Honeymoon in Mandu(MP)
Mandu is a historical city lying in a state of ruin. It is home to numerous medieval-age structures and each one of these is an architectural marvel etched in stone. You’re sure to have a feeling of déjà vu when you take a walking tour in the landmark edifices of Rani Roopmati pavilion, Baz Bahadur Palace, Hindola Mahal, and Jahaz Mahal.
This fortified city which bears testimony to the enduring romance between Baz Bahadur and his beautiful consort, Rani Roopmati attracts tourists from all corners of the earth. Mandu is a site steeped in history with many fortresses, palaces, mosques, temples some of them dating back to the 14th century.
Mandu also known as Mandavgarh falls under the Malwa zone in Western Madhya Pradesh. The nearest city is Dhar, which is situated at a distance of about 35 kms.
Mandu does not have its own railhead. The closest railhead is in Indore located at a distance of 100 kms. However, proceeding to Mandu from Ratlam (another railhead) that lies on the Delhi-Mumbai rail route is more convenient. The closest airport is in Indore. Buses ply regularly between Indore and Mandu with stops in Ratlam and Dhar. Bus services are available from Bhopal as well. Avoid travelling after sunset due to the steep, undulating road and rocky terrain.
Ideal Time to Visit
The ideal season to visit Mandu is during the monsoons that last from July to October. The best months to visit Mandu are in the months of February, July, August, September, and December.
Where to Stay
There are a host of putting up options in and around Mandu. However, for honeymoon couples the recommended accommodations are Jihar Bagh Palace, Malwa Resort, and Malwa Retreat. You can also choose to stay in a MP tourist cottage or bungalow.
What to Carry
- Train/flight tickets
- Travel indemnity transcripts
- Debit/credit cards
- Disposable cash
- Guide maps
- Appropriate clothing (depending on the season you’re travelling)
- Insect repellents
- Essential medicines
- First-aid kit
- Sunscreen and UV-protection lotions
- Important telephone numbers and addresses
Honeymoon Attractions in and around Mandu
Other tourist attractions that you can visit are:-
- Jahaz Mahal-So named because it resembles a ship afloat on water. This palace which straddles two man-made lakes used to be the seraglio of Sultan Ghyiasuddin- Khilji. You can take snapshots of the entire area from different vantage points.
- Hindola Mahal-This palace happens to be one of the structures that make up the regal palatial complex at Mandu. Recline on any of the slanting walls to get carried away by a feeling of mysticism.
- Hoshang Shah’s Tomb-It was the first edifice to be built in India completely out of marble. This structure also served as a blueprint for the building of Taj Mahal.
- Rani Roopmati’s Pavilion-The pavilion which initially used to be a garrison became the abode of Rani Roopmati. Rani Roopmati, the paramour of Baz Bahadur used to gaze at her lover’s palace located beneath the pavilion. One also gets a bird’s eye view of the Narmada River from the pavilion.
- Baz Bahadur Palace-This structure was built by Baz Bahadur in the 16th century and is characterized by grand courtyards, high terraces, and majestic halls. The palace stands as a grim witness to the heart-rending romance between Baz Bahadur and Rani Roopmati.
- Darya Khan’s Tomb
- Dai Ka Mahal
- Rewa Kund
- Jami Masjid
- Hathi Mahal
- Bagh Caves
- Nilkanth Mahal
- Rupayan Museum
- Nilkanth Shrine
You can shop for showpieces, wall pieces and adornments, gift items, home decoration items, Maheshwari saris, and Chanderi sarees.