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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular monuments in Indore?

Rupali Khanna DEC 10 2012
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Indore is a city of rich heritage and culture. This must sound like a cliché to you but surprisingly in the case of this beautiful city, it is not. Laden with huge monuments and palaces, this city speaks of its very intriguing heritage that is one of the USPs of the place. People come here to see for themselves what the Holkar Dynasty was all about and what is the reason that they are so crazily popular among a history lovers and a layman alike. You just think that this is all jazz that I am throwing at you? Well, it is not and if you read on you can see why.

  • Lal Bagh Palace
    One of the grandest buildings that belong to the Holkar Dynasty, Lal Bagh Palace speaks of the grandeur and heritage of the glorious times in the history of the place. One of the finest structures of the time speaking of the opulence of the time, this ancestral palace is adorned with several beautiful gardens and mind blowing architecture. Used as a venue for arranging the important celebrations and functions in the city, the palace is like a live monument that whispers sweet nothings in your ears about the lifestyle of the intriguing Holkars.

    The palace has now been turned into a museum for common public where they can enjoy the remnants of the luxurious lifestyle of the leading dynasty of Indore. Exquisite articles from the time period make the palace a must visit among those who love to explore the history associated with a place.

    Timings: 10 am to 5 pm (Closed on Mondays)
    Entry Fees: INR 2 per person
  • Holkar Palace (Rajwada)
    Three times burnt Rajwada, still stands as a testament to the ultra-rich heritage of this old city. The three stone made lower stories along with wooden upper stories create a view of a grand structure which make any tourist’s heart skip a beat. This grand structure, also known as the Old Palace, showcases a blend of architectural influences from the Holkar Dynasty along with many other ruling dynasties of ancient India. Once here, one should not miss the beautiful gardens, fountains and an artificial waterfall within the premises of the palace. The elegance of the 200 years old palace speaks volumes about the dynasty and its style and provides the tourists with a sight that is not easily forgettable.

  • Sukh Niwas Palace
    A summer palace of the Holkar rulers, this is one of the most intriguing monuments in Indore. Once enjoyed by the royal rulers, now stands as an exhibition of the luxurious lifestyle of the Maharajas. Built with influences of both Indian and Western architectures, this summer palace is surrounded by well-laid gardens which add to the charm of the place. There is a tunnel which connects the Old Palace with Sukh Niwas Palace and is undoubtedly one of the most visited tourists spots in Indore. The Palace has now been turned into a picnic resort and is enjoyed by hundreds of tourists every year. Come here to explore what was it really like to be a Holkar ruler.
  • Krishnapura Chhatris
    Talking about what not to miss in Indore, one must mention Krishnapura Chhatris. A group of cenotaphs are the classic remnants of the various Holkar rulers. Featured with excellent architectural marvel of the Maratha style domes and pyramidal spires, these cenotaphs serve the tourists with a historical enigma which stays in everybody’s heart for a long time. Located on the banks of the Khan river, these cenotaphs when lit during the night offer a breath-taking spectacle which is enjoyed by dozens of people every evening. An artificial lake is constructed on the river beds of the Khan river along with beautiful gardens, fountains and boating facility which add different layers of entertainment value to the whole experience of exploring these historically rich exhibitions of the past.

Well, tell me honestly, aren’t you just thinking where to start from! If you are, then I would like to tell you that you are not the only dealing with this dilemma. It’s common among all who dig deep into the history of Indore.

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