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About Indore

Our Proud Indore

The city of Indore presents a happy blend of historical past & promise of rapid future modernization. It is situated on the Malwa plateau at an altitude of 353 in (1,823ft) 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 deity. It is the largest city in Madhya Pradesh; this city has emerged as the commercial capital of the state.

Situated on one of India's oldest pilgrimage routes from Mahakall at Ujjain on river Kshipra, to Omkareshwar on the river Narmada and onwards to Rameshwaram, Indore was on the route of the Marathas of Deccan on their way to North India. These Maratha guerilla warriors were. in constant battle with the Mughal empire. Their army transit camps here attracted the local Zamindars .(landlords) who, drawn by the promise of lucrative trade, settled in the villages on the confluence of, the Khan and Saraswati rivers, thereby laying the foundation of this commerce centre in 1715. In 1741, temple of Indreshwar was erected in the town, from which it derives the name Indore. The trade centre grew rapidly under the Holker dynasty (1733-1818). The remains of their two century old palace still stand in the main square (called Rajwada). The city became the capital of the Indore princely state in the Holkars led by Rani Krishnabai Holkar at Mahidpur. She signed the treaty of Mandsaur by which the control of Indore -went in the hand of the East India Company. Between 1948 and 1956, Indore served as the summer capital of the former Madhya Bharat state. Currently, it is the commercial capital of M.P

Rajwada (Holkar Palace)- The Holkar Palace (Rajwada) is close to the Chhatris, in the main square in the heart of the city. It is a seven storeyed building (only facade remains) built over two centuries ago. This historic palace of the Holkars is built in a mixture of Maratha, Mughal and French style. The gopura-like monumental stone and wood structure, flanked by bastions and studded with balconies and windows, is a testimony of the past grandeur of the Holkars. Its lofty entrance archway above a huge wooden door encrusted with iron studs, leads into a vast courtyard enclosed by galleried rooms, and the arcaded Ganesh Hall where state and religious functions were once held. It is now used for art exhibitions and classical music concerts. The lower three floors are made of stone and the upper floors are made of wood, which made it very vulnerable to destruction by fire. Rajwada was burnt three times in its history, and the last one in 1984 was the most devastating. The charred rubble of the rear portion' has -now given way to a symmetrically laid out garden featuring fountains, an artificial waterfall and some superb pieces of eleventh century sculpture.

The Lalbagh Palace of the Holkars on the banks of the Khan River is one of the grandest monuments the Holkar dynasty left to Indore city. A reflection of their taste, grandeur and life style. Its construction began in 1886 under Tukoji Rao Holkar II, and was carried out in three phases, the final phase completed in 1921 under Tukoji Rao Holkar III. It is a blend of the baroque and renaissances styles, and in its days was one of the most elegant residences, in India. It is being developed by the Government of Madhya Pradesh as a cultural centre. The main attraction is the splendidly proportioned and furnished rooms, with frescoed ceilings and gilded ornamental moldings. The architecture and decoration of this palace, inhabited by the Holkars till 1978 reflect the highly westernized aesthetic sensibility of the later Holkars. Tukojirao III was the last incumbent of this magnificent place. The whole complex has a total area of 28 acres and at one time had one of the best rose gardens of the country.

Though simple to look from outside, the magnificent interior takes one into a dreamland of past glory.

Lavishly decorate in the style of Versailles Palace, its Italian marble columns, grand chandeliers, rich Persian carpets, flying nymphs on the ceiling, Belgium stained glass windows, Greek mythological reliefs, Italian style wall paintings, stuffed leopards and tigers are breathtaking. The ballroom has wooden floor on springs for extra bounce. The kitchen was built on the opposite bank of the river and was connected to the palace by a well lighted underground tunnel. The imposing gate of the palace is unique in Asia. A replica of the gates of Buckingham palace (London), about twice their size, were molded in cast iron and shipped from England. They carry the Holkar state emblem which means "He who tries will succeed". Indore has several sights for the inquisitive.

