Indore

Rajwada of Indore

Indore (Hindi:इन्दौर ,Marathi:इंदूर), the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh, is situated on Malwa Plateau. Indore, growing at a fast pace, still manages to combine ancient and modern lifestyles in a unique atmosphere. 'Indories' (residents of Indore) are well known for their warm and friendly attitude.

Understand

Indore is situated on the Malwa Plateau at an altitude of 553 m 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, with a population of over a million, and also the commercial capital of the state. Indore city presents a happy blend of historical past and promises of rapid future modernization.

Indore has witnessed the reign of one of the greatest women in Indian history, Rani Ahilyabai Holkar. Malhar Rao Holkar, the father-in-law of Ahilyabai was bestowed Indrashwar or Indrapur (from which the name Indore was derived) by the Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao. Widowed when she was barely out of her teens Rani Ahilyabai took the responsibility of Indore into her own hands and was instrumental in planning and building this city. 14 generations of the Holkar dynasty ruled Indore for 220 years. On 16th June 1948, the Holkar State was officially merged with the Indian republic.

Formerly a major trading centre, the city, along with its satellite townships of Pithampur and Dewas, has established itself as a strong industrial base and the most developed city of Madhya Pradesh. The era of liberalisation has seen Indore at the forefront of a number of privatisation initiatives which include the country's first toll road and private telephone network (Airtel). Traditional industries for which the city is famous, such as those in cotton cloth and bangles, are very much alive.

Indore is also known for its great food.

Climate

Due to its location on the southern edge of the Malwa Plateau, Indore makes an excellent tourist destination. Later in the day, there are cool breezes which make the evenings quite pleasant. Poets have deemed Shab-e-Malwa (the night of Malwa) exquisite beyond compare. The city also has many good tourist spots in its vicinity. Mandav is a city of palaces and lakes very close to Indore.

Get in

Indore is well connected by road, rail and air with the Agra-Mumbai highway passing through the city. It is strategically located, being relatively close to Mumbai (593 km) and Delhi (807 km), both of which are connected by daily flights operated by Jet Airways and Indian Airlines.

By plane

Devi Ahilyabai Holkar National Airport (IATA: IDR) is a prominent airport in the Madhya Pradesh state of India and is situated in Indore. The airport is one of the best in India and offers good connectivity from major cities of India.

There are many airlines operating in Indore:

Airlines Cities Connected
Indian Mumbai, Delhi, Bhopal
Jet Airways Mumbai, Delhi, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Raipur, Hyderabad
IndiGo Delhi, Bangalore.

End of Oct 2009, GoAir started direct flight from Delhi to Indore with a flying time of an hour and six minutes

Indore airport provides free Wifi internet connectivity. The airport has service-desk of all major hotels of Indore wherein you can book a room. The airport is situated 8km away from the main city. To reach city center there are private paid taxis available. Dial (0731) 4288 888 to book a City Cab.

A new international airport has been constructed. It is a unique building with many new facilities and a capacity of accommodating 700 passengers in an hour.

By train

Indore is connected to major indian cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Howrah, Bhopal, Ujjain, Gwalior, Bhind, Jabalpur, Bilaspur, Khandwa, Lucknow, Varanasi, Patna, Ambala Ct, Jammu, Dehradun and Trivandrum.

The railway station has two sections: Meter Gauge(MG) and Broad Gauge(BG). Khandwa and Ratlam are two major railway junctions that are connected through Meter Gauge. Indore Railway Station, located in city centre, is an average Indian railway station with computerized ticket booking office. Railway Reservation office is near railway station (on meter gauge side).Trolleys are not available on the station, but porters can be hired to help with luggage. Licensed porters wear a red shirt with a metallic arm-band bearing their serial number. Laxmibai Nagar (MG & BG), Rajendra Nagar(MG), Lokmanya Nagar(MG) are Indore city's sub-station.

By road

The national highway NH3(Bombay-Agra Road) and NH59 (Indore-Ahmedabad Road) passes through Indore and there are daily bus services from Indore to Mumbai, Jaipur, Gwalior, Bhopal etc. Some of the bus services are Royal Travels, Hans and City Link Travels. State owned transport service is not in good shape to cater current need and should be avoided.

