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Cultural Heritage Walk

The students of Grade 11 Humanities got the opportunity to make a field heritage walk in the locale of Old Sultania road organized by the Department of History. The visit included the heritage site Gohar Mahal, its pavilion park, and monuments on Old Sultania road. We visited "Retghat park" where we saw Indo-Islamic arches and Rajputana chhatri. The architecture had a simple flat floor with slab stone. The structure was made of red sandstone. In front of the structure, we saw water embankment. 

Further, we saw the "Lal Imli Masjid" which is made up of red sandstone. It had a Rajputana dome as well. 

Following that we visited the rearward side of the Gohar Mahal complex. Gohar Mahal is a magnificent architectural edifice of Bhopal. It is a perfect blend of the Mughal and Hindu style of architecture. We saw structures that were possibly built before the Begums of Bhopal. A majestic look is still retained by the archways of the palace. This palace was built by the first woman ruler of Bhopal, Qudsia Begum who was also known as Gohar Begum in 1820 situated on the banks of the Upper Lake. 

Moti masjid was built by Shah Jahan Begum after she returned from her Haj. Apart from all the monuments in the area, Moti Masjid stood apart because of its white marble minarets and red sandstone works. A comparative study of the different forms of architectural styles was explained by our teachers. Moti masjid, influenced by the Mughal architectural style is also known as the 'pearl mosque'. It has a striking resemblance to the architecture of the Jama Masjid in Delhi, except for the size. 

We further proceeded to look at the Badal Mahal from the bus itself due to incessant rains. 

We all found the trip very educational with our escort teachers Mr. Adrash Shrivastava and Ms. Shireen Comfort. It was a great learning opportunity towards understanding the cultural heritage of Bhopal.