A bustling trading hub between Delhi and the Deccan during the 16th century, Indore today is an amalgamation of ancient heritage and modern culture.
The vibrant city of Indore has a lot to offer. From the architectural magnificence of the Rajwada Palace of the Holkars, the Lalbagh Palace, numerous temples (Kanch Mandir, Bada Ganpati, Khajrana Ganesh Mandir, and Annapurna Mandir), bustling bazaars to the mouth-watering street food delights, the city is sure to fascinate you.
When you are in Indore you should also explore the various places around the city that make for excellent day trip destinations.
The Many Reasons to Visit Spiritual Omkareshwar
Distance from Indore: 79 km
The sacred island of Omkareshwar is shaped like an Om – the holiest Hindu symbol. Nestled at the union of the Kaveri and Narmada rivers, the holy town is home to one of the 12 revered Jyotirlingas.
Throngs of devotees from all over the country visit the shrine every year. It gets especially busy during the auspicious Sawan month (July – August). The 270 ft. hanging bridge over Narmada adds to the beauty of Omkareshwar.
Besides the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga shrine, also popularly known as ‘Omkar Mandhata’, you should also check out the Gauri Somnath temple which is built in the shape of a peahen.
Conclude your trip to this holy town by taking a boat ride along the Narmada ghats and have a quiet tryst with divinity.
Experience the Magic of Historical Mandu
Distance from Indore: 98 km
Exploring the historical sites of Mandu is like travelling back in time. This old 6th-century town is a witness to the legendary romance saga of Rani Roopmati and Baz Bahadur.
Located at an altitude of 2,000 feet along the Vindhya range, Mandu has a rich architectural heritage with influences from the Afghan and the Turks.
Among the many places to see here are the Jahaz Mahal floating over the twin lakes, Roopmati Pavilion, Rewa Kund, the ruins of Hathi Mahal and Ashrafi Mahal, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, Jami Masjid, and the 12 Darwazas.
Let the Magnificent Maheshwar Enthral You
Distance from Indore: 95 km
Located on the banks of river Narmada, the Maheshwar ghats are a sight to behold. The town of Maheshwar rose to glory during the 18th century and was the capital of Rajmata Ahilya Devi Holkar’s empire.
Check out the Ahilya Bai fort and palace, Akhileshwar temple, Ek Mukhi Datta temple, and Narmada ghat. A boat trip along the Narmada River in the evening is an experience to savour. While you are here do not forget to shop the exquisite handloom-weaved Maheshwar sarees.
Bask in the Beauty of Ancient Ujjain
Distance from Indore: 55 km
Ujjain is a city of temples with more than 100 temples from various eras. Home to the revered Mahakaleshwar temple, one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, Ujjain is a city steeped in divinity.
Kumbh Mela – the world’s largest religious gathering is held here on the banks of river Shipra – every 12 years. Ram Ghat in Ujjain is the oldest bathing ghat in connection with the Kumbh celebrations.
Kal Bhairav temple, Harsiddhi temple, and Bada Ganpati temple are some of the important shrines that you should check out on your trip to Ujjain.
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Pack your bags and plan your itineraries. There are so many places around Indore for you to explore!
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