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Indore Travel Guide

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About Indore

Indore is a mix of majestic places with the backdrop of the modern commercial centres. The city is named after the Indreshwar Mahadev Temple. Indore traces its roots to the 16th Century when it was a trading hub between the Deccan and Delhi. Built by the legendary Ahilya Bai Holkar, the architecture is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the city. Indore is known for its mouth-watering culinary experience and hence is a haven for a foodie. It is also one of the biggest and cleanest cities in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Indore is also popular for its cosmopolitan culture. An educational hub, Indore houses both an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and an Indian Institute of Management (IIM). Madhya Pradesh Stock Exchange is the third oldest stock exchange and is located in Indore. Indories, who are the local inhabitants, are known for their warm and friendly attitude.

Indore Tourism: City Details

Dial Code

0731

Population

1,994,397 (as of 2011)

Currency

Indian Rupee

Area

530 sq km

Languages Spoken in Indore

The official language of the city is Hindi. However, there are various dialects, such as Bundeli, Malawi, and Namadi, that are spoken by a significant population. Other than this, there is a sizable population that speaks Marathi, Urdu, Sindhi, Gujarati, and Punjabi. 

Best Time to Visit Indore

October to March is the ideal time to visit Indore, as the weather is pleasant. The nights in Indore, known as Shab-e-malwa or nights of Malwa, are cool and breezy.

The seasonal breakdown is as follows:

Summers in Indore

The summer season in Indore starts from March until May. It can be quite exhausting as the temperature can rise up to 40 degrees in the day.

Monsoons in Indore

The monsoons in Indore start from July and last until September. The rains bring freshness and a pleasant atmosphere. For rain lovers, they can visit Indore during these months. 

Winters in Indore

Winters in Indore start from October and last until February. The weather is ideal for travelling and sightseeing. The temperature ranges from 8 degrees to 28 degrees.

Festivals or Events of Indore

Indore celebrates a host of festivals such as Diwali, Holi, Eid-Ul-Fitr, and Rakshabandhan. Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated in a typical Indorian way. Ganesh Jhanki, is the highlight of the festival and is a decades-old tradition. The Jhanki procession is considered as the pride of the city. It is a street ceremony on the last day of the Ganesh Festival. A Jhanki is a Tableau which is built by the families of mill workers in Indore. Other festivals such as Ahilya Utsav, Navratri, Makarsankranti are also celebrated here.

Places to See in Indore

Tourist places in Indore see a significant influx of travellers each year. There are many places to visit in Indore, where travellers can spend leisure time.

Rajwada

 The Rajwada is a seven storeyed palace of the Holkars. It is the original residence of the Holkar dynasty.

Lal Bagh Palace

Lal Bagh Palace is touted as one of the most elegant palaces of the Holkar dynasty. The palace has a lavish European interior with Italian marble pillars, chandeliers, ancient murals, baroque-cum-rococo dining room, English library style office, etc.

Patalpani

Of the famous places in Indore, Patalpani is on the list of many travellers. It is a popular picnic spot with streams and natural surroundings.

Kanch Mandir

 This is one tourist place near Indore that is an addition to the architectural marvels in the city. Kanch Mandir is a Jain temple wherein all the walls, ceilings, floors, pillar, and even doorknobs are entirely inlaid with glass.

 Chhatris

The Chhatris in Indore are tombs or cenotaphs that have been erected in the memory of the Holkar rulers and their family members. The three Chhatris are named as the Krishnapura Chhatri and are located half a kilometre from Rajwada.

Things to Do in Indore

Food

Travellers can go on a culinary tour on the streets of the Sarafa Bazaar, which serves some of the most delicious and mouth-watering street food. It is Indore’s only night food market, which serves delicacies starting at 8 pm in the night. One can devour Poha Jalebi, Malpua, Bhutte ki Kees, Sabudana Khichdi, and other such dishes sold on the street.

Shopping

For travellers who like shopping, Kothari Market is the place to be. Maheswari sarees, Chanderi Sarees, Meenakari Jewellery, handcrafted Chikan work dress materials are a few things one can shop for. The Garmin Haath Bazar is renowned for its handicraft and handloom items.

Outdoor Activities

Travellers can also go for some outdoor activities in Indore.  They can visit the Safari Activity Park where there are many activities to do such as camping, zip lining, Mud races, etc. Travellers who like hiking can go on a trek to Janapav Kuti.

Airports in Indore

Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport

Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport is a quite busy airport in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is only 10 km from the city of Indore. It has all the basic amenities that can cater to the needs of travelers.

Indore Airport Address:

Depalpur Road, Devi Ahillyabai Holkar Airport Area, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, 453112.

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