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Bhojtal of Bhopal: More than a tourist spot; captivating nature and culture comes alive around it
For visitors and tourists to Bhopal – the capital city of Madhya Pradesh – a half-day visit to the huge local lake is a must to enjoy boating and going around the lake surrounded by small hills, vegetation and presence of aquatic and avian life in the wetland called Ramasar site.

The lake located on the western side of the city also works as a major source of water supply to the city. I have been to the city four times and never missed a chance to visit it. During every visit, I found a new charm added to the lake side. The city also has a few small lakes and the residents are religiously and culturally attached to these lakes and visit them and worship places around them on various festivals.

Bhojtal attracts tourists due to its scenic beauty and the a good number of colourful boats of different kinds right from water sports boats to sailing boats to fishing boats. Many tourists can be seen having a boat ride in the lake.

For the tourists facilities for enjoyable trips by sail, paddle and motor boats are available. However, the National Sailing School at the Boat Club offers various water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, rafting, water skiing, parasailing etc. to sports persons and trainees.

Van Vihar National Park attracts tourists and mere driving on road passing through is a thrilling experience since on one side one can see the animals and birds in their natural habitat and on the other side of the road is the scenic beauty of the lake. Another attraction on the side of the lake is the Bhopal Zoo on the banks of the lake.

For tourists, it is exciting tour to visit yacht club, boat club, Takia Taapu , Gohar Mahal, Raja Bhoj statue, Noha installation and other attractions here.

Jerry Pinto and associates in their book "Talk of the Town" describe Bhopal thus: "You can see their legacy alive in all kinds of ways: in Bhopal's zardosi work, a kind of embroidery done on bridal outfits, sherwanis, and purses; in the famous handicraft of batua, a small string purse usually used with Indian traditional clothes; even in the continuing popularity of shairi and poetry recitals and in the nafasat (or sophistication) of its old residents; or in nay recipes for the preparation of betel leaf or paan that are still consumed here."

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