The city of Indore presents a happy blend of historical past & promises of rapid future modernization, it is situated on the Malwa plateau at an altitude of 535 m (18823 ft) above sea level, on the banks of two small rivulets-the Saraswati and the Khan. They unite at the center of the city where a small 18th century temple Sangamnath or Indreshwar exists. The name Indore is due to this deity. It is the largest city in Madhya Pradesh; this city has emerged as the commercial capital of the state.
Situated on one of India’s oldest pilgrimage routes from Mahakaal at Ujjain on river Kshipra to Omkareshwar on the river Narmada and onwards to Rameshwaram, Indore was on the route of Marathas of Deccan on their way to North India. These Marathas guerilla warriors were in constant battle with the Mughal Empire. Their army transit camps here attracted the local Zamindars who, drawn by the promise of lucrative trade, settled in the villages on the confluence of the khan and Saraswati rivers, thereby laying the foundation of this commerce in 1715 In 1741. Temple of Indreshwar was erected in the town, from which it derives the name of Indore.
The trade center grew rapidly under the Holkar dynasty (1733-1818). The remains of their two-century-old palace still stand in the main square (called Rajwada) the city became the capital of the Indore princely state in 1818 after the British forces under Sir John Malcolm defeated the Holkar led by Rani Krishnabai Holkar at Mahidpur. She signed the treaty of Mandsaur by which the control of Indore went in the hand of East India Company. Between 1948 and 1956 Indore served as the summer capital of the former Madhya Bharat state. Currently, it was the commercial capital of M.P.
The Holkar Palace is close to the Chhatris, in the main square in the heart of the city. It is a seven storied building (only façade remains) built over two centuries ago. The historic palace of the Holkar is built in a mixture of Maratha, Mughal and French style. The gopura-like monumental stone and wood structure flanked by bastions and studded with balconies and windows, is a testimony of the past grandeur of the Holkar. Its lofty entrance archway above a huge wooden door encrusted with iron studs, lead into a vast county ward enclosed by galleried rooms, and the arcaded Ganesh Hall where state and religious functions were once held. It is now used for art exhibition and classical music concerts. The lower three floors are made of stone and the upper floor are made of wood which made it very vulnerable to destruction by fire. Rajwada was burnt three times in its history and the last one in the year 1984 was the most devastating. The charred rubble of the rearportion has now given way to a symmetrically laid out garden featuring foundations, an artificial waterfall andsome superb pieces of eleventh century sculpture.
Lal Bagh Palace of the Holkar on the banks of the Khan river is one the grandest monuments the Holkar dynasty left to Indore city. A reflection of their taste, grandeur and life style, its construction began in 1886 under Tukoji Rao Holkar II, and was carried out in three phases, the final phase completed in 1921 under Tukoji Rao III. It is a blend of the baroque and renaissance styles and in its days one of the most elegant residence in India. The Government of Madhya Pradesh as a cultural center is developing it. The main attractions are the splendidly proportioned and furnished rooms, with frescoed ceiling and guilded ornamental mouldings. The architecture and decoration of this palace, inhabited by the Holkars till 1978 reflect the highly.
These are exquisite cenotaphs of the three later Holkar rulers. These memorials in stone are gracefully poised on the banks of the Khan River with their pyramidal spires tapering into soaring kalashas. These are memorials built on the cremation spot of the Holkar ruler of Indore. Facing west is the cenotaph built over the ashes of another woman ruler of Malwa, Maharani Krishnabai. The other two Chhatris are Tukoji Rao II and Shivaji Rao, father and son, and are linked by a common oblong prayer hall with ornately carved arches and pillars on a high platform along the garbha grihas containing life size statues of these rulers. A breathtaking sight at night when illuminated, the Chhatris glow ether ally against the dark of the sky. An artificial lake is created in this stretch of the otherwise dry Khan River complete with a fountain, well-laid gardens on both banks and boating facility.
Bilawali Tank: The tank was made in 1914 based on the plan of the contemporary resident Shri Bojhaket presented in 1905. the tank provided water supply to the textile industries in the past.
