Indore is located in the western region of Madhya Pradesh (approx.76o E, 23o N), on the southern edge of the Malwa plateau, on the Saraswati and Khan rivers, which are tributaries of the Shipra River. Indore has an average elevation of 553 meter above mean sea level. It is located on an elevated plain, with the Vindhyas range to the south. Two main rivers are Chambal at the west (which originates from Vindhya range south of Mhow) and Kshipra, a tributary of Chambal at the east. Other small rivers include Gambhir and Khan, two tributaries of Kshipra.


According to the 2011 census Indore District has a population of 3,272,335, roughly equal to the nation of Mauritania or the US state of Iowa. This gives it a ranking of 106th in India (out of a total of 640). The district has a population density of 839 inhabitants per square kilometer (2,170 /sq mi). Its population growth rate over the decade 2001-2011 was 32.71 %. Indore has a sex ratio of 924 females for every 1000 males, and a literacy rate of 82.32 %.

Year Population Urban Area
(Sq km)
Decadal Population
1901 99880
1911 57235 -42.70
1921 107948 88.60
1931 147100 36.27
1941 203695 38.47
1951 310859 52.61
1961 359000 55.8 15.49 6433.7
1971 572622 59.50
1981 829000 44.77
1991 1104000 130.1 33.17 8485.8
2001 1639000 130.1 48.46 12598.0
2011 1992535 130.1 21.57 15315.4

Languages in Indore

The languages of Indore are a hallmark of the cosmopolitan culture and the demography of the Madhya Pradesh city that is reputed to be a forerunner of academics and at the focal point of business and commerce.

Hindi is the principal language that is spoken by majority of the populace of Indore. The language has been in vogue ever since the 18th century when the powerful Holkar dynasty ruled over the terrains of Central India and continues to be predominant even till today. In fact, the considerable influence of the Hindi culture and its inroads into the Indore society has culminated in the Hindi language being a part and parcel of the lives of the local inhabitants of Indore.

Besides Hindi, the citizens of Indore are polyglots who are proficient in Hindi (India’s national language), Gujarati and Sindhi as well as the universally recognized and accepted English language

Facts About Indore

  • Rajwada at Indore is the only 7 storeyed entrance of a Palace.
  • 40 feet high Idol at Bada Ganapati is the largest Ganesh Idol in the world.
  • The gates of Lalbagh Palace, Indore, are replica of the gates of Buckingham Palace, London. They were casted in England and then shipped to Indore.
  • Indore has a huge concrete Cricket Bat statue with names of the players of the Indian team which won the 1971 series against Gary Sobers’ West Indies team. There many not be many of its kind in the world !
  • Indore is the first city in India to have a Bowling Alley in Sayaji Hotels, a western world favorite, addictive game.
  • CAT ,The Center for Advanced Technology is India’s main Research center on Laser Technology.
  • Indore’s main Software Export Oriented Units – Policy Management Systems,Impetus Computing Systems ,Suvi Information systems, Thyron.
  • Indore is the first city in India to have a Bowling Alley in Sayaji Hotels, a western world favorite, addictive game.
  • In Indore Internet came long back in 1995 it was in CAT thru its own VSAT hub.
  • There is a city Indore in West Virginia, US as well.
  • Indore is the only city in India to have an Indian Institute of Management and an Indian Institute of Technology.
  • Indore lies on the longest functional meter gauge line in India between Jaipur and Purna.
  • Indore is one of the few places in India with both meter gauge and broad gauge railways tracks operational.

Great Personalities associated with Indore:

  • SwarKokilaLataMangeshkar born in Indore.
  • Great Singer & Actor Late Shri Kishor Kumar was a student of Christian College Indore.
  • Narendra Hirwani highest wicket taker in single test, belongs to Indore.
  • C.K. Naidu &Mustaq Ali, the cricket legend of India also belong to Indore.
  • Famous comedian Jhonny Walker, & today’s hot star Salman Khan, belong to Indore.
  • M.F.Hussain and N.S.Bendre, famous painters spent some years in Indore studying art with Vishnu Deolalikar.