Bhopal’s most defining feature is the serene Upper Lake or Bada Talab – an expansive water body ringed by lush greens. Choose to paddle boats slowly on the water all day or just sit and look at the flocks of water birds that fill the skyline above. Situated on a hill overlooking this very lake, Madhya Pradesh Tourism’s Hotel Lake View Ashok capitalises on its location. The hotel truly lives up to its name – each of the 43 rooms in the building offer grand view of the lake from cosy balconies. From the rooftop restaurant, with both indoor and outdoor seating, I can spot the minarets of the Taj-ul-Masjid peeking above the tree cover. At night, a meal here is accompanied by views of city lights twinkling all along the bank of the Upper Lake.
The hotel’s uniqueness lies in the many scenic spots that it offers where one can enjoy a meal or a drink. Apart from the rooftop Lake City Socialite restaurant, Kinara, on the ground floor, offers Indian and Chinese cuisine with views of the water from large glass windows. Ripples, a small wood-lined bar, is a quiet spot for downing a drink with the excellent view of the lake, while Bhopal Express offers an incredibly quirky dining experience inside a railway coach. For a quick and comfortable stay in Bhopal, the Hotel Lake View Ashok is an option.
Getting there: Hotel Lake View Ashok is located 13km/30 minutes from Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal and 6km/20 minutes from Bhopal Jn. Railway Station
Hotel Lake View Ashok
Address: Shyamla Hills Road, Shymala Hills, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Tel: 0755 266 0090
Tariff: Double room starts at Rs 4,077/- breakfast not included