Mandu is located in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. This is a beautiful place with Palaces, crafted Pavilions and the lakes. Mandu was founded by Parmar rulers in 11th century. People believe that this place is resembled the love and affection of Prince Baz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati. Beautiful rock cut caves attracts the tourist. Excellent paintings can be seen on the walls of the caves. Shopping lovers can buy best things from Mandu are fabrics, colourful textiles, showpieces, wall pieces, gift items, Home decors.
What to see in Mandu:
Jahaz Mahal / Ship Palace: It is situated between 2 artificial lakes. This palace is in elephant shape which consists of 3 large halls with excellent bath. It was constructed in 15th century. Stones and colored tiles in the palace are most attractive.
Rupayan Museum: This consists of tools and crafts which are used by the ancient Mandu People.
ASI Museum: Large Statue of Thirthankar is the major attraction in this museum. Large number of Hindu sculptures which belongs to 11th and 12th century can be seen here.
Jal Mahal: This is also known as Water Mahal. It was built for the private escape of royal couples.
Jami Masjid: This is the best construction during Ghauri dynasty. It was constructed with several monuments and red sandstones.
Champa Boali: It was a wide construction. It is believed that water in the well which is situated here smells like Champa Flower. Under rooms are more attractive. This place acted as summer recreation to the kings.
Tomb of Hoshang Shah: This is a unique tomb and it is India’s first marble edifice. It is the best example for Afghan architecture. Beautiful towers, Porticoed courts, marble work, proportioned dome are most beautiful.
Rupmati Pavilion: It was actually built for the army post but this was used as recreation place by Rani Roopamati.
Jain Temple: Images of plenty of Jain Thirthankars are placed here. All are made up of Gold, Silver and Marble.
Hindola Mahal / Swing Palace: Due to sloping sidewalls this mahal is named as Hindola Mahal. It is T Shaped structure which was built in 1425 by Hoshang Shah.
Other Attractions : Other attractions in Mandu are Darya Khan’ s Tomb, Dai Ka Mahal, Rewa Kund, Dilwar Khan’s Mosque, Nilkanth Mahal, Darwazes, Shri Mandavgarh Teerth.
What to see around Mandu:
Baz Bahadur Palace: It is located 4kms away from Mandu. This beautiful Palace was built by last king of Malwa. Spacious Patios, ornate halls, high terrace, Rajasthani and Mughal architectural style are most attractive.
Bagh Caves: These are Buddhist caves belong to 400 AD to 700 AD. It is situated 50kms away from Mandu.
Getting to Mandu: Mandu is well connected with roadways. From other cities such as Bhopal, Ujjain, Ratlam, Dhar buses are available frequently to reach Mandu. Nearest railway station is Ratlam which is 124kms away from Mandu. Nearest airport is at Indore.
Getting around Mandu: To see all the sities in Mandu hiring cycles, scooters, Bikes is the best option. One can enjoy these rides. Tempos, Autos are available to visit the surrounding places of Mandu.
Best time to visit Mandu: During the monsoon season climate in Mandu is so pleasant. Monsoon season is between July to September. This is the best time to visit this place.
Where to stay in Mandu: Plenty of accommodation facilities are available to stay in Mandu. All range of hotels starting from budget to luxurious hotels is available.
Where to eat in Mandu: Most famous dishes in Mandu are Malpua, Khoprapak, Mawa Bati, Bhuttle Ki Kees, Kebabs, Mandu Ki Imli. Plenty of restaurants serve local, Chinese, South Indian cuisines but only vegetarian food.