Some of the important tourist sites in Indore are:
The Rajwada or the Old Palace, located in the old city near the bustling Khajuri Bazaar, is an important site to visit. This building is a unique blend of the French, Mughal and Maratha styles of architecture. Not much remains of this building, except its fašade, as it had been burned down three times in the past, the most recent being in 1984. A well-laid garden with fountains, an artificial waterfall, and some pieces of 11th-century sculptures can be seen in the rear portion of the palace.
The Kanch Mandir (the temple of mirrors) or Seth Hukamchand Temple is located near the Rajwada. It is a Jain temple, having plain exteriors, and contains intricate mirror work on the inside. Built by Sir Hukamchand Seth in the early 20th century, the walls, ceilings, floor, pillars, and doors are all inlaid with glass. There are also paintings done in colored glass detailing stories from Jain scriptures.
The Lal Bagh Palace is the most important monument created by the erstwhile Holkar rulers. The construction of the temple was carried out in three stages. The first phase began in 1886 under Tukoji Rao Holkar II while the final phase was completed during the reign of Tukoji Rao Holkar III. Important state functions were held here. It is set amidst well-laid gardens and is located at the southwestern part of Indore. The architecture and interiors of this modern palace are highly influenced by English palaces.
The Chhatri Bagh, located near the Khan River, has a number of chhatris or memorial canopies erected in memory of the erstwhile Holkar rulers and their family members. The architectural style of these canopies or chhatris is typically Marathi. The Chhatri of Malhar Rao Holkar I, the founder of the Holkar dynasty, is impressive.
The Bada Ganapati Temple of Indore, built in 1875, has the largest Ganapati statue in the world, measuring 8 m from crown to foot. The metallic frame of the statue is made of gold, silver, copper, brass, and iron.
Another attraction of Indore city is the Gandhi Hall or Town Hall, built in 1904. Originally named as King Edward Hall, this Indo-Gothic styled building is also referred to as Ghanta Ghar (Clock Tower) because it has a four-faced clock tower in the front.
The Indore Museum, located near the Head Post Office, houses the finest collection of Parmar sculptures. It also has a good collection of coins, arms, armors, and various pre-medieval and medieval artifacts.
The Gita Bhawan, the Annapurna Temple, Bijasen Tekri (a hilltop picnic spot and a vantage point for seeing Indore at night), and Gomtagiri Jain temples are other places worth visiting in Indore.
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