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Indore, located in the heartland of India, is the largest city in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Known for its rich cultural heritage, Indore is a blend of historical grandeur and modern vibrancy. The city was founded in 1715 as a trade market on the Narmada River valley route. Today, it is a bustling metropolis, known for its warm and friendly people, who are well known for their hospitality.

How to Reach

  • By Air

Indore is well connected by air with direct flights from all major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, etc. The city’s airport is called Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport and is located about 8 km from the city centre.

  • By Train

Indore is well-connected through the railways to the rest of the country. The city has four railway stations that keep Indore linked to several large and small cities and towns. There are direct trains from Delhi and Mumbai to Indore.

  • By Bus

Regular bus services operate to and from Indore. Buses run from places like Bhopal, New Delhi, Jaipur, etc. The bus fares vary based on whether you take the government or private buses and the amenities offered inside.

2 Days Itinerary

start your journey with the most popular attractions like the Rajwada Palace and Lal Bagh Palace. On the second day, explore the north side of the town.

Getting Around

Public transportation in Indore isn’t well developed, meaning that most locals get around via Maruti minibusses, cycles, foot, or taxis. City buses do run to some areas, and taxis are a good option for getting around Indore.

Things to Do

  • Rajwada Palace

Rajwada Palace is a historical palace in Indore city. It was built by the Holkars of the Maratha Empire about two centuries ago. This seven-story structure is located near the Chhatris and serves as an excellent example of royal grandeur and architectural skills.

  • Lalbagh Palace

Lalbagh Palace is one of the most spectacular buildings in Indore. It stands on the outskirts of the town, spread over 28 hectares. The style of architecture is a mix of baroque and renaissance, but the rooms are decorated in the style of Versailles.

  • Sarafa Market

Sarafa Market is a jewelry market by day and a street food paradise by night. This market in the heart of Indore becomes a hot spot for food lovers after 8 PM, where one can taste various street food items like poha-jalebi, bhutte ka kees, garadu, and many more.

  • Central Museum of Indore

The Central Museum, also known as the Indore Museum, is one of the most interesting buildings in Indore. It houses a fine collection of pre-medieval and medieval artifacts that give an insight into the history of Indore and Madhya Pradesh.

  • Patalpani Waterfall

Patalpani Waterfall is located near the Patalpani Railway Station. The waterfall is around 300 feet high. The water flow is highest immediately after the monsoonic season. It’s a great spot for picnics and day outings.

  • Annapurna Temple

Annapurna Temple is not just one of the oldest temples in Indore but in India. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Annapurna and is also a home to temples of Sivan, Hanuman, and Kalabhairava.

  • Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary

Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary was established in 1989 and is located near Indore. The sanctuary is home to animals like deer, rabbits, and a variety of birds. It’s a great place for nature lovers and bird watchers.

  • Chappan Dukaan

Chappan Dukaan is one of Indore’s choicest street food hubs that serve specials, chaat, idli and dosa with equal gusto. The 56 shops it is made of are lined with countless food items, making this place a food lover’s paradise.

  • Choral Dam

Choral Dam is located around 40 km from Indore city. It’s a popular picnic spot where activities like motorboating and pedal boating can be enjoyed. The picturesque landscapes around the dam also make it a favorite spot among photographers.

  • Tincha Falls

Tincha Falls, a popular tourist spot in Indore district, is ideal for nature lovers. The waterfall gets its name from the nearby Tincha village. The best time to visit Tincha fall is during the monsoon season when the water level rises and the surroundings become greener.

  • Indore White Church

Indore White Church is a Protestant church and is one of the oldest churches in central India. The church was built in the year 1858 and is a landmark in Indore. The church is known for its beautiful British architecture, peaceful environment, and the beautiful garden that surrounds it.

  • Mandu or Mandavgad Forts

Mandu or Mandavgad is a ruined city in the present-day Mandav area of the Dhar district. It is located in the Malwa region of western Madhya Pradesh, India, at 35 km from Dhar city. The fort of Mandu is a testament to the love between Prince Baz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati. The lovers built the fort in memory of their deep love for each other.

Offbeat Places

For a unique experience, visit places like Patalpani waterfall, a beautiful spot located near Patalpani Railway Station, and Lal Bagh Palace, a stunning example of architectural grandeur.

Fairs and festivals

Indore is known for its vibrant festivals. Some of the major ones include Rang Panchmi, Anant Choudas, Holi, Navratri Utsav, Rakshabandhan, and Ahilya Utsav.

Shopping Malls

Indore is a shopper’s paradise. The city is known for its bustling bazaars and modern shopping destinations like Treasure Island Mall and C21 Mall.


Indore is famous for its street food. The city offers a variety of delicacies, ranging from the spicy ‘poha’ and ‘jalebi’ to the sweet ‘shikanji’ and ‘malpua’.


Indore offers a range of accommodation options to suit every budget. You'll find something that suits your needs from luxury hotels to budget guesthouses and homestays.

Go Next

After exploring Indore, you can visit nearby cities like Bhopal, Ratlam, Sanchi, Pachmarhi, Bhimbetka, Mandu, and Vidisha for a continued exploration of the rich culture and history of Madhya Pradesh.