The cultural and industrial capital of Madhya Pradesh, Indore will charm you with its warm and friendly people, bustling bazaars, and unique gastronomic delights. The city has a glorious past and perfectly blends the modern and traditional to create its own vibrant and distinct identity.
Located on the Malwa plateau, the city is blessed with a pleasing weather all the year round which is perfect to explore the hugely popular markets in the old city, street food delights at Sarafa and Chappan dukan and the grand temples and palaces in and around the city. Our recommendation for the best places to visit in Indore:
Top 10 Places to see in Indore
1. Lalbagh Palace
This majestic royal residence spread over a sprawling 28 acres is one of the best places to visit in Indore. It allows you to glimpse through the rich heritage of this historic city and gives you a taste of the lavish lifestyle of the Holkar rulers. Hugely influenced by European style of architecture, be prepared to be bowled over by grand Italian columns, gorgeous chandeliers, rich Persian carpets and exquisite stained glass windows. A noteworthy feature is the use of elevators in those times to deliver food to the dining halls, a living testimony to the grand lifestyle of the Holkars. Now converted to a museum displaying extraordinary exhibits from the glorious era, the Lal Bagh Palace should definitely feature on your Indore travel itinerary. Malwa Utsav organised every year to showcase the culture and
Opening hours: 10AM to 5PM. Closed on Mondays
Ideal for: History, Architecture, Photography
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2. Khajrana Ganesh Temple
Highly revered by the local population, this beautiful Ganesh temple was built by the benevolent queen Ahilyabai Holkar. It is said that she built this powerful shrine to protect the idol of Lord Ganesh from the wrath of Aurangzeb. With a towering Ganesha statue and smaller temples dedicated to other deities, the beautiful and well-maintained temple complex exudes and aura of serenity and spirituality. This undoubtedly is one of the best places in Indore for stealing some tranquil moments and seeking blessings of the almighty.
Opening hours: All days at all hours. There are long queues on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Ideal for: Religion, Spirituality
3. Kanch Mandir
Located close to Rajwada Palace, you can add this unique Jain temple to your Indore sightseeing list. Though not a huge temple, its beauty lies in the fact that the entire temple is made of Belgian stained glass and mirrors – from the floor to the ceilings, stairs and walls, everything is crafted out of gleaming glass pieces, giving it an aura of opulence. The dazzling domed ceiling displays intricate designs crafted from glass pieces. Its grandeur is enhanced manifold when it is lit up with lights and candles on certain Jain festivals like Mahavir Jayanti.
Opening Hours: 5AM to 12PM, 4PM to 8PM on all days
Ideal for: Architecture, Spirituality
This seven-storeyed historic attraction is the royal residence of Holkar dynasty, built in 1747AD by the founder of Holkar dynasty, Malhar Rao Holkar. The majestic structure is a fine example of the grandeur and architectural skills during the Holkar rule. Located in the heart of the old city, the 200-year Rajwada palace has influences of Maratha, Muslim and French styles of architecture.
You can take a peek into the splendour of the bygone era while walking through the museum inside this popular Indore sightseeing spot. Let the rich baritone of Mr. Amitabh Bachchan’s voice take you on a journey through the story of the first Holkar king and the history of Indore, with the mesmerising light and sound show at 6:30PM.
Opening hours: 10AM to 5PM
Ideal for: History, Culture, Photography. The market around Rajwada palace is a shopaholic’s delight.
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5. Patalpani Waterfall
This stunning waterfall is one of the top picks amongst Indore picnic spots for its natural beauty and picturesque setting. Located about 30 kms away from the city, you can witness the splendour of Patalpani waterfalls in the monsoon months. This is the perfect place in the rainy season to sit and enjoy some freshly roasted corn-cobs, soak in the breathtaking views and stare with wonder at the jaw-dropping 300-feet fall. A railway line passing along the area adds to the charm of the place.
Opening hours: 6AM to 6PM. Recommended for visit in the monsoon months.
Ideal for: Nature, Relaxation, Photography
6. Annapurna Temple
The Annapurna temple is visited by thousand of devotees and tourists every year. The shrine is not just a place of pilgrimage for the spiritually inclined, but also one of the most popular places to visit in Indore. Its grand facade and architectural beauty stand out even from a distance. Dedicated to Goddess Annapurna, the deity of food, this magnificent temple has four life-size elephant sculptures guarding the entrance. A rare depiction of the 4-vedas in the Vedhshala is another reason to visit the temple and spend some peaceful moments in the presence of divinity.
Opening Hours: all days
Ideal for: Spirituality, Architectural beauty
7. Treasure Island Mall
The biggest and most popular mall in the city, Treasure Island is your one-stop-destination for shopping at the best international brand stores, trying out a range of cuisines and spending fun times with the kids. The recently renovated mall hosts luxury brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, GAP etc and also has a thrilling gaming zone for the kids. The multi-screen PVR cinemas and a fantastic food court make it the perfect destination for a family outing during your Indore travels.
Ideal for: Shopping, Games, Movies, Food
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8. Sarafa Market
Whether you are a die-hard foodie or not, you cannot help but give in to the delectable delights of one of the best street food markets in the country. This foodie haven is the best place to witness Indoris’ obsession with food and their ingenuity in dishing out some unique street food items. A jewellery market by day, the Sarafa Bazar transforms to a bustling food lane by night offering yummy options like Bhutte ki kees, Garadu chaat, Sabudana khichdi, Dahi bade(at the famous Joshi Dahi Bada House) and the 6-flavored panipuri. There’s also the malpuas, rabdi, mawa baati and Jalebi to satiate your sweet tooth cravings.
Opening hours: 9:30PM to 2AM
Ideal for: Food, Family fun, night life
9. Chhapan Dukaan
It is one of the best places in Indore to feel the buzz and vibrant atmosphere of this wonderful city. A group of 56 shops offering the most amazing variety of local delicacies makes this place a great hit with tourists and locals alike. From trying out chaat spread at the iconic Vijay chaat House or satisfying your egg cravings at Johnny’s hot dogs to tasting the uniquely Indore shikanji and appetizing panipuri, there is so much to taste and relish at Chappan Dukan. This is one place you mustn’t miss out on during Indore sightseeing
When you’re looking to get away from the hustle-bustle of the city, this calm and beautiful Jain temple is the perfect place in Indore to enjoy few blissful hours. Located close to the airport on a small hillock amidst green landscapes, the temple boasts of a 21-feet high idol of Bhagwan Bahubali (the other one being at Shravanabelagola in Karnataka) and smaller idols of the 24 tirthankaras. You can marvel at the architectural beauty of the temples while witnessing some stunning views of the city. Great sunrise and sunset views, delicious wholesome local food and the tranquil environment make it one of the favoured Indore picnic spots too.
Opening hours: 6AM to 12PM, 2PM to 7PM, on all days.
Ideal for: Spirituality, family fun, picturesque views
Now that you know all about the best places to visit in Indore, when are you planning your holiday to this wonderful city? And if you’ve already been there, tell us how your experience was in the comments section below.