A Royal Tour of Indore
Even after being born and brought up in Indore, I can never get bored visiting the magnificent forts and palaces that my city is home to. This was why when my cousins planned a trip to Indore from Bangalore, I decided to be their guide and take them on a heritage tour of the cleanest city in India and booked an Indore car rental with an experienced driver right away.
With centuries-old palaces and forts, mouthwatering cuisine, exhilarating nature trails, bustling commercial hubs, and a vibrant history, the land of Ahilya Bai Holkar, Indore, weaves a lively picture for enthusiastic travelers. So here are some majestic palaces and forts we visited during our Indore sightseeing expedition.
A visit to the famous Rajwada Palace
One of the most breathtaking landmarks of Indore city, the Rajwada Palace, is a spectacular architectural spectacle made of timber and redstone that enchanted us with its magnificence! Famously known as the Holkar Wada, this remarkable palace constitutes seven floors and is a surreal blend of Maratha, Mughal, and European architecture that mesmerized us with its beauty and grandeur.
Constructed more than 200 years ago, during the Holkar reign, Rajwada Palace is one of the oldest structures in Indore. Also, its aesthetic appeal, well-manicured lawns, and gardens make for a perfect getaway to soak in the glorious past of the bygone era.
Glimpses of the majestic Lal Bagh Palace
A true-blue architectural treasure, the Lal Bagh Palace was built in the early 20th century and displays an impressive combination of ornate, extravagant, and neo-classical architecture.
While the exquisite entrance reminded us of the Buckingham Palace entrances, the interiors resemble the Versailles Palace and enchanted us with glorious chandeliers, Italian marble cues, and vibrant Persian rugs. The furniture pieces around the palace emanate vibrant choices and today remain a part of an in-house gallery.
Sightseeing at the haunted Footi Kothi
After listening to thousands of rumored haunted pasts, we decided to visit the giant red palace of Footi Kothi. The caretaker of the palace narrated the whole tale of how Maharaja Holkar left the construction after repeated occurrences of paranormal incidents.
He further revealed that many locals here still believe that every time someone tries to construct the roof of this palace, it gets demolished by a mysterious typhoon. Also, while we got frightened initially, visiting this Footi Kothi palace was a memorable experience as we got to see an unfinished yet stunning architectural wonder.
A day spent well at the Jahaz Mahal, Mandu
Situated less than 100 km from Indore, Mandu is a magical place that enthralled us with its scenic beauty and the majestic Jahaz Mahal. Constructed when sultan Hhiyas-ud-din Khilji was reigning the town, many locals believe that this architecture was built in the late 15th century to house the emperor’s 15,000 consorts.
Located amidst a serene lake, this beautiful palace floats gently on the water, making us gape in astonishment. In addition, the elaborately designed engravings on the walls, ornate patterns, and architectural wonder made our sightseeing trip a memorable one.
Housing a number of historical places, forts and magnificent architecture, Indore undoubtedly boasts a vibrant cultural heritage that carries the power to leave you awe-struck with its spectacular beauty. So, what are you waiting for? Book a car through a top-rated cab booking app and get ready to add these heritage palaces and majestic forts to your next Indore travel trip.