Top 7 Places To Visit In IndoreJune 29, 2015 / byRavi Atwal / Categories : Uncategorized
As the commercial capital of its’ state, the 500 year old city of Indore serves as the spine of central India, and is rich in all the trades and arts. Boasting beautiful bazaars and marvellous monuments, this 9th largest city in India has been the home of the Holkar dynasty for many generations and thus a sense of grandeur mirrors itself on the face of the visitors. History hints that the Holkars had a renowned lifestyle and their leaders were famous architectural patrons, and thus there is a lot of art and architecture waiting in the city to be explored and cherished.
Now, let’s take a sneak peek through the 7 best places to check out while on a ‘Tour to Indore’:
1. Kanch Mandir
Also known as Seth Hukumchand Jain mandir, this beauty stands quietly amidst a busy market, exhibiting flawless work and craft in mirrors creating a magical and aesthetic environment to seek peace in. The walls and ceilings, floors and stairs, doors and knobs all are covered in decorative little pieces of glass of all colours and hues. The idol of Mahavira situated in the middle is made of black onyx and various glass murals are spread throughout the temple sharing stories of Jain mythology, which is a treat to heart and feast for eyes. No photography though, but make sure to capture the beauty in mind and memory.
2. Lal Bagh Palace
This grand piece of architecture was under construction during three generations of the Holkars, and it does reflects their style and charm. Old coin collections to renowned rose gardens, big bedrooms to grand bathrooms, old saloons to antique paintings,; you name it and this palace holds it out for you. Along with the history of Holkars and mesmerising European interiors this place has in store for you a grand set of gates, carrying the emblem of Holkar state, that says, ‘He who tries will succeed.’.
3. Rajwada Palace
Another masterpiece from the Marathas, reflecting on the days of Holkars. Popularly known as ‘Holkar Palace’, this seven storied structure comes in two parts; one stands in the heart of the city and another lies in the old part of the town. The architecture is simple yet sophisticated; a blend of Maratha, Mughal and French styles is found in the various courts and corridors, windows and balconies. The palace was burnt three times in the past, and what stands today is an identical reconstruction of what it used to be, only more durable. Also, this is a famous spot for foodies, so approach with empty bellies and loaded wallets!
This beautiful cascade is surely a boon for nature lovers. On the outskirts of the city, this fall surrounded by lush greenery allows water to fall from 200-300 feet, creating a picturesque sight. So make sure to grab your cameras along with the tents while planning a picnic here. Moreover the rugged terrain and hills around it make it a favourable place for adventure sports, but be careful and guarded; the name ‘Patalpani’ literally means ‘the waterway to hell’.
5. Bada Ganpati Temple
Believed to house the tallest Ganpati statue in the world, Bada Ganpati Temple is a must visit. Near the airport, lies this temple which was built in 1875, with a mix of limestone, jaggery and mud from animal stables among other things. The statue it stores is 25 ft. in height and the frame of the statue is made of metals such as gold, silver, et cetera. The idol is believed by devotees to cast away all hindrances and bring good luck and prosperity; so, while in Indore, take a bow, if not to the deity, then at least to the architecture.
6. Mahatma Gandhi Town Hall
Popularly known as ‘Town Hall’, this Indo-Gothic architecture was constructed in 1904, as King Edward hall and later renamed post-independence in 1948. It boasts to be one of the prettiest sights in all of Indore and stands as its’ main landmark. The building holds a famous four-faced clock tower (Ghanta-ghar), and can accommodate up to 2000 people at a time. Maybe that makes it a popular venue for art exhibitions, cultural events and book fairs throughout the year. A temple, library and park in vicinity guarantee a soothing environment for all the age groups in the family.
Located by the banks of river Khan, this famous tourist spot is known for its’ cenotaphs erected in the memory and honour of the rulers of Holkar dynasty. The Chhatri Baug has 7 Chhatris, housed in two compounds. Each chhatri is a build on the burial site of a Holkar king or queen; the grandest being that of Malhar Rao Holkar, the founder of Holkar dynasty. These chhatris are dome shaped structures having pyramids of different designs decorating them at the top, which adds to the beauty of the architecture when illuminated at night. Nearby, a park and an artificial lake with a beautiful fountain, serves as the resting place while one pays his tributes to the Holkar rulers and their taste in architecture. Unfortunately, the inner sanctums are locked and access is denied.