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Indore

The bustling commercial centre of Madhya Pradesh, Indore was a princely state until 1947, ruled by the Maratha Holkar dynasty.

At the heart of the city surround by the lively bazar, is the Rajwada Palace, built with design elements incorporated from Islamic, Maratha and French architectural styles, is a 200 year old seven story structure. While most of it has been lost to numerous fires over the centuries, the façade still stands as testimony to its magnificence.

A short walk to west from Rajwada Palace, stands the Kanch Mandir (Glass Temple), an opulent 19th century  Jain temple decorated with mirrors, glittering chandeliers, and murals on the glass.

On the southwestern edge of Indore is the Lalbagh Palace, which is spread across 28 acres and houses a pretty rose garden. Built by the rulers of Indore in the early 20th century. Now a museum called the Nehru Centre, its gilded Rococo interiors house galleries of miniature paintings , medieval coins and tribal artifacts.