Eleventh Century Bhopal was founded by Raja Bhog but the present city was established by an Afghan soldier, Dost Mohammed (1707-1740) and it is his descendants who built beautiful Bhopal. Modern Bhopal is spread across prime real estate area overlooking Upper Lake, where Jehan Numa Hotel is located. Because our train came in so late, Marine and I decided to skip many scheduled sights, one of which is considered to be the very interesting; Tribal Habitat Museum also called the Museum of Man with an excellent open air exhibition of contemporary, life-size, tribal dwellings from all over India and ancient rock shelters. We also told new guide Rekha to forget about Laxmi Temple, and a few other places.
We began sightseeing at Taj-ul-Masjid, the jewel of Bhopal’s Islamic cultural heritage. Originally begun by Sultan Jehan Begum, Bhopal’s third female ruler in 1877, it was left incomplete when funds ran out until 1971 when it was eventually finished with donations. This mosque is reputed to be one of the largest in India and has a striking facade, two towering white domed minarets, a madras (Islamic school) and a huge courtyard