Minto Hall - A Jewel in the History of Bhopal

May 05, 2020

Blog :: Heritage

The Begums of Bhopal played a key role in the development of Bhopal. Under the patronage of Begums of Bhopal, the city reached the apogee of art, architecture, and culture. One such instance of a landmark that was constructed in the city of Lakes is Minto Hall which was built by Nawab Sultan Jahan Begum. She was quite passionate about architecture and one can experience the same in the popular heritage building- Minto Hall which celebrates her spirit, her dreams, and her aspirations.


Today this popular heritage building stands beautiful wearing the royal look. The massive makeover enthralls all for its poise and grandeur. Let's take a look at the journey of Minto Hall:  


The story of its origin


The fourth and the last begum of Bhopal - Nawab Shah Jahan Begum conceived the very beautiful 'Minto Hall' to felicitate Lord Minto, the then Viceroy of India. The foundation stone for Minto Hall was laid on 12th November 1909. The building was finally completed by Nawab Hamidullah Khan, son of Nawab Shah Jahan Begum. The architect of this heritage building was AC Rovan.


Interestingly the building was never actually used for the original purpose it was meant for. After India attained Independence and formation of the state of Madhya Pradesh, it became a natural choice for the assembly hall for MP State Government.


After its completion, over the years, the building was then brought in use for various purposes including headquarters of Bhopal army, Hamidia college, etc.


Renovation


Minto Hall being Bhopal's prime identity has now been renovated as an international convention center without disturbing its originality. The main hall is used as a multipurpose hall for occasions like conferences, banquets, felicitations, etc. The building also has 2 meeting rooms, two committee rooms, a boardroom, and a media center.  



The beautiful Rooftop Restaurant


One can enjoy the vibrant beauty of the city from this rooftop restaurant. The panoramic view from here cannot be missed. You get to enjoy some tantalizing meals with spectacular views. Named as '1909- The Crown of Bhopal', this classic resto's theme and entire ambiance will make you fall in love with it.  You can also spend a fun evening with your family and friends amidst a romantic ambiance.


So Folks! Do plan a trip to the city of Lakes- Bhopal and include Minto Hall in your must-visit list!