Indore Travel Guide
Indore Travel Guide
Indore, it is the commercial capital of the central state of India, Madhya Pradesh. The city is situated on Malwa plateau and is growing at a fast pace. The very fascinating and beautiful city is filled with attractive temples and magnificent monuments. This is the largest city of Madhya Pradesh. Two beautiful rivers Saraswati and Khan are flowing with their banks situated besides the city. Being the commercial capital of the state, it has a million + population resides in the city.
The city has a unique blend of natural abundance, historical edifices and modern structure which gives the travellers a perfect time to spend. The city of Indore is also the hub of numerous educational and health care centres in India, dotting the whole city. Indore was the capital of the Holkars which was the most populated and powerful dynasty in central India.
History of Indore
The major role played in the History of Indore is played by three major dynasties The Marathas, The Mughals and The British. The better between these three empires on side and rule of the Zamindar on the other side weaved the history of Indore. The Zamindari or Landlord system was most influential system in Indore during those days.
Holkar had a long and strong rule in the place. Gradually British started spreading their reign in whole Indore; many battles were fought and won by Holkars against British. In 1818 when the battle between Holkars and the British were fought again, Holkars defeated by British Army at Mahidpur and the region which was ruled by Holkars came under the control of British. During Bitish regim Indore flourished as a progressive city having proper electric supply in 1906 and its first master plan in 1919.
After India Gained Independence in 1947, the princely state of central India merges in Indian Union in 1948. Then the city became the capital of Madhya Bharat. After the formation of Madhya Pradesh on 1st November 1956, Bhopal became its capital. The glorious past of Indore still mesmerize people from all over the county and world with its interesting chapters of history.
The Culture - Traditions and Cuisine of Indore
Being of the major city in India, Indore was firstly named as Indrapur after Lord Indra the God of Rains and the diety of Indreshwar temple. The name was given by the founder of the city Rao Nandlal Chaudhary. During Maratha reign the city was named Indur and during the British Era it was Anglicized to Indore which is still being called by the community. The rich culture of the city is the mirror of the rich history. Being ruled by different rulers of different culture makes the culture and traditions of the city multi-ethnic.
The multi-ethnicity is reflected here in city’s art and craft, food and even in the dialects spoken by the locals. The art and craft of the city is famous for Hand block painting where natural dye is majorly used. Handicrafts of Indore is also famous which is majorly made out of jute, such as table mats, footwear etc. Zari Work of Indore is also famous, which is originated almost 300 years ago. Shoes are making and jutties in Indore always been a part of art and craft of Indore which is made out of leather.
Cuisine of Indore
Being one of the major tourist destination and a part of rich cultural history the place is full of scrumptious delicacies from around the world. The food culture of Holkars, Mughals and British can easily be identified in here. Snacks of Indore are widely popular, spicy and tangy Chaat and crispy bhel puri is the foodies delight. Along with it you will love Golgappa which locally known as Panipuri, pav bhaji, dahi vada, dahi puri, sev puri and papri chaat. The BINA TALA SAMOSA is actually a baked potato sandwich is specialty of Indore. You can pamper your sweet tooth with an array of desert such as jalebi, gulab jamun, rabri, garadu, gajal ka halwa and milk shakes at the end of the meal.
Best Places to Visit Indore
Indore, a paradise for honeymooners is situated on the lap of Himalayas has the sky bowing down to kiss the mountain ranges and winds is blowing to create a chilly atmosphere. There are many best places to visit in Indore. You may consider these major Indore attractions such as –
It is locally known by the name of Solang Nullah. People who love adventures for them there is no place better than Solang in Kullu Valley. You can indulge yourself in parachuting, paragliding, skating and zorbing which will give unforgettable memories for lifetime.
It is a waterfall with a stream running down to merge in Beas River. This place is also one of the Shakti Peeth and is sacred to the village Goddess Jogini. Here are some special occasions when locals prepared food here and perform their rituals.
Indore Wildlife Sanctuary:
The place is situated 2 km away from the Indore hill station. The Sanctuary is consist of Mansalu Khad, lush green forest which are dense also, pristine glaciers and the sight of colorful birds and animals which will going to be treat for your eyes.
Some Other Indore Attractions Include –
Pandoh Dam in Kullu
Best Time to Visit Indore
The Indore weather as a vital role in brings up the tourism in the state. If you are thinking about the best time to visit Indore is after retreating monsoon. It is the time when travellers can view the charismatic beauty of the city on its peak. The months of beautiful July and mid-September are the months of heavy rains when the danger of landslide increases. So visit the place after monsoon and before winters.
How to Reach Indore
One of the most beautiful hill station and a travellers’ paradise, Indore has a flourishing tourism. The hill station is well-connected by Road, by Railways and also Airways. Here’s the list of options which will tell you, how to reach Indore -
To reach Indore by air, you can get flight from closest domestic airport which is in Chandigarh. Airport of Bhuntar is also close to Indore which is approximately 50 km from the city.
Closest railway station is Joginder nagar. Kalka Railway Station also connects Indore to New Delhi.
One can drive from Kalka to Indore which is approx 280 km. If you are planning to travel from Delhi to Indore you will reach here via Chandigarh which is at a distance of approx 550 km.