Languages : Hindi and English
Best time to visit : July to September
STD Code : 07292
Mandu is situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
It is around 283 km away from the capital city Bhopal.
Mandu enjoys an extreme climate. Other places in Madhya Pradesh
and most of the north and peninsular India are closed for
tourism during monsoon, Mandu is more of a monsoon resort
than anything else. The natural surroundings are in full bloom
during this time.
Places of Interest
For convenience, the buildings of Mandu can be divided in
three groups: the Royal Enclave Group, the Village Group,
and the Rewa Kund Group.
Royal Enclave Group
Jahaz Mahal (or the Ship Palace) is probably the most
famous building in Mandu. This ship-like structure was constructed
by Ghiyas-ud-din, son of Mohammed Shah, for his harem. According
to the legends, this harem was home to 15,000 maidens. There
are two lakes on the east and west side of the palace that
create a perfect illusion of a ship with its rectangular shape.
Taveli Mahal is located just south of Jahaz Mahal and
now houses the antiquity gallery of the Archeological Survey
Hindola Mahal (or Swing Palace) was a pleasure dome
that gives the impression that the inward slopes of the walls
Champa Baoli is an interesting step-well on the north
edge of the tank situated there. It was a popular hot-weather
retreat and featured cool wells and bathrooms.
Jama Masjid is a huge mosque built in 1454 dominating
the village of Mandu and is considered the finest example
of Afghan architecture in India.
Hoshang's Tomb is located immediately behind the mosque
and reputed to be the oldest marble structure in India. The
tomb was constructed in 1435 and depicts typical Hindu influences
including carved marble lattice screens (jali). It is said
that Shahjahan sent his architects to study this double-domed
structure before constructing Taj Mahal.
Ashrafi Mahal was originally built as a madarsa (a
Muslim religious school), but later extended to become Mohammed
Shah's tomb. Now only the ruins of this building are visible.
The Jain Temple is a complex of numerous buildings.
There is also a Jain museum in the complex.
Rewa Kund Group
Baz Bahadur was the legendary king featuring in many
folk stories of India for his love with Rupmati. He was the
last independent king of Malwa. His palace was constructed
in 1509 beside Rewa Kund. The palace displays a curious mix
of Rajasthani and Mughal style of architecture. There was
a water lift at the northern end of the tank to supply water
to the tank.
Rupmati's Pavilion is situated on the very edge of
Mandu Fort. It is a very romantic building, a perfect setting
for fairytale romance. Nevertheless, unfortunately, the love
story of Baz Bahadur and Rupmati had a tragic end. It is said
that Akbar attacked Mandu for the sake of Rupmati and Baz
Bahadur fled Mandu leaving Rupmati to poison herself.
There are some other monuments in Mandu like Darya Khan's
Tomb, Hathi Mahal, and Neelkanth Palace that can be visited.
Bagh Caves is around 50 km off Mandu on the road between
Indore and Vadodra in Gujarat. These Buddhist caves date from
AD 400 to 700 and were in a poor condition until few years
back when the restoration work began. There are some government
guesthouses and dak bungalows nearby.
HOW TO REACH
The nearest airhead is Indore, 99 km away from Mandu. Regular
flights connect Indore with Delhi, Mumbai, Gwalior, and Bhopal.
Ratlam is the nearest railhead (124 km) on the Delhi-Mumbai
main line. There are many trains linking Ratlam to other important
cities of India.
Mandu is connected with other cities in the region by a good
road network. There are direct buses from Indore via Dhar.
Mandu is also connected with Bhopal, the capital of Madhya
Pradesh by direct buses.
SEARCH OF BUDDHA
(13 Nights/14 Days)
Mumbai - Aurangabad - Bhopal - Agra - Varanasi
- Bodhgaya - Patna - Gorakhpur - Balrampur -
Lucknow - Delhi.