About Indore

Country: India | State: Madhya Pradesh

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Indore: Indore

Best Time to Visit Indore: October to March

Peak Season: November to February

At a distance of 56 km from Ujjain, 76 km from Omkareshwar, 90 km from Maheshwar, 98 km from Mandu, 128 km from Khandwa, 191 km from Bhopal, 219 km from Hoshangabad, 337 km from Pachmarhi, 388 km from Ahmedabad, 394 km from Narsinghpur, 506 km from Jabalpur, 508 km from Gwalior, Indore is one of the largest city located in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Situated on the Malwa Plateau, it is one of the popular places to visit in India, and among the must-include places in Madhya Pradesh tour packages.

Situated at an altitude of 553 m on the Malwa plateau, Indore is the largest and the most populous city of Madhya Pradesh, and among the top places to visit near Bhopal. The city is located on the banks of two small rivulets - the Saraswati and the Khan. The city of Indore gets its name from Indreshwar Mahadev temple, among the must-include places in Indore tour packages. It is believed that Lord Indra meditated on this land and established this temple. Indore is the commercial capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh and among the most populous cities in India. Indore city presents a happy blend of historical past and promises of rapid future modernization. Indore is one of the educational hubs in the country and is also the cleanest city in India.

Considered the most planned city in the state, Indore traces its roots to its 16th-century founding as a trading hub between the Deccan and Delhi. The city and its surroundings came under Maratha Empire in the year 1724 after Peshwa Baji Rao I gained full control of Malwa. During the days of the British Raj, Indore State was a 19 Gun Salute (21 locally) princely state ruled by the Maratha Holkar dynasty, until they agreed to the Union of India. In 1948, with the formation of Madhya Bharat, Indore became the summer capital of the new state. On 1st November 1956, when Madhya Bharat was rename into Madhya Pradesh, the state capital was shifted to Bhopal. Currently, Indore is one of the most important commercial centers of the state and is often called Mini Mumbai.

Sprinkled with historical landmarks, splendid temples, bustling bazaars, foodie delights, and friendly souls, the city of Indore is one such place where one can experience a unique blend of a glorious past and a vibrant present. Rajwada Palace, Lal Bagh Palace, Chhatris Bagh, Chokhi Dhani, Kanch Mandir, Central Museum, Mahatma Gandhi Hall, Nehru Park, Chhapan Dukaan, Patalpani Waterfalls, Tincha Waterfalls, Bijasan Mata, and Bada Ganpati Temple are some of the prominent places to visit in Indore. Also, Indore is known for its wide variety of Namkeens. Poha-Jalebi, Samosa, and Dal Bafla are the must-try delicacies that will certainly leave you in an awe of the food choices of the city.

The charm of this city lies in its rich cultural heritage which has been preserved over centuries and along with the hints of urbanization. Anant Chaudas, Rangpanchami, and Ahilya Utsav are some unique festivals celebrated only in Indore. Navratri, Holi, Diwali, and Ganesh Chaturthi are the other prominent festivals, celebrated in Indore with great enthusiasm.

Devi Ahilyabhai Holkar Airport, Indore is the nearest airport which is 9 km from Indore Junction. It has well-connected flights from Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Goa, Nagpur, and Raipur. Indore Junction Railway Station is the nearest railhead that has well-connected trains from Jodhpur, Bangalore, Bhopal, Ratlam, Allahabad, Gwalior, Jhansi, Bhind, Chandigarh, Pune, Bikaner, Puri, Dehradun, Rewa, New Delhi, Amritsar, Khajuraho, Bareilly, Jaipur, Jabalpur, Nagpur, Kochuveli, and Gandhi Dham. Indore has well bus connectivity from all the major cities of India.

With pleasant and cool weather, October to March is the best time to visit Indore for sightseeing. July to September is also a good time to visit as the temperature cools down due to showers, but rains could hamper your sightseeing. Summers must be avoided due to the scorching heat.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Good
STD Code: 0731
Languages Spoken: Hindi, Marathi, Awadhi, English
Major Festivals: Anant Chaudas, Rangpanchami, & Ahilya Utsav

How to Reach Indore

By Air

Nearest Airport: Indore - Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport (9 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: Indore Junction (0 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Indore Bus Stand (3 Kms)

Top 12 Places to Visit in Indore


#1 of 32 Places to Visit in Indore

At a distance of 3 km from Indore Junction, Rajwada Palace is a magnificent palace situated in the heart of Indore city of Madhya Pradesh. Located on Mahatma Gandhi Road, it is one of the prominent places of heritage in Madhya Pradesh, and among the must-include places in Indore tour packages.

Also known as the Holkar Palace, Rajawada Palace is one of the oldest structures and among the famous places to visit in Indore. The palace was constructed in 1747 AD by Malhar Rao Holkar, the founder of the Holkar Dynasty. Rajwada has two major parts - a temple and a grand palace. The palace is a seven-storied structure located near the Chhatris and serves as an excellent example of royal grandeur and architectural skills. The palace was once the center of all the trading activities in the city.

