5 Best Adventure Activities in and Around Bhopal

Not too many visitors are aware of the plethora of adventure activities in Bhopal in addition to the classic edifices of Mughal architecture it is the home to. Bhopal is hugely popular for its heritage tourism owing to the mosques like the magnificent Taj-Ul-Masjid and the marvelous Jama Masjid and the palaces like Shaukat Mahal and the Birla Mahal. 

Apart from so many places that are on the bucket list of many tourists, adventure activities near Bhopal add another aspect, well-capable of enhancing your visit to this beautiful city. Bhopal is taking adventure sports to the next level by introducing myriads of sports like zipline ropeway, sailing, paintball, archery, fishing, rappelling, go Karting, ATV biking, climbing, and trekking to its spectrum.

The nearby lakes and the surrounding mountainous terrain are best suited for water and adventure activities. Zip lining over Kerwa Lake marks as the longest twin zip ride in entire central India. Bhopal ropeway was made for the purpose of shortening the distance to reach the hilltop Jain Mandir. The excellent views and the impeccable service attracts hordes of tourist and devotees to reach the hilltop which offers magnificent views of the cityscape and the Upper Lake. 

From indulging in water activities like boating and canoeing in the Bada Talab or the Upper Lake to trekking and hiking amid the lush greenery of Van Vihar National Park – there are numerous options for thrill-seekers in Bhopal.

Here are some of the best adventure activities in and around Bhopal:

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Flying Fox over Kerwa Lake

The mere imagination of zipping across the longest twin zip in Central India over Kerwa lake itself feels electrifying. The 520 meters long Flying Fox twin zip lines crossing Kerwa Lake give you the real thrill of an adventure.

Hanging and speeding together over the deep lake water is one of the sought-after adventure activities in Bhopal which are still unknown to many. The well-trained staff of flying fox is not only friendly but absolute exemplary in what they offer. Kerwa Dam is about 15 kilometres away from Bhopal and the location is also perfect for rappelling and hiking expeditions.

Age Requirement: Anyone can do it but preferably between 10 to 65 years old.

Duration of ride: Less than 30 minutes.

Location: Kerwa Dam Road, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

Price: INR 2000 per person.

Other Activities: Hiking, boating, rappelling, go-karting.

You can check out some of the best jungle resorts near Bhopal for a stay amidst the woods.


Gaze at the City from the Top in Bhopal Ropeway

Bhopal Ropeway takes one to uphill where they can find a quaint little Jain temple from where you can gaze at the cityscape and the panoramic vistas of the Upper Lake. 

The ropeway is located at the foot of Manua Bhan Ki Tekri and the temple is only accessible through the ropeway which was installed in the year 2001. One cabin can accommodate up to 6 patrons at a time. It is a must do activity in Bhopal for every tourist. 

Duration of the ride: Within 30 minutes.

Location: Manua Bhan Ki Tekri, Sun City, Lalghati, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Timings: 10 AM to 7 PM but remains closed from 1 PM to 3:30 PM.  

Price: INR 66 per person for a two-way ticket.

Other activity: Sightseeing, meditation, worship.

Here are some handpicked resorts in Bhopal perfect for an enchanting stay.


Sailing at Bada Talab

The vastness of the lake and the beauty of the horizon lures many into taking a sail excursion far into the distant skyline. Many operators provide boating, sailing and other water sports experience by the banks of Bada Talab. Bada Talab is one of the most popular places to visit in Bhopal. 

Hemmed in by the rich habitat of Van Vihar National Park on the southern edge endows sailors with unique sights of some exotic birds in this Bhoj Wetland. It is one of the desirable adventure activities in Bhopal that keep many engrossed in the beauty of the Lake.

Duration of the sail: 45 minutes to an hour.

Location: Upper Lake,  Near CM House, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM on all days of the week.

Price: INR 100 per head for Cruise boat, INR 240 per head for Motor Boat, and INR 80 per person for Paddle Boat.

Other activities: paddle boating, canoeing, kayaking, water skiing and parasailing.

You should also check out the list of other water sports activities to do near Bhopal that will give you an adrenaline rush.


Rock Climbing in Pachmarhi

The sedimentary rock formation in Pachmarhi makes the best natural walls for climbing. Pachmarhi rocks have pitches ranging between the larger class of III to VI grades which require endurance and right skills to reach the endpoint of any summit. If you are an amateur climber, there are smaller hills which can scale down too. 

In addition, you might witness a nice fiery sunset after reaching the top. Rock climbing in Pachmarhi is one of the many adventure activities near Bhopal which are conducted on the rigid terrains of Central India. 

Location: Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh.

Timings: Sunrise to sunset.

Price: Varies on different operators and the grades.

Other activities: Camping, nature walks.

Apart from rock climbing Pachmarhi is also a popular spot for road trips near Bhopal.


Trekking in Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary

Ralamandal wildlife sanctuary offers exciting green trails, animal spotting tours and mist-laden waterfalls and hills to hike up the slopes. As you walk crunching the twigs and dry leaves of the sky soaring trees, you will be welcomed by the chirps and twitters of the birds topped with swishing mountain breeze. The Ralamandal wildlife sanctuary is one of the famous places to visit near Bhopal.

As you trek and reach the top of the mountain, out of all the adventure activities near Bhopal that you have experienced, you will put this among the best ones. The wilderness of the sanctuary and the view from the top encompassing vast stretches of blue and green meeting at a point is a sight that cannot be expressed in words.

Location: Ralamandal, Madhya Pradesh.

Timings: 9 AM to 6:30 PM.

Price: Entry charge of INR 5 to enter the park.

Other activities: Jungle Safari, birdwatching.

There are many other trekking trails near Bhopal which you should not miss to check out.

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