How to Reach Indore

Before you actually start travelling to any place, the first and foremost thing you should know is how to reach there. Indore is the largest city in the state of Madhya Pradesh as well as its commercial capital. Therefore, it is well connected with the whole of India by road, rail as well as air transport services. Indore is also a tourist destination due to which the city has proper transport channels. For the convenience of the visitors there are regular services of bus, train and flights. Get more information on reaching Indore. 

By Road
Indore is fairly well connected to different parts of Madhya Pradesh as well as India. There are a number of National and State Highways passing from Indore namely, NH3, NH69, 69A, NH86. This makes the place very accessible. The city is connected to all the major and minor cities nearby, via proper roads. There are bus services to and from Indore to facilitate traveling. The prominent cities linked to Indore by road are Bhopal, Barwani, Khandwa, Ujjain, Dewas, Dhar, Ratlam, Khargoan, Jhabua and Agar. 

By Rail
Indore lies on the longest functional meter gauge line in India, i.e. between Jaipur and Purna. The railway station of the city falls under the Ratlam division of Western Railways. Indore is one of the few places in India where both meter gauge and broad gauge railways tracks operate. An interesting feature of these lines is that they intersect each other forming a Diamond crossing. Indore is well connected to all parts of the country including the four metros. There are direct trains to Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata (Howrah) and Chennai. Though the number of trains is less, Indore has train services to other major towns like Trivandrum, Ahmedabad, Pune, Jammu, Jaipur, Lucknow, Bhopal, Nagpur, Patna etc. There are four stations within the city, namely Rajendra Nagar, Lokmanya Nagar, Saifee Nagar and Lakshmibai Nagar. They even run short distance trains connecting Indore to nearby towns and villages.

By Air
Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport in Indore connects it to most of the major cities in the country. It is directly linked to Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Jaipur, Raipur, Nagpur and Bhopal, via major airlines. There are various airlines operating from Indore. These include Indian Airlines, Jet Airways, Air Sahara, Kingfisher Airlines and Deccan Aviation. Indore airport has good infrastructure and facilities. Recently This Airport has been converted into Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport.

 

Indore Tourist Attractions

There are a number of places in Indore that should be visited while on a sightseeing tour of the city. Indore has a rich cultural heritage. The city was ruled over by some of the greatest rulers, who have given it their legacy in the form of various historical monuments and religious places. Today, the Indore city of Madhya Pradesh has a lot to offer to the people who come here on tours. The place is all set to fascinate you with the charm of its architectural grandeur and historical enigma. 

 

  1. Bijasan Mata Mandir
  2. Shri Ganesh Khajrana Temple
  3. Annapurna Temple, Indore
  4. Gomatgiri Temple
  5. Bada Ganpati temple
  6. Kanch Mandir
  7. Chokhi Dhani
  8. Central Museaum
  9. Chhatris
  10. Lal Bagh palace
  11. Rajwada
  12. Town Hall or Mahatma Gandhi Hall
  13. Kamla Nehru Zoo:

 

1. Bijasen Temple 

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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 Bijasen 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. Ma BIJASAN is KUlDEVI of Hindu Gadariya(Kukroliya parivar)

 

 

2. Shri Ganesh Khajrana Temple (Indore):

 

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Built in the year 1875, during the reign of Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar, Khajrana is  amous for housing the largest Ganapati statue in the world. From crown to foot the deity measures eight meters in length.  Made up of a weird mix of limestone, jaggery, bricks, mud from the stables of elephants and horses, besides holy soil and water from the major pilgrim places and the deity's image generate a significant impact on the devotee. Deity's frame is made of precious metals, and the deity looks amazingly wonderful.

The popular belief is that Bada Ganapati is the hinderer of all obstacles so devotees render highest regard to this idol. The gigantic statue of Ganapati is a fascinating attraction of this pilgrim centre and large folks frequents here to have a darshan of this gorgeous deity.

 

An important pilgrimage centre, Khajrana Ganesh temple in Indore is a devotees delight. This temple, which is built by Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar is a crowd puller in the locality. It is believed that all the wishes will be fulfilled after praying here. Large numbers of devotees gather here on Wednesdays and Sundays to offer their reverence and prayers.

