|Rajwada||Standing adjacent the Chhatris in the main square of the Indore city|
|Lal Baag Palace||Located in the ‘Nai Duniya’ area of the city just 3 kilometers away from the Saifee Nagar Railway Station|
|Sukh Niwas Palace||Positioned on the banks of the Sukh Mahal Lake|
|Krishnapura Chhatris||Rested on the splendorous banks of the river Khan in the close proximity with the Rajwada Palace|
|Venkatesh Temple||Located in the Chhatribaug area of the Indore city|
|Khajrana Ganesh Mandir||Located close to the Khajrana Lake along the Khajrana Road about 6 kilometers away from the Indore Junction|
|Bada Ganpati||Located close to the Rajwada Palace towards the western end of the M G Road of Indore|
|Kanch Mandir||Located in the Itwaria Market area of the city along the Sir Hukumchand Marg|
|Bijasen Mata Temple||Nestled atop the Bijasen Tekri quite close to the Indore Airport and about 9 kilometers away from the Indore Railway Station|
|Annapurna Mandir||Located in the vicinity of the Dussehra Maidan along the Annapurna Road|
|Devguradia Shiva Temple||Stationed in a small hamlet named Devguradia which is located at the distance of just 8 kilometers from Indore on the Indore Nemawar Road|
|Gommat Giri / Gomatgiri||Perched atop the Gommateshwara Hill|
|Geeta Bhawan||Located right in the heart of the city just 2.5 kilometers away from the Indore railway Station|
|Atal Bihari Vajpayee Regional Park||Located close to the New Sabji Mandi along the Ring Road|
|Tafreeh Garden||At the Sinhasa Village on the picturesque outskirts of Indore along the Indore Dhar Road|
|Meghdoot Upvan||Positioned on the northeastern outskirts of Indore approximately 4 kilometers away from Palasia|
|Ravindra Natya Grah||Located along the RNT Marg|
|Gandhi Hall - Town Hall||Placed quite close to the Indore Railway Station adjacent the Shastri Bridge along the M G Road|
|Central Museum||Located close to the General Post Office along the Agra Mumbai Road|
|Nehru Park||Found on the banks of the river Khan, along the A B Road between Naulakha and Chhawani|
|Sirpur Lake||Situated close to the western periphery of the city along the NH 59|
|Patal Pani||Located at the distance of just 32 kilometers away from Indore towards Mhow|
|Omkareshwar||Positioned on an island named ‘Mandhata’ or ‘Shivapuri’ in the river Narmada in the Khandwa District about 81 kilometers away from Indore|
|Ujjain||Nested about 55 kilometers to the north of Indore|
|Dewas||Reposed just 36 kilometers away from Indore|
Rajwada, the imperial seven storied edifice loftily standing adjacent the Chhatris in the main square of the Indore city is the royal alcazar of the Holkar Sovereigns who erected this palace approximately 200 years ago. Comprising the kernel of the civic, the Rajwada; a living testimony of the grandeur and the magnificence of the Holkar royalty today stands as a silent witness of the illustrious history of Indore and the antiquated splendor of this opulent princely state. The Rajwada comprises a duo of two mansions; the first reposed in the heart of the city while the second parked in the old part of Indore. Revealing the archetypal Indo-Saracenic order of architecture, the Rajwada is built in an exquisite fusion of Maratha, Muslim and French structural design.
Out of the seven floors of this ziggurat, the lower three floors are fabricated out of stone whereas the upper four floors are framed out of wood. The ponderous wooden entrance of the palace diagramed in a theatrical manner and coated with iron studs leads us to the courtyard which is enclosed by numerous quarters featuring aureate galleries, balconies, corridors and windows those flank the ostentatiously arched Ganesha Hall of the building. Well landscaped gardens teeming with several fountains and an artificial waterfall add to the dazzle of the chateau. The Rajwada of Indore was severely burnt thrice in its life span; the latest being in 1984, however the persistent restorations and renovations have successfully retained the original majesty of this swanky citadel.
