Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIMI)
Central Museum (Indore Museum)
Mahatma Gandhi Hall (Town Hall)
Welcome to Indore,
Indore is a district and commercial center of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.It is situated on the banks of the River Khan and Sarawati. 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.
Held in the month of September, Anant Chaudas is one of the popular festival of Indore celebrated to worship Lord Ganesha. The main attraction of the festival is the large procession conducted at night by carrying huge idols of Lord Ganesha and they are immersed in water. Large number of people attend this festival with great fervor.
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.
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.
Bijasen Tekri is an ideal picnic spot surrounded by gardens and a small lake. It offers a breathtaking view of the city and a magnificent view of the sunset. This tekri (hillock) has a temple dedicated to Bijasen Mata which was built in the year 1920. The fair, held here during the nine-day long Navratri festival, attracts large crowd. There were a guest house of the Holkars at the top of the hill which has been converted into Border Security Arms Museum.
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.
Chappan Chowk alias Chaat Market, located on the Palasia Road, is one of the famous local market of the city. Chappan (means 56) Chowk covering an area of few kilometers, consists of 56 groceries shops offering varieties of food items. The most noticeable thing is that it is the only market where Variety of Indian Food (Fast Food) available. Here all the delicious dishes served out at reasonable prices. A cloth market is also located on the Chappan Chowk with number of cloth factories where both good and cheap quality clothes are available.
Situated on the banks of the river Khan, Chhatri Baug are the tombs erected in memory of the dead Holkar rulers and their families. It consists of seven Chhatri's (tombs) and they are housed in two compounds. The chhatris are dome shaped structures having different designs with pyramidal spires on top. The most attractive and largest one among them is the tomb of Malhar Rao Holkar I, the founder of the Holkar dynasty.
The other important tombs are that of Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar, her son Male Rao Holkar with a 12-sided pavilion on a low plinth, Maharaja Hari Rao Holkar IV Tukoji Rao II and his son Shivaji Rao. These tombs are connected by a common rectangle prayer hall on a high platform along the garbha grihas which contains skillfully carved arches and pillars and the statues of the rulers. The inner sanctum of the Chhatri Baug is locked and most of the chhatris are now in ruins. There is a ritual of offering bhog at all chhatris which still continues.
Chokhi Dhani and Nakhrali Dhani are Rajasthani heritage resorts on the outskirts of Indore. These resorts are given the appearance of a Rajasthani village in India. The villages provide people the precise atmosphere of the village, along with the modern day facilities and entertainment. These villages are catching fast with the city people as well as the tourists who visit Indore. At Choki Dhani, people find respite from the busy schedules of daily life. The rustic Rajasthani spirit fills the environment with colours of joy.
Chokhi Dhani is a perfect place for family outing. If you want to entertain yourself, there are a plenty of options available for you here. You can enjoy camel rides, horse rides, bullock-cart rides, puppet shows, magic shows, monkey shows, etc here. Kids can have a ball traveling in the mini train. In addition to this, there are other attractions like car racing, boating, theme parks, Rajasthani dance (folk dance) performances, discotheque (a public dance hall), etc.
Deoguradia, a small picturesque village situated 8 km from Indore on Nemawar Road, is an ideal tourist spot specially for trekking. The major attraction here is the 7th century old monolithic rock temple which was rebuilt in 18th century by Ahilya Bai Holkar. The temple has a water outlet in the form of Gomukh which is also called as Garuda Tirth and from the outlet water flows out almost as in abhishek to the Gods. The original shivalinga is placed 12 feet under water in a sunken temple above which the present temple is built. A three day long fair is conducted annually on Shivaratri day (mid Febrauary) to honour the deity shri Gutkeshwar Mahadeo, an avatar of Lord Shiva.
Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj's devotees have constructed many Gajanan Maharaj Temples in different parts of India. A beautiful temple has also been constructed at Indore, Madhya Pradesh. In the year 1988 Mr. Paliwal donated the area of 13,000 square feet (1,200 m2), on the auspicious day of Basant panchami ritual ceremony of "Bhumi pujan" was done under the guidance of Shri Guru baba and in the presence of the Gajanan family. After "Bhumi pujan" two rooms were constructed. In one of the two rooms big photo of Shri Gajanan Maharaj was being placed and worshiped by devotees.
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.
Gomatgiri, a small hillock located in a picturesque surroundings about 10-12 km away from the heart of the city, is a religious place of the Jain devotees. This hillock was donated to the Jain Samaj by the M.P government in 1981. The Jain samaj has constructed a 21 feet statue of Lord Gomateshwar which is a replica of the Bahubali statue of Shravanbelagola. The place also contains a 24 marble temple with shikhars dedicated to 24 tirthankaras. A guest house, dharamshala and restaurant is located here.
Gopal Mandir located at Indore in Madhya Pradesh is a Krishna Temple built by Krishna Bai Holkar in 1832. Situated on the right wing of the Rajwada, Gopal Mandir has a big central hall with astounding pillars bearing an eponymous roof, which is elaborately beautified. Gopal Mandir temple`s system of lighting in the form of huge glass chandeliers is quite charming to the eye.
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.
Indian Institute of Management Indore is a state funded management institute in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Instituted in 1998, IIM Indore is the sixth addition to the prestigious IIM family. Known as "Prabandh Shikhar" or "Peak of Management", the scenic 193 acre (781,000 m?) campus is located atop a small hill on the outskirts of Indore. The institute has been consistently ranked among the top business schools in India.
Indore is the commercial capital of the largest state in the country, Madhya Pradesh. It is known for its magnificent monuments, exuberant festivity and blissful solitude. Apart from this, Indore also boasts of a fairly good arts and crafts industry, which has a charm of its own. It exhibits hereditary skills, painstaking craftsmanship and evokes a desire to learn more about the land. The art and craft of Indore are influenced by the neighboring states, but at the same time, they have developed their own distinctive style and individuality.
