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Location : Madhya Pradesh
Attractions : Lal Bagh Palace, Raj Wada, Kanch Mandir, Central Museum, Chattris etc.
Best Time To Visit : October to March

Introducing IndoreLal Bagh Palace
Indore, the second largest city in Madhya Pradesh is also called the commercial capital of the state. A big city in the Malwa region of Central India, Indore lies just south of the Satpura range. Situated at the confluence of the Saraswati and Kham rivers, Indore was an important stopover for the pilgrims to Omkareshwar and Ujjain. In the 18th century, Indore became the capital of the Holkar dynasty, under Malhar Rao. Later, Rao's daughter-in-law Ahilya Bai, took control over the state, which at its height stretched up to Punjab. Once served as the princely state of Indore, the city is now the administrative headquarters of the Indore District. Nowadays, Ujjain is the biggest business and commercial centre of the region. Despite its commercial significance, Indore still draws large number of common travellers as well. In the city you will see a number of picturesque palaces, interesting temples, well-managed museums and many other attractions. So, visit the commercial hub of Madhya Pradesh for seeing its historic as well as modern attractions on your own.

How to Reach Indore
By Air : Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport, Indore is located 10 km out of the city centre. Indian Airlines, Jet Airways and several other airlines offer flights from Indore to Mumbai, Bhopal, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Jaipur and other important cities of India. From the airport auto-rickshaws are available for various parts of the city.
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By Train : Indore Junction is an important railway station on the Central railway. In the Indore city both meter gauge and broad gauge railway tracks are operational. A number of trains are available to Indore from Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad and other major towns of India.

By Bus : National and State Highways connect Indore with important destinations of Madhya Pradesh and neighbouring states. Regular bus services are available from Indore to Bhopal, Barwani, Ujjain, Khargaon, Dhar, Dewas, Ratlam and Jhabua.

Local Transport : Local modes of transport available in Indore city include city buses, mini buses, auto-rickshaws and tempos.

Places Where You Can Stay
Most of the hotels in Indore cater for needs of business travellers and dotted around the suburb of Tukoganj, 1 km east of the railway station. All the hotels in Indore offer good accommodation facilities at cheaper rates. Some of the noted hotels of city include Indotel Manor House, MPTDC Tourist Bungalow, Hotel Neelam, Hotel Payal, Hotel President, Hotel Purva, Hotel Surya, Hotel Shreemaya and Hotel Samrat.

Tourist Attractions in Indore
Lal Bagh Palace : Lal Bagh Palace is situated on the banks of the Kham river. The palace took two generations of the Holkar family around 30 years to complete. In the year 1987, the state government inherited the property and installed a small museum in the reception hall and renamed it as the Nehru centre. The main entrance to the palace is through a pair of grandiose wrought iron gates, which bear the motto of Holkar family "Success attends he who strives" inscribed in Hindi below. One of the rooms of the palace contains a fine collection of tribal artefacts including terracotta votive statues, clothes, jewellery, murals and brass stricture.
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Raj Wada : Raj Wada, the Holkara's old palace is the principal landmark of Indore city. Constructed in the style of a western Indian town house, Raj Wada has seven-storey gateway. Raj Wada's upper floors were originally made of wood, which made it more prone to fire, most of the palace was collapsed after the last fire in 1984. Now only the facade and the family temple located just inside the main courtyard survive.

Kanch Mandir and Bazaars : Kanch Mandir or Mirror Temple is one of the most eccentric religious monuments of Indore city. The interior of the temple is dotted with multi-coloured glass mosaics while the entrance hall is lined by vivid tableaux. The bazaars in the vicinity of Kanch Mandir are great for stroll in the evening. You will find the rows of stalls and open-fronted shops in the bazaars. Sarafa Bazaar, the gold and silver jewellery market is Indore's most famous market.
Raj Wada
Central Museum : Indore's Central Museum lies in the south-eastern part of the city, near the GPO. The museum displays a large collection of finds from nearby prehistoric sites, fine Jain and Hindu sculpture from the ruined 11th and 12th centuries temples at Hinalajgarh. The downstairs gallery of the museum houses a handful of priceless Harappan terracottas excavated at Mohen Jodaro, now in Southern Pakistan.

Chattris : The chattris of memorial tombs of the former rulers of Indore region are now neglected. The chattris stand in the Chattri Bagh on the banks of the river Khan. The two main concentrations of chhatris are adjacent to the riverside fruit and vegetable market. Several exotic, onion-shaped cenotaphs dotted around the Indore city are dedicated to former Holker rulers and their family members. The cenotaph of Malhar Rao Holkar I, founder of the Holkar dynasty is the most impressive.

Tourist Attractions Around Indore
Ujjain : Situated 55 km north of Indore, Ujjain is one of India's seven holiest cities. Set on the banks of the Sacred river Shipra, Ujjain plays host every 12 years to the country's largest religious gathering the Kumbh Mela. Ujjain is home to a number of Hindu temples and also known for its ghats where devotees perform pooja.

Dhar : A bustling market town, Dhar is 65 km west of Indore. Dhar was founded by Raja Bhoj, the legendary founder of Bhopal and Mandu. The place was also the capital of Malwa until Mandu rose to power. From the ramparts of Dhar's well preserved fort you will get the excellent views of the surroundings. Dhor also houses the large stone Bhojashala mosque and tomb of the Muslim saint Kamal Maula.

Omkareshwar : Omkareshwar island is 80 km from Indore and is one of the most sacred Hindu sites in central India. Set along the Narmada river, Omkareshwar was said to be the site of two of India's 12 great Shiva temples which were later destroyed by Mahmud Gazni in 1024 AD. Today the temples on the island and nearby river banks are no more but there are still some very fine buildings to be seen.

Mandu : The medieval ghost-town of Mandu is located at a distance of 98 km from Indore. Set against the rugged backdrop of the Vidhya hills, the Mandu fort is one of central India's most atmospheric historical monuments. Elegant Muslim Palaces, mosques and onion-domed mausoleums are other attractions of Mandu.

Maheshwar : Maheshwar lies 100 km away from Indore on the banks of the Narmada river. The chattri of Maharani Ahalya Bai, who died in 1795 is situated here. Ahalya Bai was the widow of Malhar Rao Holkar's son and after his death she ruled with great ability.

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