocks can be seen from here and the beautiful river Narmada too. The Dhuadhar Falls which falls from a height of 98 feet is an astonishing sight from here. The sight from here looks magnificent and it is totally worth visiting the place.

Distance: It is about 320 km from Bhopal.

Places to visit: Chausath Yogini temple, Marble Rocks, and Dhuandhar Fall.

24. Jabalpur

It is mainly popular for the huge marble mountains and the beautiful watercourse of the Narmada River. This natural scenic place is a great spot for clicking pictures. It also has some of the most popular forts and palaces. It has a natural splendor and several points of interest.

Distance: It is about 330 km from Bhopal.

Places to visit: Dumna Nature Park, Pisanhari Ki Madiya, Dhuandhar Fall, Madan Mahal Fort, Rani Durgavati Museum and Balancing rock.

25. Pench National Park

Bengal Tiger can be spotted in Pench National Park along with four-horned antelope, chital, wold and many other. Bamboo trees and teak trees can be found along with lots of grasses and bushes. It was declared as a tiger reserve in the year 1992 and is located in Tunia Post in Seoni District.

Distance: It is about 422 km from Bhopal.

Entry Price: Safari cost is INR 1500 for Indian per vehicle and INR 3000 for foreigners per vehicle.

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 6.30 am to 9.30 am and 4.00 pm to 6.30 pm.

 26. Bandhavgarh National Park

It is located in the Umaria district and is a great place to spot the Royal Bengal Tigers. Various other bird species and animals can also be found here like sloth bear, deer, eagles, leopard and others. The forested valleys and the grassy swamps are great to tour around during a visit to the national park.

Distance: It is about 460 km from Bhopal.

Entry Price: Safari cost is INR 5550 for Indians and INR 7550 for foreigners.

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.

27. Kanha National Park

This spreads up to 940 square kilometers and is a very silent place where you can also spot the Royal Bengal tigers. It spreads up to 940 square kilometers. The jungle safari is simply perfect to spot the big cats over here. It is a great place for adventure enthusiasts and is perfect for weekend getaways. The silence can get scary but it is totally worth it for the adventure.

Distance: It is about 50 km from Bhopal.

Entry Price: INR 10

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 5.30 am to 10.00 am and 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm.

28. Gwalior Fort

This hill fort is a great and marvelous place of visit from Bhopal. It is located on the top of a hill near Gwalior. The skyline of the entire town can be seen from here. It is a very defensive architecture which has been built in an excellent manner. It has the maximum number of impenetrable forts that is always appreciated by Babur (Mughal Emperor) as a pearl among the India fortresses.

Distance: It is about 414 km from Bhopal.

Entry Price: INR 10

Timings: It is open on all days of the week from 8.00 am to 6.00 pm.

 29. Panna

It has diamond reserves and was previously a popular Gond settlement. It spreads to an area of 542.67 square kilometers. It is the 22nd tiger reserve of India. Various birds and animals can be found over here like Chital, Chinkara, leopards, parakeets, and many others. It is a great place for wildlife enthusiasts. It is close to the Panna National Park and the Jugal Kishoreji Temple.

Distance: It is about 385 km from Bhopal.

Places to visit: Jugal Kishore Ji Temple, Padmavatipuri Dham, Ken Crocodile sanctuary, Raneh Falls, Pandav caves and falls, Diamond Mines and Panna National Park.

30. Burhanpur

It is located on the Northern Bank of the River Tapti and was established by King Nasir Khan Farukhi. This historical town was established somewhere around 1400 AD and is popular for tombs, palaces, and mosques. It is located near the border of Maharashtra and is a great place of visit for people visiting Bhopal.

Distance: It is about 330 km from Bhopal.

Places to visit: Ahukhana, Hammam of Royal Bath, Tapti Ghat, Dargah-E-Hakimi, Shahi Qila, Jama Masjid, and Asirgarh Fort.

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