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Mandu is a small city in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India, now best known for a fort built by Baaz Bahadur in memory of his queen Rani Roopmati. Between 1401 and 1561 it was the capital of a Muslim state in the north of India. The capital was abandoned more than 400 years ago, and it's now a small city but also home to a large site of ruins more than 10km long and 15km wide. The temple dedicated to Shiva also attracts many pilgrims.

Get in[edit]

By bus[edit]

From Indore take the bus to Dhar, where you can change for a local bus to Mandu.

By car[edit]

You can rent a car in Indore.

The best route from Indore is as follows

Indore - Pithampur - Ghatabillod - Labour - Dhar - Mandu. The distance is approximately 95km and the roads are in good condition.

Get around[edit]

Bikes and scooters can be rented at the small village at the entrance to the city.


  • The Exterior ramparts
  • The Jahaz Mahal
  • The Jami Masjid, a large mosque
  • The Tomb of Hoshang Shah. Shah Jahan's architect supposedly went to Mandu to study the tomb's architecture before building the Taj Mahal.
  • The Asharfi Mahal
  • The Rani Roopmati Pavillion
  • The Baz Bahadur's Palace
  • Nahar Jharokha.  edit
  • Hathi Pol.  edit
  • Gada Shah's Shop and Palace.  edit
  • Hindola Mahal. This audience hall belongs to the period Ghiyasuddin Khilji's reign. It is named as 'Swinging Palace' due to its sloping sidewalls.  edit
  • Champa Baoli.  edit
  • Jal Mahal. During the year 1616-17 AD Jahangir stayed at Mandu for 7 months. Nurjahan stayed in this palace and gave birth to Roshanara Begum on 2nd September 1617.  edit
  • Taveli Mahal. During medieval days, this was used as a stable and the guards used to stay in the upper storey.  edit
  • Chappan Mahal.  edit
  • Dai ka Mahal.  edit
  • Dilawar Khan's Mosque.  edit
  • Rewa Kund.  edit
  • Echo point.  edit
  • Jali Mahal.  edit
  • Malik Mugtih Mosque.  edit


Visit all the Forts and Masjids and enjoy the culture.



Restaurant for regular Indian food at Malwa Resort - close to the Jami Masjid.

Traditional Daal-Baati may be savoured at the Jain Temple.


Nimboo pani is very popular and easily available refreshing tasty drink found everywhere in Mandu.


The Temple, in front of Jami Masjid provides a reasonably priced stay; in Dec 2009 it was INR250 and is entirely adequate for a one night stay for those who don't want air-con or a deluxe room.

Nearby is The Rest House, similar rooms for INR150 (Dec 2009)

For Hotels, MP Tourism offers excellent options:

1. Malwa Resort - 20 cottages - 10 AC and 10 non AC 2. Malwa Retreat - 8 rooms - 2 AC and 6 non AC

(bookable online, see [[1]])

Another option is the Rani Roopmati Hotel.

Get out[edit]

30km from Mandu is a town called Dhar, there is an old Palace, Jhira Bagh Palace, which has been restored and converted into a hotel. This is a very good place to stay and the food is simply outstanding. A must stay if you are going to Mandu.

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