Indore, Madhya Pradesh Travel Guide :
Indore is a district headquarters of Madhya Pradesh State. It is in the Malwa region of MP. Indore is an important center for industrialists. Both the IIM and IIT centers are there in Indore city. About the city Indore was the capital city of the Holkars of Maratha rulers. It was founded by Rao Nandalal Chaudhary. These Chaudharis were the feudal lords of Malwa region, owning acres of fertile land. Later the city went under the supervision of Peshwas and still later the Holkar dynasty took over it. Indore is situated on the banks of Saraswathi, and Kham rivers. Ujjain and Dewas are its borders. Marathi, Malwi and Hindi are the spoken languages here. Indore is very hot during summer season.
Indore is well connected to all the major cities of India. It has an airport called Ahilyabayi Holkar Airport. Three major national highways pass through the city: NH no 3 (connecting Agra and Mumbai); NH no 59 (connecting Indore and Ahmedabad), NH no 59A (connecting Indore and Nagpur). Major transportation in the city is its public bus service. Radio taxi/maxi cab services for the visitors from outside are also available. Indore is divided into two special economic zones. One is the Pithampur zone and the other one is Sanwar zone. Indores economy depends upon automobile, textile and real estate business. Software has just stepped in. Pharmaceuticals industry is another major source of economy in Indore.
Places to visit in and around the city :
Lalabagh palace: It was built by Tukkoji Rao Holkar the II. This palace is on the banks of river Kham.
Kanch Mandir: Entire structure is built in glass. This was built by a Jain merchant Hukumchand Seth.
Krishnapur Chhatris: This is a memorial for the Holkar family. There are cenotaphs of the Holkar kings, built in stone. This monument is situated on the banks of the river Kham.
Rajwada: this is a palace of the Holkar rulers. This is a building with seven floors mixing the Maratha, Muslim and the French style. It is located in the central part of the city near kajuri bazaar. Now, the palace is used for various cultural functions, art exhibitions, and for music concerts.
Ujjain: Ujjain is 55kms away from Indore. It is a famous pilgrimage center for Hindus. It is known for Jyotirlinga (one among twelve) in the Mahakaleswara temple.
Omkareswar: It is 77kms away from the Indore city. This one is also a Hindu pilgrimage center. It is on the banks of Narmada River. Hindu devotees come here to take the darshan of the jyotirlinga.