 

3. Annapurna Temple, Indore:

 

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Annapurna Temple is a Hindu temple located in the city of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India, dedicated to the Annapurna devi, Hindu Goddess of nourishment. Annapurna Temple is one of the oldest temples in the city of Indore. Its architecture is different in many ways. The temple is a center for pilgrimage and tourism. Inspired by the Meenakshi temple of Madurai, four life-size elephants holds an ornately decorative gate in plaster. Inside the complex, apart from the main temple of Annapurna Devi are also temples of Shiva, Kal Bhairav, and Hanuman. There is also a pravachan hall.It is situated near Dashahara Maidan.The huge mother Annapurna Temple has idols of gods and goddesses which are worth seeing. Inside the temple complex, apart from the main temples of Shiva, Kal Bhairav, Hanuman and Pravachan Hall.The fourteen and half feet high idol of God Kashi Vishwanath in Padmasanath position in Annapurna temple is not only matchless and rare in India but in whole world. As per Hindu Mythology, Annapurna Devi is believed to be the goddess of food. This temple bears a resemblance to the famous Madurai Meenakshi Temple of Madurai. 

Inside the temple premises there exist shrines of Sivan, Hanuman, and Kalabhairava. The Pravachan Hall of the temple is also very famous. Four full sized elephants embrace this temple’s highly ornamented gate. An architectural splendor, the outer wall of the temple is brightly decorated with beautiful images of legendary characters. An architectural marvel, Annapurna Temple in Indore is a worthy for a short visit.

 

4. Gomatgiri

 

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Gomatgiri is a small hillock near Indore. It is situated amidst picturesque surroundings. Just 10 minutes drive from the Indore airport, Gomatgiri is a pious place for the Jain religion devotees. There is a 21 feet statue of Gomateshwar built here. It is a replica of the Bahubali statue of Shrawanbegola. There are also 24 marble temples with shikhars. Each one of these temples is dedicated to the one of the 24 Tirthankaras of Jain religion. This hillock was donated to the Jain Samaj by the M.P government in 1981. For the convenience of the visitors, there is a guest house, a dharamshala and a restaurant here.

 

5. Bada Ganpati

 

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Bada Ganpati presents a spectacular sight for the tourist as well as the pilgrims, who come here. It is an idol of Lord Ganesha which measures 25 feet from crown to foot. It is the largest Ganesha idol in the whole world and one of the main attractions of Indore. It is said that the Idol was built here as a result of a dream of an Avantika (Ujjain) resident, named Shri Dadhich. It was built in 1875. The most fascinating fact about Bada Ganpati is the configuration of its ingredients. 

The idol is made up of bricks, lime stone, masala made of Gud, methi dana, soil collected from seven moksha puris, namely Ayodhya, Mathura, Maya, Kashi, Kanchi, Avantika, and Dwaraka, mud from stables of horse, elephant and cow, the powder of Pancharatna: heera, panna, moti, manek and pukhraj (diamond, emerald, pearl, ruby and topaz respectively) and the holy water from all major places of pilgrimage. The metallic frame is of gold, silver, copper, brass and iron. It serves as a place for both wonder and worship.

 

6. Kanch Mandir

 

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The Kanch Mandir, as the name suggests, is a temple which is entirely made up of glass and mirrors. It is also known as the Seth Hukamchand Temple, as it was built by the "Cotton King" Sir Hukamchand Seth in the early 20th century. It is primarily a Jain temple and is a wonder in glass. The walls, ceiling, floor, pillars, doors, everything here is entirely adorned with glass. The Kanch Mahal has always been an object of interest for almost all the Hindu rulers in India. 

The dazzling Sheesh Mahal in Amer Fort of Rajasthan is an exemplary piece of art and provides a breathtaking sight. The Kanch Mahal of Indore is somewhat the same. The major difference being that it is a temple rather than a palace. Owing to its beauty, the palace attracts a number of tourists. Kanch Mandir is located quite close to the Rajwada. The temple is decorated with thousands of mirrors with patterned ceramic tiles.

The charisma of the temple is further intensified with the delicately crafted Chinese lantern-type glass lamps and cut glass chandeliers. The interiors of the Kanch Mandir are just mesmerizing. The temple boasts of more than 50 murals depicting Jain stories. They also depict scenes of conversion to Jainism, torture of sinners in the afterlife and 19th century court life. The Kanch Mahal is quite different from all the other such monuments in the country.

