Places of interest Indore city ,M.P.

Indore city is one of the populous cities in Central India and has a cosmopolitan culture. Indore and the surrounding areas were once ruled by the Holker Dynasty.  Once they were  one of the extremely rich Royal families of India. Belonging to Rajput ruling dynasty, they were known to own a fleet of flashy and expensive cars  and wear dazzling expensive jewelry. The city and the surroundings  have a lot of tourist places to visit and many of them are historical.The following places attract our attention.

Kanch Mandir:

Kanch Mandir,built by Sir Hukamchand Seth 
Kanch Mandir,Indore., M.P.
SriTirthankara in the sanctum. Kanch Mandir,Indore, M.P.

Kanch Mandir is actually a temple built by a late  textile tycoon called "Cotton King" Sir Hukamchand Seth in the early 20th century. It is located in Itwaria Bazaar near Rajwade palace in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Lots of visitors come here to visit the mirror temple. It is amazingly an impressive place as the entire temple is made of quality glass and mirror.  The walls, ceiling, floor, pillars, doors, etc are   fixed in cut glass and mirror pieces in an artistic style. One may see such dazzling mirror halls  and rooms in some Maharajahs' palaces, Sheesh Mahal in Amer Fort of  Rajasthan is a good example. Here  the adoration of glass with ceramics set in impressive patterns is  highly impressive and makes the visitors spell bound. The work was done by craftsmen from Jaipur and also from Iran.  In the Sanctum, the idols of the Tirthankaras are flanked by mirrors on both sides.  Mahavir Jayanthi is celebrated with devotion in this temple that was built in 1903.

Lalbagh Palace:

  Situated  on the bank of river Khan in a huge plot, covering 28 hectares of  greenery the Lalbagh  palace reflects  the life -style of the royal Holkar family of Indore. It is one the prominent buildings in this city. It is  the midst of serene surroundings and  the Holkers built the palace exclusively for meeting various rulers, dignitaries, British officials, etc and to conduct royal receptions
 and celebration.
Lalbagh palace,Indore, M.P.

Lalbagh palace,Indore. 

 Above image: The entrance gates of Lalbagh palace,Indore were  made in England based on the  ones at Buckingham palace, london ...............

In this three- storied structure, the ground floor entrance hall is made of marble. There is a nice collection of coins on the first floor; the coins were most from the Muslim period, Many rooms in this palace are embellished in European style-Baroque.  It was built using Buckingham palace, London as a model and this palace has  very much similar entrance gates as those of the Palace in London. An attractive feature is a special, magnificent  ballroom made of marbles that  has  a spring-mounted floor to give extra bounce to the dancers. Cchandeliers, stained glass windows and stuffed tigers  adorn the palace.

 Mahatma Gandhi Hall:

Gandhi hall,Indore,Charles Frederick

 Originally named  King Edward Hall, this Town Hall building built in 1904 was named after Gandhiji in 1948 after freedom. It is one of the strikingly beautiful  buildings constructed in Indo-Gothic style during the British rule. The architect of this fascinating building is  Charles Frederick Stevens of Bombay. 

Gandhi Hall Indore (1904)

Four Faced Clock, Gandhi Hall,

The domes and staples along with four-faced clock (locally referred to as Ghanta Ghar) give a unique look, hence it is an important land mark in Indore. It has a huge hall that can accommodate 2000 people at a time. The additional features are  a  children's park,  a library  and a temple on the same premises. One can see the Rajput style of architecture here with highly decorated  gilded ceilings, cupolas and minarets.