Places To Explore In Indore

Places To Explore In Indore

Like every other Indian city Indore too has a rich culture, history and awesome cuisine of its own. Never been to Indore? You sure are missing out on a lot! Moving to Indore? Well! Aren’t you in for a treat!

Breakfast with Poha and Jalebi
Indore is where foodies find lots of delightful picks to pick from. The city’s most popular breakfast and probably the one you would also like is Poha and Jalebi. During your stay in the city, the most awesome spot to be at with a hungry belly is 56 Dukan. Be sure to thank us after you’ve had your fill!

Gandhi Hall
Built in 1904, Gandhi Hall serves as a major venue for culture and art exhibitions. It can accommodate a total of 2000 people at one go. The hall is a good venue to explore and pursue the artist in you, during your stay in Indore.

Rajwada is an iconic structure of Indore, built around two centuries ago by Holker dynasty. It is also popularly known as Holker Palace. It is popular for its spectacular architecture – which is a mix of Mughal, Maratha and French. The palace is used for cultural and art exhibitions.

Are you an architecture or history buff? If so, Indore will be your paradise! Exquisite examples of Maratha architectural style can be found in the Chattris of Indore. Chhattris are the cenotaphs built in the memory of the Holkar rulers. These cenotaphs are linked by common prayer halls, which also have delicately carved arches and pillars.

Central Museum
The Central Museum houses artifacts which gives its visitors a glimpse for the history of Indore. On display are several old coins from the Holkar regime and pre Independence era. Highlight of the museum are stone sculpture of Hindu deities and Jain saints which are several centuries old.

Kanch Mandir
The Kanch Mandir is a popular Jain temple. The temple is beautifully decorated with mirrors, with the floors, roof and walls all being covered with mirrors. Devotees and visitors are expected to maintain silence inside the temple.

Lal Bagh Palace
One of the most spectacular buildings, Lal Bagh Palace was built by Maharaja Shivaji Rao Holkar. The Palace was inhabited by the Holkars until 1978. Exhibits of contemporary Indian and Italian paintings and sculptures can be found on display. The Palace is open to visitors between 10:00 am and 05:00 pm on nominal charges.

These are some of the must do things when you are in the historical city of Indore. Not in Indore? Don’t worry we have you covered! See our posts on Things To Do in Pune, Things To Do in Mumbai and Things To Do In Gurgaon.

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5 Tours You Must Do While in Indore

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?