The Malwa Plateau viewed from one of the many ruined bastions.

A mother and her daughter take in the monsoon breeze at Roopmati's mahal.

It is monsoons, but Mandu is perennially facing water shortage.

Baz Bahadur's Palace, viewed from Rani Roopmati's pavilion.

Baz Bahadur's Palace.

Hindola Mahal.

No Monsoons. No Problem!

An extremely vaginal looking well in the Jahaz Mahal complex.

Picnic at Jahaz Mahal.

Mandu's own unique Imli being sold at the roadside.

View from top of the mighty Alamgir Darwaza as a group of karsevaks pass by.

A group of karsevaks pass through the Bhangi Darwaza on their return from Neelkanth Mahadev.

Does it need to be said that the Jahaz Mahal was once a royal harem of an estimated 15,000 women!


Mandu or Mandavgad is a ruined city in the Dhar district in the Malwa region of western Madhya Pradesh state, central India. The earliest reference to Mandu is available in the Sanskrit inscription of 555 AD, which tells that Mandu was a fortified city even in 6th century BC. It gained prominence in 10th and 11th century under the Parmars (who called it Mandavgarh), from whom the control was snatched by Khiljis in 1305. When, in 1401, the Mughals captured Delhi, the Afghan Dilawar Khan, governor of Malwa, set up his own little kingdom and the Ghuri dynasty was established. And thus began Mandu’s golden age. His son, Hoshang Shah, shifted the capital from Dhar to Mandu and raised it to its greatest splendour. After Akbar added Mandu to the Mughal empire, it kept a considerable degree of independence, until taken by the Marathas in 1732 by Peshwa Baji Rao I. The capital of Malwa was then shifted back to Dhar, and Mandu became a abandoned ghost town.