Before I came to Thunderbird, I had no idea this city would become such an important topic of discussion for me and my friends. Known as the largest metropolitan city in central India, Indore has won many titles and is one of India’s most developed and sustainable cities.
For the fifth year in a row, Indore has won the title of India’s cleanest city. The roads of the city are cleaned at night instead of morning, so when people use the roads the following morning, they find them clean and tidy. The roads and streets are cleaned with machines by sprinkling water to settle the dust and control the air pollution. On every big occasion such as Diwali or any other public function, sanitation workers set records for cleaning the city within hours. Indore also guarantees a safe working environment for its sanitation and drainage workers engaged in the cleaning of sewers as well.
Indore is also the country’s smartest city and has become one of the best-performing cities among the 100 smartest cities. It is one of the education hubs in central India and the only city which has both the renowned IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) and IIM (Indian Institute of Management) in the entire country. Architecturally, Indore has significant buildings in an extensive range of styles crossing diverse historical and cultural periods of Holkar (Maratha), Mughal, and British eras.
I probably would not have learned so many things about Indore, or have been so interested in visiting, if it was not for my T-bird friend Vinayak Bansal. His love and endorsement for the city are everlasting and for good reason! I believe one of the main reasons he recommends this city so much is for its incredible food. I have tried some of the delicious dishes he has made as a preview of what Indore has to offer. Some of the food that is famous in Indore are Poha Jalebi, Khatta Samosa, Dahi Vada, and Dal Batti.
Indore definitely is in my top 10 cities to visit in the world now. I think learning about different cities and cultures, in general, has to be one of my favorite parts of Thunderbird. Before I came to Thunderbird, my interest in traveling was not that high. I sought stability and comfort over change. Now, I have a long list of places I want to visit and cultures I want to learn even more about just by talking to my friends. As I continue my journey with Thunderbird, I know that my list of places to visit is only going to get longer, and my interest in traveling will only increase!