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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 the 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 ruins site more than 10 kilometers long and 15 kilometers wide. The temple dedicated to Shiva also attracts many pilgrims.
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 95 kms and the roads are in good condition.
Bikes and scooters can be rented at the small village at the entrance to the city.
Restraunt for regular Indian Fare 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 provide reasonable-priced stay (Rs250 dec.2009), good for Night stay who dont want AC or delux room.
Nearby is The Rest House, similar rooms for Rs150 (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 [])
Another option is the Rani Roopmati Hotel.
30 kilometers from Mandu is a town called Dhar, there is a 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.