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If your trip to Bhopal is all locked in but your itinerary is looking a little empty, we can give you a few hints and tips.
Not too far from the city center, Moti Masjid is one attraction you might like to add to your must-see list. If you still have room on that travel schedule, TT Nagar Stadium and Upper Lake will keep you amused as well.
If you're after things to see and do around Bhopal, you certainly won't come up short! Vidisha, just 34 miles away, offers some great attractions that'll keep you on the go. Want an excuse to check it out? Udayagiri Caves and Toranas ought to work nicely. If you need any more convincing, also think about Stupas.
Here are our recommendations on how to jump behind the wheel of a rental car with some savings in your wallet:
Bhopal knows how to entertain. You could stay a while in this place and still not see it all. If you want to take in as much as you can in this thriving metropolis, a rental car is a must. Keep in mind that driving in the city often goes hand in hand with tight streets and limited parking spaces. Don't worry though, because an economy or a compact car will make this much easier to manage. If you want to head straight out of the city and discover some of the mountains that Bhopal is well known for, you may prefer a rental car with more room to move. A mid-size or full-size SUV will make that longer drive comfortable.
You'll be happy to hear that there's a huge variety of luxury rental vehicles in Bhopal. What you go for is largely dependent on your budget and what you're hoping to do. Specialty and prestige vehicles are hard to beat if you're all about mod cons and comfort. If you're splashing out, why not grab a fully kitted-out SUV, or perhaps a slick mid-size sedan? Alternatively, if you just need a car to get from A to B as cheaply as possible, stick with a budget compact vehicle (or something else that won't blow your budget).
From its one-way streets to its high-speed highways, exploring Bhopal is a walk in the park with your own set of wheels. But before you veer into the fast lane, here's what you need to know about driving around this city:
Stay on the left-hand side of the road in Bhopal. If you plan to get a rental car here, be aware that the driver's seat will be on the right. It could take a bit to get the hang of!
Finding a place to park in Bhopal isn't always a breeze. That's why many travelers look for a hotel that comes with a parking lot. When leaving the car around the city, make sure you check the signage. Overstaying the maximum time limit could get you a nasty fine.
If you don't like the idea of sitting in gridlock, avoid driving between 7:00 am and 10:00 am, and then again from 4:00 pm till 7:00 pm. These are the rush hours in this city of 1,599,900 people.
Most residential areas in Bhopal have a 40 km/h speed limit. Outside these areas, the speed limits generally range between 40 km/h and 120 km/h.
Most of the time, your chosen rental company will charge the amount stated on the fine to your credit card. Alternatively, the company may share your contact details with local law enforcement agencies so they can issue a fine straight to you.
Provided you have Bluetooth or similar functions enabled, you can use your cell phone while driving a car in Bhopal. But be sure to keep focused on the road.
The legal BAC (blood alcohol content) limit when driving in Bhopal is 0.03%. If you're in the mood for a big night, leave the car behind and organize some other way of getting home instead.
Traffic laws in Bhopal permit drivers at a red light to turn into the direction of traffic nearer to them, without having to wait for it to turn green. Before doing so, the vehicle must come to a total stop and the driver must be sure that the lane is clear before proceeding.
Although there are a small number of exceptions, seat belts are mandatory in Bhopal District.