The city derives its name from the 18th Century Indreshwar Temple & has some interesting monuments associated with the medieval Holkar dynasty. The city is situated in the heart of the Malwa plateau it was the seat of the Holkars the former rulers of this erstwhile state. The area was given to Malhar Rao Holkar by the Maratha Peshwas. Planned & built by Rani Ahilya Bai, the brave Holkar Queen.Indore lies to the extreme west of the state on the banks of river Saraswati & Khan. History of Indore city revolves around the rule of Holkar dynasty who had control over large area of Malwa region and thus their marks of rule can be seen in and surrounding destinations of Indore city. This city changed from a desolate town to a flourishing capital in just 3 years (1818-21), Indore began to grow as a centre of commerce & industries owing to its increasing wealth & population. We talk about Indore tourism, it comprises not only Indore city but also its surrounding destinations, in a radius of 100 kms. As this much distance is manageable to be covered as excursion tour. It means while staying at hotel in Indore, we can visit those surrounding destinations and return back to Indore till dinner time. These popular tourist destinations are Ujjain (60kms), Omkareshwar (90kms). Maheshwar (90kms) and Mandu (90kms). These tourist destinations are very popular among visitors as two of them are only jyotirlinga temples destinations of Madhya Pradesh i.e. Ujjain and Omkareshwar. Where as other two destinations i.e. Maheshwar & Mandu are historical destinations for heritage tourism. In between them Maheshwar is popular as pilgrimage, heritage & leisure tourism destinations. As Indore has very well connected airport and railway satation with hotel options for every category of visitors, thus almost all tourists prefers to reach Indore first to explore Malwa tourism, which is important part of Madhya Pradesh tourism. When we talk about pilgrimage tourism of Madhya Pradesh state, it means we are talking about Indore and its sourrounding touist destinations.
The kin of the originators of Indore were the Landlords of the region which extend from the banks of Narmada to the precincts of Rajputana. In Mughal times, the originators of these families acknowledged the title of Chaudhari, which recognized their claim to the land. Rao Nandlal Chaudhary, the originator of Indore, was the Chief landlord, and had armed forces of 2000 soldiers. In 1713, Nizam was chosen as the controller of the Deccan plateau area, which renewed the struggle between the Marathas and the Mughals. Although visiting the temple of Indreshwar close to the banks of river Saraswati, Nandlalsingh found the place to be secured and strategically located, being surrounded by rivers on all sides. He started moving his people in, and erects the fort of Shree Sansthan Bada Rawala to shield them from harassment by Mughals. The city was named Indrapur (after Lord Indreshwar), and eventually came to be known as Indore. Baji Rao Peshwa finally took control of Malwa in 1733 A.D. Thus, Indore comes to be ruled by the Maratha Maharajas of the Holkar dynasty. The dynasty's originator, Malhar Rao Holkar, (1694-1766), was granted control of Malwa Maratha armies in 1724, and in 1733, was installed as the Maratha governor of the region. In 1818, the Holkars were defeated by the British in the Third Anglo-Maratha War, and the Holkar Empire became a part of the British Raj. After India's independence in 1947, Indore, along with a number of neighboring princely states, became part of the Indian state of Madhya Bharat.
When we talk about tourism in Indore city, we can notice that Indore is indeed a historical city and majority of its history revolves around Holkar dynasty rule. While doing city tour of Indore we will realize that here major tourist attractions are historical buildings, temples and eateries. It is a largest commercial city of Central India thus traffic and pollution will be a common problem that we will experience. During its sightseeing, we will realize that city is under influence of Marathi culture. In the name of history, Rajwada, Lal Bagh Palace & Krishanpura Chhatri Bagh is considered. Here temples like Kanch Mandir, Gomatgiri, Khajrana, Annapurna temple etc can be visited, during this city tour. Eatery shops emerges, after sunset. So after doing full day sightseeing, tourists have option to enjoy the tasty dishes at eatery shops centers of Indore city i.e. Chappan Dukaan, Sarafa market. These shops remain open till mid-night and if you are interested to visit these places, then inform your cab driver in day-time so that they will remain prepared for duty till mid night.
It is an elegant temple with statues of Lord Krishna & Radha surrounded by in an area of 1,25,000 sq ft.
In Indore people from all religions lives with full communal harmony. So all major festivals of all religions that are celebrated in Central India are celebrated in Indore also with full fame. Hindu are in majority so Hindu festivals like Holi, Rang-panchmi, Diwali, Maha-shivratri, Navrati are celebrated in nice way. Being closely associated with Maharashtra culture so Ganesh Chaturthi of Indore city is a popular festival celebration in Indore city. Ganesh Puja is celebrated in almost all corners of city in big or small way. Similarly Durga Puja is also celebrated here. Business sector if Indore city is dominated with followers of Jain community due to which their festival like Mahavir Jayanti is celebrated with full fame in city. During celebration of Navrati and Dandiya dance of city is popular attraction which shows is close association of adjoining Gujarat state. People from Muslim community also shows their presence during their festivals like Eid, Moharrum etc.
Indore city can be visited through out the year. From tourism point of view we believe from October to March is the good time to visit Indore city and its nearby popular tourist attractions like Ujjain, Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Mandu etc. As during this time, after monsoon season on can find good amount of water in riverside destinations like Omkareshwar, Maheshwar & Ujjain and greenery will be good. Similarly traveling in winter & spring season will be more convenient for tourists. During this time all major festivals like Dushera, Diwali, Durga Puja, Christmas, New Year, Baishaki, Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi etc are celebrated which can be enjoyed in city.
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