Indore - Mini Mumbai





     Indore, is one of the major cities in India, the largest city and commercial center of the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India. Indore is located 190 km west of the state capital Bhopal. According to the 2011 Indian census, Indore city has a population of 1,960,631. It is the largest city of Madhya Pradesh, the 15th largest city in India and the 147th largest city in the world. Indore is also known as "Mini Mumbai" due to diverse population of Marathis, Sindhis, South Indians, Punjabi, Marwaris, Rajasthanis along with the local population. Indore reflects lot of similarities of Mumbai, dense crowd, shopping style, food and entertainment that is why Indore is sometimes referred as Mini Mumbai by local people only.

It is also the financial centre of the state and serves as the headquarters of both Indore District and Indore Division. In local language the name Indore is often referred as indoor by local people. It is also called Ahilya nagari.

Indore is the only city of India that has both an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). These two premier education institutions are located in the city, not very far from the city center. Indore houses two special economic zones: Pithampur and Sanwer. Pithampur, often called the 'Detroit of India', has many automobile industries and some of the largest pharmaceutical companies. Sanwer, on the other hand, has steel industries, including The Indo-German Tool Room. As Indore expands, it shares its border with two cites, Ujjain and an industrial town called Dewas. During the days of the Maratha Empire Indore was an important hub between the Deccan and Delhi. However after the death of Madhavrao Peshwa, the Maratha Empire disintegrated and Indore was declared the capital of the Holkar state, until Rani Ahilyabai Holkar moved the capital to Maheshwar.

Transport

Indore is served by the Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport. Indore airport is about 8 km from the city and currently handles only domestic traffic. It is a major airport in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Indore has a direct connectivity to major cities of India like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Hyderabad, Jabalpur, Jodhpur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Nagpur, New Delhi, Pune, Raipur and Srinagar.

The City Railway Division comes under Ratlam Division of the Western Railways. Indore Junction BG is the main and terminal station on the broad gauge line connecting it to the rest of the country. Indore is directly connected to the metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Pune, Lucknow and Jaipur. Indore is one of the several places in India with both meter gauge and broad gauge railways operational. Regular train services connect Indore to most parts of the country. Indore lies on the Ratlam and Akola metre gauge railway line, the longest remaining functional meter gauge line in India.

Indore is connected to other parts of India through national and state highways. The major national highways passing through the city are:

1. National Highway No. 3 (NH3 Agra Bombay)
2. National Highway No. 59 (NH 59 Indore Ahmedabad)
3. National Highway No. 59A (Indore Betul Nagpur connecting NH 69 )

Top 10 Places To Visit In Indore.

1. Khajrana
2. Kaanch Mandir
3. Bada Ganpati
4. Atal Bihari Vajpayee Regional Park
5. Central Museum
6. Rajwada
7. Chokhi & Nakhrali Dhanee
8. ISKCON Temple
9. Krishnapura Chhatri
10. Treasure Island Mall