Indore City Information

Indore (Metropolis)
State Madhya Pradesh
District Indore
Official language Hindi
Indore City 331.26 km2
Population  
PIN Code 4520XX
Metropolis 1,994,397
Literacy Rate 80.63%
Website www.indore.nic.in

One of the most popular historical cities, Indore is the largest and the most populous city of the Central State of India, Madhya Pradesh. It is both traditional and modern city of the state. It serves as the headquarters of Indore District and Indore Division. With its rich history, beautiful surroundings, unique traditions and several tourist attractions, Indore is one of the popular and most visited cities in the state.

Indore is also an education hub in the state as it houses many institutes, colleges and schools. There is campuses of both the Indian Institute of Technology and the Indian Institute of Management. Well, it also functions as the financial capital of the Madhya Pradesh state because it is home to the Madhya Pradesh stock exchange.

Under the Smart Cities Mission, Indore has been selected as one of the 100 Indian cities to be developed as a smart city. And the best part it has qualified the first round and selected as one of the first twenty cities to be developed as a smart cities. Well, Indore has also been ranked as India’s cleanest city three years in a row by the Swacch Survekshan for the years 2017, 2018, and 2019.

History

Indore was founded in 18th century as a trade market on the Narmada River Valley route by the local landowners, who created the Indreshwar Tempe (1741), from which the name of the city Indore is derived. The city was planned and built by the Rani Ahilyabai Holkar. It was the capital of the princely state of the Maratha Holkars and also the headquarters of the British Central India Agency and the summer capital of Madhya Bharat from 1948 -56 before its incorporation into Madhya Pradesh.

Geography

Indore covers an area of 214 sq. km and is situated at in Malwa Plateau at an altitude of 553 m above sea level. It is situated at 75o 48' East longitude and 22o 48' North latitude. Indore is 190 km west of the state capital, Bhpoal.  And according to the Census of India 2011 the total population of Indore is 19.9 lakhs and it makes the city the most densely populated city in the state. It experiences continental climate.

Due to its magnificent landscape, historical sites and many other beautiful tourist attractions, Indore is known as one of the best tourist destinations in India.

Indore Climate and Indore Temperature

Climate data for Indore (1971–1990)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 33.9
(93.0)
37.9
(100.2)
41.1
(106.0)
44.6
(112.3)
46.0
(114.8)
45.8
(114.4)
39.9
(103.8)
35.8
(96.4)
37.4
(99.3)
37.8
(100.0)
37.1
(98.8)
32.9
(91.2)
46.0
(114.8)
Average high °C (°F) 26.5
(79.7)
28.8
(83.8)
34.3
(93.7)
38.7
(101.7)
40.4
(104.7)
36.2
(97.2)
30.3
(86.5)
28.2
(82.8)
30.9
(87.6)
32.4
(90.3)
29.7
(85.5)
26.9
(80.4)
31.9
(89.4)
Daily mean °C (°F) 18.2
(64.8)
20.2
(68.4)
25.3
(77.5)
30.0
(86.0)
32.4
(90.3)
30.1
(86.2)
26.5
(79.7)
25.1
(77.2)
26.0
(78.8)
25.3
(77.5)
21.8
(71.2)
18.8
(65.8)
25.0
(77.0)
Average low °C (°F) 9.8
(49.6)
11.4
(52.5)
16.2
(61.2)
21.2
(70.2)
24.4
(75.9)
24.1
(75.4)
22.6
(72.7)
21.9
(71.4)
21.1
(70.0)
18.1
(64.6)
12.2
(54.0)
10.6
(51.1)
17.9
(64.2)
Record low °C (°F) 1.1
(34.0)
2.8
(37.0)
5.0
(41.0)
7.8
(46.0)
16.7
(62.1)
18.9
(66.0)
18.9
(66.0)
18.6
(65.5)
9.0
(48.2)
6.2
(43.2)
5.6
(42.1)
1.1
(34.0)
1.1
(34.0)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 4
(0.2)
3
(0.1)
1
(0.0)
3
(0.1)
11
(0.4)
136
(5.4)
279
(11.0)
360
(14.2)
185
(7.3)
52
(2.0)
21
(0.8)
7
(0.3)
1,062
(41.8)
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm) 0.8 0.8 0.3 0.3 1.8 8.6 15.9 18.3 8.6 3.1 1.4 0.6 60.5
Average relative humidity (%) 46 36 25 23 33 58 79 85 73 50 44 48 50
Mean monthly sunshine hours 289.0 275.6 287.6 305.9 326.9 208.6 104.1 79.9 180.6 270.8 274.0 281.3 2,884.3
Source #1: NOAA[54]
Source #2: India Meteorological Department (record high and low up to 2010)[55]

