Indore (Madhya Pradesh)
Introduction: The name Indore originated from the Indreshwar temple constructed in 1741 by local landowners. History: Local landlords established Indore in 1715 as a trade center in the Narmada River valley. They also built the Indreshwar temple in 1741. The city derives its name from this temple. It became the capital city of the Holkars and later became the headquarters of the British Central India Agency and the summer capital of Madhya Bharat (1948-56), before it became a part of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Description: The city is situated on the banks of the rivers Sarasvati and Khan and is the largest in Madhya Pradesh. Indore was planned and built by Rani Ahilyabai Holker. It is naturally endowed with a beautiful landscape and salubrious climate. There are numerous monuments associated with the Holkars in the city. Indore is a great industrial centre and has the look of a boom town.
Indore Quick facts
Indore Geography and Climate
Indore is located in the western region of Madhya Pradesh, and is close to the centre of India. Indore has an average elevation of 553 metres. Climate: During the winter season (November - February), the night-time lows are around 10�C. At the peak of winter, the temperature can drop to as low as 2�C to 3�C. The lowest temperature ever recorded is 1.5�C. During the summer, (April - June), the days are hot (35 to 40�C) with the peak-summer-day-temperature (in May) sometimes touching 45�C.
Best time to visit Indore
With summers tending to be just a little warmer than necessary, winter is probably the best time to visit Indore.
Indore Near Getaways
Mandav around 100 km from Indore - good weekend getaway. see Jahaj Mahal, Rani Roopmati Mahal, Baj Bahadur Mahal
Omkareshwar (90 km on the Khandwa road) - One of the 12 Joytirling Ujjain (50 km) Maheshwar (90 km) Patalpani and Kalakund (35 km by Train)
How to reach Indore by Road
Indore is well connected by bus with Ujjain (55km) and Bhopal (185km), Mumbai and Aurangabad.
How to reach Indore by Rail
Indore is well connected to Delhi and Mumbai by rail. There is a daily Malwa Express to Delhi from Indore and the Avantika Express to Mumbai leaves everyday in the afternoon.
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How to reach Indore by Air
Indore airport is 10km from the city on the western side of the town. It is air linked with Mumbai, Delhi via Bhopal and Gwalior.
Indore Festivals and culture
Indore celebrates Rang Panchami along with Maharashtra. This festival is celebrated five days after Dhulandi. This is also celebrated like Holi, but colors are mixed with water and then either sprinkled or poured on others. The local municipal corporation arranges a special event in which they sprikle color mixed water in the main streets of old Indore. Ganeshotsav is the main festival after Deepavali and is celebrated in a unique way in Indore city. In earlier times, when textile mills flourished in Indore, the workers of these mills contributed money and labour to arrange a carnival of floats (known as "Jhanki" in local Hindi language). Makar Sankranti is a 'Kite Festival' when people fly kites and competitions are held to cut each other's kites in the sky on 14th January each year. Gudi Padwa the most important Maharashtrian festival after Ganeshotsav is celebrated on a large scale in Indore.
Over the years the city of Indore has welcomed people from all castes, creed and color. People from all corners of the country have migrated & settled in the heart of Madhya Pradesh for their livelihood, education or just for its peaceful culture. Indore today can boast of being a true cosmopolitan city with multi ethnic and multilingual people living in perfect harmony. The people are highly social and progressive which is why all cultures from south, north, east & west have mingled in the life of Indorians reflecting the true spirit of unity in diversity. The mixed culture can be invariably seen in the typical food habits ranging from South Indian 'Idli-Dosa' , 'Vada-Sambhar' to 'Dal-Bafla' typical Malwa Food.
Indore Religious Places
Omkareshwar, known for its Shiva temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata, is located on an island at the confluence of Narmada and Kaveri rivers. The island is connected with the mainland with a high footbridge. Annapurna Temple - A nice Hindu Temple, primarily of godess Annapurna, in the west region of the city. The temple of Janapao - On the Agra Mumbai road. 16 km from Mhow. The temple is on top of a hill in the village of Kuti. According to legend, it is the place where Jamadagni, the father of Parshurama, had his ashram. It is famous for a mela (fair) held on Kartik Purnima - the first full moon after Diwali. ISKCON Temple - Temple of Lord Krishna built by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
Local landlords established Indore in 1715 as a trade center in the Narmada River valley. They also built the Indreshwar temple in 1741. The city derives its name from this temple. It became the capital city of the Holkars and later became the headquarters of the British Central India Agency and the summer capital of Madhya Bharat (1948-56), before it became a part of the state of Madhya Pradesh.
Indore Entertainment and Night Life
Kajligarh - Nearly 20 km towards Khandwa on Khandwa road, its a very small old ruined fort situated near to a beautiful valley & small waterfall. Its worth watching during & after the rainy season. An Ideal one day outing spot which is yet unknown to even most of the Indorites
Like Mumbai, action starts in Indore at night. Pool and billiards are big draws. Decent Shot Pool (9, Silver Sky Apartment, Footi Kothi Road, Tel: 2482021), Crazy Ball and Crazy Net.Com (13, Main Centre, Sudama Nagar (Tel: 2482903) have great ambience.
Kidding around Indore
A popular excursion from Indore is to Patal Pani. It is a 150 meter waterfall that drops into a kund whose depth is till date unknown. Approximately 91 kilometers from the city is the town of Maheswari, where you can get the famous Maheshwari sarees. The sarees here are cheaper than in the city. There are also a number of forts and temples to be explored. Abut 56 kilometers from the city is the town of Ujjayini. It is a holy town in India, and one of the four locations in India where the Kumbh Mela is held. Ujjayini has quickly become one of the prime tourist attractions in India. Another tourist hot spot is Mandu, which is located at a distance of about 100 kilometers from Indore. This city has a lot of interesting places to visit, like the ship palace, swing palace, and the Hindola palace. There are also many interesting temples and tombs next to the palaces.
