Indore (Hindi:इन्दौर ,Marathi:इंदूर), the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh, is situated on Malwa Plateau. Indore, growing at a fast pace, still manages to combine ancient and modern lifestyles in a unique atmosphere. ‘Indories’ (residents of Indore) are well known for their warm and friendly attitude.
Indore is situated on the Malwa Plateau at an altitude of 553 m above sea level, on the banks of two small rivulets – the Saraswati and the Khan. They unite at the centre of the city where a small 18th-century temple of Sangamnath or Indreshwar exists. The name Indore is due to this deity. It is the largest city in Madhya Pradesh, with a population of over a million, and also the commercial capital of the state. Indore city presents a happy blend of historical past and promises of rapid future modernization.
Indore has witnessed the reign of one of the greatest women in Indian history, Rani Ahilyabai Holkar. Malhar Rao Holkar, the father-in-law of Ahilyabai was bestowed Indrashwar or Indrapur (from which the name Indore was derived) by the Maratha Peshwa Baji Rao. Widowed when she was barely out of her teens Rani Ahilyabai took the responsibility of Indore into her own hands and was instrumental in planning and building this city. 14 generations of the Holkar dynasty ruled Indore for 220 years. On 16th June 1948, the Holkar State was officially merged with the Indian republic.
Formerly a major trading centre, the city, along with its satellite townships of Pithampur and Dewas, has established itself as a strong industrial base and the most developed city of Madhya Pradesh. The era of liberalisation has seen Indore at the forefront of a number of privatisation initiatives which include the country’s first toll road and private telephone network (Airtel). Traditional industries for which the city is famous, such as those in cotton cloth and bangles, are very much alive.
Indore is also known for its great food.
Due to its location on the southern edge of the Malwa Plateau, Indore makes an excellent tourist destination. Later in the day, there are cool breezes which make the evenings quite pleasant. Poets have deemed Shab-e-Malwa (the night of Malwa) exquisite beyond compare. The city also has many good tourist spots in its vicinity. Mandav is a city of palaces and lakes very close to Indore.
Indore is well connected by road, rail and air with the Agra-Mumbai highway passing through the city. It is strategically located, being relatively close to Mumbai (593 km) and Delhi (807 km), both of which are connected by daily flights operated by Air India.
- 1 Devi Ahilyabai Holkar National Airport (IDR IATA). The airport is one of the best in India and offers good connectivity from major cities of India.
Indore airport provides free Wifi internet connectivity. The airport has service-desk of all major hotels of Indore wherein you can book a room. The airport is situated 8km away from the main city. To reach city center there are private paid taxis available. Dial (0731) 4288 888 to book a City Cab.