At a distance of 4 km from Indore Junction, Chhatri Bagh is a place featuring groups of memorial canopies in Indore. Situated on the banks of the Saraswati River, it is one of the must-visit places in Indore for history lovers.
One of the major attractions of the city, Chhatri Bagh houses chhatris or cenotaphs that are memorial canopies built in the memory of the Holkar rulers. Erected on the banks of the Saraswati River, the chhatris are magnificent works of art that represent Maratha architecture. Featured with excellent Maratha-style domes and pyramidal spires, these chhatris are made of several different types of stone and feature elaborately carved exteriors and columns. The Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board announced that it would include the chhatris on a walking tour of the historic sites of Indore in 2018.
The cenotaph of Malhar Rao Holkar I (1693-1766), the founder of the Holkar Dynasty is the largest and has been decorated with frescoes. In the second compound lies the cenotaph of Queen Ahilyabai (1725-1795) beside the beautiful Bolia's Sarkar's Chhatri. Evenings at Chhatri Bagh are blissful when the cenotaphs are beautifully illuminated and visitors can take a peaceful boat ride in the calm waters of the artificial lake situated in the park.
One can also visit nearby Hari Rao Holkar Chatri and Krishna Pura Chhatri. The Hari Rao Holkar Chhatri in the Chhatribagh area was built by Tukoji Rao Holkar in memory of Hari Rao Holkar, the tenth ruler of the Holkar Dynasty. He ruled the Holkar Kingdom from 1834 till his death. The cenotaph is engraved by the images of God, Goddess, mythological stories associated with Lord Shri Krishna, Lord Shri Ram, and the story of Draupadi. While, the Krishna Pura Chhatr was built in the 19th century for Krishna Bai Holkar, the wife of famed military leader Yashwant Rao Holkar and the mother of Malhar Rao Holkar II.
Timings: 7 AM - 6 PM