The City Gates The citadel of Mandu had 12 gateways. The Delhi Darwaza, to
The City Gates
The citadel of Mandu had 12 gateways. The Delhi Darwaza, tothe north of the fort, serves as the primary entrance. To the east lies the Jehangir Gate. You can also visit the Sat-sau Sidhi or Seven Hundred Steps, the Bhagwanpur Gate and the Tarapur Gate.
Jahaz Mahal literally translates to ‘ship palace’. This palace owes its name to its unique shape of an anchored ship.
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This structure was called Hindola Mahal or the ‘Swinging Palace’ because of its slanting walls. Shaped like the alphabet ‘T’, the aesthetic appeal of this simple building remains unparalleled. Palace Ruins
To the north of Munj Talao lies a cluster of ruins, believed to be remains of the royal retreats of the Malwa Sultanate. The royals probably retired here to enjoy music, poetry and art.
Hoshang Shah, the first king of the Malwa region, started building this mosque, but it was completed by Mahmud Khilji. This elegant mosque’s central niche has been exquisitely decorated with verses from the Quran.
Baz Bahadur’s Palace
Built much before Baz Bahadur came to power, this palace is an example of Mughal and Rajput grandeur. The main feature of the palace is a courtyard with halls and rooms on all four sides. These were the king’s quarters as well as spaces used for public meetings.
Beyond Baz Bahadur’s Palace lies Roopmati’s pavilion on the lofty crest of the hill. It offers a gorgeous view of the palace as well as the Narmada.
Hoshang Shah’s Tomb
Believed to be the inspiration for the builders of Taj Mahal, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb was the first structure to have been made in white marble. This austere monument emulates the reverence that the subjects held for their beloved ruler.
This revered lake is frequented by people undertaking the Narmada parikrama or circumambulation.
When to go October–March is the official tourist season but catch the beauty of Mandu during monsoon (July–August)
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Air Nearest airport: Indore (99km/ 2hrs), connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Bhopal and more. Taxi ₹2,500
Rail Nearest railhead: Indore; connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, and Bhopal. Taxi as above
Road Regular local buses ply on the Bhopal-Indore-Mandu route