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Bhopal History, India


 Bhopal is situated almost in the center of India and hence has its own importance on the map of India. The unique selling point of the lakes to be found in and around the city is that most of them are manmade and not natural! 

Parmara King Bhoj is said to be the person responsible for laying the corner stone for the city of Bhopal. The name of the city was taken from the king’s name Bhoj and a dam which was built in the proximity and which was called as pal. The city of Bhopal has faced everything from success to loss during the many years of history that it has faced.

After the death of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb somewhere in the year 1707, it was the Afghan soldier from the Orakzai tribe who laid the map for the current city of Bhopal. The remains of Islamic culture can still be seen in Islam Nagar area of this city. This Islamic culture was brought into the city of Bhopal during the control of the same Afghan Soldier.

From the year of 1819 to the year 1926, the city of Bhopal was under the total control of four different Begums. These female rules were Qudisa Begum (the first of the four), Sikandar (the second and the daughter of Qudisa Begum), Shahjehan (the third and the daughter of Sikandar), and the last was Kaikhusrau Jahan Begum. The city of Bhopal went through huge numbers of upgrades during the rule of these begums. Most of these innovative upgrades were in the form of railways, waterworks, and postal system.

After the Indian Independence, the ruler of the princely state Bhopal joined hands with the Indian Union and merged the princely state with the Indian Union by 1949. It was during the State Reorganization act when Bhopal went under the Madhya Pradesh borders and was given the status of capital city for the same state.

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