Mandu is a place of historical significance, on the edge of the Malwa Plateau, in Madhya Pradesh
. This small town, surrounded by forests was a favourite royal retreat from its early days.
It is believed that Raja Bhoj founded this town of natural beauty as a resort in the 10th century. Rulers of
Delhi took over the place in 1304. It was raised to its greatest splendour during the reign of Hoshang Shah. This place is associated with the love-legend of poet-prince Baz Bahadur and beautiful singer Roopmati.
Mandu is one of the places which display grandiose Afghan architecture. The massive gateways or Darwazas to Mandu are themselves sites of interest for their artistry and antiquity. Delhi Darwaza, the main entrance to the fortress city is the notable among them. Alamgir, Bhangi, Rampol Darwaza, Jehangir Gate and Tarapur Gate are some of the other gateways. Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahals, Hoshang Shahís tomb, Jami Masjid, Ashrafi Mahal,
Baz Bahadur Palace, Roopmati Pavillion, Hathi Mahal, Nilakanth shrine and Palace are a few of the monuments in Mandu. It is one of the few places where the Baobab tree is found.
Mandu is accessible by road and ideal from July to March.
Indore, 100 km away, is the nearest major city which has an airport and a railway station.