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#2 of 32 Places to Visit in Indore

At a distance of 4 km from Indore Junction, Lal Bagh Palace is a historical royal building located in the city of Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Located in the Nai Duniya locality, it is one of the important heritage sites in Madhya Pradesh, and among the top Indore tourist places.

Situated on the banks of the Saraswati River, the Lal Bagh Palace is one of the most iconic buildings of the Holkar era. This three-story structure was built by Maharaja Shivaji Rao Holkar between 1886 and was completed 35 years later, by his successor Tukoji Rao Holkar in 1921. The prime reason behind the construction of this building was to facilitate comfortable meetings between the key personalities of the kingdom, and for hosting royal receptions. It was the residence of the ruling Holkar dynasty till 197.

Sprawling over 28 acres, the majestic Lal Bagh Palace allows the visitor to glimpse the lavish lifestyle of the Holkar .....

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#3 of 32 Places to Visit in Indore

At a distance of 3 km from Indore Junction, Kanch Mandir is a spectacular Jain temple located in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Situated in Hukumchand Marg, it is one of the prominent religious places to visit in Indore.

Kanch Mandir, literally Glass Temple is built in 1903 by Sir Seth Hukumchand Jain, a prominent trader and one of India's industrial pioneers. He built a mansion at Itwaria Bazar called Sheesh Mahal and adjacent to it the Kanch Mandir, both elegantly built using a white stone. Externally, the temple is built as a medieval mansion complete with a canopied balcony and a shikhara. Seth Hukumchand hired craftsmen from Jaipur and some even from Iran to work on the temple.

Also known as the Seth Hukamchand Temple, this Jain Temple exhibits exquisite artwork on glass panels depicting the various aspects of Jainism. The temple is entirely made of glass including the walls, ceiling, floor, pillars, .....

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#4 of 32 Places to Visit in Indore

At a distance of 3.5 km from Indore Junction, Central Museum is an archaeological museum located in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Situated near the General Post Office, it is one of the prominent museums in Madhya Pradesh, and among the top places to visit as part of the Indore Tour.

Also known as Indore Museum, the Central Museum was established in the year 1929 to reserve the antiquities found in the region of the former Holkar State. The museum exhibits artefacts ranging from prehistoric to the modern era. The armors of the Holkars, their arms, and ammunitions have been kept here at the Museum in Indore. It is a treat for the people who are genuinely fascinated by the history of India and the rich civilization that flourished here in the pre-historic age.

There are two galleries in the Museum. Gallery I display artifacts from the prehistoric period ranging from 5,000 to 4,000 BC. There are exhibits from western Malwa as well, which include stone tools, quartz sickles, ornaments, .....

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#5 of 32 Places to Visit in Indore

At a distance of 6 km from Indore Junction, Annapurna Temple is a Hindu temple located in Kranti Kriplani Nagar locality of Indore, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the famous pilgrimage sites to visit in Indore.

Annapurna Temple is dedicated to the goddess Annapurna, the deity of food, and is one of the oldest pilgrimage sites in Indore. The temple was constructed in the 9th century and was rebuilt in 1959 by Mahamandaleshwar Swami Prabanandagirimharaj. The main gate of the temple was constructed in 1975. With a blend of Indo-Aryan and Dravidian architectural styles, the temple is regarded as the architectural heritage of the city due to its intricate carvings & detailed paintings.

Spread over 2 acres, the temple bears a striking resemblance with the Meenakshi Temple of Madurai. With a height of more than 100 feet, the entrance of the temple is adorned with four-life size statues of elephants that stand as an epitome of architectural brilliance. The outside walls of the temple .....

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#6 of 32 Places to Visit in Indore

At a distance of 5 km from Indore Junction, Khajrana Ganesh temple is a revered Hindu shrine located in the Khajrana locality of Indore, Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the famous temples in Indore, and among the must-visit places during your Indore Trip.

Khajrana Ganesh Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh. This temple was built in 1735 by the Maratha queen Ahilyabai Holkar, who retrieved the idol of god Ganesha from a well where it had been hidden, to keep it safe from the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. This is one of the most visited temples in the city because of its history and religious beliefs attached to it. According to several religious beliefs, it is said that whoever comes here and wishes for something, the wish gets fulfilled within a short period.

The temple has since grown from being housed in a small hut to a big temple with large inner and outer sanctums. The main idol of Lord Ganesh is composed of bricks, jaggery, limestone, mud, soil, and water. The gate, the outer .....

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#7 of 32 Places to Visit in Indore

At a distance of 13 km from Indore Junction, Gomatagiri Digambar Jain Temple is a sacred shrine located on a small hillock called Gomatagiri in the Nainod village near Indore. Situated near Indore Airport, it is one of the popular Jain temples in Indore, and among the must-visit places as part of Indore holiday packages.

