"The Ruined City"

A City in Madhya Pradesh, India

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Ideal time to stay:  1 - 3 days

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Height(Altitude) of Mandu from sea level:  1894 feet
Latitude/Longitude:  22.3460190°N, 75.3955198°E
Ecosystem:  Plain  

Food, Culture and Language at Mandu

Food Availability:  Indian, Marathi 
Regional Language:  Marathi
Currency:  ₹ - Rupee (INR)

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Why travel Mandu?

Mandu or Mandavgad is a ruined city in Madhya Pradesh, India. Perched along the Vindhya ranges at an altitude of 2,000 feet, Mandu, with its natural defenses, was originally the fort capital of the Parmar rulers of Malwa. A complete nature paradise, surrounded with historical impact. Each of Mandu's structures is an architectural gem some are outstanding like the massive Jami Masjid and Hoshang Shah's tomb, which provided inspiration to the master builders of the Taj Mahal centuries later. The area is littered with UNESCO World Heritage Site declared palaces, tombs, monuments and mosques.
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  • SpecialThe Malwa Festival is organized in Mandu by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department. The traditional art and cultural heritage of the region are displayed during this festival.
  • NoteGanesh Chaturthi is celebrated all over the Malwa region with much fun and gaiety. The festival is celebrated during September/October. The celebrations provide a window to the rich and colorful cultural heritage of the region.

7 Places to visit and Things to do in Mandu

Jahaz Mahal at Mandu

Jahaz Mahal

#Cultural Heritage
Jahaz Mahal in Mandu is a popular monumental building and must see tourist spot during Mandu sightseeing. It best captures the medieval romance of Mandu. Surrounded by pond water, it given an impression as a floating structure on water due to which it has been named as Jahaz Mahal. It is a nice example of creative imagination realized on ground. All the passages, windows were designed with arches in different designs. Jahaz Mahal in Mandu is a nice example of creative imagination realized on ground. All the passages, windows were designed with arches in different designs.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 2.5 hours
Jain Temple in Mandu at Mandu

Jain Temple in Mandu

Amidst ancient architectural marvels inspired by Islamic methods, stands this one building totally different from all of them, the Jain Temple. It is a modern day architectural structure richly decorated with marble, silver and gold tirthankars (the 24 great Jain teachers). There is also a Jain museum in the complex which is a must visit.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 1.5 hours
Hindola Mahal at Mandu

Hindola Mahal

#Sight Seeing
Hindola Mahal, so-called because the slope of the walls is supposed to create the impression that they are swaying. While it doesn’t give that impression, it’s an eye-catching design nonetheless. Architecturally, it is marked distinctly from other palaces at Mandu by the extreme simplicity of its style of construction although having a definite aesthetic appeal.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 1.5 hours
Rani Rupmati Pavilion at Mandu

Rani Rupmati Pavilion

#Cultural Heritage
Rupmati 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 Roopmati and Baz Bahadur fled Mandu leaving Rupmati to poison herself.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 1.5 hours
Hoshang's Tomb at Mandu

Hoshang's Tomb

#Sight Seeing
Reputed to be India’s oldest marble building, this imposing tomb is crowned with a crescent thought to have been imported from Persia or Mesopotamia. Inside, light filters into the echoing dome through stone jalis (carved lattice screens), intended to cast an appropriately subdued light on the tombs. The tomb was constructed in 1435 and depicts typical Hindu influences. It is said that Shah Jahan sent his architects to study this double-domed structure before constructing Taj Mahal.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 1 hours
Baz Bahadur's Palace at Mandu

Baz Bahadur's Palace

#Cultural Heritage
Legend has it that this splendid architectural wonder was constructed for the last independent leader of Mandu. The palace is a interesting blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture and style. Its name Baz Bahadur has been derived from the name of ruler Baz Bahadur who was fond of music and art.
Expenses - NA
Time needed - 1 hours

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Content of this page was last updated at Oct 21, 2016