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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.

See[edit][add listing]

  • 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

Do[edit][add listing]

Visit all the Forts and Masjids and enjoy the culture.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

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

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

Drink[edit][add listing]

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

Sleep[edit][add listing]

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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