This is one of the prettiest buildings in Indore. Built in 1904 and originally named as King Edward Hall, was renamed as Mahatma Gandhi Hall in 1948. This Indo-gothic structure is made in seoni stone and its domes and steeples are a landmark of Indore city. It has a clock tower in front, due to which it is also known locally as Ghanta Ghar. The central hall has a capacity for 2000 persons and is frequently the venue of book/ painting exhibitions, sale and fairs throughout the year.
Many citizen of Indore have a great faith in this Ganesh temple made by Ahilya Bai. They believe that praying here fulfils one’s wishes. Nearby is the dargah sayed. It is believed that his headless body is buried here. This is an important pilgrimage place of Naita Muslims.
With an eight metres of height from crown to foot, the temple houses the biggest Ganpati idol in the world. The idol is made of limestone, mud from the stables of elephants and horses, jaggery, bricks along with holy soil and water from the major pilgrim places in the country with a framework that is made of precious metals. It is believed that whoever visits the deity, all their obstacles and worries are taken away by the Lord which makes a much frequented site for devotees from all over the country in large numbers. Wouldn’t you want to visit the Lord and see if your obstacles get away?
Newly built, adorned with many statues of gods of various religions. It is open to all, irrespective of caste, creed, religion etc. with provision for devotes to pray separately. Central hall is decorated with wall paintings from Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharat, and is used for religious discourses- Pravachan, Bookstores within the premises sell religious books.
Mr. Gul Vaswani, Chairman, An NRI based in Dubai, whose iconic vision of recreating the culture of Rajasthan based on his belief of making it big, a grass root concept from his own roots. Mr. ?Subhash Vaswani?, M.D., shaping the vision, and encapsulating with the rural and rustic resources, he has been the instrument behind giving the group a tangible entity. Chokhi Dhani has already created ripples in the Indian and inbound tourists for the last 2 decades and the group has earlier been awarded ‘India’s Most Innovative Tourism Project? by the Ministry of Tourism, Govt. of India and the winner of Small and Medium Enterprises Award for the Best Travel and Tourism Business for its ventures in Rajasthani Culture for its contribution to the tourism by way of Rajasthani culture. used for religious discourses- Pravachan, Bookstores within the premises sell religious books.
Kanch Ka Mandir, literally Temple of Glass, is a famous Jain temple in Indore, built by legendary Seth Hukumchand Jain. The construction began sometime around 1903. There are other temples in India known as Kanch Ka Mandir
Inspired by the Meenakshi temple of Madurai, four life size elephants hold an ornately decorative gate in plaster. Inside the complex, apart from the main temple of Annapurna Devi are also temples of Shiva, Kal Bhairav, and Hanuman. There is also a pravachan hall. The outer wall of the main temple is decorated with colourful reliefs from mythological stories. Also a Gow-shala is present here.
Nehru Park is a well known tourist destination located most centrally in Indore. Built by the British, initially known as Biscow Park, it was open only to them in the pre independence days and after independence it was renamed as Nehru Park. The park consists of variety of roses, library, swimming pool, children’s hobby center etc. It also has battery operated cars and a miniature train to ride around the park. reliefs from mythological stories. Also a Gow-shala is present here.
Meghdoot Upvan is one of the largest gardens in Indore, which is situated four kilometres away from Palasia, in the outskirts of the city. The Upvan comprises lawns, landscaped gardens, lighted and dancing fountains. Close to the garden lies an amusement park Mangal Merry Land, which attracts tourists and locals on weekends.
Gomatgiri: In 1981, the M.P. government donated a hillock to the Jain Samaj, who constructed a 21 feet statue of Gomateshwar, a replica of the Bahubali statue of Shrawanbegola. Also built are 24 marble temples with shikars, for each Tirthankar. Gomatgiri is approached by a lovely picturesque drive 10 minutes from the city airport. It also has a guest house, a dharamshala and a restaurant.
This is a Jain Holy Place. This comes after gandhi nagar. Here is a huge idol of Lord Bahubali. Nice place to hang-out with family on weekends; weekdays, a place where you can find peace