Mandu is a ruined fortress town in Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh. This city is known for its historical monuments and architectural wonders set in beautifully maintained, lush gardens spread over an area of 15 kms. It is around 40kms from Dhar and 100 kms from Indore. Mandu was earlier known by the name of "Shadiabad" meaning the city of happiness (Anand Nagari)
Mandu city is situated at an altitudeof 2000 ft. above sea level. It extends for 13 km along the crest of the Vindhya Range, overlooking the plateau of Malwa to the north and the valley of the Narmada River to the south. Mandu was originally the fort-capital of Rajput Parmara rulers of Malwa. In the 10th century Mandu was founded as a fortress retreat by Raja Bhoj. Towards the end of the 11th century, it came under the sway of the Tarangagadh kingdom.
There are intrinsic carvings on the walls, shadow play by encircling rooms, amazing acoustics, nature trails ending up in beautiful view of River Narmada. Mandu is epitome of eternal love, A tribute to the love shared between the poet-prince Baz Bahadur and his beautiful consort, Rani Roopmati.
Rainy season is the best time to visit Mandu because it becomes windy and more importantly all the lakes and water bodies start shimmering with water.
If you are planning a trip to Mandu keep 3 factors in mind:
First, the self-study about the history of Mandu.
Second, a good and knowledgeable guide.
Third, a dedicated transport to take you around from spot to spot.
MP tourism has two accommodation arrangements in Mandu - Malwa retreat and Malwa resort.
Another good option is the Rani Roopmati Hotel in Dhar.
Bikes and scooters can be rented at the small village at the entrance to the city.