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Tourist Places To Visit In Indore
Indore, famous for the Holkars, was ruled by the Marathas, at the time of the British Raj. The rulers of the princely state were from the Holkar dynasty and it is said that the state was one of the few 19 gun salute princely states, indicating a state of a rare and high rank. Today, Indore is the most-populated and the largest city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Known for the awe inspiring Rajwada Palace (7 Story building) that dates back to the city’s 19th century Holkar dynasty, Indore is also well known for the Lal Baag Palace, the clock tower and the Gandhi Hall as well as the Kanch Mandir, a Jain temple with an interior of mosaic. The above are some of the tourist places to visit in Indore but there are many more and these are discussed in the paragraphs below.
Lal Bagh Palace
The Lal Bagh Palace is only 2 km from the city centre. The Holkar dynasty rulers used to reside in this palace when the palace spoke of grandeur and class. Spread on a massive area of almost 30 acres of land, it is a perfect example of magnificent architecture. Visitors to Indore must visit this palace just so that they can get the feel of the splendour of gracious living in the days gone by.
Today the palace is more like a museum where the fine artefacts of the Holkar dynasty and the Maratha Empire are kept. Visit the palace and admire columns in Italian marble, exquisite carpets from Persia and grand chandeliers beside stained Belgium glass windows and stuffed tigers and leopards.
Indore Museum was established in 1929 and is also known as Central Museum. It is located near the GPO and is open all days of the week. The timings are from 5am till 12 noon and then from 4pm till 8pm. The entry is free of cost and there are guides available. It exhibits artefacts from the prehistoric era. The recent modern era findings are also displayed. There are coins from down the ages, mythological carvings as well as sculptures that date back to the 11th century. You must check out some of the rare and dried botanical samples that are displayed as well.
Rajwada Palace is located at the City Centre. It is a historical palace with a magnificent facade and was constructed more than two centuries ago by the Holkars. A 7-storied structure that is located close to where the Chhatris are, the palace speaks of excellence in architecture and royal grandeur. Its regal presence stands out of its surroundings. The palace is in two parts. While the new part is in the north of the city, the old part is in the old town place. A statue of Queen Ahilya Bai is placed in the garden facing the palace. There is also an artificial waterfall besides pretty fountains. The palace remains the favourite place for visitors.
Patalpani Waterfall, located in Indore (Mhow Tehsil) is a very popular spot for enjoying picnics. It is surrounded by dense forest cover and rolling hills besides lush landscape. It is therefore just perfect for all who are looking for a break from their busy schedule. During the monsoon period the water flows at its maximum capacity. The fall then is majestic with a roaring sound and white foaming and frothing water. Visitors must try to visit this amazing fall, especially immediately after monsoon. However, care is advised while at the fall, since the slopes around are fairly slippery.
The ISKCON temple in Indore has been created with the same level of care and perfection as other similar temples elsewhere. When you enter the temple you can feel the vibrations and aura entrance you. The deities, Radha and Krishna, made of pure marble, help in calming you. Visit the temple during the Janmashtami celebrations for a close encounter with splendour and pomp. Take a close look at the arts and paintings on the walls of the temple for an enlightened visit.
Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary
The Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary is the oldest among all similar sanctuaries in MP. An ideal wildlife sanctuary, the Ralamandal has an abundance of wildlife and flora enhanced by Narmada which flows within the bounds of the sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to herbivores like different species of deer and wild hare as well as carnivores such as tigers and leopards. There are hundreds of species of birds too. The sanctuary is a paradise for nature lovers and enthusiasts of wildlife photography alike.
Kanch Mandir, located just 1 km from the City Centre, Indore, is a beautiful Jain temple made entirely of glass. Its fine detailing on glass speaks highly of the dedication and talent of the artists who made this creation a reality. This excellent temple is definitely worth a visit by all.
The word ‘Bada’ signifies the size, ‘Large’. Bada Ganapati temple has earned this name because of the size of the Ganesha which is about 25’ from foot to crown. It is understood that this idol of Ganesha is among the largest of all the Ganesha idols in the world. What makes the idol quaint is that it has been created using the water and sacred soil from diverse places of pilgrimage in India. The other ingredients used include jiggery, limestone and bricks. The temple was constructed under the patronage of the Holkar family and established around 1875. The Bada Ganapati maybe modest in looks but the Lord’s statue is enormous indeed.
Indore White Church
The Indore White Church is among the most attractive sights to see in the city. The European architecture is absolutely awe inspiring with the structure being of marble and milk-white stone. See this amazing church during Christmas when it is decorated beautifully.