Locals claim it to be ’mini-Mumbai’ for several reasons: while you’ll find people from all parts of India, Indore has a thriving Gujarati and Marathi community; the city was once under the Maratha rulers, the Holkars; the city stays awake late at nights in markets like Sarafa Bazaar (where food stalls open only after 9 p.m.); the city, like Mumbai, is considered the business capital of Madhya Pradesh, and was once an important textile center; and, like Mumbai, Indore has its own unmatched way of speaking.
For decades, the other cosmopolitan cities of the country considered Indore to be backward. However, the city has since woken up to new India and commands a lot of respect as a vibrant center of educational entrepreneurship, medicine, engineering, machine industry and commerce.
But the impressions of the Holkar dynasty can be found all over Indore. Malhar Rao Holkar, the founder of the House of Holkars, was awarded the gift of territories including Indore. On the death of Malhar Rao’s grandson, Maharani Devi Ahilya Bai ascended the throne. The Holkars since then have shaped much of Indore.
A pleasant sleepiness still lingers on in its people though, who like to wake up a little late, indulge in some warm local snacks, and then scan the newspapers for a new film in town. Even when it comes to festivals, the city likes to prolong the fun--Holi may be a single-day affair for the whole country but, for the people of Indore, Rangpanchami is a bigger form of festivity which is celebrated for as long as five days after Holi.
The city of Indore is the perfect blend of rich architectural leftovers of the Holkar dynasty and the modern multi-storied buildings and burgeoning cafes.
Get in tune with Indore’s way of life as the people here enjoy their slow paced, leisurely living.
Be sure to visit Khajrana Ganesh, Indore’s most famous deity, known for fulfilling the wishes of devotees. Don’t forget to tie a sacred thread inside the temple.
You can opt for day-long excursions sites around Indore such as Omkareshwar and Mandu. Omkareshwar temple of Lord Shiva is one of the 12 renowned jyotirlingas in the country. Mandu forts are especially known for their architectural heritage and are composed of beautiful palaces and artistically built canals and pavilions. It’s a fine spot to relax.
Some of the most popular shopping and eating places are in the old bazaars of Sarafa and Chappan. Do visit the city's iconic heritage building, Rajwada, a place you can cover along with shopping in Sarafa. The best time to visit Chappan and Sarafa is during the night.
City buses, shared minivans, private taxis are all available for Mandu and Omkareshwar.
Indore has implemented a glorious fixed-priced, hassle-free auto-rickshaw scheme called Tele-Rickshaw.
On a daily basis there are approximately 0 flights that operate at Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport. Jet Konnect, JetLite and Jet Airways are the most popular airline brands that fly frequently to this airport.
Besides flying you can also reach Indore through train. Indore Jn Bg is one of the most popular train stations in Indore. On an average about 39 trains pass through Indore on a daily basis. Dewas to Indore, Ujjain to Indore, Maksi to Indore are some of the most popular routes to Indore with 139, 98, 67 trains weekly respectively.
By road Indore is surrounded by Dewas, Ujjain, Dhar which are 20.05 km, 30.81 km, 38.05 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.
Indore has a total of 63 hotels.
There are 63 hotels in Indore with the popular ones being Sayaji Indore, Lemon Tree Hotel Indore, Radisson Blu Indore, Sarovar Portico Indore, Fortune Landmark Indore, Hotel Apna palace - Nearest hotel to IIM etc.