Planned and built by Rani Ahilyabai, the brave Holkar queen, Indore lies to the extreme west of Madhya Pradesh on the banks of the rivers Saraswati and Khan which unite at the centre of the city. Indore derives its name from the 18th century Indreshwar Temple. The history of Indore is inseparable from the history of the Holkar State. The founder of the House of Holkars was Malhar Rao Holkar, born in 1693 AD. Ahilya Bai was one of the foremost Maratha personalities and an extraordinary woman ruler of India. She was the rare Indian royalty who was deified in her lifetime. Though Ahilya Bai loved Indore immensely, it was only after her death that the State capital was shifted from Maheshwar to Indore in 1811 AD. Today, her statue adorns the centre of the city, Rajwada.
Climate: (deg C) - Summer Max- 40.5, Min- 27; Winter Max- 30.4, Min- 15, Rainfall: 110 cms (July to September), Best Season: September to March.
Places Of Interest: Chhatri Bagh, Gita Bhavan, Lalbaug Palace, Bada Ganapati, Juna Rajwada, Kanchi Mandir or Hukumchands Temple, Annapurna Temple, Kendriya Sangrahalaya.
Excursions: Bagh Caves-153 kms, Ujjain- 53 kms, Mandu- 99 kms, Maheshwar- 90 kms, Omkareshwar- 77 kms.
Reach - By Air: Indore is well linked all major cities. By Rail: Indore is well connected to major cities of India. By Road: Agra- 605 kms, Ahmedabad- 456 kms, Bhopal- 187 kms, Bombay- 602 kms, Delhi- 809 kms, Gwalior- 486 kms, Khajuraho- 574 kms, Maheshwar- 90 kms, Mandu-105 kms, Ujjain- 53 kms.