The month of Ramzan may be a fantastic time to travel, and like any other religious celebration, it provides an excellent opportunity to learn about local customs and culture. We are discussing how ancient Bhopal glams up during the holy month of Ramzan and what all a tourist can see and do through this bit of information.
Food stalls with iftar snacks
We are all familiar with how the Ramzan celebration is observed; adherents from all over the world fast from sunrise to dusk and end the roza with iftar. The streets of old Bhopal are alive with activity, and food vendors are stocked with iftari snacks. Fresh pheni, samosas, and imarti can also be smelled wafting through the streets by some. Nukti khaare, bakarkhani (spiced flatbread), chanadaal, khajoor (dates), bhajiyas (fritters), and pheni are some of the famous Ramzan snacks sold in the market and highly appreciated by families for iftar refreshments.
Devotees rush to Masjids
Devotees congregate at Masjids to offer prayers as the lovely sound of azaan fills the air. During Ramzan, the majestic masjids become a focal point and are thronged by a large number of devotees. When it comes to great architecture, Bhopal is home to a few of India's most gorgeous mosques. The Taj-ul-Masajid, Moti Masjid, and Jama Masjid are all architectural marvels. Visiting the mosques in Bhopal during Ramzan is a terrific way to learn about the religious significance of the event. If you're not a disciple, go as a tourist to learn about the history and spiritual significance of these architectural marvels.
Old Bhopal's bustling night market
While the streets of old Bhopal may be quiet during the day during the month of Ramzan, the night markets are a must-see. The city begins to see a massive influx of customers who are unable to shop during the day and must come down to shop at night. Shops selling itra or perfumes, jewellery, home decor, apparel, and shoes will be flooded with customers. If you're in the chowk market, stop by the zari-zardozi stores for some authentic hand-embroidered batuas, ornamental accessories, and dress fabric. The Begums of Bhopal popularised the craft, which is endemic to the city. After shopping, head to Qazi Camp for delectable biryani and kebabs, and if you're a vegetarian, try the fajitas.
-By GARGI BANSODE