Wildlife

#1 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 8 km from Bhopal Junction, Van Vihar National Park is a national park located in the beautiful city of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Situated on the banks of Upper Lake, it is one of the popular parks in Madhya Pradesh, and among the must-visit places as part of Bhopal Packages.

Declared a national park in 1979, Van Vihar covers an area of about 4.45 sq. km. It has the status of a national park but is developed and managed as a modern zoological park, following the guidelines of the Central Zoo Authority. The animals here are kept closest to their natural habitats, making it a haven for people who love nature. Most of the animals here are either orphaned and brought from various parts of the state or exchanged from other zoos. The park is unique because visitors access it from a road through the park, and security of animals assured from poachers by building trenches and walls, chain-link fence.

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Museum

#2 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 1 km from Van Vihar National Park, and 9 km from Bhopal Junction, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya is a unique museum located at Shyamala Hills in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Situated near Van Vihar, it is one of the largest and leading anthropological museums in India, and among the most visited tourist places in Bhopal.

Also known as the National Museum of Mankind or Museum of Man, the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS) was established in the year 1985. Spread over an area of about 200 acres, the museum depicts an integrated story of the evolution of man and culture with special reference to India. The museum also has a regional center for the South India region at Mysore in Karnataka. Located along with the Upper Lake, the museum can be accessed either from Lake View Road or from another road near Demonstration School.

The museum offers an opportunity to explore the most subtle but artistic sensibilities of the rich Indian culture .....

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Heritage

#3 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 4 km from Bhopal Junction, Gohar Mahal, also spelt as Gauhar Mahal is an ancient palace located in the Peer Gate area of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Perched on the banks of the serene Upper Lake, it is one of the beautiful heritage structures in Bhopal, and among the top places to visit as part of Bhopal Packages.

Gohar Mahal was constructed in the year 1820 by the first female ruler of Bhopal, Qudsia Begum who is popularly known as Gohar Begum. This three-storied palace was the residential as well as a working place for the Begum. Maintained by Madhya Pradesh Tourism, it is one of the finest specimens of architecture and craftsmanship of the Nawabi era. Built with a perfect blend of Hindu and Mughal styles of architecture, the palace is ornamented with intricate interior carvings and beautiful decorations on the exterior.

The splendid three-storied structure has an entry from the lakeside. The surrounding of the palace is beautifully landscaped with lawns and .....

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Heritage

#4 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 4 km from Bhopal Junction, Shaukat Mahal is a historical structure located in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Situated at the entrance to the Chowk area, it is one of the most unique architectural marvels of Bhopal, and among the top places to visit in Bhopal.

Shaukat Mahal was constructed in the 1830s as a wedding gift for Sikander Jehan Begum, the first full-fledged female ruler of Bhopal. It is an integral part of the famous royal quadrangle of Bhopal around the Iqbal Maidan, earlier known as Khirniwala Maidan. Architecturally it is a bit of an oddity compared to other buildings in the heart of Bhopal, the building has many western elements combining both Post Renaissance and Gothic styles. This is due to the design being attributed to the Bourbons of Bhopal, widely considered to be descendants of renowned French kings.

Built with a mix of Indian-Islamic and European Styles, the roof of the building is adorned with a series of complicated triangular-shaped arches .....

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Pilgrimage | Museum

#5 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 6 km from Bhopal Junction, Birla Mandir is a Hindu temple located in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Also known as Lakshmi Narayan Temple, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Bhopal, and among the must-visit places during Bhopal Trip.

Built atop the striking Arera Hills, the famous Birla Temple was built as a tribute to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu. It was erected by the famous industrial family - the Birla Group and inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi. The temple is spread over 7.5 acres and is adorned with well-maintained lawns, gardens, fountains, and sculptures. Apart from Lakshmi and Lord Vishnu, this temple also houses a beautiful shrine of Lord Shiva, with his wife Parvathi.

It is one of the oldest and well-maintained temples in Bhopal. The grand temple attracts thousands of devotees during the festivities of Janmashtami and Diwali. Surrounded by greenery and an ancient charm, the temple not only provides a spiritual experience but also a panoramic .....

