Famous For: Indore has prospered into being the 4th largest centre of cotton textile industry in India. It is also justly famous for its beautiful bangles. Indore can be called the ‘food city’. Here are some interesting places of Indore below-Lal Bagh Palace, Khajrana Ganesh Temple, Kanch Mandir, Sarafa Market, Chhapan Dukaan, Gomatgiri, Krishnapura Chhatris, Pipliyapula Regional Park, ISKCON Indore, Indore White Church, Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary, Gandhi Hall, Tincha Falls, Bamniya Kund, Rajwada, Patalpani Waterfall, Annapurna Temple, Treasure Island Mall, Dharampuri, Choral Dam, Janapav, Central Museum Of Indore, Mohadi Falls, Nehru Park, Bijasen Tekri Temple, Chhatri Bagh, Crescent Water Park, Kamla Nehru Prani Sangrahalay (Zoo), Sirpur Lake, Pitra Parvat, Meghdoot Garden, Sitlamata Waterfalls, Geeta Bhawan etc.Major Attractions: Rajwada, Lal Bagh Palace, Patalpani Waterfall, Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary, Kamla Nehru Prani Sangrahalay (Zoo), Tincha Falls, Central Museum Of Indore.Ideal Visit Time: October to March are the best and ideal months to visit Indore. July to September is also a good time to visit as the temperature cools down due to showers but rains could hamper your sightseeing and travel plans. Summers must be avoided due to the scorching heat.
Indore is a city in west-central India, state of Madhya Pradesh. It’s known for the 7-story Rajwada Palace and the Lal Baag Palace, which date back to Indore’s 19th-century Holkar dynasty. The Holkar rulers are honored by a cluster of tombs and cenotaphs at Chhatri Baag. The night market Sarafa Bazar sells street food. East is the Indo-Gothic Gandhi Hall and clock tower. The Jain temple Kanch Mandir has a mirrored mosaic interior. One of the educational hubs in the country, Indore has both an IIT and an IIM. Indore is also the cleanest city of India. As well as visiting the interesting places here you can try out some local delicacies like Indori Poha at Sarafa Bazaar.
Now let’s discuss about some attractive places of Indore below-
The Rajwada Palace is located near the famous Kajuri Market in Indore. This is a historic palace, which carries the history and heritage of the city of Indore. This famous palace was built by the Holkars about 200 years ago. It is a seven-story structure located near Chhatris. The palace also carries a great work of art with its royal splendor and architectural prowess, which attracts tourists very easily. The Rajwada Palace faces a well-maintained garden with a statue of Queen Ahilya Bai, an artificial waterfall and a few beautiful fountains. Even after so many years, the palace continues to be one of the most famous tourist spots in Indore and is also one of the oldest structures. Obviously it’s one of the must visiting places of Indore.
Lal Bagh Palace
This famous palace was ruled by the rulers of the Holkar dynasty. The palace is spread over 28 acres of land and is a tasteful reflection of the rulers of the Holkar dynasty. Also the Lal Bagh Palace is class and grandeur personified. Indescribable in architectural beauty, this palace was once the best rose garden in the country. The palace that once was a witness to the grandeur of the Holkar dynasty, it is situated on the banks of River Khan, 3.2 km away from the main city. Although Indore has a share of its own glory, it is still a popular spot that should be marked at the top of the list of spots set on your itinerary.
This palace’s construction began in 1886 during the reign of Tukoji Rao Holkar and was completed in 1921, 35 years later. Once the residence of the ruling Holkar dynasty till 1978, it is now more of a museum. It keeps some of the most exquisite artifacts of the Maratha Empire and the Holkar dynasty intact, apart from a rare coin collection. The interiors of this palace will make you forget that you are in India, owing to the myriad mixture of Italian marble columns, flying nymphs on the ceiling, Belgium stained glass windows, Greek mythological reliefs, grand chandeliers, rich Persian carpets, Italian style wall paintings, stuffed leopards, and tigers etc. All in all, Lal Bagh Palace is a must visiting place when you’re in Indore.
