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Mandu, Madhya Pradesh

Mandu, Madhya Pradesh

A treasure trove of ancient ruins, you’ll find Mandu perched atop the rugged Vindhya Range in the Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. This ancient fortified town dates back to the 6th century and is steeped in history from times gone by. Although many of its ruins are crumbling, the pavilions, ornate palaces, mosques and tombs are waiting to be explored.

Group of monuments of Mandu

With a whopping 61 monuments to admire, the Group of Monuments at Mandu are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a great place to while away the hours. They include:

Caves and Temples

Excavated around the eleventh century, the Lohani caves are rock-cut caves surrounded by 80 sculptures.

Dilawar Khan's Mosque

With a central courtyard encased in a colonnade and a mihrab (a semi-circular niche indicating the direction of Mecca) on the west, the Dilawar Khan's Mosque is the earliest Indo-Islamic building at Mandu. Its architecture is considerably influenced by Hindu workmanship and the prayer hall has a Hindu-style ceiling.

Hindola Mahal

This T-shaped building dates back to the end of the 15th century and has a main hall with arched openings and huge sloping buttresses from which the building gets its nickname of ‘swinging palace’.

Jahaz Mahal

Located on a narrow strip of land between the waters of the Munj and Kapur tanks, the ‘Ship Palace’ has three large halls on its ground floor and a spacious terrace adorned with domed pavilions.

Visit Mandu on our Passage through Central India Tour or as part of your own bespoke Indian holiday. Contact our travel experts on 01792 315499 or email