Its uniqueness arises from the fact that it is too showy and splendid to be the shrine of a religion which advocated simple living. Infact, not just simple living, rather austerity. The colorful glass beads and raised sculpted figures give a special 3D effect to the temple. The idol of Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism is made from shimmering black onyx. The temple is a place of interest for both the Jain pilgrims as well as the tourists. The temple is situated on Jawahar Road near the Rajwada and opens at 10:00 am.

 

7. Chokhi Dhani

 

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Chokhi Dhani is a popular and unique village resort that beautifully captures the essence and spirit of Rajasthan. Chokhi Dhani literally means a fine hamlet (a quintessential village) and true to its name, the resort with a fine synthesis of new age luxuries amidst typical village settings ensures a perfect Rajasthani experience. After the successful and extremely popular presence in Rajasthan, this 5 star ethnic resort is now at Indore, allowing its denizens to feel and experience the qualities, culture and traditions that set Rajasthan apart from other states.
The resort has witnessed a gradual increase in its popularity to become one of Indore’s star tourist attractions. Guests are pampered with a combination of luxuries, unique services and amusement facilities that makes their stay memorable. Away from the urban life, authentic village atmosphere along with the mouth-watering Rajasthan cuisine amidst the rich warmth and rustic charm of a typical Rajasthani Village.

 

Offering something for everyone irrespective of their age and gender, Chokhi Dhani is an ideal outing for the entire family. The ancient heritage and traditions on display through the camel and bullock cart rides, puppet shows, traditional folk arts etc. or the modernity apparent through discotheques, amusement centre and all modern facilities is indeed a one-of-a-kind experience.

Chokhi Dhani Attractions:

 

• Folk Dances (Kalbeliya & Bhopa Dance)
• Dream Land Amusement Centre
• Chokhi Dhani Attractions
• Nagkanya(Snake woman)
• Bullock Cart Ride
• Puppet Show
• Jungle Theme
• Discotheque
• Go Karting
• Camel Ride
• Family Train
• Snow Theme

 

8. Central Museum

 

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Central Museum, also known as the Indore Museum, is one of the most interesting buildings in Indore. It is a treat for the people who are genuinely fascinated by the history of India and the rich civilization that flourished here in the pre historic age. It is located near the General Post Office in Indore. The Museum exhibits the finest collection of Parmar sculptures from Hinglajgarh. The Parmar style actually originated here only. Its main features include proportioned figures, careful and intricate ornamentation and depiction in stone. 

The Central Museum also boasts one of the best collections of medieval and pre-medieval Hindu and Jain sculpture in Madhya Pradesh. These sculptures have been finely carved and date back from the reign of the Guptas to the Paramanas. They have been collected from the ruins of the 11th-12th century temples at Hinglajgarh. They usually depict Harihara, Shiva and Parvati seated on Nandi, standing Parvati and a damaged Chamunda. Among the architectural remains preserved in the museum, the most remarkable is a doorframe, richly adorned with figures and ornamentation.

There are two galleries in the Museum. Gallery I display artifacts from MP's prehistoric period ranging from 5,000 - 4,000BC. There are exhibits from western Malwa as well, which include stone tools, quartz sickles, ornaments and items of domestic use. All the Hindu mythological carvings have been displayed in Gallery II. The museum is also famous for its collection of coins, arms and armor. You can visit the Museum on all days except Monday between 10:00 am and 05:00pm. There is no admission fee. Guides are also available for the convenience of the visitors.

 

9. Chhatris

 

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The Maratha Rulers were skilled in the field of architecture. An exquisite example of their architectural style comprise of the Chattris of Indore. These chhattris are the cenotaphs built in the memory of the Holkar rulers. The memorials are built in stone and have stood the test of time. They stand elegantly on the banks of the Khan River. The cenotaphs are tombs built on the cremation spot of the Holka rulers near Rajwada. The Chhatris have dome type structure with pyramidal spires on top.

According to historical records, the Holkars ruled over a large area of the state of Madhya Pradesh. They were great rulers and enjoyed support of their people. During the year 1858, British dominated the country and India came under the rule of the Queen. The Holkars were defeated by the British in the war and had to submit their kingdom in their hands. As their capital was also lost, they shifted to Indore. The city derives its name from the famous temples named Indreshwar and Indrapur.

