Madhya Pradesh trip-6: Things to explore in Indore City
Overview: Indore is awarded as the most cleanest city in India for 6 years in a row from 2017 to 2022 and is always a pleasure to explore. I reached Indore in the evening and my cousin also joined me at Indore for my next few days of trip. We stayed in the retiring room of Indore Junction in AC Double room.
On the evening of 19th Nov, we visited the Chatris of Krishnapura, around 1.5km from the Railway Station. These Chatris are Mandapas which were built by the Holkars, a minor clan of the Maratha rulers. The Krishnapura Chatri is located in a crowded area in the mid 19th century to honour the deceased members of the Holkar family. The complex contains 3 Chatris and 5 Cenotaphs on the banks of the Kahn River.
Around 500 meters from the Chatris is the Rajwada Palace, built in 1766 CE for the Holkars. The Palace has a lot of Maratha influence with the entrance opening up into a courtyard comprising Ganesha Hall. The wooden and stone structures inside the Palace leaves one spellbound. Though the Palace is 7 storeyed, the visitors are allowed only on the ground floor. Cameras are not allowed inside but photography is allowed using a mobile camera. The Palace is open until late night for the visitors and is free.
Further down the road from Rajwada Palace is the Sarafa Market. This is a beautiful night market which functions as a jewellery street during the day time. Different varieties of Food items like Chats (Pani Puri, Dahi Kachori, Samosa), Dosas, Ice Creams and deserts are available in Sarafa Market and is open past midnight. This food street is visited by the locals daily and remains a favourite for decades.
Around 4km from the Railway station is the Lalbagh Palace, which is the former residence of the Holkars. The main gate of the Palace is modelled on the Buckingham Palace of London and is built in the Italian Renaissance style of architecture. Several movies are also shot here at Lalbagh Palace.
Another Night Market in Indore is the 56 Dukaan, where a marketplace is developed with 56 different eateries, serving Indian and International cuisine. One can find variety of food here ranging from Vada Pav to Pani Puri to Masala Dosa to Pizzas and Hot Dogs. This is a local favourite among the city youth.