Mandu – The Legends of Love in a City of Joy

Mandu – The Legends of Love in a City of Joy

Mandu is a historic city located in the western ‘Malwa’ region of India’s central province, Madhya Pradesh. Situated on a rocky outcrop at an elevation of over 500 metres on Vindhya plateau, the fortress city of Mandu is well known for its natural beauty and fine architecture.

Founded in the 11th century by local rulers, Mandu became the capital of a north Indian Muslim dynasty for about 150 years from the beginning of the15th century. Later, this city of joy with its sparkling lakes, glamorous palaces and glorious festivities became a place of monsoon retreat for the Mughal emperors.


How to Reach

Regular flights from Indore (100 km) and Bhopal (285 km) airports connect Mandu to Mumbai, Delhi and other major Indian cities.

Indore is one of the largest railway junctions in Madhya Pradesh offering pan-India rail connectivity to Mandu.

Mandu is well connected to other Indian cities by an excellent roads network.


Places of Tourist Attraction

Here are some of the prominent places of tourist attraction at Mandu:

  • Mandu Fort – With a perimeter of 82 km, the hilltop fort of Mandu is considered the biggest one in India. Founded in the 10th century, it passed through several dynastic rules and later became the monsoon retreat Mughal emperors from 15th century onwards. The fortress now contains the ruins of several beautiful palaces, ornamented canals, baths and pavilions.
  • Jami Mosque – This large, splendid mosque inside the fort area was built in the 16th century and represents the finest example of Afghani architecture.
  • Hosang Shah Mausoleum – Hosang Shah was a renowned 15th century ruler of Mandu. The mausoleum, constructed by Hosang’s successor, is 100 ft tall and 100 ft broad with a terraced top and a round Afghan dome, distinct from the onion shaped Mughal domes.


Places of Interest for European Travelers

The romantic associations of the following two palaces at Mandu would offer considerable interest to European travelers

  • Jahaz Mahal – This grand palace in the shape of a ship has two large lakes on either side. It was built as a harem by the pleasure-loving Mandu ruler, Ghiasuddinm, in the 15th It is said that this harem once housed 15,000 women of all classes.
  • Baz Bahadur’s Palace – It is a two-storied, graceful and cool palace with airy rooms built in early 16th century, but changed many hands in Mandu’s chequered history. It is named after Sultan Baz Bahadur who lived there after crowning himself as the ruler of Mandu.  Here the artistic-minded Baz Bahadur devoted himself to the pursuit of music and later found his soul mate in the gifted and loving princess Roopmati.

The Roopmati pavilion at the palace offers a panoramic view of the Narmada River flowing in the plains far below. Legends claim that the gentle breeze over Narmada still carries lyrical voice of Rani Roopmati.


 Food and Accommodation

Tourists have plenty of accommodation options at Mandu, ranging low budget to luxury hotels providing all modern amenities.

Several vegetarian restaurants at Mandu serve local specialties, and South Indian and Chinese delicacies. One local speciality ‘Imli ki Kadhi’, prepared out of tangy boabab fruit, is worth trying here.


The Best Time to Visit

Mandu is a heritage site and is open for visitors throughout the year. Hoever, the cool climatic conditions during October-April period are favourable for the visits of foreign tourists. For those interested in photography August-February period is ideal to capture the monuments in sprightly natural surroundings.



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