Discover 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.
Things to do in Mandu
Some of the great things you can enjoy in Mandu include:
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. These 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.
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’.
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.
The best way to see Mandu
If you would like to visit Mandu, why not take a look at one of our wonderful ATOL and ABTA protected holidays? Please remember all our private tours are designed to meet your exact requirements, and the tours mentioned are just examples to help inspire you. Contact our travel experts on 01792 315499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.