Rich Malwa Heritage, Hub for Commercial Activities as well as Prime Education Center are few features of Indore.
The Holkar Palace is close to the Chhatris, in the main square in the heart of the city. It is a seven storeyed building built over two centuries ago. The historic palace of the Holkar is built in a mixture of Maratha, Mughal and French style. The gopura-like monumental stone and wood structure flanked by bastions and studded with balconies and windows, is a testimony of the past grandeur of the Holkar. Its lofty entrance archway above a huge wooden door encrusted with iron studs, leads into a vast courtyard enclosed by galleried rooms, and the arcaded Ganesh Hall where state and religious functions were once held.
Lal Bagh Palace of the Holkar on the banks of the Khan river is one the grandest monuments the Holkar dynasty left of Indore city. A reflection of their taste, grandeur and life style, its construction began in 1886 under Tukoji Rao Holkar II, and was carried out in three phases, the final phase completed in 1921 under Tukoji Rao III. It is a blend of the baroque and renaissance styles and in its days one of the most elegant residences in India. The Government of Madhya Pradesh is developing it as a cultural center. The main attractions are the splendidly proportioned and furnished rooms, with frescoed ceiling and gilded ornamental mouldings.
These are exquisite cenotaphs of the three later Holkar rulers. These memorials in stone are gracefully poised on the banks of the Khan River with their pyramidal spires tapering into soaring kalashas. These are memorials built on the cremation spot of the Holkar ruler of Indore.The other two Chhatris are Tukoji Rao II and Shivaji Rao, father and son, and are linked by a common oblong prayer hall with ornately carved arches and pillars on a high platform along the garbha grihas containing life size statues of these rulers. A breathtaking sight at night when illuminated, the Chhatris glow ether ally against the dark of the sky. An artificial lake is created in this stretch of the otherwise dry Khan River complete with a fountain, well-laid gardens on both banks and boating facility.
In the glorious history of Indore, one more chapter is added which is known as PipliyaPala Regional Park. It is developed by Indore Development Authority as 2011 project for Indore city development. The cost of development is about Rs50 crore. The garden side near the pond makes it a beautiful place.Various types of Garden patterns like Mughal garden, French garden, Bio-diversity garden etc amuses the people in a very different way. Again there is a variety in Fountain pattern as Musical fountain, Jumping jet fountain, Mist fountain etc. There is a canal, which covers the whole park. It is starting from one point of the pond and ending at the other part. The bridges over canal with the Mist fountain let us feel a special type of feeling.
This is one of the prettiest buildings in Indore. Built in 1904 and originally named as King Edward Hall, was renamed as Mahatma Gandhi Hall in 1948. This Indo-gothic structure is made in seoni stone and its domes and steeples are a landmark of Indore city.It has a clock tower in front, due to which it is also known locally as Ghanta Ghar. The central hall has a capacity for 2000 persons and is frequently the venue of book/ painting exhibitions, sale and fairs throughout the yea
The Kanch Mandir (Glass temple), which is a Jain Mandir, is a marvel in glass. The "Cotton king" Sir Hukamchand Seth built this temple in the early 20th century. The walls, ceiling, floor, pillars, doors are entirely inlaid with glass. The mirror work reflects minute detailing.There are paintings done in colored glass, which depict stories from Jain scriptures. At the top, is a special glass chamber, which multiplies the images of the statues of Lord Mahavir into an infinite number.
Many citizens of Indore have a great faith in this Ganesh temple built by Ahilya Bai. They believe that praying here fulfils one's wishes. Nearby is the dargah Sayed. It is believed that his headless body is buried here. This is an important pilgrimage place of Naita Muslims.
Inspired by the Meenakshi temple of Madurai, four life size elephants hold an ornately decorative gate in plaster. Inside the complex, apart from the main temple of Annapurna Devi is also a temple of Shiva, Kal Bhairav, and Hanuman. There is also a pravachan hall. The outer wall of the main temple is decorated with colorful reliefs from mythological stories.
It is the biggest statue of Lord Ganesha in the world.
Newest and the largest of the gardens situated on the outskirts of the city, about four kilometers from Palasia. It has sprawling lawns, lighted fountains, and landscaped gardens. It also has an amusement park.
Newly built, adorned with many statues of gods of various religions. It is open to all, irrespective of caste, creed, religion etc. with provision for devotees to pray separately. Central hall is decorated with wall paintings from Puranas, Ramayana, Mahabharat, and is used for religious discourses.
In 1981, the M.P. government donated a hillock to the Jain samaj, who constructed a 21 feet statue Gomateshwar, a replica of the Bahubali statue of Shrawanbegola. Also built are 24 marble temples with shikars, for each Tirthankar. Gomatgiri is approached by a lovely picturesque drive 10 minutes from the city airport. It also has a guest house, a dharmshala and a restaurant.
Bijasan is one of the temples of the Hindu goddess Durga, situated in Indore District of Madhya Pradesh, India. Here a hillock (tekri) has a small temple of Bijasan Mata, built in 1920. Mela is held here during Navaratri. This place is 2 minutes drive from the airport and about 9 km from the railway station. From this hill, one gets a magnificent view of the sunset and a breathtaking view of city at night. Perched on top of the hill was a guest house of the Holkars, now converted into a Border Security Force Arms Museum. Surrounding area is being developed into gardens with a small lake.