Ratlam Tourism
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Ratlam Tourism

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  • State: Madhya Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Ratlam
Ratlam, historically famous as Ratnapuri, is a city in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh or MP. Ratlam is an key district in Madhya Pradesh and to its east it is bordered by Chittaurgarh in Rajasthan, to the west it is Ujjain, and it is Mandsaur to the north, to the south it is Dhar, Jhalawar in Rajasthan to its northwest and Jhabua in the southeast.

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.

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Nil Arora

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  • Nil Arora
  • Lives in Udaipur
  • 1 Review
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"Ratlam - small but superb city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 17, 2015
City Ratlam is very good city situated in Malwa region Madhya Pradesh. Ratlam is a junction platform with connectivity of all major cities in India, also Ratlam is very good place for shopping. Food of Ratlam specially sev-namkeen is very tasty and famous.
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Rahul Upadhyay

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  • Rahul Upadhyay
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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"Small city with some good places"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jul 26, 2015
Ratlam is a district of madhya pradesh. The main attraction of ratlam is Devi Kalka Mandir. Other than this, ratlami sev is very famous. For ladies the ratlami sarees are also very famous. Good destination for shopping. You can stay here and can go for shopping with your family. You can also visit the nearby places too.
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Shiva Mishra

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  • Shiva Mishra
  • 6 Reviews
  •  17 helpful votes
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"A good place to visit with your family"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 7, 2014
Ratlam is a small city in Madhya Pradesh, it's well known for its 3 magical thing Sev (Indian snack),Sona (gold),Saree (Indian lady wearing). There are many places around to see like Kaalika Maata Mandir, JVL, Sajjan mill etc. In all, its a small but attracting place to visit you with your family.
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Navneet Mishra

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  • Navneet Mishra
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Nice visit of Ratlam"

  • Posted Jan 22, 2013
Very good place for holiday stay and gold marketing.

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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