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Museum

#6 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 8 km from Bhopal Junction, State Museum Bhopal is an archaeological museum located on Shyamla Hills in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Situated opposite to Regional Science Centre, it is one of the popular museums in Madhya Pradesh, and among the prominent places to visit in Bhopal.

The State Museum was established as Edward Museum in 1909 AD by the rule of Bhopal state and governed with the name of Ajayabghar in the present central library building. After the formation of Madhya Pradesh state, the museum was shifted to the building at Banganga road and was called as Bhopal Museum. In 2005, the State Museum, Bhopal was inaugurated in a new form in a newly constructed building and is one of the beautiful specimens of architecture.

This museum contains outstanding art pieces & rare antiquities that showcase the rich cultural heritage and historical tales of Madhya Pradesh. The museum comprises 17 galleries on various subjects include thematic gallery, pre-history & .....

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Museum

#7 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 8 km from Bhopal Junction, Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum is a museum located at Shyamla Hills in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Situated just beside State Museum, it is one of the popular museums in Madhya Pradesh, and among the prominent Bhopal Tourist Places.

The cultural tapestry of Madhya Pradesh is woven with varied art, craft, architecture, and customs as it is home to several tribal communities such as the Gonds, Baigas, and Bhariyas. The Tribal Museum in Bhopal brings to life the culture of these tribes through full-scale models and colorful art installations and performances. Established in 2013, the museum was created and dedicated to the tribal people of Madhya Pradesh.

Spread across 7 acres of land, the museum is divided into 6 colorful galleries showing the diversity of the seven tribes of the state - the Bheel, Gond, Korku, Baiga, Sahariya, Bhariya, and Kol. The artistic displays are mesmerizing as it creates awareness about the tribal rituals, customs, .....

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Pilgrimage

#8 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 4 km from Bhopal Junction, Taj-ul-Masajid, or Taj-ul-Masjid is a 19th-century mosque located at the heart of Bhopal city in Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the largest mosques in India, and among the must include places in Bhopal Trip.

Literally means 'The Crown of Mosques', the Taj-ul-Masjid is one of the largest mosques in Asia. The construction of the mosque was initiated by Nawab Shah Jahan Begum of Bhopal (1868-1901) during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar and continued to be built by her daughter Sultan Jahan Begum, till her lifetime. But the mosque was incomplete due to lakh of funds. After a long lay-off, its construction began once again in 1971 and was completed by 1985. The entrance (eastern) gate was renovated grandly using ancient motifs from circa 1250 Syrian mosques by the contribution of the Emir of Kuwait to commemorate the memory of his departed wife.

A classic illustration of Mughal architecture, Taj-Ul-Masajid is sprawling .....

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Museum

#9 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 7 km from Bhopal Junction, Regional Science Centre is a science center in the Shyamala Hills area of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the Science Museums in India, and among the most important places to visit in Bhopal, especially those who are travelling with children.

The Regional Science Center in Bhopal was inaugurated in 1995 by the then president of India late Shankar Dayal Sharma. This center is one of the 25 constituent units of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) engaged in popularizing Science and Technology amongst students in particular and the masses in general, through a wide range of activities and interactive programs.

The Regional Science Center contains over 266 science exhibits. There is a hall in the center which is known as The Hall of Energy, which allows visitors to learn about different forms of energy. There are many exhibits that highlight the importance of renewable resources. Also, there is an Atmosphere Gallery, known .....

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Pilgrimage

#10 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 7 km from Bhopal Junction, Cave Temple is a sacred Hindu shrine located in the Lalghati locality of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Situated on top of a small hill, it is one of the popular places f pilgrimage in Bhopal, and among the prominent attractions to visit during your Bhopal Trip.

Also known as Gufa Mandir, the Cave Temple was discovered in the year 1949 by Shri Mahant Narayandas Ji Tyagi. The spacious temple complex comprises 7 natural caves hence this temple was named Cave Temple. One of these seven caves has the self-styled Shiva's Pindi, whose vision only fulfills the wishes of the devotees. The cave that holds the Shiv Lingam is supplied by natural water that never goes dry even during the summers.