Economics

Indore has GDP of $14 billion as of 2011 and is the commercial centre for goods and services. It also hosts a Global Investors Summit that attracts several investors from different countries to invest. Well, Indore is one of the fastest growing economies of India with several different industrial sectors like IT, Pharmaceuticals, Automobiles, Universities and Textiles.

Transportation

The city of Indore is well connected via road, rail and air transport services. To travel locally in the city there are different types of transportation services available both government and private like bus, taxis, auto rickshaws, mopeds and Tonga as well. The transportation services in Indore are extremely safe, budget-friendly and comfortable. Devi Ahilyabai Holkar International Airport, is located about 8 km away from the city. It is the busiest airport in the states of MP and Chhattisgarh. Indore Junctions is the main railway station of the city and that comes under Ratlam Division of the Western Railways.

Education

With many reputed Schools, Colleges and Universities, Indore is known as the education hub in the state and is the best for those who want to pursue higher education at convenient atmosphere. The Indian Institute of Technology Indore (IIT) is one of the most prestigious institutions in India, which was started in the year 2009. It has 500 acre campus in Simrol just 28 km from the Indore city. Under the engineering category, IIT Indore rank was 15 in the National Institute Ranking Framework. Indore is a hub of higher and technical education and here are the list of some of the popular schools and medical & engineering colleges.

Management

  • Shree  Vaishnav Institute of Management Studies
  • Indian  Institute of Management, Indore
  • Indore  Institute of Management & Technology, Indore
  • Prestige  Institute of Management & Research
  • Institute of  Management Studies
  • Daly College  Business School
  • International  Institute of Professional Studies
  • International  Institute of Foreign Trade and Research
  • Pioneer  Institute of Management

Engineering & Technical

  • Institute of  Engineering and Technology, DAVV
  • Medicaps  Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Shree  Govindram Seksaria Institute of Technology and Science
  • Wigen & Leigh College 
  • Shree  Vaishnav Institute of Technology and Science
  • Maharaja  Ranjeet Singh College of Professional Studies 
  • Medicaps  Institute of Engineering and Technology

Medical and Pharmacy

  • SGSITS  (Pharmacy)
  • Devi Ahilya  Electro Homeopathy and Paramedical Institute
  • Indore  Institute of Medical Science
  • MGM Medical  College
  • Modern Dental  College
  • College of  Dental Science & Hospital. Indore

Schools

  • Cambridge  International School
  • St. Paul School
  • Bhartiya  Vidya Bhawan
  • Queens  College
  • St. Paul  School
  • Columbia  Convent
  • SICA School
  • Delhi Public  School
  • Choithram  School
  • Laurels  International School
  • Satya Sai  Vidya Vihar

Some Amazing Facts about Indore

The great Indori Circus Mystery

People of Indore, especially the traders believe that if a circus comes to the city that year is marked with insufficient rainfall.

Cricket Connection

Indore is the only city in the world that has a World Cup Square because a huge statue of the World Cup has been placed at the square. A huge concrete cricket bat statue is also placed in Indore with the names of the players of the Indian team which won the 1971 series again West Indies.

Largest Ganesha Idol

There’s a Lord Ganesha Idol in Indore which is popularly known as Bada Ganpati is the world’s largest Ganesha Idol. The approximate height of the idol is 25 feet and the color of the idol is bright orange.

