Mandu, also known as Mandavgarh, is an ancient city in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. It is now known has Mandav area of Dhar district. It is well known of its Afghan architectural heritage. It is located at approximately 35 km from Dhar. Being an ancient city with Afghan architectural heritage, there are number of monuments in Mandav. Amongst the most important are:
Jahaz Mahal and Hindola Mahal
Jahaz Mahal or Ship Palace resembles a ship that is about to sail. Floating over its own reflection, it is a palace surrounded by two lakes, Kapur and Munja, at front and back of the palace. Very beautiful and impressive reflection of the palace can be seen in the tank waters.
The Hindola Mahal or Swing Palace has been build with sloping walls, that gives it a look of swing. In ancient times, it was used as an audience hall. A step well known as Champa Baoli can also be seen. It is said that it was connected to underground rooms with arrangements for cold and hot water for bathing.
The next interesting and beautiful place of interest in Mandav is Roopmati’s Pavilion and Bazbahadur’s Palace.
Roopmati’s Palace and Bazbahadur Palace
The palace of Sultan Bazbahadur and Roopmati is an example of their legendary love. Both the palaces are extremely beautiful and elegant and exquisite example of Islamic style of architecture with large courtyards. It is said that the Roopmati palace was used as a check post at the time of invasion. It appears that the magnificent palaces are still alive with their royal love.
Delhi Darwaja and Hoshang Shah Tomb
The Delhi Darwaja is one of the twelve gateways to the city and it is made up of reddish stone, whereas the Hoshang Shahs tomb is an exceptional example of Afghan style architecture. It is said that the architects from Shah Jahan’s court took inspiration for the Taj Mahal from here.
A visit to Mandav will leave you wonderstruck and amazed just like grandparent’s stories.