The city founded by Raja Bhojpal was named after him which eventually came to be known as Bhopal. A unique blend of old with new, Bhopal is often termed as the city of lakes due to the two beautiful lakes situated right in the center of the city. The large lake on the banks of which Bhopal is situated provides this earlier small sleepy town a most picturesque environment in the plains.Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh was founded by king Bhopal in the 11th century but the new city was developed by Dost Mohammed in the 18th century. The legacy of this man came into prominence only when his son's wife started ruling on behalf of her son from behind the curtains. Thus began the rule of Begums in Bhopal. The last of them, begum Sultan Jehan proved to be the most strong, and the one who helped to promote education amongst the females of Bhopal. Till date, the city bears the impression left by various dynasties with fine mosques and palaces while the new city boasts of broad avenues, laid out parks and gardens and a coming up urban town.
It is one of the greenest urban towns of India. The forts, the palaces, and the mosques provide a wonderful glimpse of the glorious past that was. Many dynasties and their kings ruled this place only to enhance and enrich the character of the city. The people of this city were famous for their leisurely lifestyle of playing chess or going on a hunting expedition.