Split by Upper and Lower Lake, Bhopal, the Muslim-dominated capital of Madhya Pradesh tenders diverging cityscapes; varying from Old Bhopal near VIP lake in North with royal palaces turned luxury hotels and New Bhopal, with malls in the South. Established-in 1707, this princely state was once ruled, by the Nawabs of Bhopal who contributed, many heritage structures from Taj-ul-Masajid to Noor-Us-Sabah Palace. These Royal Estates continue to foretell royal stories of a bygone era when Begums were the ultimate Kings.
While Southern Bhopal has broad roads, museums and luxurious resorts, the northern side of the city has ascendency over a maze-like neighbourhood, bulging at the seams of crowded bazaars and mosques. If you plan on sparing no expense to make your Bhopal trip a wonderful memory then here’s a rundown of luxury hotels that were once a Royal Palace and still evince royal vibes.
Qudsia Begum was the 1st Queen or the Nawab Begum to reign Bhopal, further succeeded, by her daughter Sikandar Begum and granddaughter, Queen Shah Jahan. Subsequent, to 25-years of royal administration, Shah Jahan Begum’s son Hamidullah Khan became the 19th-century Nawab of Bhopal. His estate was further inherited, by his daughter Sajia Sultan, who became the mother to Mansoor Ali Khan and grandmother to Saif Ali Khan. With a long history, ascertained in ancient literature, this grand residence has nursed generations of royal protocols and continues to do so, even after hundreds of years. It’s for this reason, Noor-Us-Sabah Palace is a preferred property when it comes to wanting to experience the royal treatment.
Jehan Numa Palace
Another fantastic palace-turned hotel in Bhopal, is the 19th-century Royal residence, Jehan Numa Palace. Dotted by century-old royal treasures, this Heritage property stars a characteristic olio of maximum comfort in a contemporary space. No matter what, the reason for your visit, staying at the princely estate, of Jehan Numa Palace, will acquaint you to a spectacular culinary and hospitality heritage thriving under antiquated colonial designs. The Palace is, in fact, too ‘special’ to be called a hotel.
Jehan Numa Retreat
Extending its legacy to outskirts of Bhopal, is Jehan Numa Retreat, a new addition to the properties listed under Jehan Numa Group. Nestled by the edge of Van Vihar National Park, a sprawling club of natural forests, Jehan Numa Retreat makes for a perfect ‘Spa Resort or a Rejuvenation Getaway’ for those interested in experiencing nature up close in the lap of legendary refinement and sophisticated ambience!