As a result, they erected these Chhatris, a constant reminder of their rule and their glory. Facing west, there is the cenotaph built over the ashes of a woman ruler of Malwa, Maharani Krishnabai. There are two other Chhatris dedicated to Tukoji Rao II and Shivaji Rao, father and son respectively. These cenotaphs are linked by a common prayer hall, which has delicately carved arches and pillars. It also contains life size statues of these rulers on a high platform along the garbha grihas. 

There is a place called Chhatri Baag here, which has two compounds. There is also a beautiful Chhatri in the memory of Bolia Sahib. It was constructed after his death near this Chhatri Baag. At night, these Chhatris provide a breathtaking sight, as they get illuminated. The Chhatris glow ethereally against the dark of the sky and pay tribute to the great souls of the Holkar rulers. An artificial lake has been created in this stretch of the otherwise dry Khan River. It has been further beautified with a fountain, well laid gardens on both banks and boating facility.

 

10. Lal Baag Palace

 

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Lal Baag Palace is one of the most spectacular buildings in Indore. It stands on the outskirts of the town, towards the southwest. It is a three storey building on the bank of the River Khan. The palace was built by Maharaja Shivaji Rao Holkar during 1886-1921. Situated amidst dry and dusty gardens, it is architecturally quite similar to the New Palace. Lal Bagh Palace once hosted many royal receptions and even today, reflects the life style and taste of the Holkar Rulers.

The construction of the palace began in 1886 under Tukoji Rao Holkar II. It was carried out in three phases and the final phase was completed in 1921 under Tukoji Rao Holkar III. Owing to its unique style of construction, it was one of the most stylish residences in India. The entrance hall on the ground floor is in marble and displays prehistoric artifacts. There is a coin collection on the first floor which dates back to the Muslim period. 

There are also exhibits like contemporary Indian and Italian paintings and sculptures. The interiors of the Lal Baag Palace transport the visitors to the historic era. Lavish decorations in the style of Versailles Palace, Italian marble columns, grand chandeliers, rich Persian carpets, flying nymphs on the ceiling, Belgium stained glass windows, Greek mythological reliefs, Italian style wall paintings, stuffed leopards and tigers gives the visitor an out of the world experience.

The ballroom of the palace has wooden floor mounted on springs for extra bounce. The kitchen was built on the opposite bank of the river. It was connected to the palace by a well lighted underground tunnel. The gates of the Palace are a replica of the gates of Buckingham palace (London). Only, they are about twice their size. The gates were molded in cast iron and were shipped from England. They also carry the Holkar state emblem which states "He who tries will succeed". 

The daunting gates of the Lal Bagh Palace are unique in Asia. The rooms of the palace have now been restored and furnished and it has been turned into a museum. Much of the furniture and ornamentation seen there belongs to late Regency and early Georgian style. The main attractions of the palace are the accurately proportioned and furnished rooms, with beautiful carvings on the walls as well as the ceilings. 

The architecture and decoration of this Lal Baag Palace reflects the highly westernized outlook and aesthetic sensibility of the later Holkars. The Palace was inhabited by the Holkars till 1978. Tukojirao III was the last resident of this splendid palace. The Government of Madhya Pradesh is developing it as a cultural centre. The whole complex has a total area of 28 acres and boasts of one of the best rose gardens in the country. You can visit the Palace between 10:00 am and 05:00 pm on nominal charges everyday, except Monday.

 

11. Rajwada

 

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Rajwada is the historical palace of the Holkars. It was built about two centuries ago and is located near the Chhatris in the main square. It is a seven storied structure, which serves as the living example of the grandeur of the Holkars. Rajwada stands in the centre of the city. The new palace is on the northern side, while the old palace stands in the old part of the town. The old palace is a multi-storied building which also serves as a gateway of the Rajwada. It stands amongst the crowded streets of the Kajuri Bazar and faces the main square of the city. 

The palace was once the centre of all the trading activities in the city. It is a blend of Maratha, Mughal and French style of architecture. The entrance of the palace has a lofty archway with a giant wooden door which is covered with iron studs. The gopura-like monument is made up of wood and stone. It has a number of balconies windows and corridors. The entrance leads to a huge courtyard, which is surrounded by galleried rooms and the arcaded Ganesha hall, which was once the venue of all state and religious functions. This hall is now used for art exhibitions and classical music concerts.