The reconstruction of the Rajwada in the ancient architectural style was undertaken in the year 2006 under the patronage of Usha Devi Maharaj Sahiba Holkar XV Bahadur which significantly reincarnated the old pageant of the palace. Presently, the Rajwada of Indore is used for organizing various art exhibitions and classical music concerts.
Lal Baag Palace
The Lal Baag Palace of Indore located in the ‘Nai Duniya’ area of the city just 3 kilometers away from the Saifee Nagar Railway Station is one of the most conspicuous and awe inspiring monuments of the conurbation that evinces the classy taste, magniloquent culture and pompous & peacocky lifestyle of the Holkar Dynasty that reigned and enhanced Indore for more than 2 centuries. Built in three phases, the construction of the Lal Baag Palace commenced in 1886 AD under the benefaction of Maharaja Tukoji Rao Holkar II and reached completion in 1921 AD during the tenure of Maharaja Tukoji Rao Holkar III. The Lal Baag Palace of Indore was principally used for hosting the royal parties, functions and receptions.
Spread over an extensive area of 28 hectares this imposing three storied edifice nestled on the banks of the river Khan is encompassed with a luxuriant rose garden which once held the repute of being one of the finest rose gardens of the country. The Lal Baag Palace resembling the ‘Château de Versailles’ of France (Versailles Palace) in its interiors is entirely decked out with Italian Marbles. Festooned with flamboyant chandeliers, Italian marble columns, Belgium stained glass windows, splendid Persian carpets and the motifs of flying nymphs adorning the ceiling, the Lal Baag Palace is truly a synonym of heavenly extravaganza.
The ballroom of the palace bears the wooden floor that is suspended upon springs for extra bounces. The entrance gates of the Lal Baag Palace marked with the emblem of the Holkar State reading ‘He who tries will succeed’ are fashioned after the gates of the Buckingham Palace of London. Presently, the Lal Baag Palace of Indore has been converted to a museum where an assortment of exquisite objects including the prehistoric artifacts, coins dating back to the Muslim Era, contemporary Indian and Italian paintings and many others are put up on display. The Lal Baag Palace Museum can be visited from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday.
Sukh Niwas Palace
The Sukh Niwas Palace of Indore positioned on the banks of the Sukh Mahal Lake served as the summer abode of the Holkar Kings who sought refuge in this palatial and luxurious mansion during the tropical days of the four summer months. Designed in Indo-Western order of architecture, the Sukh Niwas Palace mirroring the deluxe and ritzy lifestyle of the Holkar Royalty is an absolutely mesmerizing tableau painted by the ingenious architects of yesteryears. The ornately landscaped gardens and the sparkling Sukh Mahal Lake add a magical appeal to the ambience and augment the glory of this bravura summer manor. The Sukh Niwas Palace is connected with the old palace of Indore through an underground tunnel. This sprawling historical monument; singing the sagas of the august and refined sophistication of the erstwhile aristocracy of Indore is now developed into a charming picnic resort that is thronged by the locals as well as tourists all round the year.
The Krishnapura Chhatris rested on the splendorous banks of the river Khan in the close proximity with the Rajwada Palace is a cenotaph complex which encloses the royal sepulchers of the erstwhile Holkar Rulers of Indore within its premises. Vividly designed in the characteristic Maratha style of architecture featuring towering pyramidal domes and soaring spires, the Krishnapura Chhatris, apart from demonstrating the architectural dexterity attained by the engineers of antiquity also serves as an extraordinary remnant of the Kings of Holkar Clan.
Boasting of their grandiose historical enigma, the Krishnapura Chhatris’ Complex divided into two compounds bears the mortal remains of the Holkar Monarchs, Queens and their family members. The most ostentatious of all the Chhatris to be found inside the Krishnapura Chhatris’ Complex is the mausoleum dedicated to Sardar Chimnaji Appa Sahib Bolia. Known as ‘Bolia Sarkar’s Chhatri’, this cenotaph is dated 1858 AD. The Krishnapura Chhatris when illuminated with colorful electric lights at night present a really dumbfounding spectacle.
