About Bhopal

Bhopal is the capital of Madhya Pradesh, and is also known as the City of Lakes. Split by a pair of lakes, Bhopal is two cities within a city, where the ancient and the modern form a beautifully unique amalgamation. Founded by the king Bhoja of the Paramara dynasty (1000-1055 CE), one can still find traces of cultures as different as those of Buddhists, Hindus, Moguls and Afghans, all of which have blended to perfection, providing Bhopal a distinct identity. The city has immense archaeological, historical and political importance attached to it. One of the oldest cities in India, it has today emerged as one of the busiest commercial centers. The city has a population of around 18 lakhs. Bhopal is at the centre of innovative creativity with its art galleries and visual or performing houses of excellence. With broad avenues, exquisitely laid out gardens and parks and buildings that bear an aristocratic stamp, Bhopal strikes the right cord between the new and the old.


Hindi is the common language spoken across the city of Bhopal. English is understood by all the educated population of the city. The official language for Shape South Asia ’17 event will be English.

Travel Information

Visa Requirements

Kindly hold a valid Passport before arriving in India. Nationals of Nepal and Bhutan do not require Visa to enter India. However, citizens of Nepal & Bhutan require a Visa when entering India from China. Individuals travelling will be provided with a letter for visa application upon the letter of confirmation for attending the Shape South Asia ’17 event. For further details on visa requirements please contact Indian embassy or check the link given below:


Note: All Shapers are requested to make their own travel insurance arrangements.

Letter of invitation for visa issuance

By filling in the relevant information in the registration form, you can let us know whether you require a visa and a letter of invitation for its issuance. Or you can contact us directly here


Credit/Debit cards (MasterCard, Visa, American Express) are accepted at Hotels, major Restaurants and most of the shops in Bhopal.

Dollar Rate: The INR currency rate as on 17th May '17 is 1 US $ = 64.11 INR. Please note if you need to exchange funds, please do inform us before your arrival.


Upon your arrival at the Raja Bhoj Airport, Bhopal Hub will be taking care of your pick-up and drop-off. On your arrival, kindly report to the Global Shapers Bhopal Hub Volunteers.


In Bhopal for the month of November the temperature ranges from 15 C to 30 C.

Mobile Connectivity

The standard International GSM (Global System for Mobile Telephony) is used across India. Shapers from out of India can use the International Roaming system
Country Code: +91

Family & Friends

The Global Shapers Bhopal Hub welcomes the friends and family members of Shapers to Bhopal, India. But only Shapers can attend and be a part of Shape South Asia ’17 event.