One of the largest cities in Central India, Indore was once the capital of the Holkar dynasty and has a rich heritage drawing the attention of history buffs from different parts of the world.


Read on to find some of the city’s most loved historical, cultural and architectural attractions.

Rajwada Palace

Built by the Holkars of the Maratha Empire, Rajwada Palace is a fine illustration of royal splendour and brilliant architectural skills of the time. This seven storied building lies in the middle of a bustling Khajuri Bazaar and is influenced by Mughal, Maratha and French architectural styles. Visitors can enjoy the terrific sound and light show that takes place every evening except on Mondays. Besides, there is a well-maintained garden in front of the palace where visitors will find an artificial waterfall, the statue of Queen Ahilya Bai and some beautiful fountains.

Lal Bagh Palace

Located in the outskirts of the city, Lal Bagh Palace is a three-storied building that was once a witness to the majesty of the Holkar dynasty. The entrance of the palace is the replica of Buckingham Palace in London; also, you can discover one of the best rose gardens in the country here. With Italian marble columns, Belgium stained glass windows, grand chandeliers, Italian style wall paintings and rich Persian carpets, the place is sure to impress history lovers from all over the world.

Indore Museum

Also known as Central Museum, Indore Museum is an important site in the city established in 1929. Be it the exhibits from the prehistoric period or the modern era, the place will certainly amaze you with its startling collection. A selection of Parmer Scriptures and different armours, artifices and coins on display here is a treat for all. Besides, the architecture of the museum features stones carving in different shapes and is certain to appeal to the eyes of the enthusiasts.

Gandhi Hall

Originally known as King Edward Hall, Gandhi Hall is one of the greatest historical buildings in the region and among the most prominent landmarks of the city. Constructed in 1904 and renamed Mahatma Gandhi Hall in 1948, the building has an impressive Indo-Gothic architecture. There is a library, a children park and a temple within the building. Besides, you can be a part of a number of exhibitions and fairs held here throughout the year.

Sheesh Mahal

A popular Jain temple in Indore, Sheesh Mahal is literally a temple of glass and mirrors, and is also known as Kanch Mandir. Built in the early 20th century, the place is a big hit with travellers who come here in large numbers. The ceiling, pillars, walls, floor and doors – all are exquisitely designed with glass! More than 50 murals, depicting Jain stories, will impress you further.

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