An artificial lake is also constructed near the Krishnapura Chhatris on the banks of the Khan River which ornamented with dazzling fountains and reflecting the flare of the surrounding lighting in its scintillating waters add an exceptionally regal charisma to the catacombs of the departed Indore Sovereigns. Apart from its tremendous historical as well as architectural magnitude what adds the tourism appeal to the Krishnapura Chhatris is the boating facility availed at the artificial lake laying close by.
The Venkatesh Temple of Indore also commonly referred to as ‘Shree Laxmi Venkatesh Divya Desh’ is a Vaishnavite Temple located in the Chhatribaug area of the Indore city. Built under the guidance and dictation of Swamiji Shree Chaturbhujaacharyaji, this holy shrine is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, Goddess Laxmi Ji and Ramanujaacharyaji. The idols of the presiding deities were enshrined in the sanctum of the temple by Swamiji Shree Keshwacharyaji; the successor of Swamiji Shree Chaturbhujaacharyaji. The day when the idols were consecrated in the temple is now celebrated as the foundation day i.e. Brahmotsavam of the Venkatesh Temple. The most remarkable earmark of the Venkatesh Temple of Indore is its Rathayatra Mahotsavam that is celebrated for seven days in the month of June or July every year. The Rathayatra of the Venkatesh Temple happens to be the third largest chariot festival of India that is attained by over 25 to 30 thousand devotees of Lord Venkateshwara. Apart from these two main temple festivals, the Venkatesh Temple of Indore also celebrates other annual feasts like Kalyan Utsav, Swaran Rajat Kamal Archana, Ful Bungalow, Parkal Lila, Pranay Kalay Lila, and many others.
Khajrana Ganesh Mandir
The Khajrana Ganesh Mandir of Indore located close to the Khajrana Lake along the Khajrana Road about 6 kilometers away from the Indore Junction is a sacred Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Ganesh; the younger son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati and the abolisher of all the obstacles. Established during the ascendancy of Queen Ahilya Bai Holkar of Indore, this Ganesha Temple is held in high esteem by the residents of Indore as well as the adjoining cities. Acclaimed as an important pilgrimage destination of Hindus, the Khajrana Ganesh Temple receives myriads of devotees particularly on Wednesdays, Sundays and the Chaturthi days of every month.
The devotees hold a strong belief that those who offer their prayers at the feet of Khajrana Ganesha with ultimate faith and devotion, all their hardships are removed and all their desires are fulfilled by the grace of Lord Ganesha. Vinayaka Chaturthi is the prime festival of the temple that is celebrated with utmost reverence and enthusiasm here. This is the time when the Khajrana Ganesh Mandir premises are cram packed with the devotees alighted here from far and wide. Moreover, the Ganesh Chaturthi Festivals is also observed with tremendous gusto and fervor in the Hindu month of Bhadrapad (September according to English calendar). On the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi a fair is also held at the Khajrana Ganesh Temple.
Apart from Lord Ganesha, other Hindu deities are also enshrined in this temple premises. The tranquil and composed surroundings of the Mandir coupled with supreme piousness and devoutness placate and pacify the visitors. What is more, a Dargah shrine dedicated to a Muslim saint Nahar Sayed is also situated adjacent the Khajrana Temple where it is believed that the headless body of Nahar Sayed lays buried. The Dargah of Nahar Sayed is an important place of worship for the Naita Muslims.
As the name clearly suggests, the ‘Bada Ganpati’ refers to a gigantic idol of Lord Ganesha that apart from its antiquity is distinguished all over the place for its enormous stature. Considered to be one of the largest statues of Lord Ganesha in the whole world, the Bada Ganpati Statue is located close to the Rajwada Palace towards the western end of the M G Road of Indore. This gargantuan idol of Lord Ganesha was built subsequent to the dream of Shri Dadhich; a resident of the nearby Ujjain (earlier Avantika) city. Erected during the governance of Queen Ahilya Bai Holkar in the year 1875 AD, this colossal effigy of Lord Ganesha measures about 8 meters (almost 27 feet) in its height from crown to foot. The idol is fabricated out of the composite of limestone, jaggery, bricks, mud brought from the elephant and horse stables and holy soil and water fetched from all the major pilgrimage centers of India. The frame of the deity is made from precious metals. This Herculean statue of Lord Ganesha is indeed overwhelming and awe inspiring. Thousands of devotees of Lord Ganesha throng the Bada Ganpati Temple to take the darshana of this marvel of sculpture art.
