Indore, the largest city and the commercial capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh in India, is best known for its religious temples, vibrant bazaars, mouth-watering food, enchanting history, proximity to some magnificent natural sights and modern lifestyle. The city has also been selected amongst the top 20 smart cities of India as announced by the Union Urban Development Minister Mr. Naidu in Jan-2016.
If you want to explore the best of Indore, nicknamed as Mini Mumbai by the locals, take these 5 tours in the city and its surroundings.
A Historical Tour
If you are a history buff, Indore is truly the place to be. Visit the Holkar Palace, famously known as Rajwada, to soak up the glory of this 200 years old seven-storey architecture flaunting a spectacular blend of French, Muslim and Maratha style. Next city destination is Lalbagh Palace. Surrounded by a huge garden, this 3-storey palace built by the Holkars rulers is currently serving as a museum with many artifacts on showcase.
A Religious Tour
The city is home to many holy places; Kanch Mandir, Gomatgiri, Annapurna Mandir and Bada Ganapati are some of the most popular temples while there are many other small and big religious spots dotted across the city and its surroundings. If planning for a weekend tour with family, Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga and Omkaleshwar are popular destinations.
A Natural Tour
Indore is a gateway to some stunning waterfalls, Ghats and forests in Western region of the state. Drive 35 km from the city towards Mhow and you will reach a popular tourist site called ‘Paatal Pani’; the best time to visit the place is in rainy season. Sitala Mata fall, Choral Fall and Tincha Fall are some other must-see natural attractions in the region.
A Shopping Tour
If you are a shopaholic, Indore won’t disappoint you ever. The street bazaars and retail stores here offers a great variety of clothing, accessories, footwear and purses. Zari work fabric is a specialty of the city. Head down to the State Emporium Mriganayani to find a nice collection of Maheshwari and Chanderi sarees, dress materials and stoles. Or you can take a stroll by safari bazaar to buy potli purses for your ethnic wear. There is a market for every need when you are in Indore.
A Food Tour
Indore is a Mecca of gourmands in India. If you want to sample the most authentic test of Indore, you must try Poha-Jalebi, baked samosa, Dahi Vadas, Kulfi Falooda, kachori, Maawa Baati, Garadu, Aloo Tikki and endless varieties of Namkeen while in the city. There are many food joints in the city that remain open till midnight. If you are a night owl, go to Sarafa Bazaar near Khajuri Market for some taste-tingling dishes – you must visit the 56 dukkan here for a great variety of sweets and spicy delicacies.
So, which of these five tours you are going on first?