Situated right behind the Shaukat Mahal on the banks of the Upper
Lake is the Gohar Mahal that was once an architectural gem. However,
the palace has not been well maintained and is currently in a
Nevertheless, the archways of the palace still retain a majestic air
about them and are well worth a visit.
by Qudisiya Begum (who was also known as Gohar Begum) in 1820, the
Mahal is a wonderful expression of the fusion of Hindu and Mughal
Qudisiya Begum was the first woman ruler of Bhopal who ascended the
throne of the erstwhile princely state in 1819, after her husband died
in an accident (see History). From then on, political power rested
with the Begums of Bhopal. The Begums were liberal and modern in their
outlook, and Qudisiya Begum was the probably Indias first womans-libber.