Indore is one of the major cities in India, the largest city and commercial center of the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India. Indore is also known as "Mini Mumbai" due to diverse population of Marathis, Sindhis, South Indians, Punjabi, Marwaris, Rajasthanis along with the local population. Indore reflects lot of similarities of Mumbai, dense crowd, shopping style, food and entertainment that is why Indore is sometimes referred as Mini Mumbai by local people only. It is also the financial centre of the state and serves as the headquarters of both Indore District and Indore Division. It is also called Ahilya nagari. Indore has a wide variety of Namkeens and it is believed that it is the only city in the world who make 100 types of Namkeens, Poha & Jalebi, Chaats (snacks), Kachoris and Samosas, cuisines of various types in different restaurants, and Bengali, Muslim,mugalp,, Rajasthani, continental and confectionery sweets, as well as dishes such as Dal-Bafla.
Chokhi Dhani and Nakhrali Dhani are Rajasthani heritage resorts on the outskirts of Indore. These resorts are given the appearance of a Rajasthani village in India. The villages provide people the precise atmosphere of the village, along with the modern day facilities and entertainment.
Indore Museum, which is popularly known as Central Museum, is located near the General Post Office in Indore. The artefacts exhibited in the museum range from the prehistoric to the modern era. Museum has two galleries, out of which Gallery I houses all the artefacts from prehistoric period of Madhya Pradesh ranging from 5,000 to 4,000 BC. This gallery also holds exhibits from western Malwa, which includes stone tools, quartz sickles, ornaments and items of domestic use. The Gallery II of this museum contains the exhibit of Hindu mythological carvings. Main highlight of the museum is collection of coins, arms and armour. Exhibit in the museum also contains sculptures, which date back to 11th and 12th century.
The Maratha Rulers were skilled in the field of architecture. An exquisite example of their architectural style comprise of the Chattris of Indore. Chhatri Bagh is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Indore, which is known for its permanent canopies. These canopies are built in the memory of the royal members of the Holkar Dynasty. Each chhatri is built on the burial site of the Holkar king or queen. The chhatri primarily comprises a dome shaped cenotaphs with pyramidal spires on the top. During night, this park draws attention of numerous tourists, as the chhatris are illuminated and the fountain at artificial lake starts operating.
|Lal Bagh Palace|
Lal Baag Palace is one of the most spectacular buildings in Indore. It stands on the outskirts of the town, towards the southwest. It is a three storey building on the bank of the River Khan. The palace was built by Maharaja Shivaji Rao Holkar during 1886-1921. Spread over an area of 11,3311.98 sq. m, this palace holds exhibit of prehistoric artefacts. The first floor of the palace holds display of coin collection, which dates back to Muslim period. This palace also houses exhibits of contemporary Indian and Italian paintings. The interiors of the palace are similar to that of Versailles Palace and features Italian marble columns, chandeliers, flying nymphs on the ceiling and Belgium stained glass windows. This palace houses a ballroom, which has wooden floor mounted on springs for extra bounce. The entrance gates of this palace are a replica of the gates of Buckingham Palace. These gates carry the emblem of Holkar state, which states 'He who tries will succeed'.
The Kanch Mandir, as the name suggests, is a temple which is entirely made up of glass and mirrors. It is also known as the Seth Hukamchand Temple, as it was built by the "Cotton King" Sir Hukamchand Seth in the early 20th century. It is primarily a Jain temple and is a wonder in glass. This beautiful temple is a sacred place among people of Jain religious community, as the idol of Lord Mahavira, who was the founder of Jainism, is the presiding deity in the temple. Made from black onyx, the idol of Lord Mahavira is adorned with colourful glass beads. The temple is entirely made of glass including the walls, ceiling, floor, pillars and doors. Along with mirrors, patterned ceramic tiles are also used for decorating the temple.
Rajwada is the historical palace of the Holkars. It was built about two centuries ago and is located near the Chhatris in the main square. It is a seven storied structure, which serves as the living example of the grandeur of the Holkars. ut of the seven floors of this palace, lower three floors are built of stone while the rest four are made of wood. Rajwada stands in the centre of the city. The palace comprises two structures, one of which is located in the centre of the city, while the other lies in the old part of the city. This historic palace was burnt three times in the past and was finally converted into a garden. In 2006, Maharani of Indore, H.H. Usha Devi Holkar, ordered the reconstruction of this palace in the same old style. Efforts have been made to reincarnate the beauty of the palace. Today, the palace is used for holding art exhibitions and classical music concerts.
|Gandhi Hall - Town Hall|
The Town Hall or Mahatma Gandhi Hall is one of the prettiest buildings in Indore city of India. Built in 1904, it was originally named King Edward Hall. In 1948, it was renamed as Mahatma Gandhi Hall. It has a remarkable Indo-Gothic structure and is made in Seoni stone. Its splendid domes and steeples are the landmark of the Indore city. It has a clock tower in front and is popularly known as Ghanta Ghar. The central hall can accommodate 2000 people at a time and is the venue of book, painting exhibitions and fairs throughout the year. The building also has a library, children's park and a temple.
It is the oldest park in Indore, located centrally. Built by the Britons, it was earlier known as Biscow Park and was open only to British before independence. After independence, it was renamed as Nehru Park. The park has a variety of roses and offers facilities like library, swimming pool, children's hobby centre, a mini train and battery operated cars.
Cascading waterfalls from a height of 200 - 300 feet make for an awesome picnic spot at Patalpani. The picturesque and calm ambience around the waterfalls set amidst lush greenery is worth a visit. The depth of the pool that is formed by the waterfall is considered to be so deep that it goes into the netherworld, thus the name- Patalpani.
|Ganesh temple/ Khajrana|
Khajrana Ganesha Temple, which was built by Rani Ahilyabai Holkar, is a pious destination among Hindu devotees. Devotees throng this temple on Wednesdays and Sundays for offering prayers. As per a local belief, all the wishes of the devotees are fulfilled, once they worship in this temple. One of the major festivals celebrated in honour of Lord Ganesha is Vinayaka Chaturthi. In August and September every year, a fair is held in the region of Khajrana. The main focus of this fair is the Khajrana Ganesha Temple.
|Best Time To Visit: October to March.|
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