If you ask me, what is it like to walk on the streets, once largely dominated by the grandeur of Holkar Dynasty? I’d say, history has begun to repeat itself. For more than a millennia, Indore’s historical dilemmas have surpassed democracy to establish a contemporary society. Ever since, the descendants of the great Bajirao Peshwa gathered in his court, to channelise the bygone era, Indore has been more stunning than portrayed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, in his grand canvas. Even today, this 16th-century small-town is making headlines for winning the “Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan,” on the national level. Reviving the same ecosystem, as it was, when India was the richest country, on the planet.
The 5 Best Places in Indore, India
Join me as I explore Indore, the cleanest city in India and also the fastest developing economy in the Madhya Pradesh. Whatever your interests, Indore’s sheer diversity, is enough for making it, not just a fascinating hub, but also, a rising city re-emerging with change. Here’s a rundown of 5 best places to visit in Indore.
1. Indore Rajwada
Built by Maratha Empire about 200 years ago, Rajwada, stands out as, Indore’s most peculiar historical palace today. Needless to say, this 7-storied architectural wonder exhibits Royal grandeur and austere aesthetics from every ounce of its existence. In a word, the Maratha Renaissance greatly influenced the curation of Rajwada. Right from the towering arched entrance, bastions, grand courtyards, to the carved stone façades, everything built to leave you spellbound. It’s quite captivating, to stroll around the galleried rooms and patios, showcasing unmatchable craft, inside the rectangular building. The 3 foundation floors, of this enchanting Palace, are built in stone, while, remaining in the wood. State officials rebuilt Rajwada after it was nearly destroyed, during the 1984 riots and owns it now. In order to be identical, to what existed earlier, the building was remodelled on the 200-year-old blueprint using the same material, in tandem with the age-old techniques.
2. Lal Bagh Palace
The spectacular 3-storied Lal Baag Palace, is one of the most visited landmarks, in Indore, situated off the River Khan. This 18th-century palace was particularly built by King Shivaji Rao Holkar, to host royal receptions. Therefore, it strongly reflects the luxurious lifestyle of the Holkar Dynasty. The opulent interiors are a reminiscence of the European palate, wherein, there’s also a statue of Queen Victoria, 5-minutes from the palace. Thriving with Italian marble pillars, English library, crystal chandeliers, leather armchairs, and a neoclassical queen’s bedroom, Lal Bagh is almost an imitation of the Buckingham Palace on a 75-acres land. As a matter of fact, Palace’s main gates were imported from England and bear a Holkar emblem stating “He who tries will succeed”.
3. Indore Museum
The Indore Museum houses a selective collection of thrones, artefacts, excavations, photographs, and royal ammunition from the early 19th century. It’s enlightening to observe the far-sighted ammo by the scholar kings of the time. Famous as Central Museum, this arcade of historical artefacts, boasts discoveries from prehistoric to the modern era in 2 galleries. Gallery I features artefacts from MP’s prehistoric period between 5,000 to 4,000 BC, including 11th and 12th-century sculptures, quartz sickles, stone tools, ornaments, and domestic items. Gallery II showcases Hindu mythological carvings. Even though, the coins and the armour incontrovertibly steal the spotlight.
4. Kanch Mandir
Watching Madhubala spinning around on “Pyar Kiya Tau Darna Kya,” in Sheesh Mahal of “Mughal-E-Azam” is my first memory of dancing reflections covered in thousands of tiny mirrors. Next, I found myself imitating the given moment inside Indore’s Kanch Mandir. Built in 19th-century, this famed Temple of Glass is Seth Hukumchand Jain’s religious contribution to Indore. Ironically, Sir Jain had also built a mansion by the name of Shish Mahal. Being one of India’s prominent trader of the time, he elegantly designed both the buildings in white stone, with a shikhara and a canopied balcony. The interiors of Kanch Mandir flaunt breathtaking glass panels which instantly remind you of the Rajasthani art form, Tiqri. (Didn’t come to me as a surprise that the craftsmen had arrived from Jaipur and Iran) Above all, back at that time, using multicoloured mirrors was quite an innovation.
5. Atal Bihari Vajpayee Regional Park
This one is a new addition, to Indore’s ever-growing list, of landmarks. In 2003, Indore Development Authority built Indore Regional Park, over 80 acres of land, 42 acres of lake and space for 38 other attractions. Named after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the park also flaunts a canal, with a mist fountain to exuberate tranquillity. While you are here, take advantage of the speedboats, paddle boats, motorboats, powerboats, and small cruisers. The most famous attraction of the park is its mini cruiser Malwa Queen, with 2 decks, restaurant, private party room, and accommodation capacity of 80 people.