Mandu India Tours
Previously known as Mandavgarh, Mandu is one place where you will be lost in the essence of the bygone era. It is located in the Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh in the Central India. Mandu was the sub division of the Taranga kingdom in the 11th century. With our Mandu India Tours we take you to place rich in wide variety of natural treasures. This is for this reason that Mandu has been the centre of attraction for many tourists throughout the entire globe.
Hindola Mahal: The Hindola Mahal is built with its sloping walls that look like a swing with massive stone. It appears to sway gently in the breeze. It also has graceful archways. The Hindola Mahal is now in ruins which was once the palace of the Malwa sultans.
Major Attractions on Your Mandu India Tours:
Jama Masjid: This magnificent mosque was built on the lines of the Omayyed Mosque in Damascus. It is considered as the finest example of Afghan architecture in India. A visit to this place will let you marvel at the perfect acoustics of the mosque that even a whisper from the pulpits can be heard clearly in the farthest corner of the courtyard. The Jama Masjid is conceived on a grand scale on a high plinth and a large domed porch ornamented with jail screens and bands of blue enamel tiles set as stars. The courtyard is flanked by colonnades. The central niche is beautifully designed and ornamented along its sides with a scroll of interwoven Arabic letters containing quotations from the Koran.
Jahaz Mahal: A visit to this palace will let you marvel at its ship like structure. Its shape and kiosks looks like a heavenly ship sailing into eternity. This long and narrow ship palace is built between two lakes and looks like a pleasure boat. At the northern end of the ship is a beautifully designed bath where one can imagine the king watching the ladies of the harem rolling around seductively in the pool. This palace reflects the spirit of romantic beauty characteristic of the palace life of the Muslim rulers of India.
Nilkanth Temple: The Nilkanth Temple is a standing monument to Akbar’s respect for all religions.
Champa Baoli: Champa Baoli is situated on the north shore of the lake. Here you will notice that the subterranean levels feature cool wells and paths. This place is a popular retreat during hot and summer days. The Champa Baoli is known so as the water is said to have smelt like the champa flower.
Rewa Kund: This is a must visit place where its structure is like a gem. This lake is said to be filled by the waters of the Narmada River, 90 km. away and 600 meters lower down. According to legend, the Rani Rupmati agreed to marry Baz Bahadur on the condition that he would bring the Narmada to Mandu and Rewa Kund was the fulfillment of that promise.
Roopmati Pavilion: This beauty is situated on the banks of the Rewa Kund. This retreat was built by Baz Bahadur for his queen Roopmati. From here, the Roopmati could see the Narmada River flowing at a distance as a silver screen on the horizon.
Hoshang Shah’s Tomb: This fascinating tomb is India’s first marble edifice and a refined example of Afghan architecture. Its features are a well proportioned dome, delicate marble latticework and portioned courts and towers. Shah Jahan sent four of his architects, including Ustad Ahmed who is associated with the Taj Mahal, to study its form for inspiration.
How to Reach
By Air: The nearest airhead is Indore, 99 km away from Mandu. Regular flights connect Indore with Delhi, Mumbai, Gwalior, and Bhopal.
By Rail: Ratlam is the nearest railhead (124 km) on the Delhi-Mumbai main line. There are many trains linking Ratlam to other important cities of India.
By Road: Mandu is connected with other cities in the region by a good road network. There are direct buses from Indore via Dhar. Mandu is also connected with Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh by direct buses.