Lal Baag Palace

Lal Baag Palace is a beautiful palace and one of the best tourist spots in Indore which is famous for its remarkable entrance. The gates of the Lal Baag Palace are the exact replicas of Buckingham Palace in England. In fact, the gates were manufactured in England and then shipped to Indore.

Asia’s Largest Colony  

Sudama Nagar in Indore is believed to be the biggest colony in Asian continent.

Indori Poha

Indori Poha is a popular breakfast, which is not only famous in Indore city but in all over India and Indore happens to be the largest consumers of Poha in India.

Best Places to Visit in Indore

Indore is popular for its beautiful surroundings and have several places to see ranging from historical monuments, temples, palaces, shopping malls, markets and cultural spots. Here is the complete list of the best places to visit in Indore: -

Rajawada

This is a 200 year old seven story historic palace of the Holkars, built in a mixture of Muslim, Maratha and French styles and known as the heart of the Indore city. The lower three floors of the palace are made of stone and the rest of the upper floors are made of wood, and due to this the palace was burnt three times in history. The last fire in 1984 took the greatest toll and today only the front façade of the palace remains.

Laal Baag Palace

Once, the resident of the Holkars, Laal Baag Palace has now turned into a tourist attraction in Indore City, stands in the outskirts of the town. The construction of this palace was started in 1886. It is known for its remarkable entrance. The gates of this Palace are the replicas of the Buckingham Palace, England and the best part is that the gates were manufactured in England and later shipped to Indore. The palace has one of the best rose gardens in the country.

Bada Ganpati

Another best places to see or visit in Indore is Bada Ganpati, which is better known for its size than antiquity. This temple houses the largest Lord Ganesha’s Idol in the world which is approximately 25 feet tall from crown to foot.

Kanch Mandir

Kanch Mandir, made up of glass and mirror is a Jain Temple in Indore. It is an architectural marvel in Glass temple, built by Sir Hukamchand Seth in the early 20th Century. Everything in this temple such as walls, ceilings, floors, pillars and even the door knobs are entirely inlaid with glass. The tourists can see 50 murals in the temple, each of which depicts one of the Jain stories.

Town Hall

It was built in the year 1904. Its original name was King Edwards Hall but, in 1948 it was renamed as Mahatma Gandhi Hall. This is made in Seoni Stone and its domes and staples are a landmark of Indore today. People call it as ‘Ghanta Ghar’ because it has four-faced clock tower in front. Several book fairs, painting exhibitions and festivals held throughout the year in this hall. And this also has a library, temple and children’s park.

Indore Museum

Indore Museum is also one of the best places to see in Indore that houses the finest collection of Parmar sculptures from Hinglajgarh. This is the place where parmar style originated and also characterized by proportioned figures, carefully depicted in stone. This museum is mainly known for its great collection of coins, arms and armors.

Khajrana Ganesh Temple

This temple was built during the reign if Rani Ahilyabai Holkar and the locals have great faith in this Temple, where Lord Ganesha is worshiped. People believe that all wishes are fulfilled by praying here.

Gomatgiri

Gomatgiri is a 21feet statue of Lord Gomateshwar, replica of the statue of Sharavanbelagola and is one of the top tourist attractions of Indore, located up on the hill 10-12 km from the heart of the city. It was constructed by the Jain Samaj, where 24 marble temples with shilars also built here for each tirthankar. At night this offers a breathtaking view of the Indore city.

Venkatesh Temple

It is the temple where the third largest Rath-Yatra procession in India is carried and thousands of people participate in that. Venkatesh Temple was built around 50 yrs before, in the mid of the Indore city by Nagoria Pithdishwar.

Indore has several tourist places to explore and is safe too. The roads are full of people even at 11 O’clock at night. It is even safe for the girls. But, as many parts of the cities are isolated after 8 pm so make sure you don’t go alone. If you are planning to explore Indore during a personal trip or business trip, don’t miss these top tourist attractions of Indore. Though visiting Indore year round is never a hurdle but, the best time to explore this beautiful place is from October to March.