The Kanch Mandir (Glass Temple) of Indore located in the Itwaria Market area of the city along the Sir Hukumchand Marg is a Jain Temple the interiors of which are gilded in exquisite glass and mirror work. Metaphorically called an epic poem in glass and also known as ‘Seth Hukumchand Temple’, the Kanch Mandir of Indore was established in early 20th century under the sponsorship of Sir Seth Hukumchand Jain (Kasliwal), also known as the ‘Cotton King’. Peerless in its architectural and aesthetic appeal, the Kanch Mandir quite plain and simple from outside and yielding an impression of any common medieval Jain Temple featuring a towering shikhara and multiple globular domes canopying the balcony yields a dazzling prospect as you cross the threshold. It is said that Seth Hukumchand had hired architects and masons all the way from Jaipur and Iran.
The interiors of the temple entirely made out of mosaics, glass panels and intricate mirror work creates a truly arresting spectacle. The doors, pillars, walls and ceilings of the temple are completely inlaid with glass bedecked with minute elaborations. Mahavir Swami; the 24th Tirthankara of Jainism is enshrined as the presiding deity of the temple whose idol is made out of gleaming black onyx and bejeweled with precious gems and colorful glass beads. The main sanctum where the idol is placed is flanked by mirrors on both the sides which reflect the image of Mahavir Swami infinite times. The upper floor of the temple comprises a special glass chamber where three statues of Lord Mahavir, Lord Shantinath and Lord Adinath are installed. Moreover, the temple is adorned with about 50 mural paintings made in glass those depicts the stories associated with the Jain Tirthankaras.
The adroitly crafted Chinese lantern kind of glass lamps and cut glass chandeliers add to the grandeur of the Kanch temple. Venerated by the Jains to no limit, the Kanch Temple of Indore equally draws the tourists of other religious faiths due to its incomparable and compelling artistry.
Bijasen Mata Temple
Bijasen Mata Temple nestled atop the Bijasen Tekri quite close to the Indore Airport and about 9 kilometers away from the Indore Railway Station is a small Hindu shrine dedicated to Goddess Bijasen; a manifestation of Goddess Durga. Constructed in the year 1920, this temple of Bijasen Mata enshrines only the head of the Goddess flanked by four other similar but smaller heads and a small Ganesha idol. All of these statues are painted in glittering silver color. Goddess Bijasen is worshipped by the Hindu Gadariya (Kukroliya) family as their family deity. Every year during the Navaratri Festival a grand fair is held at the Bijasen Mata Temple. From the top of the Bijasen Hillock the most charismatic vistas of the sunset and the enthralling panoramas of the flickering city lights at night can be perceived. An ancient Holkar Guest House is perched atop the Bijasen Tekri close to the Bijasen Mata Temple which is now converted to a Border Security Force Arms Museum. The area adjoining the museum is now developed as a beautiful garden that is sided by a small enchanting lake.
The Annapurna Mandir of Indore located in the vicinity of the Dussehra Maidan along the Annapurna Road is one of the oldest temples of the city that is dedicated to the Hindu Goddess Annapurna; the mythological deity of food. Acclaimed amongst the renowned pilgrimage destinations of Indore, the Annapurna Temple beckons hordes of devotees and tourists all round the year. The architecture of this temple resembles the structural design of the famous Meenakshi Temple of Madurai to a great extent. The temple complex apart from the idol of Goddess Annapurna also houses other sub shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Hanuman and Lord Kalabhairava. The shrine consists of a huge Pravachan Hall. The entrance of the temple highly ornamented with elaborate designs and various impressive motifs is guarded by four life sized elephants those embrace the temple gate. The exterior walls of the shrine are brilliantly decorated with the eye catching icons of the legendary mythological characters. Extolled amongst the paramount architectural marvels of Indore, the Annapurna Temple bequeathed with enormous religious as well as architectural weight is one of the must visit tourist destinations of the city.
