A CITY EMBRACING ITS RICH CULTURE WHILE CREATING
Indore is best known as the commercial capital of Madhya Pradesh. From the great days as a business hub during the Holkar’s reign to the dark period during the British raj, the city has never stopped growing. Even though the industries and the education sector are in the limelight, Indore has much more to offer. Given its splendid history and welcoming culture, it proves to be a delight for tourists.
In 2009, Indore became the only city in the country to house both IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) and IIM (Indian Institute of Management). The city also takes pride in its higher secondary schools, with as many as 4 having British Council Memberships and participating in foreign exchange programmes for student. Indore has become an attractive destination for students preparing for competitive exams with the advent of the country’s best coaching coming to the city.
The crystal Information Technology park (IT) park in the city is a step towards solidifying its position as an IT hub in the country. The talent pool and support from government has ensured that IT companies find everything they need to cater to a global committee. Indore has also been the founding place for big names like Impetus and is sure to give the IT sector many more such treasures.
Indore is fondly referred to as Mini Bombay, the commercial capital of India. Given the pace of its industrial development, trade and commerce, the comparison seems justified. It is safe to say that what Bombay is to India, Indore is to Madhya Pradesh. However, Indore is unique in its own right, the life is much more pleasant here.
Indore is blessed with lovely weather conditions, the city refrains from extremes but still welcomes each season with open arms. The summers are not harsh, the winters are not icy and the monsoon is not soggy. People get to enjoy the warmth of the sun on a cold morning and the cold breeze on a sunny day.
Indore is located in the heart of India which allows it to have the factor of easy accessibility. Every major city in India is well connected to the city which has assisted in getting the status of a trading hub. The ease in mobility to and from the city allows business to run smoothly.
The city has taken upon itself to contribute in making Digital India a reality and has provided more than 50 free Wi-Fi hotspots in the city. A number which is said to increase up to 1000 and includes major locations such as Railway Station, Airport, University, Public Gardens etc. The move is a step towards giving the citizens easy access to modern amenities such as internet.
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A museum is like a doorway that speaks to the visitor and narrates the story of the town and its people. The Central Museum of Indore consists of two galleries that displays artifacts dating back prehistoric times. Located near the Central Zoo, it becomes the first stop in a complete day trip.
This town hall was formerly known as King Edward Hall and was constructed using white stones from Seoni & Red stones from Patan. One of the most lavish constructions of 1900s, no expense was spared to build the spectacular domes of the structure. The beauty of the hall in the evening with the bridge overlooking the dome and birds chirping midflight is breathtaking.
This architectural asset of the city with its exquisite carvings and statues, cannot be described as anything less than stunning. The Chhatris were built in the late 1800s to pay homage to the Holkar leaders and their courage. To add to the elegance, there are figures of God and Goddess skilfully sculpted on the walls that speak of perfection of the artists.
It is Holkar Dynasty’s most exquisite present to Indore’s architecture, the gates of the palace were created in England to match those of Buckingham Palace’s. It is now open to the public as a museum that speaks of the splendor of olden days.
Rajwada is a place that can overwhelm even the natives of the city, two centuries old structure built by the Marathas and the Holkars. The merger of the styles of both the dynasties has made the seven storied structure that much more beautiful. The market place developed around the Rajwada has gained popularity as Sarafa, the night food market and heaven for all foodies.
Every city needs a public garden that wows the people of the city, Atal Bihari Vajpayi aka Pipliyapala Regional Park is Indore’s version of the same. The park is adjacent to a lake, open for boating and even has a small theatre for people to enjoy art. In the evening, the lighting gives the place a striking aura, perfect to get away from the chaos of the city.