is a tier 2 city, the largest city of the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It serves as the headquarters of both Indore District and Indore Division. A central power city, Indore exerts a significant impact upon commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment and has been described as the commercial capital of the state. Indore is the commercial capital of the state of Madhya Pradesh. It has become one of the busiest and most advanced business hubs in India. It also has some of the best shopping destinations in the country. Over the years Indore has also grown as one of the major education centers in the country. Some of the best management and engineering institutes are in Indore, like the Indian Institute of Management, Indore.
Lal Baugh Palace
Some of the places worth seeing in Indore are Lalbagh, an ancient palace of the Holkar era, which has now been transferred to a museum. Another place worth seeing is the Rajwada palace. The Mhow Cantonment, which has some of the premier training institutes of the Indian army, is also located in Indore.
Indore kill its early growth to trade and commerce, which is still a dominant feature of the city. The present city is about 500 years old . Till the end of 15th century its original nucleus was a river side village, which occupied the bank of river Saraswati. This area is now known as Juni Indore.The modern settlement was developed by Rao Nandlal Chaudhary, the chief local zamindar, who had an army of 2000 soldiers. Under the Mughal rule, his family enjoyed great influence and was accorded confirmatory sanad's by the Emperors Aurangzeb and Farrukhsiyar, confirming their jagir (land ownership) rights. The area was given to Malhar Rao Holkar in 1733 by the Maratha Peshwas in appreciation of his widowed daughter-in-law who administered the area well and succeeded him to the throne, Indore was destroyed in 1801 but recovered and was the British headquarters of their Central India Agency. The ruling family of Indore, the House of Holkar, took the British side during the Mutiny in 1857. The Old Palace (Rajwada) with its 7-storeyed gateway faces the main square. On the North of it is the New Palace and garden.
HOW TO GET THERE?
Indore is connected with Bhopal, Gwalior, Delhi and Mumbai.
Indore is on the Western railway and is connected with major Indian cities.
Indore is connected by bus with Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bhopal, Gwalior, Mandu, Maheshwar, Omkareshwar, Ujjain, Sanchi and Vidisha.
Presently Indore is the textile town on the banks of rivers Sarasvati and Khan. Indore is notable center of Hindustani classical music.
Places to see in Indore
Two hundred years ago, this seven storeyed historical building formed the nerve centre of all trading activities. Even today it stands proud in the market place, a silent tribute to the craftsmanship of unknown artisans of centuries ago.
The `Palace of Mirrors' is a quaint Jain Shrine, close to Rajwada. The attraction of this palace, as the name indicates, is in the myriad mirrors studded on the walls and the ceiling giving rise to multiple reflections..
Lal Baugh Palace:
Currently this is the residence of Usha Raje, direct descendent of the Holkars, whose ancestral palace it used to be. Exquisitely constructed with great detailing, it reflects the royal taste of the Holkars.
Across Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh the tradition of erecting chhatris or cenotaphs was quite prevalent. An example of this can be seen here at Chhatri Baugh where the cenotaphs were erected in memory of the Holkar rulers and their family.