The extensive and now mainly deserted hilltop fort of Mandu, is one of the most evocative sights in central India. Impressive Islamic palaces, mosques and onion-domed mausoleums are spread over a large, naturally defensible plateau.
The monuments derive from a unique school of Islamic architecture that flourished here in the 15th century. The exotic spectacle of the ruins against the backdrop of beautiful surroundings makes Mandu a lovely place to visit.
What to see
The 45 Km. Parapet of walls that encircle Mandu are punctuated by 12 gateways, most notable being the Delhi Darwaza, the main entrance to the fortress city.
The Royal Enclave: Jahaz Mahal:, Hindola Mahal, Dilwara Khan’s Mosque, Nahar Jharokha, Taveli Mahal, Ujali and Andheri Baolis (wells) and Gadashah’s shop and house.
The Central Group: Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, Jami Mazjid and ashrafi Mahal.
Rewa Kund Group: Rewa Kund, Baz Bahadur’s palace and Roopmati’s Pavallion.
Other Monuments: Nilkanth Mahal, Hathi Mahal, Darya Khan’s Tomb, Dai Ka Mahal, Dai Ki Chotti, Beh Ka Mahal, malik Mughit’s Mosque, Jali Mahal and Lohani Caves.
Mandleshwar (96 km): This town is situated on the banks of river Narmada at a distance of about 5 Km, from Maheshwar. The town was founded by Mandawa Mishra and has a stone fort constructed by Mohammedan rulers.