Devguradia Shiva Temple
The Devguradia Shiva Temple stationed in a small hamlet named Devguradia which is located at the distance of just 8 kilometers from Indore on the Indore Nemawar Road is an ancient shrine dedicated to the God of destruction; Lord Shiva. This monolithic rock temple dating back to 7th century AD was refurbished under the patronage of Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar in 18th century AD. Also popularly reckoned as the ‘Garuda Tirth’ amongst the locals, the Devguradia Shiva Temple is especially noted for its water opening designed in the shape of ‘Gomukh’ i.e. the mouth of a cow. The water directly falls on the Shiva Lingam that is enshrined in the sanctum of the Devguradia Shiva Temple. The original Lingam of Lord Shiva stood at the elevation of 12 feet from the ground level. The original Devguradia Shiva Temple along with the Shiva Lingam sunk below the ground sometimes in earlier period atop which the present day Shiva Temple of Devguradia haughtily stands. A grand fair is celebrated at the Devguradia Shiva Temple on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri every year.
Gommat Giri / Gomatgiri
Gommat Giri or Gomatgiri is a cluster of 24 Jain Temples perched atop the Gommateshwara Hill that draws thousands of Jain pilgrims and tourists all round the year. The Gommateshwara Hill was donated to the Jain community of the Indore City by the Government of Madhya Pradesh in the year 1981. The most conspicuous attraction of the Gommat Giri is a 24 feet tall statue of Lord Gommateshwara; a Jain Arihanta which is modeled after the world famous statue of Lord Bahubali of Shravanabelagola which measures about 55 feet in its height. Apart from the statue of Lord Gommateshwara, the bunch of 24 Jain Temples sited here are praised for their architectural artistry. Built in glittering white marble each of the 24 shrines is individually dedicated to a Jain Tirthankara. Located about 10 to 12 kilometers away from the city center, the Gommateshwara Hill can be easily reached by taxi or auto rickshaw. From the top of the hillock the most captivating prospects of the downtown Indore can be viewed.
The Geeta Bhawan of Indore located right in the heart of the city just 2.5 kilometers away from the Indore railway Station is an all religion temple where the idols and images of almost all the Gods and Goddesses from all the pantheons are enshrined. People irrespective of their religion, cast and creeds come here and offer their prayers. The central hall of the Geeta Bhawan is adorned with the paintings depicting various stories from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Puranas. Religious congregations and discourses; also known here as ‘Pravachans’ are organized at the Geeta Bhawan every once in a while. The Geeta Bhawan is surrounded with several bookstores where religious books and other religious articles and knick knacks are sold.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Regional Park
The Pipliyapala Regional Park located close to the New Sabji Mandi along the Ring Road is a sprawling lake garden set up on the banks of the Pipliyapala Talab in Southern Indore. Developed by IDA (the Indore Development Authority) and inaugurated on 20th Feb. 2011 by the hands of Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan; the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, the Pipliyapala Regional Park; a green gift to the Indore city is christened after the name of India’s former Prime Minister Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee. A recent addition to the majestic Indore city, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Regional Park spread over an expansive area of 100 acres was cultivated at the estimated expenditure of about 50 crore INR.
Teeming with luxuriant landscapes of verdurous lawns and dotted with lush green foliage comprising numerous species of rare plants and trees, the Pipliyapala Regional Park is commended as the most beautiful park in the entire state of Madhya Pradesh. A charming crescent of an inland waterway opening from one point of the Pipliyapala Talab runs through the entire park and terminates at the other end of the lake. Several bridges ornamented with mist fountains have been installed across this canal in the park those add to the pizzazz of this mesmerizing esplanade. Moreover, the entire park is gilded with undulating promenades those lead us through the different sections of this greenhouse.
