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Indore is the capital city of the erstwhile Holkar rulers. It is an important industrial city in central India and is known as 'mini Mumbai'. There are a number of historical monuments in Indore belonging to the Holkars. Indore is also known for its temples. The architecture of the monuments in Indore is the amalgamation of different styles. There are several Tourist Places near Indore also.
Indore is located in the Narmada River valley in the western part of the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India. River Saraswati and River Kham, which are tributaries of River Shipra, flow through Indore. Indore is 264 km from Bhopal. The weather is moderate. Summers (April-June) are not too hot and winters are cool (November-February) and pleasant.
The Rajwada or the old palace, located in the old part of the city, near the bustling Khajuri Bazaar, is an important site to visit. This building is a unique blend of French, Mughal and Maratha style of architecture. This seven story, 200-year-old building reflects the glory of the Holkars. The three lower stories are made of stone while the upper stories are made of wood and therefore vulnerable to fire. Not much remains of this building, except its fašade, as it had been burned down three times in the past.
The Kanch Mandir (the temple of mirrors) or Seth Hukamchand temple is located near the Rajwada. It is a Jain temple, having plain exteriors, and contains intricate mirror work on the inside.
The Indore Museum, located near the Main Post Office, houses a good collection of pre-medieval and medieval artifacts.
The Lal Bagh Palace (built between 1886-1921) is the most important monument created by the erstwhile Holkar rulers. Important state functions were held here. It is set amongst well-laid gardens and located at the southwestern part of Indore. The architecture and interiors of this modern palace is highly influenced by English palaces.
Another attraction of Indore city is the Gandhi Hall or Town Hall, built in 1904. This Indo-Gothic styled building is also referred as Ghanta Ghar because it has a four-faced clock tower in the front. A number of art and cultural exhibitions are held in this building.
The Chhatri (Cenotaph) Bagh, located near the Kham River, has a number of chhatris or memorial cenotaphs erected in memory of the erstwhile Holkar rulers and their family members. The architectural style of these chhatris is typically Marathi. The Chhatri of Malhar Rao Holkar I, the founder of Holkar dynasty, is impressive. Indore also has the largest Ganpati statue in the world.
The Bada Ganpati temple, having an 8-m-tall, bright orange statue of Lord Ganesh was built in 1875.
The Gita Bhavan, the Annapurna temple, Bijasen Tekri (a hilltop picnic spot and a vantage point to see Indore at night), and Gomtagiri Jain temples are other places worth visiting in Indore.
If you are a food lover Sarafa is the place to be. No visit to Indore is complete without Sarafa visit in the evening. The place bustles in the night with plethora of food stalls offering the best chats of India. You will indulge in food like you have never done before. It has Indore specialities like sabudana khichri (best in the country), aloo tikiya, and others like pav bhaji, dosas, samosas. Savuory sweets like jalebi, malpua, rabdi, gulab jamun like you have never tasted before.