The city derives its name from the 18th century Indershwar Temple and lies to the extreme west of the state on the banks of river Saraswati and khan in the heart of malwa plateau. Indore is a district and commercial center of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Indore is known for its architectural splendor. The tales of the glorious past are narrated by these splendid historical monuments and cast a magical spell on the visitors. Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar was a great architectural patron and spent a lot of money on the construction of many temples across the nation. The queen is taken in great regard by the people and as a tribute, her statue was built in the center of the city, near Rajwada.
Indore is a host to many industries, like automobile, textile, IT etc. With latest technological advancements, the city is about to become the IT hub of the state of MP. Other than this, there are a number of educational institutes in Indore which are amongst the best in the country. Some of the famous places are Bada Ganpati Temple, Kanch Mandir (Glass / Crystal Temple), Rajwada (Holkar Palace), Sukh Niwas Palace etc.
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.
Annapurna Temple, one of the oldest temple in the city is dedicated to the Goddess of nourishment, Devi Annapurna. Built in the Indo-Aryan and Dravidians architectural style, this 9th century magnificent 100 feet high temple resembles the famous Madhura Meenakshi Temple. The most remarkable thing about this temple is that it has no mandaps or pillared halls. The main gate of the temple is decorated with four life-size elephants made of plaster of Paris; the exterior wall is decorated with colorful images from mythological stories and idols of gods and goddesses and the inner sanctum is adorned with the images of Shiva, Kal Bhairav and Hanuman. Other attractions of the temple is the pravachan hall situated near Dashahara Maidan and the fourteen and half feet high idol of Lord Kashi Vishwanath in Padmasanath position.
Rajwada is a historical palace in Indore city. Built by the Holkar about two centuries ago. This seven storied structure is located near the Chhatris and serves today as a fine example of royal grandeur and architectural skills. The structure comprises two parts, the first one located at the heart of the city and the second one standing in the old part of the town. Rajwada palace exhibits a blend of Maratha, Mughal and French styles, the palatial structure is sure to leave you spellbound. The entrance itself is beautiful with lofty archway and a giant wooden door covered with iron studs. As one makes his way through the entrance, one is greeted with a courtyard comprising of arched Ganesha hall, a number of balconies, windows and corridors, surrounded by galleried rooms. The lower three floors are made of stone and the upper floors are made of wood.
A temple made of mirrors, which arrests the attention of the spectator, Kanch Mandir in Indore is a flamboyant Jain Temple. Every nook and corner of this beautiful shrine is laid with glass. Also known as Seth Hukamchand Temple, Kanch Mandir exhibits an exquisite spectacle and a celebration in glass. Kanch Mandir exhibits complicated patterns of glass paintings, which are painted with utmost devotion. The paintings display unique talent and try to depict the various aspects of Jainism. The special glass chamber at the top of this remarkable shrine has a raised statue of Mahavira, which is having a multiplied effect. A splendid sight made of glass, which glitters with the grandeur of the sun, Kanch Mandir definitely has a breath taking effect on the spectator.
Chhatris (cenotaphs) are the royal tombs of the erstwhile rulers of the Holker clan. These cenotaphs are placed on the banks of the beautiful river Khan, and these chhatris exhibit excellent architectural brilliance. A marvelous remnant of a glorious reign, the Chhatris survived the passage of time. The typical Maratha style architecture with domes and pyramidal spires, Chhatris allures the tourists with its historical enigma. When illuminated at night, the chhatris gleam brightly and it presents an eye-catching spectacle. The artificial lake constructed on the river beds of Khan river with fountains, gardens and boating facilities adds a special charm to this marvelous cenotaphs.
Central Museum, also known as the Indore Museum, is one of the most interesting buildings in Indore. It is a treat for the people who are genuinely fascinated by the history of India and the rich civilization that flourished here in the pre historic age. It is located near the General Post Office in Indore. The Museum exhibits the finest collection of Parmar sculptures from Hinglajgarh. The Parmar style actually originated here only. Its main features include proportioned figures, careful and intricate ornamentation and depiction in stone.
The Central Museum also boasts one of the best collections of medieval and pre-medieval Hindu and Jain sculpture in Madhya Pradesh. These sculptures have been finely carved and date back from the reign of the Guptas to the Paramanas. They have been collected from the ruins of the 11th-12th century temples at Hinglajgarh. They usually depict Harihara, Shiva and Parvati seated on Nandi, standing Parvati and a damaged Chamunda. Among the architectural remains preserved in the museum, the most remarkable is a doorframe, richly adorned with figures and ornamentation.
Built in the year 1875, during the reign of Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar, Khajrana is famous for housing the largest Ganapati statue in the world. From crown to foot the deity measures eight meters in length. Made up of a weird mix of limestone, jaggery, bricks, mud from the stables of elephants and horses, besides holy soil and water from the major pilgrim places and the deity's image generate a significant impact on the devotee. Deity's frame is made of precious metals, and the deity looks amazingly wonderful. The popular belief is that Bada Ganapati is the hinderer of all obstacles so devotees render highest regard to this idol.The gigantic statue of Ganapati is a fascinating attraction of this pilgrim center and large folks frequents here to have a darshan of this gorgeous deity.
Sarafa Bazaar situated behind Rajwada on the western side of Indore is famous for various types of snacks and jewel items. The most remarkable thing is that the food shops will open only after 8.00 pm when the jewelleries get closed.In the evening, thre place is flooded with food vendors with variety of snacks like samosas, kachoris, pani puri, pav bhaji, chhole tikiyas, sabudana ki khichdi, maalpua, poha etc. Joshi Restaurant famous for bhutte ka kees made of grated corn garnished with coriander leaves and grated coconut and Dahi bade and Vijay Chaat House famous for khopra pattis (patties) which are made of khopra (dry coconut) with a covering of potatoes and served with khatti-meeti chatni are the two main restaurants located here.
Geetha Bhavan is one of the famous places of worship in Indore adorned with many statues of Gods of various religions. It is open to all irrespective of caste, creed and religion, with provision for devotees to pray separately. The central hall of the bhavan is decorated with wall paintings from Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharata and is used for religious discourses i.e Pravachans. A religious book stall is also located in the complex.
Gurdwara Imli Sahib, A Sikh shrine situated in Indore in Madhya Pardesh. In the year, 1568 Guru Nanak Dev Ji in the way of his itinerary diverted from southern states to the north-west and reached Indore. It is centrally located and innumerable devotees assure spiritual knowledge, peace and bliss here.
A scenic locale in the suburban of Indore city, Patalpani is renowned for the cascading water falls. The calm, quite lustrous ambience of Patalpani makes it a favourite picnic spot among nature lovers. The gushing water of the cascade falls to an average depth of 200-300 feet is really enchanting. It is quiet amazing to see the depth of water formed at the bottom of this cataract is not yet fathomed and the common saying is that it goes to the mythological world of underground. Blessed with a hilly terrain, Patalpani offers enormous trekking opportunities, which arouses the hidden bravery of the visitor. Patalpani is a picture perfect hill station where one can rejoice the magnificence of cascades and explore the challenges of nature.