Attractions in Indore
The Rajwada or the Old Palace - The Rajwada
or the Old Palace is one of the prime sites
to visit in Indore. Located in the old city,
the building is a blend of French, Mughal and
Maratha architecture. This 200-year-old palace
belonged to the Holkar dynasty. The palace is
distinguished by three stone-made lower stories,
wooden upper stories, well-laid garden with
fountains and an artificial waterfall.
Kanch Mandir - The Kanch Mandir,
as the name suggests in the local language
, is a temple made of
mirrors . Also known as Seth
Hukamchand Temple, it is a must visit in Indore.
Built by Sir Hukamchand Seth in the early 20th century,
it is a wonderful Jain temple with simple exteriors
and intricate mirror work done on interiors. The walls,
ceilings, floor, pillars and doors are all inlaid
with glass. Paintings done in coloured glass are the
uniqueness of the temple. The paintings of the temple
also depict stories from Jain scriptures. The statue
of Lord Mahavir kept here is said to be visible up
to 21 times on glass, corresponding to the twenty-one
The Chattri Bagh - Located near the
Khan River, the Chattri Bagh is another important
place to visit. The place is characterised by a number
of chhatris or memorial canopies dedicated to the
Holkar rulers and their family members. The Chattris
or the canopies are quite attractive especially the
Chattri of Malhar Rao Holkar I, the founder of the
Bagh (The Nehru Center) - One of the
few important monuments built by the Holkar
rulers is the Lalbagh palace. The palace, the
construction of which was carried out in three
stages, is a must visit in Indore. This palace
was used for holding important functions and
celebrations. The gardens all around and the
overall make of the palace reflect the taste,
splendor and lifestyle of the Holkars.
Bada Ganpati -
Built in the year 1875
, this temple as the
is famous for having the largest Ganapati statue
in the world.The statue measures 8 mts from crown
to foot and is made of metallic frames of gold,
silver, copper, brass, and iron.
Quick Getaways near Indore
- Located a few kilometres away from Indore
is a small island at the union of the Narmada
and Kaveri rivers in the state. The island
is shaped like the holy Hindu symbol 'Om'
and the Omkareshwar temple here is one of
the many temples dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Made from local soft stone, the temple holds
importance as one of the 12 jyotirlingams
of India, attracts a good number of religious
tourists every year.
Maheshwar - Located 91 kilometres
from Indore, a four-hour journey
by bus is the small town of Maheshwar. This
town is famous for its fort and temples and also
for the saris produced by the local weavers. Known
as Maheshwari saris, the silk saris are intricately
patterned and quite comfortable to wear. You can
purchase a few locally made saris from the local
shops where the prices of these saris are comparatively
Ujjain - Located at a distance
of 56 kilometres from Indore, Ujjain also called
as Ujjayini, is one of the holiest cities of India.
Situated on the banks of the sacred river Shipra,
Ujjain is also known for being one of the four centres
of Kumbha Mela. The Mahakaleshwar Temple, the Gopal
Mandir or the Ganesh Temple, the temple of Har Siddhi
Mata (the family goddess of king Vikramaditya) and
the Vedha Shala (Veda School) are some of the must-visit
Patal Pani - Located at a distance
of 36 kilometres from Indore, Patal Pani is especially
famous for the 150 feet high waterfall. Water falls
from that height into a kund. The kund is supposed
to be dangerous as the depth of it is still unknown.
It is believed that the bottom of this kund touches
Patal (nether world).