Indore is pretty well developed and has its share of mini-malls that sell international brands. Do check out the sarees, jewellery, and leather clothing in the Khajuri bazaar. It is a must for travellers to bargain in these markets.
Famous To Eat at Indore
Sweets and Namkeen (tasty salted snacks - a typical Indian preparation) of Indore are famous all over India.A special dish of the Malwa region, including Indore, is the Daal Bafle. The staple food (snacks) of the city is Poha-Jalebi. People are also fond of Sabudane-ki-Khichdi. Life in Indore starts early with cups of 'Chai' (tea) with Poha & Jalebi followed by lunch which invariably includes popular 'besan' (gram flour) preparations. Later in the day one can easily find snacks like 'Khaman', 'Kachori' - 'aloo kachori', 'dal kachori', 'Dahi Chat', 'Tokri Chat', 'samosa', 'petis', 'Baked Samosa', 'Bhel puri', 'Pani Puri', 'mathri' etc. Numerous shops of sweets have enjoyed nice business in Indore. Late nights another market comes alive at 11:00 PM in Sarafa (in the heart of city) where one finds lots of delicacies to enjoy after a nice dinner like - 'Gajak','Bhutte ka kis', 'Gulab Jamun', 'garadu', 'Rabri', 'aalo tikiya', 'Halwa (Gajar, Moong)', icecreams, milkshakes, rabdi (milk custard), malpuye, etc. and finally tasty 'paan' to end your day. Nonvegitarian: Muglai dishes are also very much famous. Gastronomous Chicken Lollipops, Chicken-Tikka, 'Murg-Malai', 'Biryani', 'Nalli Gosht', 'Paye' and often nahari gosht is very famous. Bafle-Gosht is a delicacy of Indore and Malwa Region. Sweets: Moong ka Halwa, Gajar ka Halwa, Rabri Gulab Jamun, Ras Malai, Ras Gulla, Mithe Tukade, Bengali Sweets and the thick Shikanji. Savouries: Sev with all its varieties, Mixtures , Dhania-Chivda, Dal Moth, Papdi, Gathiya, Khaman, Kachori-Samosa, Petis, Garadu, Aalo Tikiya, Pani-Puri, Bhel-Puri, Saboodana Khichadi, Dahi Bada, Pakoda, Bhutte ka Kis. Drinks: Shikanji (Milk Preparation+Dry Fruits), Lassi, Cold Milk, Hot Boiled Milk with Malai & dry fruits+keshar, Jal-Jira, Nimboo Shikanji, Fruit Juice, Shakes, Ice cream Soda, Santrola.
Indore Museum and Hill Stations
Central Museum: This museum exhibits many artifacts from the prehistoric to modern era. The most interesting among these are the Paramara sculptures from the 11th and 12th centuries found at Hinglajgarh. The museum has an impressive collection of coins, arms, armors and paintings.
Gardens and Parks at Indore
Ralamandal - A nature park in Indore, it used to be the hunting preserve of the Holkar Maharaja.
Lake at Indore
Two main rivers are Chambal at the west (which originates from Vindhya range south of Mhow) and Kshipra, a tributary of Chambal at the east. Other small rivers include Gambhir and Khan, two tributaries of Kshipra. Thincha Falls - Located close to kajligarh, its a beautiful waterfall near Simrol. Breathtaking beauty is what describes it the best. A must see during and after monsoons. Sitlamata Falls - In the village of Manpur which is part of Mhow Tehsil and is 25 km from Mhow. There is a temple in a cave here. It was in this cave that the English resident in Indore was kept safely by the Bhil tribals during the 1857 uprising by Indian troops.
Indore Travel Tips
The city is shopper�s paradise. So, whenever you plan your trip keep time in hand to explore all the markets. Heaven for food freaks, where people tend to eat even if their stomach is full. So keep digestive medicines handy Always go and shop at reputed stores as people may direct you to buy poor quality product from lesser known stores
Indore Tourist Offices
The Tourist Office (Ph: 528653) is near the tourist bungalow on Tagore Road.
United Bank Of India 215 Kothari Market M G Road, Indore- 452001 Phone: 0731-2540229. canara Bank Devprastha Apartment, Power House Road, Ratlam, Indore- 457001 Phone: 0731-253094. State Bank Of Mysore 579, Sunrise Towers, M G Road, Indore- 452001 Phone: 0731-2433842. State Bank Of Indore 5 Yeshwant Niwas Road, Indore- 452003 Phone: 0731-2434580. I D B I Bank Ltd 2-A Alankar Chambers Ratlam Kothi, Indore- 452001. I C I C I Banking Corporation Ltd Laxmi Tower, 576 M G Road, Indore- 452001 Phone: 0731-2435984 Dena Bank 16/2 Navneet Darshan Old Palasia, Indore- 452001 Phone: 0731-2542697. Centurion Bank Limited 701-702 Chetak Centre 12/2 R N T Marg, Indore- 452007 Phone: 0731-2527915
Must do at Indore
Kanch Mandir is one of the famous tourist attractions in Indore. As the name suggests, it is a temple made of mirrors and glass. This Jain temple, also known as Seth Hukumchand Temple after its founder, was built in the early 20th century. The intricate glassworks and 3D effect make it a very popular thing to do in Indore. The old palace of the Holkars, popularly known as Rajwada, is also an interesting Indore thing to do. Your trip to Indore is incomplete, if you fail to eat poha and jalebi in breakfast. Buy lots and lots of namkeen and sweets. They are delicious even in smallest of shops. A meal of mouth-watering Rajasthani food at Chokhi Dhani or Nakrali Dhani