Indore is called the ' Mini Mumbai ' of India, situated on the Malwa
plateau at an altitude of 553 m above sea level, on the banks of two small
rivulets - the Saraswati and the Khan. They unite at the centre of the
city where a small 18th century temple of Sangamnath or Indreshwar exists.
The name Indore is due to this diety. It is the largest city in Madhya
Pradesh state in central India. It is among the million+ population cities
of India with a population of 1,086,673 (1991). It is the commercial
capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh. Indore city presents a happy blend
of historical past and promises of rapid future modernization.
Indore is a major industrial town of Madhya Pradesh. Nearby town of
Pithampur houses many leading industries such as Hindustan Motors, Eicher,
Bajaj, Bridgestone, L&T, etc. The electronic complex in the city also
houses offices of some of the top IT companies in the country. Indore is
also a major educational center in MP with many engineering and management
institutions. Devi Ahilya University (Indore University) is ranked as
topmost university of central India. It is also prominent for its
healthcare facilities with leading hospitals and pharmaceutical companies.
One of the best hospital in India Bombay Hospital has opened it's new
hospital in Indore. Choithram Group has been running one of the best
schools and hospitals in central India for the last 3 decades and has
recently opened a international school in Indore, one of the 20 odd
schools in india.
Winter: In winter (November to February), the night low is around 10 °C.
At the peak of winter, it can be as low as 2 °C to 3 °C.
The record low is +1.5 °C.
Summer: During summer (April-June) the days are hot (35 to 40 °C) with the
peak summer (May) day temperature sometimes touching 45 °C. However,
unlike other places in central India, the summer nights in Indore are
something special. Due to its location on the southern edge of the Malwa
Plateau, however hot it may be during the day, in the late evening, cool
breeze starts which makes the evenings quite pleasant, referred to as
Rainfall: Indore gets moderate rainfall of 30 to 35 inches (760 to 890 mm)
during July-September due to the southwest monsoon.
Attractions In & Around Indore
Chhatri Baug :- Chhatris or cenotaphs erected in memory of the Holkar
rulers and their families are incomparable examples of Maratha
architecture and sculpture. These Chhatris were the temples where Holkars
used to attend Poojas. The largest and the most impressive is that of
Malhar Rao Holkar I lavishly decorated with frescoes.
Indore Museum :- The Indore museum housing the finest collection of Parmar
sculptures from Hinglajgarh is also known for its collection of coins,
arms and armours. The Parmar style originated here and is characterized by
proportionate figures, carefully and ornately depicted in stone.
Kala Kund :- 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.
Kamala Nehru Park :- (Zoo)Popularly known as Chidiya Ghar, it combines the
pleasure of a park and zoo. Evening attractions include elephant rides,
camel rides, pony rides, goat cart and buggy rides. It has a restaurant
and an ice cream parlour overlooking the Khan river.
Kanch Mandir :- This Jain temple is an architectural marvel in glass,
built by The “Cotton King” Sir Hukamchand in the early 20th century. The
walls, ceiling, floor, pillars and doors are entirely inlaid with glass.
There are paintings done in coloured glass depicting stories from Jain
scriptures. At the top is a special glass chamber, which multiplies the
three statues of Lord Mahavir, into an infinite number.
Lal Baug Palace :- It is one of the grandest monuments the Holkar dynasty
reflecting the taste, grandeur and lifestyle of the Holkars. It is the
ancestral palace of the rulers. Many royal receptions were held here and
at one time it contained one of the best rose gardens of the country.
Rajwada :- The Holkar Palace (Rajwada) is close to the Chhatris, in the
main square. It is a seven-storied building (only facade remains) built
over two centuries and is built in a mixture of Maratha, Mughal and French
Sukh Niwas :- Sukh Niwas Palace is a historical building made by Holkar
rulers with a mixture of Indian and Western styles in its architecture. It
was converted into a Picnic Resort.
INDORE SPECIALITIES NOT TO BE MISSED :
Sweets :Moong ka Halua, Gajar ka Halua, Rabri Gulab Jamoon,
Ras-Malai,RasGulla,All Bengali Sweets available at Sarafa & 56 Shops at
Namkeen : Sev with all its varieties, Mixure , Dhania-Chivda, Dal
Moth,Papdi, Gathiya, Khaman, Kachori-Samosa ,Petis, Garadu,Aalo Tikiya,
Pani-Puri, Bhel-Puri,Saboodana Khijadi,Dahi Bada , Pakoda , Bhutte ka Kis.
'Sheetal Pey' : Shikanji (Milk Preparation+Dry Fruits), Lassi ,Cold
Milk,Hot Boiled Milk with Malai & dry fruits+keshar, Jal-Jira,Nimboo
Shikanji, Fruit Juice,Shakes, Icecream Soda, Santrola.
MAIN FESTIVALS OF INDORE :
All National Festivals , Holi, Nag-Panchmi, Rakhi , Rang Panchmi , Ahilya
Utsav , Annat Chaudas , Ganesh Utsav , Garba (Navratri Utsav) , Dussehara,
Diwali , New Year's Eve.
How To Reach Indore
By Road : Regular bus Services to Bhopal , Badwani, Khargone, Khandwa,
Mumbai, Pune, Ujjain, Dewas, Dhar,Pithmpur,Balaghat, Seoni, itarsi,
By AIR : Indore airport is about 9 kms. west of the city center, which is
connected by regular flights to Bhopal, Gwalior, Delhi, Bombay, Ahmedabad
By RAIL : Indore is on the Western railway and is connected with major