Rajwada has been burnt three times in history. The last fire broke out in 1984 and caused the maximum destruction. The lower three floors are made up of stone, while the top floors are made of wood. This made it very vulnerable to destruction by fire. Now, only the front part of the original structure remains. The palace has recently been renovated, which has managed to bring back the old glory to some extent. In the rear part of the palace, a beautiful garden has been created. It contains fountains, an artificial waterfall and some magnificent pieces of 11th century sculpture.

 

12. Town Hall or Mahatma Gandhi Hall

 

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The Town Hall or Mahatma Gandhi Hall is one of the prettiest buildings in Indore city of India. Built in 1904, it was originally named King Edward Hall. In 1948, it was renamed as Mahatma Gandhi Hall. It has a remarkable Indo-Gothic structure and is made in Seoni stone. Its splendid domes and steeples are the landmark of the Indore city. It has a clock tower in front and is popularly known as Ghanta Ghar. The central hall can accommodate 2000 people at a time and is the venue of book, painting exhibitions and fairs throughout the year. The building also has a library, children's park and a temple.

 

13. Kamla Nehru Zoo:

 

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Kamla Nehru Prani Sangrahalay or simply Indore Zoo is one of the oldest zoological parks of Indore spread over the area of 4000 sq m. Known for its special species like white tigers, Himalayan bear and white peacock, Indore zoo is also a center for reproduction, protection and exhibition of animals, plants and their habitats.

 

 

 

 

Indore Excursions

 

Before you pack up your bags for the return journey from Indore, don't forget to check out the excursions near the city. These nearby places will surely add up to your travelling experience. There are many places of interest near Indore, which are worth visiting. All these places are significantly important in some way or the other. So get ready to explore some fascinating destinations near the Indore city of India.

 

  1. Mandu City
  2. Omkareshwar Temples
  3. Ujjain
  4. Patal Pani Waterfall
  5. Tincha Fall
  6. Choral Dham
  7. Kajiligarh Fort
  8. Janapaw Hilll
  9. Chamunda Devi Temple (Dewas)
  10. Maheshwar
  11. Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

Mandu City Location: 90 km from Indore

 

 

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Mandavgarh is situated at a distance of about 90 km from the Indore city of Madhya Pradesh. Popularly known as Mandu, the town is located amidst the Vindhya Ranges, at an elevation of 2000 feet above the sea level. It was originally founded in the 10th century by the Parmar rulers who made it their fort capital. Later, it was conquered by the Delhi Sultans, who named it as Shadiabad, meaning the "City of Joy". There are a host of historical monuments here which are constructed on the fusion of Hindu and Afghan style of architecture.
Mandavgarh is famous for its amazing Fort. The fort is 82 km in perimeter and is considered to be the biggest in India. It contains the ruins of palaces, ornamented canals, baths, pavilions etc. The fort was once the monsoons retreat of the Mughal emperors. Mandu has over 40 monuments which are divided into three broad categories: the Central Village Group, the Royal Enclave Group, and the Rewa Kund Group. The city is also famous for the legendary romantic tale of Rani Roopmati and Baz Bahadur which still haunts the place.
Champa Baoli - a well, the huge 15th-century Jami Masjid, the beautiful Jahaz Mahal (ship palace), Hindola Mahal or Swing Palace, the romantic Baz Bahadur's Palace, Roopmati's Pavilion and Hoshang Shah's Tomb are some of the unique gems of architecture and must see tourist spots of Mandu. It is believed that Emperor Shah Jahan took the inspiration of building Taj Mahal from the tomb of Hoshang Shah only. Mandu is an ideal place to be visited in the monsoons, when the weather is pleasant and surroundings blooming. 

The mystical beauty of the monuments, amidst the sprawling lush green landscape and the purple sunset sky, paints the live picture of the bygone era. The effect is completed by the rich surroundings of mango, tamarind and banyan trees. The place is also famous for its 'Khusrani Imli', tamarind trees which bear fruit only in the rainy season and juicy custard apples. Mandu can be reached via taxis, available from Indore. You can buy beautiful Chanderi and Rewa [Maheshwari] saris here, as well as some medicinal herbs and local handicraft.