It is famous for its Hand Block Printing, Tie and Dye, Batik, Jute Industry, Zari Work, Stuffed Leather Toys etc.
Kala-kund is another beautiful spot on the way to Khandwa by train. After crossing the river in Shanker Valley there is a beautiful fall, above which is a natural swimming pool - like 'Kunda'. A dip and bath in the 'Kunda' gives great pleasure.
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.
8 km from Indore, the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust was founded by Mahatma Gandhi. Its headquarter were shifted from Wardha to Indore in 1915. The main objective of this trust is showing ways of improvement in the quality of village life and the welfare of rural women and children. Some of its many commendable activities are : agricultural production, research, training, experiments in fruit orchards, social forestry, new renewable sources of energy, gobar gas, better water management, rural institute for girls, village sanitation programmes etc.
An important pilgrimage center, Khajrana Ganesh temple in Indore is a devotees delight. This temple, which is built by Rani Ahalya Bhai Holkar is a crowd puller in the locality. It is believed that all the wishes will be fulfilled after praying here. Large numbers of devotees gather here on Wednesdays and Sundays to offer their reverence and prayers.
The temple premise is an abode of so many other deities as well. Vinayaka Chathurdhi, a major festival of lord Ganapati, is celebrated here with much splendor.The serene surroundings coupled with holiness, this majestic temple give the devotee an unusual feeling of warmth.
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.
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.
The prettiest structure in Indore, Mahatma Gandhi Hall or Town Hall was formerly called as King Edward Hall. Made of Seoni stone, this marvelous building has a Indo-Gothic style architecture with superbly furnished rooms of frescoed ceilings and gilded ornamental moldings. The fabulous domes, the Minarets and the amazing four-faced clock tower gives this unique building a fascinating appearance.
A major venue of art and cultural exhibitions, the central hall of Mahatma Gandhi Hall has the capacity to accommodate 2000 people at a time. An elegant building, Mahatma Gandhi Hall is an emerging tourist spot in Indore city.
Meghdoot Upavan, situated 4 km from Palasia on the outskirts of the city is one of the largest garden of Indore. Renovated in 2000-01, the park has sprawling lawns, dancing and lighted fountains, landscaped gardens and variety of fancy swings. An amusement park named Mangal Merry Land is located adjacent to the Meghdoot Upavan.
Nehru Park is a well known tourist destination located most centrally in Indore. Built by the British, initially known as Biscow Park, it was open only to them in the pre independence days and after independence it was renamed as Nehru Park. The park consists of variety of roses, library, swimming pool, children's hobby center etc. It also has battery operated cars and a miniature train to ride around the park.
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.
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.
Rangapanchami is celebrated five days after Dulendi or Holi, but it is not the usual Holi colors that paint the atmosphere around, rather it is the color of music that fills the air. Indore has its own style of celebrating Rang Panchami. Here, it is celebrated like Dulendi, but colors are mixed with water and then poured on others. On the event of the festival, the local municipal corporation sprinkles color mixed water on the main streets of old Indore. Earlier, they used Fire Brigade vehicles for this purpose. Rangapanchami is an age old festival, which was celebrated during the Holkar reign and continues to be celebrated till date.
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.
Indore is a shopper's delight with textiles, art and crafts ware, metal wares, jewelries and handicrafts. The city flooded with lots of shopping complexes, malls and markets provides fascinating items like colorful glass bangles, wood-carved products, leather toys and the good-looking embroidered saris. The oldest and the most famous market in Indore is the Maharaja Tukuganj Cloth Market, well known as MT Market famous for traditional Maheshwari saris with their distinguishing borders and the high-quality Chanderi saris. Other major markets of Indore are Kothari Market - where all the prominent showrooms of important companies of Bombay Dying, Raymonds, Louis Phillipe are located; Sitlamata Bazaar - a retail market for selling saris and other clothing's.
Khajuri Bazaar - offering wide variety of books ,stationery items , leather goods in traditional, designs, gold and silverwork; Heritage Market - consisting of handloom and handicraft items and International branded showrooms like Nike, Lee, Arrow, Van Hussein, Grasim and Woodland etc; Topkhnana Market Complex - offering shops of western and Indian wears; R.N.T. Marg - for departmental stores; Bada and Chota Sarafa Market - for jewelry, delicious sweets and spicy foods; Marothia Bazaar - consisting Groceries , arts and crafts articles; The Kasera Bazaar- for metal work and artifacts and Palasia Market- consisting of numerous shops of famous companies like Nike, Grasim, Woodlands, Allen Solly, Arrow, Van Husain, Lee etc. Various handcrafted curios and souvenirs of Madhya Pradesh are available at the Government State Emporium located on M G Road. Apart these, there are several markets located on the Jail Road which are famous for selling the handicrafts of the odd tribal souvenirs to practical papier-m?ch? articles, terracotta pieces and wood-carved objects.
A historical monument, which was the summer palace of the Holkan rulers, Sukh Niwas Palace in Indore is a haunting anecdote of the past.The Sukh Mahal Lake and the lush surroundings of a beautiful garden bestow a majestic and appealing look to this magnificient summer palace. An underground tunnel that connects the Sukh Mahal palace with the old palace is really fascinating.
Overflowing with history, this sprawling monument displays a perfect mix of Indian and western style architecture. Now this gorgeous building has been converted to a thriving picnic resort that allures people with its enticing charm.
- Hrinkar Giri, Khajuri Bazaar, Red Church, St. Anne's Church, White Church etc.