Lower Lake - History, Timings & Entry Fee

Lake / Backwaters

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Distance (From Bhopal Junction Railway Station): 4 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins - 1 Hr

Place Location: To The East Of Upper Lake

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab / Auto

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 4 km from Bhopal Junction, Lower Lake is a man-made lake located in the city of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Situated to the east of Upper Lake, it is one of the well-known lakes in Bhopal, and among the top places to visit in Bhopal.

Also called Chota Talaab, the Lower Lake was built in 1794 by Chote Khan, a minister of Nawab Hayat Muhammad Khan Bahadur to beautify the city. Several earlier wells were merged in this lake. Chota Talaab, along with the nearby Bada Talaab, constitutes Bhoj Wetland, which is now a Ramsar site. The Lower Lake is separated from the Upper Lake by an overbridge called Pul Pukhta.

The Lower Lake has an area of 1.29 sq. km and a catchment area of 9.6 sq. km. In the 1850s, the maximum and minimum depths of the lake were 11.7 m and 6.16 m respectively. As of 2011, the maximum depth was 10.7m. The lake receives subsurface seepage from the Upper Lake. It drains into the Patra rivulet, which joins Halali River, a small tributary of the Betwa River.

The Lower Lake suffers from pollution due to drainage from sewage-filled nullahs, lack of fresh water source, and commercial washing of clothes. The Government is taking steps to resolve the pollution problem of the lake. In spite of all these, the lake offers an excellent place for visitors to sit back and soak in the surrounding beauty of the city.

Timings: 9 AM - 5 PM

Entry: Free