This regional park is divided into four main precincts namely Mughal Garden, French Garden, Bio-Diversity Garden and the Artistic Village Area. Various noteworthy attractions of the park include Musical Fountain, Jumping Jet Fountain, Mist Fountain, Maze, Open Air Amphi-Theatre, Boating and the Fast Food Zone. The park looks even more entrancing and fascinating when illuminated with thousands of electric lights at night. Even the Pipliyapala Lake is recently renovated and fitted with five jet-fountains which create an absolutely bewitching spectacle at night. The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Regional Park of Indore has become a popular picnicking and tourist destination and one cannot call it a trip unless you visit this Eden incarnated.
The park is open from 9:00 am to 10 pm all days of week except Tuesday and an entry fee of rupees 25 per head (adults) and rupees 10 per head (children) is charged here.
The Tafreeh Garden, developed at the Sinhasa Village on the picturesque outskirts of Indore along the Indore Dhar Road is a resort cum Agro Park where tourists can repose in the vicinity of nature away from the hubbub of the city life. This is the place where you can breathe fresh air, listen to the melodic chirping of birds, enjoy the dazzling expanses of the emerald green fields and get an insight into the rural agrarian culture. Covering the total area of 40 acres, the Tafreeh Agro Park provides the city dwellers a fantastic opportunity to spend a whole day in the lap of Mother Nature. Tourists can indulge in angling and boating, enjoy the bullock cart & tractor rides, find their way through astounding water mazes and dive into a splash pool and feel the refreshing touch of water on the body.
Several innovative nature based sports such as Tarzan’s Swings and Monkey Bridge intrigue the city people to no extent, while climbing up a Machaan and resting inside a tree house is a rare experience an urban habitant can ever imagine. Peacefully unwinding on the hammocks and observing the rural boys working in the farms or enjoying the roasted farm products sitting around the campfires or even caressing the farm pets is truly an amazing experience. Tourists can camp here, take a trip to the handicraft industries of the nearby villages and also understand the socio-economic culture of rural India. The Tafreeh Agro Park is particularly popular amongst the school students where they can observe various aspects of agricultural life, agrarian management, recycling of water, rainwater harvesting and so on from the close quarters.
The Meghdoot Upvan positioned on the northeastern outskirts of Indore approximately 4 kilometers away from Palasia is one of the largest and most well-known parks of the city that beckons myriads of citizens as well as tourists particularly on the weekends and during the vacations. Festooned with exuberant lawns, beautifully landscaped garden terraces, illuminated fountains and dancing water springs, the Meghdoot Upvan is like a glitzy jewel in the treasure casket of Indore. Renovated in the year 2000-01, the Meghdoot Park is an idyllic picnic spot away from the hustle bustle of daily city life. A famous amusement park of Indore - Mangal Merry Land is also sited in the proximity with the Meghdoot Upvan.
Ravindra Natya Grah
The Ravindra Natya Grah located along the RNT Marg is a 59 years old auditorium that flourishes as the leading center of theatre and performing arts in Indore. This Natya Grah was comprehensively renovated by Dainik Bhaskar on the occasion of its Golden Jubilee Year. After the thorough makeover, the present day Ravindra Natya Grah bequeathed with all the modern facilities happens to be the best auditorium of the city.
Gandhi Hall - Town Hall
The Gandhi Hall placed quite close to the Indore Railway Station adjacent the Shastri Bridge along the M G Road is the Town Hall of the Indore City where an assortment of painting exhibitions, book fairs, various carnivals and fêtes and a number of other art and cultural celebrations are hosted all twelve months of the year. Established in the early years of 20th century and opened to public in 1904 AD, this auditorium inaugurated by the hands of Prince George V was originally christened as ‘King Edwards Hall’. However, subsequent to the Independence of India, the King Edwards Hall was renamed after the ‘Father of the Nation’ as the ‘Mahatma Gandhi Hall’ in the year 1948. Designed by an eminent Scottish architect from Bombay; Charles Frederick Stevens, the magnificent Gandhi Hall of Indore presents an archetypal specimen of Indo-Gothic order of architecture.
