Mandu, popularly known as Mandavgad is a beautiful city located amidst the Dhar district in the region Malwa based in the Western area of the state of Madhya Pradesh.
Famous for its beautifully carved forts, Mandu is a perfect weekend getaway in Madhya Pradesh if you love everything made up of exquisite, fine architecture. Mandu lies at a distance of 100 km from Indore and has significant historical importance in its credit. It was known to be a very important military outpost because of its great strategic positioning along with strong natural defenses.
Mandu is encompassed with around 12 gateways and is home to a number of palaces, forts, mosques, Jain temples accompanied with other intricately carved buildings. One of its earliest mosques finds its existence in that of the year 1405. Also, the Jami Masjid is famous for its beautiful Pashtun architecture and the tomb carved out of marble is also a mesmerizing architectural art to see.
So, if you wish to explore a place with the finest of architecture, nothing could be better than visiting Mandu in Madhya Pradesh and making memories of a lifetime. Visit Mandu, unwind yourself, and get awe-struck midst the magnificent Mandu.
Places to explore in Mandu
There are plenty of interesting places in Mandu where one can experience this fortress town at its best. Let’s have a look at a few of them.
As mentioned earlier, Mandu has 12 major gateways out of which a few can be witnessed standing tall while crossing the roads that take you to the Mandu. Apart from this, few smaller gateways can also be seen which were apparently meant to protect the larger ones.
It’s a beautiful scene to witness the grandeur of these gateways midst of your journey to Mandu.
Also known as Ship Palace, this Mahal is one of the most important tourist attractions here. The exquisitely carved palace lies amidst the serene artificial lakes and gives one the illusion of a ship floating in beautiful water because of its awe-inspiring architecture.
This two-storied palace is a treat for eyes because of its scenic views. These beautiful views also give all the photography buffs major photography opportunities.
Hindola Mahal as the name suggests is a swinging palace because of its sloping sidewalls. It makes a beautiful set of royal palace building constituting of Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahal, Nahar Jharokha and Tawili Mahal.
The Hindola Mahal is believed to be used as an audience chamber in the historic era. Apart from this beautiful palace, there are plenty of other monumental structures that depict the rich heritage of Mandu.
Hoshang Shah’s Tomb:
This marble architecture depicts the beauty of Afghan architecture at its best. This is one of those rare tombs whose architecture inspired the construction of the Taj Mahal.
The mesmerizing beauty of the tomb can be witnessed midst of its intricately constructed dome accompanied by the work of awe-inspiring marble lattice and magnificent courts and towers.
The simplicity and profound architecture of this masjid is a beautiful sight to see the midst of its grand courtyards and entrances. Its beautiful architecture is inspired by the magnificent mosque of Damascus and is a perfect place to witness the grandeur of the great architecture.
It is a striking carved palace constructed out of sandstone. The scenic beauty of this palace makes it a favorite destination for tourists. Rani Roopmati, the love interest of Baz Bahadur is believed to have lived here.
Baz Bahadur Palace:
Situated below Roopmati’s pavilion, this palace is famous for its marveling courtyards surrounded by grand halls and exquisite terraces.
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