A Travel Guide to Indore

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Buckle up! You are about to land in the beautiful city of Indore. Located in the heart of the country in Madhya Pradesh, the city shines with grandeur and history. Founded in 1710 by Rani Ahilyabai Holkar, it is culturally diverse and its architecture reflects the ancient dynasties that ruled there. Known for its wonderful surroundings, customs, and numerous tourist attractions, one of the must-do things here include trying the local cuisine. The city is also an important industrial and economic centre.

Best time to visit Indore

The winter season from October to March is the best time to explore Indore.

How to reach Indore

  • By air: You can catch a flight to Indore and arrive at Devi Ahilyabhai Holkar Airport. It is 8km away from the west of Indore. IndiGo operates more than 140 non-stop weekly flights between Indore and Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Chennai, Nagpur and Raipur.
  • By train: Indore junction comes under the Western Railway zone in India, and many trains operate to and from Indore railway station daily.
  • By bus: Indore boasts a vast network of buses run by Madhya Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (MPSRTC) and private operators connecting the city to other parts of Madhya Pradesh and the rest of the country.

Getting around Indore 

Indore has a good network of local buses run by Atal Indore City Transport Services Ltd, known as Indore City Bus. Auto-rickshaws are commonly used including app-based cabs are a common mode of transportation to travel in the city.

Most spoken languages in Indore

  • Hindi
  • English
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Places to visit in Indore

  • Rajwada: There are many places to visit in Indore. As the Holkar dynasty seat, Indore is home to a variety of buildings built under royal patronage. The most stunning of them all is Rajwada, a seven-storeyed palace that stands in Khajuri Bazaar.
  • Gandhi Hall: Also, worth visiting is Gandhi Hall, which plays host to annual arts and culture exhibitions and is an architectural delight in itself. The Hall was inaugurated by the Prince of Wales as King Edward Hall but took on this name after Independence.
  • Krishna Puri Chhatris: For a feel of the local architecture, visit the Krishna Puri Chhatris, commemorative cenotaphs that dot the site where Krishna Bai Holkar, Maharaja Malhar Rao Holkar II, was cremated. Made of intricately-carved stone, the chhatris are a sight to behold, and a testament to the skilled hands that created them.
  • Lal Bagh Palace: On the banks of the river Khan (or Kahn, as you will) is the spectacular Lal Bagh Palace, which was once the residence of the Holkars. This one borrows heavily from European influences. And so, the main gate resembles the one at Buckingham Palace, some of the halls may remind you of the Palace of Versailles, and the furniture reflects the Georgian style. Add the Italian marble columns, Persian carpets and Greek influences, and you have a genuinely majestic abode.

Places to eat in Indore

Joshi DahiBada House, Sarafa Bazaar
Joshi DahiBada House, Sarafa Bazaar

The Joshi Dahi Bada House is excellent place to eat dahi bada. Here, you need to try the sabudana vada, chhole tikki and faluda ice cream while making your way through the hawkers. Each stall will have you wanting to place an order, so be judicious and let the smells and sights guide you. Remember to get there after 8 pm, as that’s when the streets come alive with food.

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Shreemaya Celebrity, multiple locations
Shreemaya Celebrity, multiple locations

This all-vegetarian eatery’s buffet lunch is a great way to fill your stomach with an array of options. For those ordering off the menu, get the chole bhature for sure. Before you leave, why not pick up some pastries from the display case, to try with your tea later.

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The Square, Sayaji Hotel
The Square, Sayaji Hotel

This pan-Asian and Indian eatery serves a mean crispy corn and paneer tikka. The hotel’s other eatery—Mediterra is also worth visiting for those that want a Continental meal in a pleasant setting.

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Mr Beans, Saket Nagar
Mr Beans, Saket Nagar

This quirky café serves a range of coffee and tea pick-me-ups, along with shared plates and desserts. With interiors that include black leather chairs, framed vintage photos and more—this is where you should come when the sightseeing gets overwhelming.

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Shopping places in Indore

Some of the shopping malls in Indore are listed below.

  • Treasure Island Mall
  • Central Naman Mall
  • Indore Central Naman Mall
  • Prem Plaza
  • Cine Mall
  • M2K Mega Mall

More than individual shops, the markets in Indore are worth checking out. For brand name items there's a couple of new malls, and arterial markets, which you can check out—but why shop for international names, when you can keep an eye out for local handicrafts and more.

