Situated on the banks of rivers Saraswati and Khan, Indore was planned and founded by Rani Ahilya Bai Holker and derives its name from the 18th century Indeshwar Temple.
The old palaces of the Holkars are worth visiting, particularly the 19th century Lalbagh Palace. Also of interest in the old city is the ‘Kanch Mandir’, a Jain temple whose walls are made entirely out of small pieces of different coloured glass.
What to see
Annapurna Temple, Bada Ganapati, Bijasen Tekri, Chhatri Baug, Gita Bhawan, Gomatgiri, Gopal Mandir, Indore Museum, Kanch Mandir, Kasturbagram, Khajrana, Lalbaug Palace, Rajwada and Town Hall..
Air: Indore is linked directly with Mumbai, Bhopal, Delhi and Gwalior by Indian airlines and other private airlines.
Rail: Indore, on the western railway, is linked with major cities in India.
Road: Indore is connected by motorable roads with Agra 605 Km, Ahmedabad 456 Km, Bhopal 187 Km, Delhi 809 Km, Gwalior 486 Km, Jabalpur 523 Km, Khajuraho 575 Km, Maheshwar 90 Km, Mandu 105 km, Mumbai 602 Km & Ujjain 53 Km.
Area: 66 Sq.Km Temperature: Summer - Max: 39.5 Deg.C Min: 24.0 Deg.C Winter - Max: 24.0 Deg.C Min: 08.0 Deg.C Rainfall: 110 cm (July - September) Season: September to May. STD Code: 0731
Mhow (23 Km): It was the War Management Centre of the British during the World War.
Dewas (36 Km): The name is derived from a hill in the vicinity known as Devi-Vashini on which is perched a temple of its presiding deity Devi Chamunda.
Patal Pani (36 Km): It is a popular picnic spot, famous for its scenic waterfall.
Dhar (64 Km): In the monuments here one can see the combination of Hindu, Afghan and Mughal architecture.
Omkareshwar (77 Km): This sacred island, is situated at the confluence of the rivers Narmada and Kaveri. The temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata here, is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas and attracts thousands of devotees.
Maheshwar (90 Km): This temple town with a mighty fort complex, on the banks of the river Narmada finds mention in the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata
Oon (154 Km): Oon was a flourishing place 1000 years ago. About a dozen both Hindu and Jain here represent an architecture patronised by the Parmar kings of Malwa.
Bagh Caves (160 Km): The Bagh caves were excavated b master craftsmen with murals between 5th and 7th century A.D.