Ratlam Travel Guide
Best time to visit Ratlam in the next six months
- Navneet Mishra
- Lives in Lucknow
- 2 Reviews
Very good place for holiday stay and gold marketing.More »
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Ajanta hotel and namkeen shoops at Ratlam
Activities & things to do: Shopping
Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By train it will be very easy
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- State: Madhya Pradesh
- Famous for/as: Heritage
Ratlam district was formed in June 1948 just after Indian independence and it was again restructured in January 1949. Since the time of the British Government, and it has continued ever since, Ratlam still continues to be the district administrative centre. It was Captain Borthwick of the British Empire who had founded the new town of Ratlam in 1829. It is a well planned city with well-laid out streets and neatly built houses.
Dating back to history, Ratlam was once one of the first commercial towns established in Central India as it was the hub of far-reaching trade in products like opium, tobacco and salt. Today, Ratlam is also the headquarters of the Regional Narcotics Operations and is an established and planned location for the Law enforcement division. (Narcotics) In the Malwa region, it is also famous for the bargain sales known as Sattas.
In and around Ratlam, there are a lot of picnic spots. Some of the must visit places are Bilpakeshwara temple, Nageshwar temple at Alot, Gadkhange Mata temple which is about 30 km way on the Bajna Road, Kedareshwar temple and Cactus Garden. The unique Cactus garden based at Sailana is famous for its variety of Cacti. And the other famous spots would be the Paryavaran Park and the Kalika Mata temple located in the centre of Ratlam.
Food products like the Ratlami ‘sev’ are a specialty snack that is well-known all over India. Ratlam is also known for its ‘mava,’ which is made out of milk, Dhal baati, laddu and ghee which are some traditional food items of the Malwa region.
Ratlam is a very good marketplace for gold and silver jewellery with many shops engaging in this business. Chandni Chauk, is a place famous in all of Malwa, for its gold business. Ratlam is also known for manufacturing industries like copper wires, chemicals, textiles, pottery and perfumes, besides Ratlam is a huge market for grains, oilseeds, and cotton.
Ratlam is a key Western railways junction, with connectivity to almost all the major cities in India. History says that before the laying of the railway line to Kandwa in 1872, there was no other marketplace than Ratlam. It is also well-connected by road to nearby states like Gujarat and Rajasthan.
- Offbeat Attraction
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- Cactus Garden
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- Place of Worship
- Kedareshwar Temple
- Rank 3
- Place of Worship
- Bilpakeshwara Temple
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