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Written by Amirthavarshini on September 3, 2020 Share on

Magnanimous Magic Of The City Of Mandu In Madhya Pradesh

To be in the centre of a nation requires a lot of grace, charm, natural and cultural assets. Located in the heart of India, the state of Madhya Pradesh is blessed with numerous attractions. When you are in Madhya Pradesh, you cannot simply miss experiencing the city of Mandu where you will find anything and everything beautiful. Mandu, also known as Mandavgarh is a quaint city adorned by lush greeneries and thin forest cover. Apart from natural wealth, the city also prospers in history. The monuments boast Afghan architecture which has taken the heritage of the city to the next level. Here are the top attractions in Mandu that will make you fall in love with the place over and over again.

historical attractions in Mandu
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Attractions in Mandu

  • Jahaz Mahal
  • Rani Roopmati Pavilion
  • Hindola Mahal
  • Jami Masjid
  • Munja Talao
  • Baz Bahadur’s Palace
  • Bagh Caves
  • Nilkanth Mahadev Temple
  • Shree Mandavgarh Tirth
  • Hathi Mahal

Jahaz Mahal

Attractions in Mandu - Jehaz Mahal
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Being one of the main attractions in Mandu, Jahaz Mahal welcomes a large number of tourists annually. This Mahal was built during the reign of Sultan Ghiyas-ud-din-Khilji. It was constructed as a home for 15000 women who were his consorts. Built-in the 15th century, this fine Afghan architectural marvel is a rare spot to witness in India. Apart from the beautiful architecture, the place is known for its ponds and lush greeneries. Get the flavour of Afgan, Mughal, Hindu, and Egyptian architecture under one roof and do not miss clicking amazing pictures here.

  • Location: Jahaz Mahal Internal Rd, Sulibardi, Madhya Pradesh 454010
  • Opening time: 6.00 AM-6.00 PM
  • Entrance fee: INR 5 per person

Rani Roopmati Pavilion

If you want to experience a beautiful view of the tireless Narmada River, head to Rani Roopmati Pavillion. This place holds a beautiful romantic history between King Baz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati. Explore the hilltop structure, the watchtower. The courtyard uplifts the beauty of the place. This is truly one of the most fascinating attractions in Mandu.

  • Location: Mandu, Mandav, Dhar, Madhya Pradesh 454010
  • Opening time: 8.00 AM-6.00 PM
  • Entrance fee: INR 5 per adult

Hindola Mahal

side view of Hindola Mahal
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Head to this T shaped Mahal which was initially an open-air theatre. With a massive 77 degrees wall, the aesthetic essence of this monument is very catchy and mesmerizing. Its peculiar architecture grabs the attention of various tourists every year. Built during the 14th century, this structure still stands strong and beautiful.

  • Location: Sulibardi, Mandu, Madhya Pradesh 454010
  • Opening time: 6.00 AM-7.00 PM
  • Entrance fee: INR 5 per person

Jami Masjid

Jami Masjid interiors
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This colossal landmark cannot be missed when you are in Mandu. If Afghan art is your dream, go live it in Jami Masjid. With marvellous domes and chambers, this monument built by the Ghauri Dynasty is truly one of the spectacular attractions in Mandu.

  • Location: Jahaz Mahal internal Rd, Mandu, Mandav, Madhya Pradesh 454010.
  • Opening time: 7.00 AM-7.00 PM
  • Entrance fee: None

Munja Talao

Head to the western part of the Jahaz Mahal where you can spot this Talao. With a large and brimming water body, the place turns into an aquatic paradise during the rainy season. Reach the top of this place to get a clear view of the surrounding areas and Talao.  Dip your leg in the crystal clear water and get to know about the historical stories while exploring Munja Talao. To sum up, it is one of the must-visit attractions in Mandu.

  • Location: Internal Rd, Sulibardi, Madhya Pradesh 454010
  • Opening time: 6.00 AM-7.00 PM
  • Entrance fee: None

Baz Bahadur’s Palace

Yet another architecturally important attraction in Mandu is the famous Baz Bahadur’s Palace. The palace projects a perfect blend of Afghan and Rajasthani works which is indeed a rare combination. This palace was constructed by Khilji Sultan Nasir-ud-din and dedicated it to Rani Roopmati. Rani used to visit the Rewa Kund in the palace regularly. However, you have to climb 40 broad steps to reach here.

  • Location: Mandav, Madhya Pradesh 454010
  • Opening time: Sunrise to sunset
  • Entrance fee: None

Bagh Caves

If you are an ardent admirer of architecture and art, Bagh caves will surely be a visual treat for you. The name “Bagh” was derived due to the running stream of Baghani across the Buddhist sculptures. You can explore the 9 rock-cut monuments and several other historical ruins dating back in the 4th century. Since it is located in the bottom of the Vindhya range, the caves also have a natural touch along with the historical value.

  • Location: Bagh Cave Road, Naingaon, Dhar, Madhya Pradesh 454221
  • Opening: 24 hours
  • Entrance fee: INR 5 per person

Nilkanth Mahadev Temple

Nilkanth Mahadev Temple, built by Shah Bagh Khan solely for the Hindu wife of Akbar is one of the must-visit attractions in Mandu. Get blessings from Lord Shiva while admiring the architecture of the shrine. Surrounded by lush greeneries and a serene pond the temple will surely be your favourite spot in Mandu.

  • Location: Nilkantheshwar Temple, Mandu, Madhya Pradesh, Mandu, Mandav, Madhya Pradesh 454010
  • Opening time: Any time during the day
  • Entrance fee: None

Shree Mandavgarh Tirth

Head to this renowned temple which is dedicated to Lord Shri SuparshawnathBhagwan. Tourists and locals consider a holy white stone inside the temple as Lord Suparshawnath Bhagwan. Situated within the Mandavgarh fort, the temple houses a 3 feet tall idol and a meditation hall. Above all, one can easily visit the temple by bus.

  • Location: Inside Mandavgarh Fort, Mandu, India
  • Opening time: Any time during the day
  • Entrance fee: None

Hathi Mahal

It is one of the most famous places to see in Mandu. Hathi Mahal’s huge dome and large pillars give an illusion of an elephant. More than that, this peculiar architecture and rich history, pulls in a large number of tourists every year.

  • Location: Elephant Palace, Mandav, Madhya Pradesh, India
  • Opening time: 24 hours
  • Entrance fee: None

To summarise, Mandu is a great place to click pictures with a rich backdrop of tombs and palaces. Visit this city that houses most of Madhya Pradesh’s monuments and projects a rich heritage. Make way to the attractions in Mandu and taste a bit of both Indian and Afghani legacy. Because when in Madhya Pradesh, it is truly unfair if you don’t spend time on its wildlife and architecture. Head to the Pickyourtrail website and start planning your trip to Madhya Pradesh right away.

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