!!!!!!!!Major Lakes in Bhopal City !!!!!!!    

                  Bhopal is rightly famous for its lakes as it has two most stunning lakes – Upper Lake and Lower Lake. Raja Bhoj created the Upper Lake in Bhopal in the 11th century while the construction of an earthen dam across the Kolans River. One can clearly get the picture of the immaculate planning strategy of the erstwhile rulers that gets manifested through this man –made lake. It is the nucleus of the city and is prominent for its unsurpassed charm and grandeur that still beguiles its visitors. The lake has crystal clear waters and boasts of a tranquil ambience.                     
                  The lake is an ideal resort for the various thrilling trips by sail, paddle and motorboats. The cool breeze keeps blowing all day long and soothes the fatigued senses of the tourists who come to relax here after a frenzied day of sightseeing. It is also a favored spot for picnics as the tourists and locals enjoy the panoramic views while sipping coffee and munching snacks.
                   The Lower Lake on the other hand is positioned in the heart of the city so you can take a close look at the city. It is great fun to bask in the beauty of the pristine lake and the panoramic vistas of the city simultaneously.Along with enjoying a languorous stroll around this lake, you can  make good use of the boating and sailing facilities that are provided here.                           
 
                  The Upper Lake is separated from the Lower Lake by an over bridge.M. P. Tourism's Boat Club on the Upper Lake provides facilities for exciting trips by sail, paddle and motor boats.
                  A charming legend relates how the queen would recline in a 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. Bordered along their shores stand silent sentinels that testify to the growth of a city.
                 The fishing rights to the Lakes have been given on long lease by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation to a co-operative consisting of some 500 fishermen families. Fishing is mainly done on its south-eastern shores. The lake also serves as the source of water for irrigating a large area. There are 87 villages in its catchments area in the Bhopal as well as Sehore districts                       .
                     
Shahpura lake is also one of the gem in Bhopal city. It is lactated near Arera colony. Most visited lake of city because of its unique location and also it lies in middle of the city. Youngsters find it one of the coolest places to hang out. Huge place to have a long walk side of lake. Must visit it if you like to see haven on earth. 
 


















                               !!! Green @ Bhopal !!!
                  
                      Park’s beauty attracts tourists. In Bhopal, major parks are Kamla park,Vardhvan park, Kilol park, Karishma Park, Yadgare Shahjahani park, Neelum park, Naunihal park, Ekant park, Chinar park and Nandan park.BHEL township is dotted with many beautiful parks.
 

VAN VIHAR

                 Van Vihar was declared as National Park on 26th January 1983. It covers an areas of 445.21 ha. Once a barren area, it has now been transformed in to an oasis of greenery. This is a unique zoo of the country, as the animals are kept here in near natural conditions. Country to the popular belief, animals are not captured from the forests for bringing them here. Most of the animals kept here are either orphaned animals brought here from all parts of Madhya Pradesh or those which have been exchanged with other zoos.
Location:
      It is located in the heart of the Bhopal city and is easily accessible by road, train and by air. It is situated at a distance of 5 Km Each from the bus stand and Railway station and 10 Km from the Airport.

Aims and objectives:

Protection and conservation of wild animals in near natural habitat.

      Breeding of wild animals as per Central Zoo Authority guidlines and release of captive bred animals in to the wild. To bring awarenes among general public on the need for wildlife conservation and to foster a feeling of sympathy among zoo visitors for wild animals.

To provide an opportunity for scientific stusies on wildlife conservation.
      Van Vihar National Park have number of carnivore, herbivore, reptiles with a large number of local and migratory birds. Animals you can see in a single visit, Tiger, White tiger, Leopard, White Bear, Sloath bear, Hyaena, Cheetal, Sambar, Neelgai, Chousingha, Black buck, Aligator, Crocodile

Few of major parks are detailed below.

CHUNABHATTI  PARK

 Area – 56.06 ha

 Location - Situated along Kolar road

 Boundaries –

 East – Residential Colony Service Road and Shapura Hills

 West – Kolar Road, North – Shahpura Choraha and Lake, South – Kaliasot River

 Main Features

 Walking trail, Aonla and other plantations, Thick natural vegetation

 Undulating topography,  Perennial water body

         

EKANT PARK

 Area – 21.00 ha

 Location - Situated along Link Road – 3 (Madhav Rao Sapre Marg)

 Boundaries –

 East – PHE Rest House and Kolar Road, West – Church and Masjid

 North – Link Road - 3, South – EPCO Campus and Lake

Main Features –

 Seven lawns, Ornamental and medicinal plants, Yoga classes, Children Park,

 Pagodas – 3, Over ways (bridges) – 3, Walking Trail – Five kms

 Plants’ groves – Bamboo, Kadamb, Chir Pine, Nakshtra Park

PATRAKAR NAGAR PARK

 Area – 26 ha

 Location – Patrakar colony, Linking Road No.3

 Boundaries – East – Kolar Road,  West – PHE Workshop and MACT Campus

 North – Link Road - 3, South – MACT College Hostel Campus

 Main Features –

 Walking trail cum Cycle track, Children park