One of the greatest architectural treasures of Madhya Pradesh, the fortress town of Mandu is perched on the southwestern edge of the Malwa Plateau at an altitude of 2000 feet and commands panoramic views of the Nimar Plains below.
A major landmark of India, the place is home to beautiful architectural marvels. Called by the Malwa Sultans as the “City of Joy,” the place is also famous for the love of poet-prince Baz Bahadur for his beautiful consort Rani Roopmati.
Mandu or MANDAVA as it was known in medieval times, was the largest fortified city in the country. Mandu has a huge, crumbling collection of old buildings from the 15th and 16th centuries, sitting on top of a large, flat mountain, surrounded on all sides by steep sloping sides and rugged hairpin roads. It is steeped in atmosphere and history. Mandu looks magical after rains. Greenery is soothing and with broken fort walls ,gates and palaces thrown in between it gives a magical look.
Cycling around the town is amazing, as the terrain is flat, the air clear and the countryside beautiful. You can hire a bike for Rs 20 from the shops on main road. You can tour the monuments in half a day using a taxi, autorickshaw or moped (from Rs 150).
There are four buses to Indore (Rs 50, 3½ hours, 7am, 9am, 9.30am and 3.30pm), from where transport heads to Bhopal. Coming from Indore, you must change the bus at Dhar.
The alternative is hiring a car in Indore.
Best season to visit is from July to March. Common languages spoken are Hindi and English.