Indore is the commercial capital of Central India. It is located along the Malwa Plateau, north of Vindhya Range. It is the most populous city in Madhya Pradesh with its 1,597,445 population. Indore was built by Rani Ahilyabai Holker, promising exciting attractions like temples, palaces, plains, hill stations and museums. Many tourists visit different attractions along the city throughout the year.
Annapurna Temple is one of the most famous pilgrimage centers in India dedicated to the goddess Annapoorna. She is the goddess of food in Hindu Mythology. The majestic shrine resembles the famous Madurai Meenakshi Temple. There are three shrines inside, namely; the Hanuman, Sivan and the Kalabhairava. Annapurna Temple possesses architectural splendor such as an ornamented gate and decorative walls with legendary characters.
Khajrana (Ganesh Temple)
Khajrana is a pilgrimage center which was built by Rani Ahalya Bhai Holkar. Devotees believed that their wishes will come true after prayers and offerings during Wednesdays and Sundays. The temple is also a dwelling place for rulers. The peaceful environment gives most tourists a warm feeling.
Chattri Cenotaph Bagh
Chattri Bagh contains many beautiful memorials. Chattris is a local name used in describing the dome structures that were built for ceremonial rites of their rulers. There are three royal tombs along the Khan River of the Holkar clan. The Maranatha styled architecture of memorial stones and pyramidal spires exhibits brilliant designs. Cremation spots are also made for their rulers.
A prayer hall having an oblong shape was carved with pillars and arches along with the life sized Holkar ruler statue. Chattris glows against the black sky with a fountain, garden and boating facility, attracting more and more people every night.
Mahatma Gandhi Hall is one of the prettiest structures in Indore. It was formerly called King Edward Hall. The hall was made in Indo-Gothic style architecture of Seoni stone. It has a four-faced clock tower, domes, Minarets, frescoed ceilings having ornamental moldings. It has a central hall that can accommodate 2000 people at a time. This place is used as a major cultural and art venue throughout the year. A children’s park library and temple are amongst the most popular spots of Gandhi Hall.
Rajwada is a historical place belonging to the Holkers period. It is a two-century old palace that serves as a gateway of Rajwada. It stands in the town’s old portion, along the crowded streets of Kajuri Bazar. The palace’s architecture is a blend of French, Mughal and Maratha architecture.
This 200 year old seven-story palace has galleries, fountains, gardens and artificial waterfalls. A palace named Holkar was built with the use of monumental stones and wooden structures. This remarkable mansion was burnt thrice over the years and was renovated with magnificent sculpture pieces since the 11th century.
Lal Bagh Palace
Lal Bagh Palace is one of the finest monuments that had imposed testimonials of the Holkar dynasty. It is the ruler’s ancestral palace, giving a picture of the Holkan lifestyle. Royal receptions and functions are held here to showcase its quality architecture. The palace was converted as a museum worth seeing. It is open from 10 am to 5 in the afternoon.
Kanch Mandir/ Glass Temple
Kanch Mandir Temple is a temple made of mirrors. It is also called the Seth Hukumchand Temple. The colorful Jain Temple has a beautiful shrine with intricate patterns and glass paintings. The 21 images of Lord Mahavir correspond to the 21 Jain Thiethankaras.
Bada Ganpati was built in 1875. It is the home of the largest statue of Ganapati. It was made up of brass, gold, silver, copper and iron together with limestone, bricks, jaggery and mud from elephants and horses.
Indore abounds with many tourist attractions. Throughout the years, this has made an outstanding impact on the region’s culture and the society. The city is being rewarded because of its bolstering Tourism industry and the commercial achievements of its people.