Built in regal red Seoni stone and embellished with lofty domes, minarets and staples, the imperial Gandhi Hall; one of the most prominent landmarks of the Indore City perfectly fits into the magisterial demeanor of this erstwhile princely state. The interiors of the Town Hall are bejeweled with gilded ornamental mouldings and frescoed ceilings and it possesses the capacity of housing 2000 spectators at a time. Bedecked with a four-faced clock tower in its façade, the Gandhi Hall is also reckoned amongst the locals as the ‘Ghanta Ghar’ or the ‘Clock Tower’. Boastfully standing in the midst of an elaborately landscaped garden, this Town Hall of Indore also accommodates a library, a children’s park and a small temple. Lauded amongst the most beautiful and most elegant edifices of the city, the Town Hall comprises a must visit tourist destination of Indore.
The Central Museum of Indore also reckoned by the epithet the ‘Indore Museum’ is one of the most remarkable tourist attractions of the city located close to the General Post Office along the Agra Mumbai Road. Established in the year 1929 and originally housed within the premises of the Nar-Ratna Mandir, the present day Indore Museum affluent in its historical and archaeological heritage is classified into six different categories namely the Antiquity Gallery, the Numismatic Gallery, the Hinglajgarh Art Gallery, the Malwa Art Gallery, the Inscription Gallery, the Arms Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art. A wide range of artifacts dating back to the pre historic periods and ranging from the primeval eras to the modern times are put up on display in these galleries.
The most enchanting exhibits of the Indore Museum include the Stone Age tools, fossils, numerous artifacts unearthed from the excavations at Mohanjodaro, the articles excavated from Kaytha, Maheshwar- Navdatoli, Awra and Dangwada sites, terracotta objects from Kosambi, Kasravad and Shravasti and many others. The sculptures of Goddess Saraswati, Lord Harihar, Lord Shiva Vareshwar, Goddess Bhuvaneshwari, Lakulish and so on, dating back to the period of 3rd century AD to 7th century AD and other stone sculptures belonging to the Shaiva, Vaishnava, Shakta, Buddha and Jain pantheons particularly grab the attention of the beholders. Gold, Silver and Copper coins recovered from various destinations such as Ujjaini, Eran, Tripuri, Janapadiya, etc comprise the special anthology of the Numismatic Gallery.
What’s more, the copper plates and stone inscriptions belonging to the Parmar, Gupta and Rajput Kings and discovered from the Western Malwa regions are showcased in the Inscription Gallery. Attention-grabbing artworks done on the scintillating Italian marble, china (clay) artifacts and splendid ivory items are the key attractions of the Modern Art Gallery. The Indore Museum is a living testimony of the rich civilization of ancient India that flourished in the antediluvian ages. Predominantly aggrandized for its collection of sculptures belonging to the tenure of Parmar dynasty and for the coins and armors, prehistoric stone tools, quartz sickles, domestic items and ornaments, the Indore Museum principally allures those interested in the study of history and archaeology of India.
This museum can be visited from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm all days of the week but Monday.
The Nehru Park of Indore, also known as the ‘Indore Zoo’, the ‘Kamala Nehru Park’ and the ‘Chidiya Ghar’ is a zoological park of the city to be found on the banks of the river Khan, along the A B Road between Naulakha and Chhawani. Spread over the total area of 4000 square feet, the Nehru Park derives its appellation from the name of Smt. Kamla Nehru; the wife of India’s cardinal Prime Minister; Jawaharlal Nehru. Frequently visited by the locals as well as the tourists, the Chidiya Ghar of Indore basically functioning as an organization aiming at the conservation and procreation of the endangered wildlife of India shelters and exhibits various species of birds, animals, amphibians, omnivores and carnivores in their natural habitat.
Originally established during the British Era and known by the title ‘the Biscow Park’, this zoo was earlier opened only to the British Citizens. Honored to be the oldest animal repositories of Indore, the Nehru Zoo is particularly exalted for its population of White Tigers. The zoo recently came into the glare of publicity due to the birth of three female white tiger cubs. Apart from the varieties of birds and animals exhibited here, the Nehru Zoo is also popular amongst the visitors for its goad cards, elephant rides, pony rides, camel rides and buggy rides. Moreover, the zoological garden also houses a library, a swimming pool, a beautiful rose garden, children’s playing area and a children’s hobby center. It also operates a miniature train and the battery cars.
