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Indore - The Destination

Interior of Lal Bagh Palace, Indore

The capital city of the erstwhile Holkar rulers, Indore is rightly referred to as Mini Mumbai. Located in the Narmada River valley in the state of Madhya Pradesh, Indore is a significant industrial city of India. It is also the centre of trade and textile industry and home to several historical monuments.

The city was built by a Holkar Rani Ahilya Bai, one of the famous queens of India. As such there are a number of monuments in Indore belonging  to  the   Holkars . Indore  is   famous  for  its  temples . The

architecture of the monuments in Indore is the amalgamation of different styles. The Rajwada or the old palace, located in the old part of the city, near the bustling Khajuri Bazaar, is an important site to visit. This building is a unique blend of French, Mughal and Maratha style of architecture. This seven story, 200-year-old building is a reflection of the glory of the Holkars. Among other must-sees is the Kanch Mandir (the temple of mirrors) or Seth Hukanchand temple is located near the Rajwada. It is a Jain temple, having plain exteriors, and contains intricate mirror work on the inside. An 8 metre tall bright orange statue of Lord Ganesh is another tourist attraction.

As you cruise through the streets, take some time out to shop for cotton garments. This is specifically essential since Indore is the fourth largest textile centre in the country. As you step into this city, be ready to savour the flavour of the past, present and future of India.

Indore - Facts at a Glance

State : Madhya Pradesh
Area : 165.17 sq km
Temperature : 21°C - 46°C (Summers)
6°C - 22°C (Winters)
Altitude : 567 mts
Rainfall : 80 cms
Language : Marathi, Hindi, English
Best Season : October - March

History of Indore

The founder of the Holkar dynasty was Malhar Rao Holkar (1694-1766), who was appointed the chief general of the Peshwas in 1724 because of his valour and courage. In 1733, the Peshwa gifted him the Indore area, thereby making him the ruler of a vast area stretching from the Deccan to the Malwa plateau. After his death, his daughter-in-law, Ahilya Bai Holkar, succeeded him.

Ahilya Bai ruled Indore from 1767 to 1795 from a palace fort at Maheshwar on the northern bank of the Narmada River. Although she never stayed in Indore, it is during her reign that Indore grew up into a big and powerful city. She constructed several religious edifices in various parts of India, the Kashi Vishwanath or Visheshwar temple at Varanasi being the most prominent among them.

Indore remained a princely state until 1947, until India became independent and it became a part of India along with the other states.
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