INDORE TOURISM | TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT & TRAVEL GUIDE TO INDORE
#100 of 21 Places to visit in 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.