The Sirpur Lake of Indore situated close to the western periphery of the city along the NH 59 is a grand water reservoir especially acclaimed for its population of innumerable migratory birds. Bustling all day long with the chirping and tweeting of colorful birds of different varieties alighted here from far away countries, the Sirpur Lake is a paradise for bird watchers, nature lovers and photographers. Spotting the migratory birds happily indulging in their day to day activities in their natural habitat is indeed an intriguing experience. The most noteworthy birds generally encountered at the Sirpur Lake include Egrets, Flamingos, Purple Moorhen, Common Coot, Cotton Pigmy Goose, Red Crested Pochard, Common Kingfisher, Dragonfly, Pond Heron and many others. Watching the birds hovering over the sparkling waters of the lake and capturing the pageantry of colors performed against the backdrop of the azure sky at the time of sunset in your camera is unquestionably a wonderful thing to do at Indore.
Patal Pani located at the distance of just 32 kilometers away from Indore towards Mhow is one of the most sought after tourist destinations and weekend gateways around Indore. Thronged by the nature lovers, adventure seekers and vacationers particularly during the monsoon season, Patal Pani is chiefly famed for its majestic waterfall that drops from the height of 150 feet. The depth of the pond that is formed by the cascade at its bottom is still unknown and it is believed by the locals that this Kund is as deep as Patal and directly reaches the nether. The vicinity derives its moniker ‘Patal Pani’ from this folklore itself. The Patal Pani Waterfalls as well as the surrounding terrain swarming with nature’s extravagant banquet is at its finest during the rainy season.
The cataract surging down the cliff in profusion and the surrounding foliage adorning the entire plateau with its lush green robe win the heart of its beholder at the first sight. The residents of Indore make it a point to visit Patal Pani at least once during the four months of monsoon season. The best time to pay a visit to Patal Pani is from July to September. Apart from that, the forest around the Patal Pani waterfalls is famous amongst the trekkers and hikers for its beautiful trekking trails. The water cascade of Patal Pani dries out in summer but again comes to life in early days of rainy season. The Patal Pani Waterfalls grew notorious in the year 2011 following the fatal incident of the death of 3 members from the same family.
Omkareshwar positioned on an island named ‘Mandhata’ or ‘Shivapuri’ in the river Narmada in the Khandwa District about 81 kilometers away from Indore is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva that is regarded as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas scattered across the Indian Terra Firma. Two temples dedicated to Lord Shiva are located here side by side, one of them is known as ‘Omkareshwar’ while the other is known as ‘Amareshwar’.
Ujjain , nested about 55 kilometers to the north of Indore is an ancient city of central India earlier reckoned by the sobriquets; Avantikapuri, Avanti or Ujjayini. Settled on the banks of the river Kshipra, Ujjain existing since the Mahabharata Era is one of the seven sacred ‘Moksha Dayika Nagaris’ i.e. salvation granting cities as mentioned in the Hindu scriptures. Moreover, Ujjain is also one of the four venues of the Kumbha Mela or Simhastha Mela which is held here once in twelve years. Not only that, Ujjain is also the abode of Lord Mahakaleshwar (Lord Shiva) venerated as one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. Ujjain, an ancient center of learning is also believed to be the place where Lord Krishna along with his elder brother Balram and friend Sudama was educated in the Ashram of Maharshi Sandipani. As per the mythological belief, subsequent to the ‘Churning of the Ocean’ by the Gods and demons, a drop of nectar had fallen at Ujjain. Other than its mythological magnitude, Ujjain is also the fortunate city that flourished under the governance of King Chandragupta II and harbored great scholars such as Brahmagupta, Bhakaracharya and Kalidasa.
Dewas, reposed just 36 kilometers away from Indore is one of the ancient settlements of Malwa Plateau that presently serves as the administrative headquarters of the Dewas District. Dewas is popular amongst the tourists for its Goddess Chamunda Temple perched atop the ‘Devi ki Terki’. Mitha Talab is yet another worth visiting destination of Dewas.