The Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport also known as Indore Airport (IDR) serves the city of Indore and adjoining areas and is the busiest airport in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Situated 10 km west of Indore, it is a public airport that is administered by the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
The airport is spread over 729 acres, and its single runway, which is under expansion, is currently 7250 meters long. The airport has night-landing facilities. It has a cargo terminal and a new integrated, expandable terminal for passenger flights, which was inaugurated in 2012, at a cost of 135 crores. This presently handles domestic flights and can accommodate up to 700 passengers in an hour.
Indore is the cultural and commercial hub of Madhya Pradesh. Described as a ‘smart city with a royal past’, Indore saw its greatest glory during the reign of its illustrious queen, Ahilya Bai Holkar.
The Lal Bagh Palace and the 7-storey Rajwada Palace are remnants of past glory. Religious sites include the Khajrana Ganesh Mandir, the Kaanch Mandir (a Jain temple full of mirrors), Gomatgiri, and the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga Temple. Patalpani Waterfall, Tincha Falls, and Ralamandal Sanctuary, and Pipliyapala Regional Park are natural beauty sites. At Chhatri Bag, visit the cluster of tombs and cenotaphs of the many rulers of the Holkar dynasty. Indulge in a night shopping experience at Sarafa Bazar, famous for a wide variety of vegetarian food and snacks.
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