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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular tourist attractions in Indore?

Kapil Gumasta DEC 10 2012
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Indore is a undoubtedly a city that is well steeped in history and culture that is not only enriching but is an experience in itself. It’s got a richness in art, culture, history, traditions and more, something that only a few other cities can boast of. When it comes to checking out all the attractions that this city has to offer, you may never run out of options. Just don’t forget to cover as many of these in your Indore tour itinerary:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Annapurna Temple

    Devoted to the goddess of food, this temple is known for its resemblance to the famous Madurai’s Meenakshi Temple. Being one of the architectural marvels of the city, the temple is visited by the devotees and general tourists alike. The temple features an ornamented gate that is embraced by four full sized elephants. The temple is known for its intricate carvings and architectural brilliance which is established by the every stone in the temple. With all this and more, the temple is going to be a sure shot treat for you.

  • Bada Ganpati

    With an eight metres of height from crown to foot, the temple houses the biggest Ganpati idol in the world. The idol is made of limestone, mud from the stables of elephants and horses, jaggery, bricks along with holy soil and water from the major pilgrim places in the country with a framework that is made of precious metals. It is believed that whoever visits the deity, all their obstacles and worries are taken away by the Lord which makes a much frequented site for devotees from all over the country in large numbers. Wouldn’t you want to visit the Lord and see if your obstacles get away?  

  • Kanch Mandir (Glass Temple)

    A Jain Temple that is popular for its exquisite glass paintings along with different coloured glass pieces embedded in every nook and corner of the temple. The temple providing the visitors with a spectacle which is not only intriguing to many but also shows what creativity was all about in the times of the Holkar Dynasty. The paintings at the temple showcases different aspects of Jainism. The best time to be at this temple is during the sunrise when the rays of the sun creates a mind blowing effect on the glass and leaves the visitor with a view that you wouldn’t forget for a long time.

  • Central Museum

    Located near the General Post Office in Indore, the Central museum also known as Indore Museum is a treat for anyone interested in digging deep into the rich history of the place. The museum boasts of a wide range of Parmar sculptures from Hinglajgarh which actually originated here. Also, the museum has a huge variety of coins, proportioned figures and intricate ornamentation. Medieval and pre-medieval Hindu and Jain sculptures also make an impression on the history buffs. There are two galleries in the Museum where stone tools, quartz sickles, ornaments and items of domestic use are on display in the first gallery and Hindu mythological carvings in the other. There are guides which are available for the convenience of the visitors.

    Timings: 10 am to 5 pm (Closed on Mondays)
    Entry Fee: Nil

  • Khajrana Ganesha Temple

    This is one of the most visited temples in the city because of its history and religious beliefs attached to it. The locals especially have a lot of faith in the temple and the blessings that they get from here; which in a way makes it a priority in any traveller’s list. It is believed that the temple was originally built by Ahilya Bai Holkar and was later subjected to some finishing touches by different historic personalities.  According to several religious beliefs, it is said that whoever comes here and wishes for something, the wish gets fulfilled within a short span of time. That is the reason that you might see people praying here for getting a baby or some work related problems.

    To add to the religious aura of the place, there is also a dargah nearby. This is dedicated to Nahar Sayed who is believed to be buried headless here. For Muslims, this place holds great religious importance and is frequented by a dozen of people every day.

  • Town Hall

    One of the most remarkable structures in the city, the hall built in 1904 was originally named King Edwards Hall. Featuring Indo-Gothic style of architecture, the hall was renamed Mahatma Gandhi Hall in 1948. This structure made in Seoni stone along with its domes and staples is an important landmark in the city today. Town hall has a huge four-faced clock tower in the front. It is because of this grand clock that the structure is also known as Ghanta Ghar and is hence a landmark in itself especially if you are travelling through cycle rickshaws. Town Hall is very frequently used as a venue for several painting and book exhibitions along with several events and festivals organised throughout the year. To add more charm to the place, the building also features a temple, a library and a children's park.

Also to enjoy are other attractions such as Sirpur Lake where one can view a wide variety of migratory birds and Venkatesh Temple where India’s third largest rath-yatra procession is carried. Also, there is Bapna Statue which is located in the centre of the city and is an important landmark.

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 what the beautiful city of Indore has to offer.

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