Chowk (Bazaar) is in the heart of the Old City, a wonderful place to buy something and know its daily lives of Bhopal's warm, friendly citizens. There are number of shops that are around for embroidered velvet cushions, tussar silk, silver jewelry, and intricate beadwork.
While visiting to Bhopal, one must visit this old city market and walk around the narrow lanes to see how the old city functions. One can also get some great bargains and discounts on the special arts of Bhopal like the bead work and the hand embroidery.
These lakes have gained highest popularity by its beautiful landscape which is credited as the artwork of Raja Bhoj. The Upper Lake spreads over a 6 sq. km. in area and is partitioned from the Lower Lake by an over bridge. The most exciting part of this lake is that one can get facilities and warrants exciting trips by sail, paddle and motor boats at the Upper Lake. 'Van Vihar' (safari park) and the fish-shaped aquarium are also highly contributed towards its popularity amongst the locals and tourists.
Shaukat Mahal is a perfect combination of both oriental and occidental architectural styles representing Gothic and post-Renaissance architectural patterns. It is situated at the entrance to the chowk area in the centre of the beautiful city. The white exterior of the building are beautifully carved with exquisite floral patterns, which look unique amongst all the antique monuments of Bhopal.