The Krishnapura Chhatris - These are exquisite cenotaphs of the three later Holkar rulers. These memorials in stone are gracefully poised on the banks of the Khan River with their pyramidal spires tapering into soaring kalashas. These are memorials built on the cenotaph built over the ashes of another woman ruler of Malwa, Maharani Krishnabai. The other two Chhatris are of Tukoji Rao and Shivaji Rao, father and son, and are linked by a common oblong prayer hall with ornately carved arches and pillars on a high platform along the garbha grihas containing life size statues of these rulers. A breathtaking sight at night when illuminated, the Chhatris glow ethereally against the dark of the sky. An artificial lake is crated in this stretch of the otherwise dry Khan River, complete with a fountain, well laid gardens on both banks and boating facility.

Bolia Chhatris - Chhatris are the tombs or cenotaphs erected in memory of family members. The beautiful Bolia Sarkar's Chhatri constructed in 1858 AD in memory of Sardar Chimnaji Appa Sahib Bolia.

Mahatma Gandhi Hall - This is one of the pretties’ buildings in Indore. Built in 1904 and originally named as King Edward Hall, was renamed as Mahatma Gandhi Hall in 1948. This Indo-gothic structure is made in seoni stone and its domes and steeples are a landmark of Indore city. It has a clock tower in front, due to which it is also known locally as Ghanta Ghar The central hall has a capacity for 2000 people and is frequently the venue of book/ painting exhibition, sales and fairs throughout the year.

In recent year Indorian had made us very proud on the senerio of education on India level. In most of the All India level competition many of them has secured the position in 100. Also in Indore many mall have been open like Mangal City Mall, Treasure Island, Central Mall, C 21 Mall, Orbit Mall and many more. Very shortly the five star hotels named Radisson has come to Indore. So we can say that within 2-3 years Indore will also being shortlisted in the names of metropolitan cities.

Ujjain - The pilgrimage town of Ujjain is about 56 km from Indore. It traces its origin to the very dawn of Indian history. Hindu astronomy, astrology and geography have Ujjain as the base for calculations which is the "Greenwich" of Hindu astronomers and astrologers. Situated on the bank of Kshripra, it is on of the oldest holy cities of India. It is place of one of the Kumbh Melas. It was the capital of the Avanti Nagari of Raja Bhoj and poet Kalidasa. It has become a great centre for learning during the rule of the great legendary king Vikramaditya. The temple of Mahakaleshwar is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Bhartrihari caves, Sandipani (Shri Krishna's Guru) Ashram, ancient observatory are some of the places to visit

Mandu - The historical fort of mandu (Mandav gadh or the "City of Joy" (Shadiabad) is about 90 km from Indore. Founded in the 10th century as a Fort-Capital by the' Parmar rulers, this extensive, now deserted hilltop fort is one of the most interesting sites in Madhya Pradesh. This is supposed to be the biggest fort in India (82 kin perimeter) and has ruins of lots of palaces, baths, pavilions of the past, when it was a busy town. The tomb of Hoshang Shah is supposed to be the inspiration behind Shah Jehan's celebrated Taj Mahal. Jahaj Mahal, Hindola,Mahal Ashrafi Mahal are some of the notable monuments. Each of these is an architectural gem in the Afghan style. The legend of the romance of Rani Roopmati and BaJ Bahadur haunts this place which is quite beautiful in rainy season.

Dewas -This is 36 kms from Indore. Its name is derived from a hill in its vicinity known as Devi Vashini, on which is perched a temple of its presiding deity Chamunda Devi. Earliest mention of Dewas is in the epic poem Chandi bardai of 16th century. Most beautiful spot is the Devi hall where there are several temples cut out in rocky walls with images in relief.

Omkareshwar - The holy town of Omkareshwar is also about 77 kms from Indore. It is an island on the confluence of the rivers Narmada and Kaveri - This place has hundreds of Hindu/Jain temples. The most important being the one housing one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, which has made this place an important pilgrimage center since ancient times. A best ride in Narmada river around the island of Omkareshwar is quite enjoyable.

Maheshwar - Situated 90 kms from Indore, it is mentioned in Ramayan and Mahabharat as Mahishmati. It became famous when Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar made it her capital. It is famous for its Maheshwari sarees - known for their unique weave.