Indore is a cosmopolitan town in Madhya Pradesh in central India and has a rich cultural and historical past. Indore traces its roots to the 16th century AD as a trading hub between Deccan ( South India ) and Delhi , the capital of India. However, the city raised to its cultural glory during the period of Maratha Holkar’s in 18th century and Princely state of Indore during British period in 19th century.
Today’s Indore besides being a major business hub also has the architectural marvels of glorious past including Lalbagh Palace , Rajwada and Kanch Mandir ( Glass Temple ). Indore is also an important transit city between Bhopal and other tourist destinations of Central India like Mandu , Maheshwar, Omkareshwar and National Parks of Central India.
Lalbagh Palace is a landmark of the erstwhile grandeur of Indore. The residence of Maratha Holkar royal family , the palace was built in 1886 AD. The Italian white marble columns, grand chandeliers, Old Persian carpets, Belgium stained glass windows, Greek mythological reliefs, stuffed leopards, and tigers all together makes Lalbagh a must to visit. Palace is closed to visit on Monday.
Rajwada is another historical palace in Indore built by the Holkars of Maratha Empire in central India about two centuries ago. This seven storied structure is located near the Chhatris and serves today as a fine example of royal grandeur and architectural skills.
Kanch Mandir or the Temple of Glass is a Jain temple in Indore was constructed in 1903 AD. Externally, the temple is built as a medieval mansion complete with a canopied balcony while the interiors are entirely covered by glass panels and mosaics; including the floor, columns, walls and the ceilings.