Indore is the most populous and the largest city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is also considered as an education hub of the state and first city to have campuses of both the Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Management. It has the highest elevation among major cities of Central India. The city comes under Tier 2 cities in India. Indore’s financial district, based in central Indore, functions as the financial capital of Madhya Pradesh and is home to the Madhya Pradesh Stock Exchange, India’s third-oldest stock exchange. Indore has been selected as one of the 100 Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under the Smart Cities Mission. It also qualified the first round of Smart Cities Mission and was selected as one of the first twenty cities to be developed as Smart Cities. Indore has been ranked as India’s cleanest city three years in a row as per the Swachh Survekshan for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Indore traces its roots to its 16th century founding as a trading hub between the Deccan and Delhi. The city and its surroundings came under Maratha Empire on 18 May 1724 after Maratha Peshwa assumed the full control of Malwa. During the days of the British Raj, Indore State was a 19 Gun Salute (21 locally) princely state (a rare high rank) ruled by the Maratha Holkar dynasty, until they acceded to the Union of India. Apart from this Indore is also known for its architectural splendor. The tales of the glorious past are narrated by these splendid historical monuments and cast a magical spell on the visitors. Rani Ahilya Bai Holkar was a great architectural patron and spent a lot of money on the construction of many temples across the nation. The queen is taken in great regard by the people and as a tribute; her statue was built in the center of the city, near Rajwada. To know more about the history of Indore
Indore is 200 km west of capital Bhopal and has a population of around 30 lakhs. Therefore, it is 14th most populous city in India. The greater metropolitan area of Indore makes it a city of 2.5 million inhabitants. It is industrial, cosmopolitan, prosperous and resembles Mumbai as far as the lifestyle is concerned. Therefore Indore is also called as Mini-Mumbai. It is also a melting pot of different ethnic groups such as Marathi, Gujarati, Marwari, Muslims and Sindhi etc. Indore proves to be promising educational hub and home to both IIT and IIM, the most reputed technological and management institutes of India. Indore owes its early growth to trade and commerce, which is still a dominant feature of this city.
The structure composes two parts, the first one located at the dil of the city and the second one standing in the old part of the town. Rajwada place exhibits a blend of Maratha styles, the palatial structure is sure to leave you spellbound. The entrance itself is beautiful with lofty archway and a giant wooden door covered with iron studs. As one makes his way through the entrance, one is greeted with a courtyard comprising Maratha arched Ganesha hall, a number of balconies with Maratha ornamentation, windows, and corridors, surrounded by galleried rooms. The lower three floors are made of stone and the upper floors are made of wood.
Lal Bagh Palace
Lal Baag Palace is one of the most spectacular buildings in Indore. It stands on the outskirts of the town, towards the southwest. It is a three storey building on the bank of the River Khan. The palace was built by Maharaja Shivaji Rao Holkar during 1886-1921. Situated amidst dry and dusty gardens, it is architecturally quite similar to the New Palace. Lal Bagh Palace once hosted many royal receptions and even today, reflects the life style and taste of the Holkar Rulers.
Majestic Art Gallery
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