Nestled in the lap of Vindhya ranges at an altitude of 2,000 feet, Mandu was originally the fort capital of the Parmar rulers of Malwa. Towards the end of the 13th century, it came under the sway of the Sultans of Malwa.
Mandu referred to as the 'city of joy' is now a city of ruins. The fortress city of Mandu narrates many stories of romance and battles. Now best known for the fort built by poet-prince Baaz Bahadur in the memory of his beloved queen Rani Roopmati the ruined fort still stands as is the signature of euphoric romance.
The rulers of Mandu built exquisite palaces like the Jahaz and Hindola Mahals, ornamental canals, baths and pavilions, as graceful and refined as those times of peace and plenty. Each of Mandu's structures is an architectural gem; some are outstanding like the massive Jami Masjid and Hoshang Shah's tomb, which provided inspiration to the master builders of the Taj Mahal centuries later.
The capital was abandoned more than 400 years ago, and it's now a small city but also home to a large ruins site more than 10 kilometers long and 15 kilometers wide. The temple dedicated to Shiva also attracts many pilgrims.
Mandu festival falls in September/October and coincides with the celebration of Ganesh Chaturthi in other places. In fact, Mandu festival also commemorates God Ganesha. The festival is a mixtue of Hindu and tribal culture that characterizes the various religious observances during this festival.
Mandu festival is celebrated in Mandu, Ujjain and Indore, and is noticeably different from Ganesh Chaturthi.
Nearest airport is at Indore (99 km), connected with Mumbai, Delhi and Bhopal.RAIL
Convenient railheads are Ratlam (124 km) on the Mumbai-Delhi main line and Indore (99 km).ROAD
Regular bus services connect Mandu with Indore, Dhar, Mhow, Ratlam, Ujjain and Bhopal. Best season: July to March.Maheswar 63 kms & Omkareswar 125 kms.