and built by Rani Ahilyabai of the Maratha Holkar dynasty in the 18th
century, Indore was once a major center of Maratha power. It is a
perfect base for forays further a field. Mandu, City of joy, is about a
two-hour drive away. Strategically perched at the edge of the Malwa
plateau, its excellent natural defence are reinforced by 45 Km long
is connected to Bhopal, Gwalior, Delhi and Mumbai by air. Meter
gauge as well as broad gauge link Indore to all important cities in India.
Indore is well connected by road to Mumbai, Agra and other cities. Sites
of interest here include Lal Baag Palace , spread over an area of 28
hectares, it is one of the legacies built by the Holkar dynasty. Bada
Ganapati, is a temple which houses a huge statue of the deity. Kanch
mandir, is a Jain temple constructed by the late Seth Hukumchand. It is an
architectural marvel of glass work. Town Hall, constructed in 1904
and originally named King Edwards hall, was renamed Mahatma Gandhi Hall.
Central Museum, houses a large collection of parmar sculptures from
Hijlajgarh. Gita Bhawan, is a newly constructed structure, with statues of
gods of various religions. Rajwada, situated in the heart of the city, it
is a seven storeyed structure, which is a mix of the muslims, maratha and
the french style.
Baag, houses the tombs or cenotaphs of the Holkar rulers. Nehru park, is
the oldest park in the city and houses a wide variety of flowers. Meghdoot
Upvan, is a new garden with sprawling lawns, lit fountains and land scaped
gardens. Annapurna is a temple devoted to the Hindu Goddess of food -
Annapurna. The other important places include Khajrana, Deoguradia, Patal
Pani, Bijasen Teri, Gomatgiri and Dewas.
Ahilya Bai loved Indore immensely, it was only after her death that the
State capital was shifted from Maheshwar to Indore in 1811 AD. Today, her
statue adorns the centre of the city, Rajwada. Indore continued to be the
State capital until the formation of Madhya Bharat State in 1948.
Places to visit
A 2 minutes drive from the airport leads you to a hillock on which was
perched a guest house of the Holkars, now converted into Border Security
Arms Museum, as well as a small temple of Bijasen Mata, built in 1920,
which has a magnificent view of the sunset. A mela (fair) is held during
the Navratri. A good picnic spot, with a breathtaking view of
Indore city by night.
Synonymous with the heart of Indore city, it
stands today as a mute witness to the bygone splendour of the
Holkarrulers. This 200 year oldseven-storeyhistoric palace of the Holkars
is built-in a mixture of Muslim, Marathaand French styles. The lower three
floors are made of stone and the upper floors are made of wood, which made
it very vulnerable to destruction by fire. Rajwada was burnt three times
in its history; the last fire in 1984 took the greatest toll. Today only
the front facade remains. Recent renovations have recreated some of the
old glory of this beautiful palace .
The Jain Samaj has constructed a 21 feet statue of Lord Gomateshwar, a
replica of the Bahubali statue of Shravanbelagola. Also built here are 24
marble temples with shilars for each tirthankar.
The citizens of Indore have great faith in this Ganesh temple, built
during the reign of Ahilyabai Holkar. It is believed that all wishes are
fulfilled by praying here. Nearby is the dargah of Nahar Sayed. This is an
important pilgrimage place for Maita Muslims.
Chhatris are the tombs or cenotaphs erected in memory of dead Holkar
rulers and their family members. The Chhatris picturesquely poised
on the Khan river banks near Rajawada are incomparable in terms of Maratha
architecture and sculpture of their period. At Chhatri Baag is the main
collection of tombs housed in two compounds. Close by is the beautiful
Bolia Sarkar's Chhatri constructed in 1858 AD in memory of Sardar Chimnaji
Appa Sahib Bolia.
Made in 1904 and originally named King Edward's Hall, it was renamed
Mahatma Gandhi Hall in 1948. Its architectural style is Indo-Gothic. Made
in Seoni stone, its domes and staples are a landmark of Indore today. It
has a four-faced clock tower in front, because of which it is locally
known as Ghanta Ghar. It is frequently the venue for the various
book and painting exhibitions, fairs and festivals held throughout the
year. The building also has a library, a children's park and a temple.
The Indore Museum houses the finest collection of Parmar sculptures from
Hinglajgarh. The Parmar style originated here, and is characterized by
proportioned figures, carefully and ornately depicted in stone. The museum
is also known for its collection of coins, arms and armour.
Lal Baag Palace is one of the grandest monuments the Holkar dynasty left
Indore. A reflection of their taste, grandeur and lifestyle, its
construction began in 1886 under Tukoji Rao Holkar II, and was carried out
in three phases. The final phase was completed in 1921 under Tukoji Rao
Holkar III. Many royal receptions were held here. It has a total area of
28 hectares, and at one time it had the reputation of having one of the
best rose gardens in the country.
Better known for its size than antiquity, this temple houses perhaps the
largest Ganesh idol in the world measuring 25 feet from crown to foot.
Created as a result of the dream of an Avantika (Ujjain) resident, Shri
Dadhich, it was built in 1875.
: Indore is connected with Bhopal, Gwalior,
Delhi and Mumbai.
Rail : Indore is on the Western railway and is connected with major
Road : Indore is connected by bus with Mumbai, Ahmedabad,
Aurangabad, Bhopal, Gwalior, Mandu, Maheshwar, Omkareshwar, Ujjain, Sanchi
Best Season : Throughout the year.