The Indore Tourist Attractions with their specialties draw huge people with varied interests. The tourism attractions in Indore please general tourists, history lovers, art lovers and religious minded people.
Places to See in Indore
Indore is blessed with some exciting and wonderful places. The historic city has age old forts, magnificent palaces and intricately carved temples. Some of the important tourism spots in Indore are;
The Rajwada, built by the Holkars of the Maratha Empire in 1766, is a seven-storeyed palace situated near the Khajuri Bazaar. Both the Maratha and the Mughal styles of architecture are visible. The structure contains two parts; the first one is located at the heart of the city, whereas the second one is located in the old part of the city. Read More.....
Chhatris, meaning umbrellas or canopies, symbolize pride. They have a dome-like structure and were a common architectural motif in palaces, funerary sites and forts of India. For example, the Humayun's Tomb in Delhi and the Taj Mahal in Agra contain many such chhatris.
According to historical records, chhatris have their origin in the Hindu and Mughal architecture. In Indore, the chhatris were constructed in the remembrance of the Holkar rulers.
The region of Indore has many noteworthy chhatris such as Krishnapura Chhatri and Bolia Maharaj Ki Chhatri. Read More.....
The Kanch Mandir, also famous as the Seth Hukamchand Temple, is a pilgrim center for the Jains, built using mirrors and glass. The temple is located on the Jawahar Road near the Rajwada.
The Chinese lantern-type glass lamps and cut-glass chandeliers adorn the temple. The carvings on the walls of the temple depict Jain stories. They also portray torture of sinners in the afterlife, conversion to Jainism, and the court life of the 19th century.
The temple also has colourful glass beads and raised sculpted figures, which give a special 3D-effect to the temple. Shimmering black onyx has been used to make the idol of Lord Mahavira, which has been placed in such a position that it can be seen 21 times in the glass reflections. These reflections are believed to be the 21 Tirthankaras. Read More.....
The Lal Baag Palace was built by Maharaja Shivaji Rao Holkar in the European style between 1886 and 1921. It is located on the peripheries of Indore, to the southwest. Built on the bank of the River Khan, this palace is a three-storeyed building.
The palace has a statue of Queen Victoria in its garden area. It also contains an English library, baroque and rococo dining rooms, a Palladian queen's bedroom, and a Renaissance living room. The visitors are overwhelmed at the sight of the decorations in the style of the Versailles Palace: flying nymphs on the ceiling, Italian marble columns, rich Persian carpets and grand chandeliers, Italian-style wall paintings, Belgian stained-glass windows, Greek mythological reliefs, and stuffed leopards and tigers.
Visitors are allowed to visit the palace between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on all days except Mondays. Read More.....
The Bada Ganapati Temple, built in 1875, consists of one of the largest Ganesha idols in the world - an eight-metre-tall, saffron-coloured statue of Lord Ganesha made up of bricks, methi dana, limestone, jaggery, mud from the stables of horses and elephants, and soil collected from the seven moksha puris (Ayodhya, Dwaraka Maya, Kanchi, Mathura, Kashi and Avantika). The constituents also include the grind of Pancharatna, namely heera, panna, moti, manek and pukhraj (diamond, emerald, pearl, ruby and topaz), as well as holy water. Read More.....
The Indore Museum, also known as the Central Museum, is a Holkar-dynasty building exhibiting one of the finest collections from medieval and pre-medieval Indore. The collection includes Hindu sculptures, coins, arms, armours and carved land-titles.
The museum, established in 1929, is located on the Agra-Mumbai Road near the General Post Office in Indore. It remains open for visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except on Mondays. No admission fee is charged.
The museum has been divided into two galleries. Gallery I comprises artifacts from the prehistoric period of Madhya Pradesh, along with displays belonging to the western Malwa. Gallery II contains Hindu mythological carvings.
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
The Mahatma Gandhi Hall, formerly known as the King Edward Hall, has been designed in Indo-Gothic style. It was built in 1904 and consists of a four-faced clock tower, a temple, a library and a children's park. The hall can accommodate around 2,000 people.
The Nehru Park, located on the AB Road between Naulakha and Chhawanalso, is a zoological park. It is situated on the banks of River Khan. The park is also known as Chidiya Ghar (zoo). It has a library, swimming pool, battery-operated cars, children's hobby centre, and a mini-train.
The zoo is committed to the protection and conservation of different species of animals and plants.
Tourist Destinations Near Indore
Excursions can be made from Indore to interesting sites nearby. For the spiritually inclined, a trip to the Omkareshwar temple a few kilometers away form Indore would be an experience.
Patal Pani, 36 kms from Indore is a fascinating destination with a 150 feet high waterfall falling into a deep gorge, the bottom of which is believed to be touching pathal (nether world).