The largest city of Madhya Pradesh, Indore, was recently declared the cleanest city of India and we are wondering what actually won it that tag. So, we decided to look into the matter and found ourselves wishing to be there. If you have three days in hand to peak into India’s cleanest city, this is where we suggest you go. By Shubhanjana Das
Fuel yourself with some poha (flattened rice) for breakfast for the long day ahead. If you are up for some sugar rush in the morning, we suggest you hit one of the many roadside breakfast stalls, which start dishing out Indori breakfast staples from 6 am in the morning for their finger-licking, melt-in-the-mouth jalebis.
One of the most well-known and frequently visited spots in Indore is the Central Museum. The museum is a window to peep into Indian history in general and the history of Madhya Pradesh in particular. It houses some of the best medieval and pre-medieval Hindu and Jain structures in Madhya Pradesh.
After your trip at the Central Museum, head for some spiritual enlightenment at the Kanch Mandir. As its name indicates, the temple is artistically decorated with glass, which adds to its charm. You will find wonderful Chinese lantern-type glasses and cut glass chandeliers.
Lal Bagh Palace
If there’s one place that you simply can’t afford to miss, it’s the Lal Bagh Palace. This picturesque and grand 19th century building used to be the residence of the Holkar dynasty. A marvellous example of European architectural styles, this palace doesn’t run out of things to wow you so easily. There is a coin collection that dates back to the Mughal period, an entrance gate that is an imitation of the Buckingham Palace, and a ballroom with a spring-mounted wooden floor, among other things.
For your next destination for the day, opt for a hike followed by a picnic at the Patalpani waterfalls. Even though it’s a relatively flatland, the 15-200 ft plunge of the waterfall is a sight to behold. Why the name ‘patalpani’? Well, the legend goes that the pond’s depth reaches all the way to ‘patal’, or the ‘underworld’. If you’re going there during the monsoons, you may want to sit at some distance, owing to the flash-floods it is prone to.
For day 2’s end-day snack, you must head to Sarafa bazaar for the BEST Indori delicacies. From malpuas to jaleba, pani puri to kanji vada — the only thing that might limit you is the space in your stomach for Indore will never run out of delicious street foods for you!
Pipliyapala National Park
On your last day, carry yourself some picnic to the Pipliyapala National Park to enjoy food amidst the greens and serenity of nature, something we hardly get to do in the cities. No, there’s not much else to do here, and that’s exactly why it is so fantastic!
Make Gomatgiri your second last spot for the day to ogle at the 21-foot high statue of the Gomateshwara. A sacred pilgrimage sight for Jains, this is said to be the replica of the Bahubali statue located in Shravanabelagola.
It makes sense to keep shopping for the last day so that you just know what to take back that will summarise your trip the best. At Kothari market, you’ll find it all, from clothing and accessories down to electronic gadget. Only be prepared to haggle your way through it.