Plummeting from a height of 300 meters, the Patalpani Waterfall is the most scenic photo stop in Indore. These roaring falls are enveloped by refreshing mist and dense verdure making them the favourite getaway picnic spot. The monsoons swell the falls and may make it risky for close encounters causing accidents. It is best to maintain cautious distance from the waterfall during the rains. You can immerse yourself in nature by traveling in the right environment.
Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary
This wildlife sanctuary is one of the oldest sanctuary of Madhya Pradesh. This Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary packs a treat for wildlife and avifauna enthusiasts alike. The River Narmada, which is 150 million years older than River Ganga, graces the sanctuary with its presence. Home to deer, wild hare, tigers and an umpteen variety of birds, this sanctuary is nothing short of paradise. Some have to enjoy the beauty of the place directly, which cannot be fully expressed through writing. So, you’re most welcome here.
Kamla Nehru Prani Sangrahalay (Zoo)
This zoo is the home to the majestic Royal Bengal Tigers and the awe-striking White Tigers. This “Kamla Nehru Prani Sanghrahalay” does a great deal at protecting and breeding these rare beautiful creatures. It also houses the Leopards, Humungous Himalayan Black Bears and many endangered amphibians and avifauna. The zoo is soon going to be home to one of the largest reptiles of the planet-the anaconda. So, you should visit this place when you’re in Indore.
These popular Tincha waterfalls are located about 25 km from the bustling city of Indore. It’s one of the most popular waterfalls in the region and is a tourist attraction during the high season. The roaring plunge of water at a height of 300 feet is a rain fed waterfall and is primarily a monsoon destination. Surrounded by lush greenery, this waterfall attracts a wide range of visitors from all walks of life. Surprised to be rejuvenated through the middle of the valley, Tincha Falls is an ideal picnic destination and many people flock here to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city during the rainy season. There is a small pond at the foot of the waterfall, the stillness and beauty of this pond carries a view that you must miss.
Central Museum Of Indore
If you have a strong fascination towards the historical heritage then Central Museum of Indore is a must-visit place for you. The museum is situated in proximity to the General Post Office & stores some of the finest remains of the Parmar sculptures. The main features of these sculptures cover stone depictions and proportioned figures. A door frame decorated with ornaments and engraved images forms the most remarkable architectural remains of the museum. The museum is mostly popular for its beautiful sculptures & architectural beauty.
The whole museum is divided into two galleries. The 1st Gallery preserves prehistoric specimens and the 2nd Gallery displays intricately carved paintings based on Hindu mythology. In addition to these you will find here a collection of armor, weapons and coins used in antiquity.
How To Reach
By Road: There are many national highways and state highways passing through Indore, connecting it with other parts of the state of Madhya Pradesh and the rest of the country. The road quality is quite good. The major privately-operated buses plying these routes are RTS Royal Star, Raj Ratan Tours and Travels, Neeta Travels, Intercity Travels, Hans Travels and Ashok Travels. The Madhya Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (MPSRTC) also runs frequent buses from neighbouring cities to Indore.
By Train: Indore has its own railway station. The Indore Junction is a very busy railway station, under the Western Railway zone in India. Many direct trains from cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Cochin, Ahmedabad and Jaipur, stop at Indore Junction. The city also has other railway stations at Lakshmibai Nagar, Manglia Gaon and Patalpani. After reaching the railway station, you can easily hire a taxi or cab to reach your preferred destination.
By Air: The nearest Airport is “Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport“. It is situated in Indore and it takes roughly 15 minutes drive from the city. It is well connected to a spectrum of cities like Varanasi, Delhi, Lucknow, Kathmandu, Bhopal, Hyderabad and Kolkata via Air India, Jet Airways, JetKonnect, Indigo and Spice Jet. After reaching the airport, you can easily hire a taxi or cab to reach your preferred destination.