 

Omkareshwar Temple

 

Location: 77 km from Indore

 

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Omkareshwar is a holy town situated at a distance of 77 km from Indore. It derives its name from the sacred Hindu symbol of Om. The place is a pilgrimage site, as there are a number of Hindu temples and Jain temples located here. It is basically an island, in the shape of Om, on the confluence of the rivers Narmada and Kaveri. The island is divided into north and south by a deep gully and is linked by a bridge. A boat ride in Narmada River around the island of Omkareshwar is quite enjoyable.
Omkareshwar is considered to be one of the holiest Hindu sites in the nation. This is due to the presence of the Jyotirlingam, one of the twelve in India. Lingam is the symbol of Lord Shiva but the Jyotirlingam is special. Jyotirlingam is called the lingam of light. It is said to derive currents of power from within itself. While, an ordinary lingam is ritually invested with mantra shakti (power invested by chants) by the priests. The Jyotirlingam is enshrined in the Temple of Sri Omkareshwar Mahadeo. 
Also known as the Temple of Shri Omkar Mandhata, it is made up of locally available soft stone. As a result, there is detailed carving in the front chamber and mesmerizing wall paintings on the upper parts of the structure. Omkareshwar draws hundreds of pilgrims every year from various parts of the nation. The devotees kneel before the Jyotirlinga to be blessed by it. Omkareshwar presents a magnificent blend of natural as well as the human artistry. Apart from this, there are some other temples worth watching.
The Siddhnath Temple is a classic example of early medieval Brahminic architecture. The most attractive feature of the temple is the wall paintings of elephants, over 1.5 m high, carved on a stone slab at its outer boundary. The huge Nandi Bull (the vehicle of Lord Shiva) - carved on the hillside opposite the temple of Gauri Somnath, the 24 Avatars and a group of Hindu and Jain temples should not be missed at all. 
Even the 10th century Satmatrika Temples and the Kajal Rani Cave situated nearby are worth visiting. Omkareshwar lies on the Ratlam-Indore-Khandwa line and the nearest railway station is Omkareshwar Road. The town is just 12 km from the station and there are many Local buses on the Indore-Omkareshwar route at frequent intervals. Though they are no luxurious hotels, there are a number of Dharamshalas here.

 

Ujjain Location: 56 km from Indore

 

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Ujjain is situated at a distance of 56 km from Indore. The city of Ujjain is one of the ancient cities of the country. It is considered to be one of the seven sacred places to attain Moksha. The city attracts a great deal of pilgrims, as it is the abode of one of the Jyotirlingas. Ujjain city of India is located on the banks of River Shipra and exists from the early days of the Indian civilization. It once used to serve as the capital of Avanti and a center of learning. It is also regarded as the Greenwich of Hindu astronomers and astrologers.

According to Hindu mythology, Gods and Demons churned the Ocean to acquire Amrit (the immortal nectar). Once the vessel of Nectar was retrieved, Gods were chased by the Demons and, in the process, some drops of the Nectar fell on Earth. Ujjain is considered to be one of those places. The city, therefore, became an important spot for major religious activities and finds mention in the Atharva Veda and the Skanda Purana. It also served as the host to many renowned historical figures, like King Vikramaditya, Raja Bhoj, Kalidasa, etc.

Ujjain is famous for its Mahakaleshwar Temple. The temple enshrines one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. It is situated near a lake and has five levels. The lingam of the temple is considered as Swayabhu (itself born). Mahakaleshwar temple is located in a spacious courtyard, surrounded by massive walls. It has a finely sculptured tapering shikhara, which dominates the city. Brass lamps illuminate the underground sanctum. Unlike other shrines, prasada once offered here to the deity can be re-offered. On Shivratri, a huge fair is organized here and worshipping takes place throughout the night.

Ujjain is also one of the venues of the Kumbh Melas, the greatest fair that takes place in the country. The fair takes place in every twelve years, in the month of Chaitra. Millions of people come here to take a holy dip in the waters of the River Shipra. It is believed that a dip in the river paves the way to the heaven. Apart from the Mahakaleshwar Temple, the other places worth watching in Ujjain are Bhartrihari Caves, Sandipani (Shri Krishna's Guru) Ashram, Jai Singh ancient observatory, etc.