  • Jail Road: If you've forgotten a phone charger or want to buy any electronic accessory, make your way to Jail Road, which is where you'll find a range of electronics and everything else needed to plug them in and get started.
  • Mulchand Market: For children's clothing, make sure to visit Mulchand Market, where you'll find readymade outfits.
  • Government Emporiums: You can buy Handicrafts can be from the government managed emporiums that line MG Road, and keep your eyes peeled for intricately cast bell metal items and more.
  • Sarafa Bazaar: And of course, Sarafa Bazaar, is filled with jewellery shops by the day before becoming a street food haunt in the nights.

Nightlife in Indore

  • Vidorra The Terrace Tavern: Known for its classy décor and setting, Vidorra is a nice place to relax, chat and have drinks with your loved ones. Choose cumin lamb and yue yang spicy barbecued fish from their sizzling starters' list while sipping on your favourite drink.
  • KYRO Cafe & Club: This place is known for its foot-tapping music and unique décor with tables and couches arranged near the pool.

Where to stay in Indore

Effotel

Effotel Run by the Sayaji group, that has an older hotel in the city, Effotel is a modern four-star business hotel that is all bright colours and inviting spaces. There are two restaurants on-site for guests staying in the hotel’s 181 rooms to choose from, and if you’re looking to drink at the end of the day—the bar, Good Old Days is worth checking out.

RadissonBlu

Radisson Blu Hotel Indore This property features a rooftop pool for those that want to cool down after a hectic day. The rooms are large and spacious, and the beds are comfortable. With three eateries, including an all-day restaurant that makes a mean breakfast.

Ginger

Ginger Indore This budget hotel touts its central location and no-frills approach to lodging. With a restaurant and fitness centre in the building, there’s enough to do after a busy day. For solo travellers that are willing to compromise for location, this is a great option.

CrownPlace

Hotel Crown Palace With 49 rooms this mid-range hotel is known for its flexibility when it comes to early check-in and late check-out. There’s a cocktail lounge for those looking for a tipple, as well as multiple food options.

More reasons to visit Indore

  • Digambar Jain Kanch Mandir: Indore tourism offers a variety of stunning landmarks for tourists to witness. Another architectural gem is the Digambar Jain Kanch ka Mandir, or the Glass Temple. With an interior made up of millions of cuts, colourful glass, this is one temple at which being reflective takes on a whole new meaning.
  • Choral Dam: For those seeking adventure, make a trip to Choral Dam, where you can try your hand at rock-climbing, rappelling, parasailing and more, on the banks of the reservoir that gives the dam its name. Madhya Pradesh Tourism runs the Choral Resort, for those that want to spend a night across the reservoir.
  • Nehru Park: Finally, for those looking for some respite from the city, visit Nehru Park, where you can visit the zoo, or wander through its verdant, well-maintained gardens. You may also choose to unwind at a water park in Indore.

Places to visit near Indore

  • Maheshwar: For those looking to escape the city, there are multiple options, including palace hotels and more rustic places near Indore. One such place is Maheshwar, a centre for handloom weaving since the 5th century and home to the famous Maheshwari sarees. Ahilya Fort at Maheshwar is another popular spot, that is now Relais & Châteaux-affiliated. Its 13 rooms are for those looking to immerse themselves in a royal lifestyle.
  • Ujjain: Another weekend to consider is a visit to Ujjain, where Fort Amla is another royal residence that is now a hotel. Located on the banks of Shipra river, this sacred city boasts of rich cultural heritage in the form of temples. Famous poet Kalidas has described it as 'The town fell from Heaven to bring Heaven to Earth'.

Festivals in Indore

  • Ganesh Chaturthi: Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated differently in Indore. When Textile mills developed here, the mills' workers contributed money and labour arrange a "Jhanki" (carnival of floats) and then celebrated the festival with great pomp and show.
  • Makar Sankranti: Makar Sankranti is also celebrated in Indore on 14th January, but this festival is known as the Kite festival. During this festival, sky over the city is rendered colourful as people fly kites and organised competitions.
  • Rangapanchami: Rangapanchami is organised after five days from Holi. Indore designed its own design of Rangapanchami. This festival of Indore is considered as Holi, but the colours are mixed with water and then thrown on others. During this festival, local municipal corporation pours mixed colour water on an old Indore's main roads. Now they use a Fire Brigade for that purpose. Ranga Panchami is an old event that was recognised at Holkar leadership and remains celebrated.
  • Ahilya Utsav: Ahilya Utsav celebrated to memorialise Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar's death anniversary who was the brave queen of Indore. This festival celebrated annually in the city. This is a special festival of Indore.

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