In the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh (MP), Indore is the most populous and largest city and there many best places to visit here. It is the administrative center for both the Indore District and the Indore Division. It is also regarded as the state’s educational hub, with campuses for both the IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) and the IIM (Indian Institute of Management).
Centuries-old forts and palaces, delicious cuisine (like the famous indoor poha), exciting nature string, crowded commercial hubs, and rich history – Indore creates a spirited picture for enthusiastic travelers. With a diverse list of tourist attractions, Indore is a must-visit city in the heart of Madhya Pradesh.
Here are my best places to visit in Indore that will make your vacation a truly memorable one.
1. Shri Omkareshwar jyotirlinga
This Jyotirling Temple is situated on an island in the Holy Narmada river is one of the best Shiva temples in the country. The nearest airport is Indore Airport. If you are traveling by train, then Khandwa junction is hardly 60 km from the place. However, I would not recommend traveling by local bus transport as it is very slow. A true-blue architectural gem, the Lal Bagh Palace was constructed in the early 20th century and showcased a singular mix of rococo, baroque, and neo-classical styles. While the grand entrance is a spitting replica of the Buckingham Palace gates, the interiors resemble the Versailles Palace with the Italian marble columns, splendid chandeliers, and deep Persian rugs. The paraphernalia and furniture all around the palace emanate the rich tastes, and today stands as a part of an in-house museum.
2. Sarafa Bazaar
If you’re in Indore, don’t miss out on this street food spot. It is close to Rajwada. This is a small street, but the variety is good. We went there on a Saturday at 7:00 Pm. Only a few people were there at that time. As time progresses, the crowd increases. This place sells only vegetarian foods. Some of the must-haves which I will recommend are
- Dahi vada at Joshi Dahi vada house
- Bhutte ka kees
- Garage Chaat
- Sweets like malpua, jalebi
- Fruit shots
- Chocolate Pani puri.
The place is very clean and hygienic. So do visit when in Indore to enjoy Vegetarian food. No trip to Indore is complete without relishing the signature dishes – Indori Poha being the most popular one! While the Sarafa Bazaar has earned a reputation of being the street food hub of the city, with its roadside stalls serving everything, from pain puri, kanji vada to malpua, the Palasia Street wins you over with its aromatic plates of poha. Visit the Chappan Dukan to indulge in authentic Indore cuisine too.
3. Khajrana Ganesh Mandir
A must visit the temple in Indore, with Ganpati as the main statue. Very well maintained, the cleanest surroundings and with several other figures in the main complex. The stores offering devotee-related products are well-designed, and a visit to this temple is a relaxing and enjoyable experience. A special pathway is laid out to enable wheelchair access near the main temple, which is quite thoughtful for the elderly. Parking space is also available for devotees coming from far by vehicles.
4. Patalpani Waterfall
In Indore, this is one of the great natural sites to visit. This location is ideal for a picnic with friends or family. Just be safe and enjoy nature. Being a water baby, I had a wonderful time here, and I can say this is one of the best place to visit in Indore.
5. Treasure Island Mall
Treasure Island Mall is located at M G Road in Indore. It is usually crowded on Sundays—the best and first mall in Indore. It is one of the best place in Indore, happening shopping destinations. You can find almost all brands here.
6. Indore’s Architectural Marvel-Lal Bagh Palace
The museum is excellent, and you get to see and learn a lot through the lifestyle of the erstwhile royal family of Indore, the Holkar’s. The exhibits are great. Little small but unique displays and exhibits/rooms etc. In covid planetarium not functional.
The entry fee is Rs 10. A true-blue architectural gem, the Lal Bagh Palace was constructed in the early 20th century and showcased a singular mix of rococo, baroque, and neo-classical styles. While the grand entrance is a spitting replica of the Buckingham Palace gates, the interiors resemble the Versailles Palace with the Italian marble columns, splendid chandeliers, and deep Persian rugs. The paraphernalia and furniture all around the palace emanate the rich tastes, and today stands as a part of an in-house museum.
7. Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary
Ralamandal is a great spot for a quick tracking trip. The track is 2.5 kilometers long and 2.5 kilometers wide. The surrounding forest is dense, making the tracking experience both enjoyable and stimulating. The mountain rises to a height of 3000 feet, making it a must-see destination. The best time to visit is 6 am though it’s pleasant throughout the day except for summers. It’s quite near to the city, so not too much of a hassle to reach it any time. The entry closes at 5 pm. Once the hunting grounds of the Holkars, Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary became a protected zone towards the end of the ‘90s and was specifically created to save the waning wildlife from noise and air pollution. About 10,000 trees were planted to create a sort of buffer for flora and fauna here. You can see colorful wildlife in its native habitat, and if you’re lucky, you can even see tigers and leopards at their most energetic.
8. Crescent Water & Amusement Parks
In Indore, Crescent is the king of water parks. I’ve seen more people here than I’ve seen at even the biggest sales or programmes. It’s difficult just to get inside. This, however, is a disadvantage because you will not be able to experience the freedom and slides that one would expect while visiting a water park on a hot summer day. There are a variety of slides that anyone would love regardless of age, and the atmosphere is very lively. I would give props to how hard they try to improve their management and system. They would give a higher rating once they deal with the crowd issues and the quality/taste of the buffet food. There are multiple rides and food zones available inside the water park, and it’s of the biggest and largest water park of Madhya Pradesh.
9. Bada Ganpati
This is a very famous temple in Indore. Ganesh Ji Height is approx 24 feet. It would be best if you visited this place. Are you ready to seek blessings from the world’s largest Ganpati statue? The Bada Ganpati is an eight-meter-long sculpture built of a unique mixture of limestone, jaggery, bricks, and sacred soil and water from India’s major pilgrimages.
Janapav is so so amazing place in Indore. The best place to visit this place is in the monsoon season. And the best time to visit this place in the evening time. Nice and easily approachable place near Indore, you can spend some good hours enjoying the view as well as nature. Janapav was the birthplace of Parshuram, so it has its own importance in religious matters. Famed for being the birthplace of Lord Parashurama, the Janapav Temple is a popular tourist attraction in Indore. The picturesque surroundings, comprising rolling hills, winding roads, and a serene environment, further add to the experience.
While here, embark on an exciting trek and see the lovely Janapav Hill – Malwa’s second-highest vantage point, pay your respects to the gods at the Jamadagni Ashram, and enjoy a meal-with-a-view in the arms of nature. This temple draws in scores of devotees during the Kartika Purnima every year too.
11. Peep Into the Corridors of the Sprawling Rajwada Palace
Exhibiting a seamless blend of Maratha, Mughal, and European architecture, the Rajwada Palace sprawls proudly across Old Indore and New Indore. The intricate jail-work, imposing façade, grand jharokhas, and the palace’s chhatris draw in tourists from all across the country. Aesthetically pleasing, with immaculate lawns and gardens, Rajwada Palace makes for a perfect getaway to soak in the marvelous history of this ancient city.
Wait no more people, as soon as the covid situation gets normal, grab this wonderful guide at hand and start packing your bags to visit Indore!