Mandu, Madhya Pradesh
Situated amidst the Vindhya Ranges at a distance of 90 kms from Indore city, Mandavgarh (Mandu) makes the cut for the perfect weekend destination. This ‘City of Joy’ was originally founded in tenth century and boasts of fusion of Hindu & Afghan style of architecture. The tales of love story of Sultan Baz Bahadur & Rani Roopmati still adorn the city. Mandu has a total of 40 monuments & these are categorized as The Royal Enclave, The Central Group, Rewa Kund Group & other monuments
Hoshang Shah’s Tomb: One of the most refined examples of Afghan architecture – India’s first marble edifice. According to legend Shah Jahan sent his great architects to study the design of the Tomb. Among them was Ustad Hamid, who was also associated with the construction of Taj Mahal.
Asharfi Mahal: Located bang opposite of Jami Masjid, in the main market, once also known as madrasa the place is in total ruins now. It was originally build by Mohammed Shah to be used as a school for Islamic studies.
Jahaz Mahal: This ship-like structure is situated between two beautiful lakes – Munj Talao & Kapur Talao; looks magnificent during rainy season when the water level rises. Legend says that this was constructed by Ghiyas-ud-din, for his large harem.
Hindola Mahal: Situated right besides the Jahaz Mahal, this Hindola Mahal has an unusual structure. Basically a huge audience hall supported by sloping walls, looks pretty much swinging. The Mahal is surrounded by lot of unidentified buildings
Rani Roopmati Mahal & Rewa Kund : Roopmati was a strong devotee of Narmada River & she agreed to accompany Baz Bahadur to Mandu only on one condition that she would live in a palace within sight of Narmada River & hence Rani Roopmati’s Pavilion & Rewa Kund were strategically built to serve the purpose. The legend says that the queen could gaze at her paramour’s palace from the hilltop.
Baz Bahadur’s Palace: Built by Baz Bahadur in the early 16th century, the palace houses spacious courtyards surrounded by halls and high terraces.
Other interesting monuments include Jami Masjid, Bagh Caves, Nilkanth shrine and Nilkanth Mahal
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Mandu can be visited anytime during the year but preferred is July – Feb i.e. to avoid scorching summers.