Indore is the largest city in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is situated on the banks of the River Khan and Sarawati. The two rivulets unite at the center of the city where a small temple of Sangamnath or Indreshwar exists. The city of Indore derived its name from the deity itself. At an altitude of 553 m above sea level on the Malwa Plateau, this city is nearly the heart of the nation. With growing population, the city is expanding rapidly and so is its tourism industry. Travel to Indore city will present a blissful blend of the past and the future.
Indore is known for its architectural splendor. The tales of the glorious past are narrated by these splendid historical monuments and cast a magical spell on the visitors. Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar was a great architectural patron and spent a lot of money on the construction of many temples across the nation. The queen is taken in great regard by the people and as a tribute; her statue was built in the center of the city, near Rajwada. Apart from being a historical city, Indore is also the commercial capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh.
How To Reach Indore
Indore By Air
Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport in Indore is just 10 km from city centre. Indore is air connected to major cities in India by public and private domestic airlines. Indore is connected to places like Jaipur, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Bhopal and Chennai. Taxi services are available from Indore airport to city. International travelers can get connecting flights to Indore from Delhi (800 km) or Mumbai (655 km) airport.
Indore By Train
Indore Junction Railway Station is an important railway station in Western railway zone. It is well connected to all major railway stations in India. Direct train services are available to Bhopal, Pune, Malwa, Delhi and many other cities.
Indore By Bus
Indore is well connected by state road transport public bus services. Regular bus services are available from Ujjain (55 km), Delhi (800 km) and Mumbai (655 km) to Indore Ujjain. Super fast and Deluxe A/C buses are also available in these routes.
Near By Attractions
Dewas 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.
Maheshwar, 90 kms from Indore 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 sarees - Maheshwari sarees - known for their unique weave.
The historical fort of Mandu (Mandav gadh or the "City of Joy" [Shadiabad] ) is about 90km 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 (82km 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, H indola 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.
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 centre since ancient times. A boat ride in Narmada river around the island of Omkareshwar is quite enjoyable.