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Native ameIndore
Other nameइंदूर/इंदौर
NicknameThe City of Ahilyabai Holkar ("Mini Bombay")
StateMadhya Pradesh
DistrictIndore District
Total Area1504.6 sq mi (3898 km2)
Altitude553 m
Coastline0 km
Total Population2424312 (2011)
Density (pop.)9718/km2 (25169.6/sq mi)
Official languagesHindi
Other information
Time zoneIST (UTC+5:30)

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Indore ( ) is a major city and commercial center of the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India. Indore is located 190 km west of the state capital Bhopal. According to the 2011 Indian census, Indore city has a population of 2,424,312. It is the largest city of Madhya Pradesh, the 16th largest city in India and the 147th largest city in the world. It is also the commercial capital of the state and serves as the headquarters of both Indore District and Indore Division. In local language the name Indore is often referred as Indhor ( ).It is also called Ahilya nagari.

Indore is the only city of India that has both an Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). These two premier education institutions are located in the city, not very far from the city center. Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, a unit of Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India, engaged in R&D in non-nuclear front-line research areas of lasers, particle accelerators and related technologies, is located in Rau, Indore. It houses two special economic zones: Pithampur and Sanwer. Pithampur, often called the 'Detroit of India', has many automobile industries and some of the largest pharmaceutical companies. Sanwer, on the other hand, has steel industries, including The Indo-German Tool Room. As Indore expands, it shares its border with two cites, Ujjain and an industrial town called Dewas. Ujjain is one of the seven sacred cites of India, having many famous temples and is a major tourist destination. Dewas is famous for the RBI press and hosts several automobile parts manufacturing companies.

During the days of the Maratha Empire Indore was an important hub between the Deccan and Delhi. However after the death of Madhavrao Peshwa, the Maratha Empire disintegrated and Indore was declared the capital of the Holkar state, until Rani Ahilyabai Holkar moved the capital to Maheshwar.

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