Madhya Pradesh (M.P.) lies in the centre of India and is rightly called
“the heart of India”
. M.P.spans an area of 308,000 Sq Km covering 9.5% of thecountry's area and a population of 6,03,85,118 (Census2001). The state is located within easy distance of all themajor cities and lies in close proximity to most markets.The state houses 1800 companies and 19 industrialgrowth centers (located across 7250 Hects.) that are closeto major cities to make good social infrastructureaccessible to industrial units. The state has about 70,000Kms of roads, over 6000 Kms of railway lines, 4 Airportsand 25 Airstrips.As Madhya Pradesh geographically represents the heart of India, Indore is in all senses
the heart of MadhyaPradesh. Indore, the commercial capital of MP
is a wellburgeoning town with most of state’s industries located inand around the city. Indore derives its name from the 18thcentury Indreshwar temple.The Rajwada or the Old Palace (a major centre of attraction), Lalbagh palace, (another architectural wonder), Kanch Mandir (a marvellous Jain temple), Chattri Bagh (the memorial withsome canopies) and the Bada Ganapati (the largest Ganapati statue in the world) are some of theattractions in Indore. Moreover, Indore is famous as a shopper's paradise. The Khajuri/SarafaBazaar offers unique shopping options of gold and silver work, cloth, leather work and traditionalgarments. Moreover, there is the Sarafa Market that specialises in snacks and jewellery and theKasera Bazaar that specialises in metalwork where you can indulge in the variety displayed for selling. The Chanderi and Maheshwari silks of Indore are the other famous attractions of this cityIn recent years as the state has advanced, the city of Indore has grown many folds and has morebusiness potential to offer than any other city of similar stature in the country. Major investmentsfrom corporate and business houses including foreign investors have already been made inconcurrent projects going on in and around Indore.
A cosmopolitan city
Indore is playing a pivotal role in the business and commerce of MadhyaPradesh. Foot marks of the royal dynasty meet the pace of the business in Indore. The city after traversing centuries, is poised to become a software and industrial hub, and suitable for inclusionin the coveted category of software city.
Indore is well known for its industrial developments:
, referred to as Detroit of India due to heavy concentration of vehicleindustry, is close (25 km) to Indore. It has plants of Kinetic Honda, Force Motors,Bridgestone, Eicher Motors, Hindustan Motors, Larson & Tubro, etc. It has also steelplants of Kusam, Prestige and Chirag Ingots. Electronic consumer goods plants of Crompton Greaves, Kores India etc. are also located here.
Indore Rajwada Chowk- A famoushistorical monument