 

Patal Pani

Location: 36 km from Indore

 

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Another place of interest near Indore is Patal Pani. It is situated at a distance of 36 km from Indore. Patal Pani is famous for its splendid waterfall. The waterfall descends from a height of 150 feet into a pond (kund). The depth of the kund is still unknown. According to popular belief, the bottom of this deep kund [trench] reaches Patal (the mythological world below Earth or the netherworld). This way the place got its name Patal Pani. It is a very famous picnic spot near Indore.

 

 

 

 

 

Tincha Fall: Location: 25 km from Indore

 

Tincha Falls is a beautiful Waterfall near village Tincha [on Simrol-Udainagar Road]. The gorge is a beautiful sight in rainy season.  About 25 km from Indore, Tincha Falls, is an ideal weekend getaway. The water drips from a height of about 300 ft (?) and it facilitates for bathing in the river upstream. There is a pond nearby, which enhances the beauty of the place.  Located at Tincha village in Indore District, the falls can be accessed by travelling on the Indore- Khandwa road. Upon reaching Simrol one has to turn left and take the Simrol-Udainagar Road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choral Dam: Location: 45 km from Indore

 

45-46 km from Indore, on Mhow Road. There is a huge lush green garden and a Dak Bunglow. Garden is just beautiful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kajiligarh Fort:

Location: 20 km from Indore

 

Nearly 20 km towards Khandwa on Khandwa road, its a very small old ruined fort situated near to a beautiful valley & small waterfall. Its worth watching during & after the rainy season. An Ideal one day outing spot which is yet unknown to even most of the Indorites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Janapaw Hilll:

Location: 30 km from Indore

 

http://wikimapia.org/614948/Janapav-Temple-Tank

 

On the Bombay-Agra National Highway-3 road. 16 km from Mhow. The temple is on top of a hill in the village of Kuti. According to legend, it is the place where Jamadagni, the father of Parshurama, had his ashram. It is famous for a mela (fair) held on Kartik Purnima - the first full moon after Diwali.

 

 

 

 

Chamunda Devi Temple (Dewas):

Location: 35 km from Indore

 

http://www.onlinedewas.com/temples.aspx

 

The name Dewas is derived from the Devi Vaishini hill near the city. The hill has a temple of deity Devi Chamunda. The word Dewas is also believed to be a sandhi of words Dev (deity) and Vas (Hindi for abode), thus Dewas means abode of the deity or god. The town lies at the foot of a conical hill known as the Chamunda Tekri or hill of the Goddess Chamunda, which rises sum 300 feet above the general level. The town derives its name from the hill, which owing to the shrine upon it, was known as Devivasini (the goddess residence).The Chamunda hill is mounted by a broad flight of stone steps, at the summit is an image of the goddess cut in the rocky wall of a cave. There are mainly two shrine of goddess called as Choti Mata (Chamunda Mata) and other Badi Mata (Tulja Bhavani Mata).

 

 

 

 

Maheshwar:

Location: 84 km from Indore

 

http://www.mptourism.com/web/explore/destinations/maheshwar.aspx

 

Maheshwar was a glorious city at the dawn of Indian civilization when it was Mahishmati,capital of king Kartivarjun. This temple town on the banks of the river Narmadafinds mention in the epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata.Revived to its ancient position of importance by the Holkar queen Rani Ahilyabai of Indore. Maheshwar's temples and mighty fort-complex stand in quiet beauty, mirrored in the river below.

 

 

 

 

Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: 84 km from Indore

 

http://www.mptourism.com/web/experience/wildlife/sanctuaries/ralamandal.aspx

 

The Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary is established in the year 1989. The Sanctuary is spread over a total areaof 5 sq.km. The Fauna residing in majority at the sanctuary are Leopard, Black Buck, Sambhar, Chital, Blue bull, Jarak, Bhedki (Barking deer) Rabbit etc. while Teak, Saja, Chandan, Eucalyptus, Babul Bamboo etc. are the among the popular Flora located here. Self-owned or hired four wheeler vehicles are the means of travelling inside the area. The Forest Rest House in Indore is available for accommodation. A hunting hut, which was constructed by the people of the Holker State in 1905 on the hillock inside the Sanctuary, is now being developed into an information center. The scenic beauty of the hilly area and valleys in the Sanctuary is remarkable and present an awesome site to the visitors.