The beautiful town of Mandu is Madhya Pradesh is nothing less than a museum. Mandu was the capital of a Muslim state and one can find prominent Afghan architectural remains throughout the town. Walk through the lanes of the town to know more about the rich history. The amalgamations of cultures, intricate architecture, and blend of rich heritage and modern aesthetics have given the town a personality of its own. The numerous tourist attractions and historical monuments in the city will brush up your history lessons. Majestic forts, mosques, and beautiful palaces, there is a lot to explore in this dainty town. The ancient structures have stood through time and are a proof of the grandeur. Experience royalty and romance at these monuments! If you’re someone who’s interested in Indian history, then Mandu is the perfect getaway for you.
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Mandu, also called Mandavgad, is an old city in the Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. Situated in the Malwa region Mandu is a small city known for a fort built by the poet prince Baaz Bahadur in memory of his queen consort Roopmati. Between 1401 and 1561, Mandu was the capital of a Muslim state, which was deserted 400 years ago, but now it is a small town flaunting spell-binding Afghan architectural remains some of which are surrounded by the rare baobab trees. The grand palaces here are with the essence of royal romance, while the darwazas & other relics of the past speak volumes of imperial conquests in the past. A journey through Mandu is amazing, which will etch memories for lifetime.
Glory of Mandu is in its history. This place gained importance in 10th & 11th century under the Paramara rulers as Mandu’s geographical position safeguarded it from external attackers and this made the Paramaras their fort-capital here. However, in 1305, Sultan of Delhi Alauddin Khalji conquered Malwa - another Paramara territory and later entered Mandu fort secretly. Further followed a number of wars, conquers & upheavals that took Mandu through different staged of ruins & re-developments. It was Ghuri dynasty, Bahadur Shah of Gujarat, Baz Bahadur, Hemu and Akbar's army led by Adham Khan and Pir Muhammad Khan, who fought over at different times to gain their supremacy over Malwa & Mandu.
One of the reasons why Adham Khan attacked Mandu was for his love for Rani Roopmati. Later Akbar added Mandu to his Mughal Empire, but also gave a considerable degree of independence, until taken by Peshwa Baji Rao (Marathas) in 1732, re-establishing Hindu rule.
Mandu is best experienced when accompanied by knowledgeable tour guide. The stories of the past seem to come alive with those spell binding structure and monuments. Some the popular points of interest in and around Mandu are Jahaz Mahal – constructed between two artificial lakes, this multi-storied architectural marvel is so named because it looks as if a ship floating in water; Hoshang Shah’s tomb, Hindola Mahal – the swing palace is called so as it has sloping side walls; Gateways or the Darwazas, Mandu fort, Jami Masjid, Roopmati Pavilion, Baz Bahadur's Palace, Rewa Kund – a reservoir that supplied water to Roopmati's Pavilion & is an engineering marvel till date; Eco point, Malik Mughith tomb, Darya Khan's Tomb complex and many others.
Mandu as a destination will surely surprise you. Your journey here will take your down the lanes of Indian history that is alive here, with remains of patriotism, benevolence, love, war, conquest and much more.
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