Just below the cave in the temple complex, beautiful tableaux of deities like Shri Radhakrishna and Shri Ram Janaki Laxman are installed. There is an establishment of a famous temple in the courtyard by the name of old Hanuman Ji. Apart from this, the Durga .....

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Backwaters

#11 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 7 km from Bhopal Junction, Upper Lake is an artificial lake situated in the heart of Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. Locally known as 'Bada Talaab', it is the oldest man-made lake in Madhya Pradesh, and among the must include places in Bhopal Tour Packages.

Bhopal holds several lakes hence the city is widely known as the city of lakes. Of these, the Upper Lake is the most significant one that lies on the west of Bhopal. Also referred to as Bhojtal, the Upper Lake was created by Raja Bhoj of the Paramara dynasty in the 11th century CE. According to the folklore, once king Bhoj suffered from a skin disease and all Vaidyas failed to cure him. Then, one day a saint told him to build a tank to combine 365 tributaries and take a bath in it to get cured of the skin disease. The king got his engineers to work on the same, with some help from Gond Commander Kalia, who gave him the address of a secret river to bring the total number of rivers to 365. And that was how the Upper Lake .....

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Pilgrimage

#12 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 4 km from Bhopal Junction, Moti Masjid is a religious place located in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Situated near Gauhar Mahal, it is one of the significant mosques in Bhopal, and among the important places to visit in Bhopal.

Often called the city of mosques, Bhopal is home to several historical mosques and monuments within its walls. One such mosque is the Moti Masjid built by Sikander Jehan Begum of Bhopal, the daughter of Qudsiya Begum in the year 1860. Though relatively smaller in size, it is an important historical landmark in Bhopal. The mosque is located in the heart of the city and represents the rich history of the Bhopal Begums in India.

The architectural design of the Moti Masjid has a striking resemblance to the famous Jama Masjid in Delhi. It features a white marble facade with two small cupolas on the top. Moti Masjid translates to 'the pearl mosque', so named because of the shimmering white facade of the building. The two dark red towers on either .....

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Museum

#13 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 5 km from Bhopal Junction, Bharat Bhavan is an autonomous multi-arts complex and museum located in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Situated near Upper Lake, it is one of the popular museums in Bhopal, and among the must-visit places in Bhopal.

Opened in 1982, Bharat Bhavan was established and financed by the Government of Madhya Pradesh. It has been set up to create an interactive experience through verbal, visual, and performing arts. Bharat Bhavan provides space for contemporary expression, thought, quest and innovation. It seeks to provide a creative and thought-provoking environment to those who wish to contribute something new and meaningful, in a contemporary scene in the fine arts, literature, theatre, cinema, dance, and music.

Designed by architect Charles Correa, the complex has a series of terraced gardens, which would be seen cascading down to the lake. The visitors enter at the highest level and walk down a pedestrian spine, flanked by a pattern of courtyards, .....

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Heritage

#14 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 24 km from Sanchi, and 44 km from Bhopal Junction, Raisen Fort is a historical edifice located in the town of Raisen, Madhya Pradesh. Situated atop a hill, it is one of the ancient forts in Madhya Pradesh, and among the must include places in Bhopal Tour.

Built-in 11th Century AD, Raisen Fort was an important center of administration from the period of its foundation from Hindu times. In the 15th century CE, this fort was ruled by the Sultans of Mandu, from whom it passed to the Rajputs. In 1543, Shershah Suri captured th fort from Puranmal. In Akbar's time, Raisen was the headquarter of a Sarkar in the Subah of Ujjain in Malwa. Fiaz Mohammad Khan, the third Nawab of Bhopal State occupied the fort in about 1760, later got himself recognized as Faujdar of Raisen by Emperor Alamgir II. Now, this fort is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.

The Raisen Fort is spread over ten sq. km on a hill of more than 1500 high. The fort has a massive stone wall .....

