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INDORE                                             General Information of Indore

Planned 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 fort walls.

Indore  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.

Chhatri 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.

Though 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

Bijasen Tekri
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.

Rajwada
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 .

Gomatgiri
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.

Khajrana
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
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.

Town Hall
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.

Central Museum
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
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.

Bada Ganpati
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.

Access

Air : Indore is connected with Bhopal, Gwalior, Delhi and Mumbai.

Rail : Indore is on the Western railway and is connected with major Indian cities.

Road : Indore is connected by bus with Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Gwalior, Mandu, Maheshwar, Omkareshwar, Ujjain, Sanchi and Vidisha.

Best Season : Throughout the year.


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