Bhopal, capital of Madhya Pradesh combines old and the new with a lot of old portions still with Mughal influence and the new showcasing the modern Indian city. It is situated on the site of an 11th century city, Bhojapal, founded by Raja Bhoj. The city was an important part of the "Bhoj" kingdom with Ujjaini (a city close to Bhopal) being the seat of the kingdom.
Diwali, Ramnavami, Holi ar celebrated with other parts of the country.
Other festivals are:
Ijtima- Ijtima, a major festival of Muslim is popularly celebrated in Bhopal. This festival is held every year and stretches for three days Muslim pilgrims come from various regions of India assemble in Bhopal on this auspicious festival.
National Drama Festival- National Drama Festival is celebrated in the month of September with great pomp and show. Artists, poets, writers gather in large number to showcase their talent. Folk dance, song and cultural activities add more glitter to the festival.
Dhrupad Samaroh- This festival is one of most popular festivals of the place and it is celebrated with great excitement. This festival sets the platform for the promotion of classical music.
Lokrang- This traditional festival of Lake City is celebrated on the pious day of the Republic Day. This festival stretches for five days and pulls the crowd like magnet. Tribal and folk programs, cultural activities and performing arts make it a colorful festival. The festival gives out the traditional flavour of Madhya Pradesh.
Regular flights connect Bhopal with Delhi, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Indore and Mumbai.RAIL
Bhopal is on the Delhi-Chennai main line. Major trains going from Mumbai to Delhi via Itarsi and Jhansi also go through Bhopal.ROAD
Regular bus services connect Bhopal with Indore(186 kms), Mandu(285 kms), Ujjain(188 kms), Khajuraho (383 kms), Pachmarhi(195 kms), Gwalior(423 km), Sanchi(46 kms), Jabalpur(295 kms), Bhimbetka (46kms) and Shivpuri(311 km).