The small hillock of Gomatgiri is one of the most popular religious attractions for the followers of Jainism. The place was donated to the Jain Samaj by the government of Madhya Pradesh in 1981. The hillock is well-known for its 21 feet statue of Gomateshwar. The statue is said to be the exact replica of the Bahubali statue of Shravanbegola, Karnataka. The hillock is also adorned with 24 marble shrines dedicated to 24 'Tirthankara' of Jainism.

Also, there is a guest house, a Dharamshala, and a restaurant in the vicinity to make your visit a comfortable one. Besides, there is a viewpoint on one side of the .....

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#8 of 32 Places to Visit in Indore

At a distance of 35 km from Indore Junction, Patalpani is a scenic waterfall located in the Mhow Tehsil of Indore district of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of the beautiful waterfalls in Madhya Pradesh, and among the most visited tourist places in Indore.

Formed by the Choral River, the Pataipani Waterfall is cascading down from a height of about 91 meters (300 ft). The depth of the pond that forms at the bottom of the waterfall is unknown and legend has it that it goes as deep as patal. Therefore, the falls are called Patal-Pani, where Patal means the underworld and Pani means water in Hindi.

Surrounded by dense forest covers, majestic hills, and lush green landscapes, it is one of the popular picnics spots near Indore, and an ideal photography spot too. The waterflow is magnanimous during the monsoons and the area is prone to flash floods. .....

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#9 of 32 Places to Visit in Indore

At a distance of 2.5 km from Indore Junction, Kamla Nehru Prani Sangrahalaya is a zoological garden situated near Central Museum in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Popularly known as Indore Zoo, it is one of the largest and oldest zoological gardens in Madhya Pradesh, and among the must-visit Indore tourist places.

Kamla Nehru Prani Sangrahlaya is one of the recognized zoos under the Central Zoo Authority and is maintained by the Municipal Corporation, Indore. Indore zoo was established in 1974 at Navlakha area in only 17 acres of land, and in 1999 adjoining 32 acres land of Quadibag was acquired by the zoo. The present area of Indore zoo is 51.975 acres. Indore zoo is the only zoo to deploy online booking, animal-health app, and touchless entry system that is tightly integrated with e-Nagarpalika, making it the most advanced zoo in India.

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#10 of 32 Places to Visit in Indore

At a distance of 12 km from Indore Junction, Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected reserve situated at Ralamandal in the outskirts of Indore city. It is one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in Madhya Pradesh, and among the most visited tourist places as part of Indore tour packages.

Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the most popular places of wildlife in India. Earlier, it was the hunting ground for the royal family members of Holkars as it had a huge population of tigers, leopards, and deers. It was established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1989 for the conservation of plants and animals. The holy River Narmada graces the sanctuary with its presence. It has an ancient palace built by Holkars which was primarily used as a hunting lodge also known as shikargah.

Spread over 5 sq. km, the sanctuary is home to different species of birds and other wildlife like Leopards, Black Bucks, Chitals, Blue bulls, Hyena, Barking .....

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#11 of 32 Places to Visit in Indore

At a distance of 3 km from Indore Junction, Chappan Dukan is a food street located in the bustling city of Indore. It is one of the best places to visit in Indore for food lovers.

The famous food street Chappan Dukan is a heaven for people who love to eat or love to have a snack or two and spend their evenings with friends or family. Chappan Dukan is like a food treasure trunk with assorted dishes including North Indian, South Indian dishes. From thelas of pani puris to a bowl of Noodles you get every bit of taste along the lane of Chappan. One can have a chance to taste so many food delicacies, not just from various parts of India, but also some dishes from the cuisines around the Globe, like Chinese and Italian, at Chappan.

Starting with the world-famous Johnny Hot Dogs which are basically burgers with mutton or eggs or just aloo tikkies in it. The simplicity of this dish adds more to the mystery of its taste. The prices are very reasonable and the method of cooking and .....

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#12 of 32 Places to Visit in Indore

At a distance of 6 km from Indore Junction, Regional Park is a public park located in Pipliyapala area of Indore city of Madhya Pradesh. Formally known as Atal Bihari Vajpayee Regional Park, it is one of the major tourist places to visit in Indore for those who want to spend some time peacefully amidst the green surroundings.

Also known as Pipliyapala Park or Indore Regional Park, it has been developed by the Indore Development Authority. This scenic park covers over 42 acres of lush green land around 80 acres of a dazzling lake. There is also a canal, which covers the whole park, and the bridges over it with mist fountains, make it seem like out of a storybook. One can see a large variety of flowers and plants inside the park.

The Pipliyapala Regional Park is an absolute treat for adults and children alike as it has various things that visitors can indulge in here like Boating, Musical Fountain, Jumping Jet Fountain, Artists' Village, Indian Gardens/Necklace Gardens, French .....

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