Mandu is a celebration in stone, of life and joy, A tribute to the love shared between the poet-prince Baz Bahadur and his beautiful consort, Rani Roopmati. The balladeers of Malwa still sing of their euphoric romance.
Mandu or Mandavgarh, in the Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh is a city of ruins once named Shadiabad by Allauddin Khilji for being a virtual Shangri-La, a land of plenty with no poor and each time the poor migrated to the city the residents donated a brick and an Asharfi (gold coin) so that the less fortunate could be brought at par with the rest of the city.
Perched along the crest of the Vindhya range, Mandu overlooks the Malwa plateau to the north and the Narmada valley towards its south, offered natural defenses to the Parmara kings of Malwa that chose it as their fort-capital, however the city reached its zenith during the 15th century.
Mandu witnessed the love that blossomed between its poet prince Baz Bahadur and his consort Rani Roopmati, the balladeers of Malwa continue to sing of their love another testimony is Rani Roopmatis beautiful pavilion that gazes down at Baz Bahadur’s Palace.
The city offers an abundance of architectural gems from the Afghan period including the Jama Masjid and Hoshang Shahs Tomb, which some believe, to have provided inspiration to the Taj Mahal.
Must see places : The Darwazas, Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahal, Hoshang Shah’s Tomb:, Jami Masjid, Rewa Kund Group, Baz Bahadur’s Palace, Roopmati’s Pavilion, Nilkanth Pavilion.