CITY EXISTING SINCE 6TH CENTURY BC
SHELTERS THE MONUMENT THAT INSPIRED THE TAJ MAHAL
HOUSES INDIA’S BIGGEST FORT – THE MANDU FORT
WITNESS TO THE LEGENDARY ROMANCE OF RANI ROOPMATI AND BAZ BAHADUR
HOME TO NUMEROUS ANCIENT AFGHAN ARCHITECTURAL MARVELS
The tragic love story of Rani Roopmati and Sultan Baz Bahadur
Legendary lovers Baz Bahadur and Roopmati
Sultan Baz Bahadur was the last independent ruler of Mandu. Once when he was on a hunting trip, he chanced upon a shepherdess frolicking and singing with her friends. Baz Bahadur who loved music was immediately smitten by the singer’s beauty and her melodious voice. He begged Roopmati to accompany him to his capital. Roopmati agreed to go to Mandu on the condition that she would live in a palace within sight of her beloved river Narmada. Thus was built the Rewa Kund at Mandu.
Tragically, the romance between the sultan and the shepherdess was doomed. The great Mughal Akbar decided to invade Mandu and sent Adham Khan to capture Mandu. Baz Bahadur who challenged him with his small army was no match for the great Mughal army. Mandu fell easily. Adham Khan cast his eye on the beautiful Rani Roopmati. Sensing her fate, Roopmati poisoned herself and avoided capture, thus ending this magical love story that inspired poetry and folklore.
Fact or fiction, the legend lives on!
Beauty & Purpose
Afghan architecture combines beauty and purpose with water conservation
Decorative stone curlicues that channel rain water into the hill-top pool in Jahaz Mahal
In Mandu, temperatures can often soar to 45 degrees in summer. That’s perhaps why the anonymous Afghan architect who built the Jahaz Mahal combined conservation of water and systems of rain water harvesting with the beauty and delicacy of Islamic architecture.
The 120 meter long Jahaz Mahal complex is studded with many water structures. The twin lakes of Kapur Talab and Munj Talab abutting the palace not only stored water but helped cool its surroundings. Together, these lakes also irrigated the lands surrounding the structure and charged the ground water table.
In addition, the many baolis or water wells in the premises helped store water for drinking while the beautifully constructed pools on the roof and ground floor of the palace offered the royalty a way to relax and cool during summer months. Incredibly, these pools were fed by rain water carried by swirling channels designed to look like intertwining vines.
Floating over it's own reflection, the Jahaz Mahal in Mandu looks like a ship that’s about to sail. However, for centuries this ship made of stone and mortar never did. Instead, it stood floating over the twin lakes, bearing a silent witness to Mandu's long, rich and varied history.
The city of Mandu is adorned with spell-binding Afghan architecture surrounded by baobab trees, native to Africa. The grand palaces are still alive with royal romance while the gateways (darwazas) speak of a history of imperial conquests. A walk through Mandu will leave you awe-struck, the way you used to be listening to stories from grandparents.
Points of interest
An architectural marvel, the palace, literally, is shaped like a majestic ship.
Hoshang Shah’s tomb
It’s austerity and the massive celestial white dome instantly catches a viewers attention. It is said that this domed marble tomb turned out to be an inspiration for the construction of the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra.
A unique structure, its peculiarly sloping side-walls make it look like a ‘Swinging palace’.
12 darwazas (gates) surround this walled city, which was once a vital military post.
Spread across 82 kms., this massive structure is considered as India’s biggest fort.
Begun by Hoshang Shah and completed by Mahmud Khilji, Jami Masjid has intricate marble work. An engraved inscription on the doorway mentions that the design of the building was based on the mosque of Damascus.
MANDU - Roopmati Pavilion
On the lofty crest of the hill, beyond the palace of Baz Bahadur stands the pavilion of Rani Roopmati. It is believed that Rani Roopmati used to begin her day only after completing her morning ritual of worshipping Narmada.
Nestled behind a rise in the hill, Rewa Kund is believed to be an ancient lake widened and rebuilt by Baz Bahadur.
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Malwa Resort in Dhar
Malwa Resort-MPTDC is located at Dhar, which also happens to be the home of historical landmarks such as the Hindola Mahal (Approx. 3km) and Hoshang's Tomb (Approx. 2km). In addition to a breath-taking view of nature, Malwa Resort-MPTDC is also equipped with basic facilities like -room service, 24-hour front desk, travel desk, 24-hour security and an one-call doctor.
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Malwa Retreat in Mandu
Madhya Pradesh with its beautiful sights will blow your mind away. After a long day of sight-seeing sit back and relax at the Malwa Retreat MPTDC. Indulge in some delicious Chinese and South-Indian cuisine. With minimal interiors, comfortable beds and essential amenities guests can choose to stay in either rooms or tents.
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Plan your Travel
Reaching by Air
Mandu is situated in the Dhar district, which is just 98 kms from the nearest airport, Indore. Pre-paid taxis are available from the airport. The city is also well connected with major cities like Jabalpur, Gwalior, Bhopal, Hyderabad and Raipur.
Reaching by Rail
The nearest railhead is at Indore, 100 km from Mandu. Indore station is an important junction on the Delhi-Mumbai rail route. It is situated 653 km from Mumbai Central, 731 km from Delhi, 176 km from Indore BG. Tourists can get down at the Indore station and avail bus/ taxi to reach the place.
Reaching by Road
Mandu is well connected by road to major cities in India. Indore, Dhar, Maheshwar and other towns and cities have frequent buses to Mandu.
A handy digital map of the location and facilities for easy reference.
LOCAL GUIDE DIRECTORY
List and contact information of accredited local guides. Please call and book in advance.
A guide to the sights, facilities, timings and more.
BEST SEASON TO VISIT
This destination can be visited throughout the year, but it’s best to visit in the months of July to March.