Mandu as 'The City of Joy' comes set in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and is around 283 km away from the capital city Bhopal. This explains a celebration of the love to the poet-prince Baz Bahadur for his beautiful wife, Rani Roopmati. Settled along the Vindhya ranges at an altitude of 2,000 feet, Mandu is fruitful of exquisite palaces.
Mandu is also known by the name of Shadiabad, and was originally the fort capital of the Parmar rulers of Malwa. Under the Mughal reign, Mandu became a joyful resort. Its lakes and palaces were the prospect of magnificent and excessive festivities. The elegant Islamic palaces, mosques and onion-domed tombs form to Mandu the most historical significance of Madhya Pradesh.
In 555 A.D, the history of Mandu dates back to the 6th century when it was a strong city. Before it called as Mandhavgarh in the 10th or 11th century. Mandu was built by the ruler of the Parmara, Raja Bhoja.
Major Tourist Attractions in Mandu
Hoshang Shah's Tomb
This is India's first marble construction, and is one of the most refined models of Afghan architecture. Its incomparable characteristics render as the resplendently proportioned dome, marble lattice work of noteworthy elegance and the towers to feature the four corners of the rectangle. As it is known that Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan directed four of his great architects to discern the design of the Tomb. Among them one was Ustad Hamid, who associated with the construction of Taj Mahal.
This is placed on the boundary of Mandu Fort. Roopmati Pavilion comes as a very romantic building, and is a complete environs for fairytale love affairs. From its hill perch, this impressive structure with its two pavilions was a retreat of the endearing queen, Sitting at the pavilion, you may see the Narmada river and Baz Bahadur’ s Palace.
This is one of the most noted buildings in Mandu. This ship-like structure was built by Ghiyas-ud-din, son of Mohammed Shah, for his quarters. Jahaz Mahal was built between two beauteous lakes, Kapur Talao and Munj Talao to form it look like floating ship. While the Jahaz Mahal was in use to accommodate the harem of Ghiyas-ud-din, the ship had the crew only ladies. The ground floor of this palace is decorated with kiosks and pavilions.
Baz Bahadur Palace
Baz Bahadur Palace gets one of the most charismatic sights in Mandu. This palace comes out? narrating the love story of Rani Roopmati and Baz Bahadur. This represents as the fine specimen of Afghan architecture. Truly this palace draws a large number of tourists towards its magnificent architecture and the noteworthy legends.
Sultan Ghiyas-ud-din Khilji built the Hindola Mahal during the reign of Hoshang Shah about 1425 C.E. This palace got its name because of its peculiarly sloping side walls. It was truly an outstanding audience hall to the King of Mandu. The edifice of this place comes incomparable with its ground-breaking construction and superior technique inviting thousands of tourists every year.
Mandu has a tropical climatic condition all through the year. Summer in Mandu is slightly hot ranging from 35?C to 20?C. In wintertime the temperature remains from 22?C to 7?C. Here the best time to visit Mandu is between July to March.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airport is none other than Indore Ahilyabai Holkar airport falling at a distance of 100 km from Mandu. This airport comes serving the regular flights to its major neighbouring cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal and Gwalior.
By Rail: Ratlam befalls as the nearest railway station at the distance of 100 km from Mandu. This is an important railway station in western railways, connecting with the major cities to the country.
By Road: State owned buses connect to Mandu with the other cities of Madhya Pradesh. Also many private buses come accessible from major cities in India to Mandu.
Mandu- Monument of love, affection and romance!
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