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Heritage

#15 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 5 km from Bhopal Junction, Rani Kamlapati Palace is an ancient palace located inside Kamla Park in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Situated on the bridge connecting the Upper Lake and Lower Lake, it is one of the heritage places to visit in Bhopal.

Rani Kamlapati Palace was built in 1722 by Queen Kamlapati, the widow Gond ruler of Nizam Shah, Chief of Ginnorgarh. The palace lies on the eastern side of the ancient embankment known as Bhojpal, built by the Paramara Rajput King Bhoj (AD 1010-1055) from which the present name Bhopal is derived. It has been designated as a Monument of National Importance in 1989 and is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). This monument was declared protected by the Government of India in 1989 and since then Archaeological Survey of India remains the custodian.

The architecture of Kamlapati Palace is an example of contemporary secular architecture of the early eighteenth century and the earliest extant example in Bhopal .....

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Backwaters

#16 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 39 km from Bhopal, Halali Dam is a manmade reservoir located at Khoha village in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the famous picnic spots near Bhopal, and among the best places to visit in Bhopal.

Also known as Samrat Ashok Sagar Project, Halali Dam is constructed in 1973 across Halali River, a tributary of the Betwa river. The river was earlier known as the Thal River. According to local legends, Dost Muhamad Khan a Nawab ruler killed a rival force from Rajput near Jagdishpur on the bank of the tributary. In consequence, since it appeared red with the victim's blood, hence the name Halali which means the river of slaughter.

The dam is 945 m long with a maximum height of 29.57 m above the foundation level. With a catchment area of around 699 sq. km, the colossal dam is quite popular among the locals of Bhopal as an excellent spot for picnics and boat rides. Apart from this, the reservoir is home to aquatic life. Mainly used for irrigation and .....

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Museum

#17 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 9 km from Bhopal Junction, Yodhasthal is an army museum located at Lalghati locality of Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Situated near Bhopal Airport, it is one of the interesting museums in the capital city, and among the prominent Bhopal sightseeing places.

Yodhasthal is a prominent 'Know your Army' museum located at the Dronachal Complex in Bhopal Military Station. Known for its exhibition of arms and ammunition used by the Indian Armed forces, the museum provides engrossing knowledge about the victories and war stories of the Indian Army. At Yodhasthal, one can see a fabulous collection of big automobile and aviation machines that are staged outdoors like the helicopter, fighter aircraft, and many other defence equipments. There are also a great collection of artillery guns used during Kargil, Siachen, and other wars.

The museum has six sections namely Preksh Grah, Parichay, Avishkar, Astra Shastra, Alpahar, and Swagat Kaksh. Preksha Grah is an audio-video center .....

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Museum

#18 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 8 km from Bhopal Junction, the Regional Museum of Natural History is a museum located in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. Situated near Shahpur Lake, it is one of the famous museums in Bhopal, and among the best tourist places in Bhopal.

The Regional Museum of Natural History was inaugurated on 29th September 1997 by Saifuddin Soz, the then Minister of Environment and Forests of India. It is a branch of the National Museum of Natural History, New Delhi. The Museum deals with general aspects of natural history depict the flora, fauna, and ecosystems of the region, and promotes conservation and environmental awareness through its exhibit galleries and educational activities.

The museum offers a unique opportunity to explore the biodiversity in which the interconnection of various components of nature, besides the information of the vegetation and the rivers Madhya Pradesh, has been shown in connection with the protection and relationship of human and the environment. .....

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Miscellaneous

#19 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 8 km from Bhopal Junction, Bhopal Ropeway is located in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the must-experience things to do in Bhopal.

The Bhopal Ropeway is located at Manubhan Tekri, a very famous Jain temple in the city. The temple is located at a very secluded and sacred site, and to get here you must use a special ropeway that gives you access to some really beautiful sights of the city. The ropeway used to reach the Jain Temple in Manubhan Takeri and offers a fascinating view of the city when the sunset covers the city-sky in a blanket of warm orange.