Get around

There are numerous rental car/travel companies in the city, where can you can get cars according to KM or fixed rate basis. Ask for packages for both the cabs, if you are planning to go around for long time. A/C charges are extra. Auto Rickshaws-Available everywhere.

At Nagar Seva, there are cheaper shared transportation (Maruti Vans) that runs throughout the city, MetroBus Bus stations are also locared in almost all major areas. The government is planning to start metro train and a tram in indore so that the traffic loads on roads get down to some level as the city faces traffic jams in every corner. if every thing goes as per plan indore's name will shine on top among metros in the country.

See

Indore has many good places to see ranging from shopping malls, to historical and cultures spots. The city's rich heritage and culture is reflected through the beautifully built palaces and temples.

Annapurna Mandir

Do

Sculptures on the Krishnapura Chhatri
  1. Mughal garden
  2. French garden
  3. Open air amphi-theatre
  4. artistic village area
The lake is renewed and fitted with five jet-fountains which in night create a beautiful atmosphere with there light-effects.
Plans are in pipeline to start boating in the pond, a food court and children play zone. Recently water sports have been started in the lake.
Its a must visit spot when you are in Indore

Buy

Thanks to the rich black soil of the Malwa Plateau, Indore has prospered into being the fourth largest centre of cotton textile industry in India. Indore is also known for its leather toys and Maheshwari & Chanderi are some very interesting ornate sarees and brocades to offer. There is a lot of sari work comes out of Madhya Pradesh, and the Maheshwari sarees have particularly gained in popularity of late. Besides the fabrics, there is a variety of local carving crafts to choose from, and the city is also justly famous for its beautiful bangles. Most of markets in Indore remain closed on Sunday.

Some places to pick Maheshwari sarees and handicrafts:

Malls

Treasure Island Mall

Jewellery

The biggest market for the jewellery is the Sarafa Market. Other stores include

Eat

Now, everyone who belongs to anywhere would swear by the food they get back home and the speciality of the corner shop. It is the same with Indore - it is a food lover's paradise. They have a great breakfast in the morning with kachories , samosas and pohas, and then there are sweets as jalebies,imarties,gulab jamuns, malpuas, kaju katli and rabdi. One must also not miss baked (bina tala) samosas/patties, bana hua style, all over the city, mostly available at Saanchi Milk Parlours. Everyone has their own taste. Indore can be called the 'food city'. It has great variety and taste in food.

Drink

Sleep

The good hotels in Indore are:

  1. Lemon Tree Hotel, Indore, +91 731 4423232,
  2. Hotel Fortune Landmark, Tel: +91-731-2557700, .
  3. Sayaji Hotel, H/1, Scheme No. 54, Vijay Nagar, Tel: +91-731-4006666, .
  4. Hotel Infiniti, Ring Road, Tel: +91-731-2559514.
  5. Hotel President, 163, R.N.T. Marg, Tel: 91-731-2528866, .
  6. Hotel Shreemaya, 12, Ravindranath Tagore Marg, Tel: +91-731-2515555, .
  7. Hotel Planet, 3, R.N.T. Marg, Tel: +91-0731-2520 808, .
  8. Hotel Amar Vilas, .
  9. Hotel Amaltas International, A-B Road.
  10. Hotel Princes' Palace, 8- A- 1, South Tukoganj.
  11. Hotel Fun Plaza
  12. Hotel Crown Palace, Kanchanbaug, Tel: +91-0731-2528855, .

These are all good hotels rated in descending order.They have good restaurants also and your stay will be comfortable.

Stay safe

Indore is a safe place to stay. Like other big citites, it does not have safety issues generally even at late hours. You can find the roads full of people even at 11 o'clock in the night. Its safe even for girls. Though some parts of the cities are isolated after 8pm so will have to make sure you don't go alone in these areas as safety maybe an issue.

General safety measures need to be used. But in areas like MG Road, Palasia, Y.N. Road it is crowded and safe till 11pm.

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