Timings: 6.30 AM - 8 PM

Entry: Rs. 50 for Person

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Hill Station

#20 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 51 km from Pipariya, 108 km from Chhindwara, 119 km from Hoshangabhad, 121 km from Itarsi, 159 km from Bhimbetka, 194 km from Bhopal, 203 km from Sanchi, 228 km from Nagpur, 242 km from Jabalpur, 337 km from Indore, and 383 km from Ujjain, Pachmarhi is a stunning hill station located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is one of the popular hill stations in India, and among the must include places in Madhya Pradesh Tour Packages.

Situated at an altitude of 1,067 m in a valley of the Satpura Range, Pachmarhi is the only hill station in Madhya Pradesh. This is also often known as 'Satpura ki Rani' or the 'Queen of the Satpura Range'. Dhupgarh, the highest point (1,352 m) in Madhya Pradesh and the Satpura range is located here. The picturesque hill town is also a part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which is home to leopards and bison. A beautiful retreat and a great tourist spot, it is the perfect place for nature lovers.

The name Pachmarhi .....

Distance (From Bhopal): 194 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bhopal - Including Travel): Full Day
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Heritage

#21 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 12 km from Vidisha, 21 km from Raisen, 46 km from Bhopal, 105 km from Bhimbetka, 238 km from Indore, 282 km from Jabalpur, 285 km from Jhansi, 289 km from Orchha, and 329 km from Khajuraho, Sanchi is a small historical town in the Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh, India. Famous worldwide for its Buddhist monuments, it is one of the popular places of heritage in India, and among the must include places in Madhya Pradesh Tour Packages.

The town of Sanchi is the center of a region with innumerable age-old stupas, monasteries, temples, monolithic pillars, and other remnants of the rich Buddhist culture. The monuments at Sanchi today comprise a series of Buddhist monuments starting from the Maurya Empire period (3rd century BCE), continuing with the Gupta Empire period (5th century CE), and ending around the 12th century CE. The sculptures and monuments present at the site are probably the best-preserved group of Buddhist monuments in India.

Earlier, Sanchi was .....

Distance (From Bhopal): 45 Kms
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Heritage

#22 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 9 km from Obaidullaganj, and 45 km from Bhopal, Bhimbetka is an archaeological site located in the Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is one of the popular places of heritage in India, and among the must include places in Madhya Pradesh Tour Packages.

The archaeological site of Bhimbetka is situated inside the Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary, embedded in sandstone rocks, in the foothills of the Vindhya Range. It was discovered in the year 1957, but only in the 1970s that the scale and true significance of the Bhimbetka was discovered and reported. It came under the management of the Archaeological Survey of India in 1990 and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2003. The name 'Bhimbetka' is derived from the historic tale of Mahabharata. Legend has it that Bhima, one of the Pandavas sat in this place during their exile, and thus the place got its name 'Bhimbetka', which means the sitting place of Bhima.

The site consists of seven hills namely Vinayaka, .....

Distance (From Bhopal): 45 Kms
Trip Duration (From Bhopal - Including Travel): Full Day
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Wildlife

#23 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

At a distance of 17 km from Sohagpur, 42 km from Pipariya, 64 km from Hoshangabad, 65 km from Itarsi, 93 km from Pachmarhi, 140 km from Bhopal, Satpura National Park, also known as Satpura Tiger Reserve, is located in the Hoshangabad district of Madhya Pradesh, India. Cradled in the Satpura Range, it is one of the popular national parks in Madhya Pradesh and among the popular tiger reserves in India.

Covering an area of about 524 sq. km, Satpura National Park was established in 1981. It was first explored by Captain James Forsyth of Bengal Lancers in 1862 while he was searching for Indian Freedom Fighter Tantya Tope. The park holds the pride of being the first declared Reserved Forest Area of India due to its ecological and commercial importance. Later in the year 1999, this national park comes under Satpura Tiger Reserve along with Bori Sanctuary and Pachmarhi Sanctuary. The park won the TOFT Wildlife Tourism Award in the year 2010 for the Most Visitor Friendly wildlife destinations. .....

Distance (From Bhopal): 140 Kms
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Backwaters

#24 of 24 Places to Visit in Bhopal

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 .....

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