Jahaz Mahal

Excavations in the Mandu region showed that this ancient city existed even in the 6th century BC. The Rajput Parmars went on to rule the kingdom but during the 15th and 16th centuries, the Malwa region became the realm of the Ghuri and Khilji dynasty. Mandu was the capital in those days and it was known as the “City of Joy”. It was strategically located in the Vindhya ranges which commanded a vast view of the Malwa plateau. This ensured that if ever there was a siege or attack, the enemy could be seen for miles around. The city was fortified and could withstand the onslaught of any army. The latter rulers modified the city and added more structures. Today, these structures still stand strong and are absolutely astonishing to perceive. Mandu is located in Madhya Pradhesh and is closely situated to Indore. It is approximately 90 kilometres from Indore. These photos prove just how stunning Mandu still is.

Many elaborate gardens existed with fountains within the walls of the palaces

Gardens Mandu

The walls of this fortified city extended to nearly 45-50 kilometres


The city was one of the richest and also one of the biggest in India during the reign of both the Ghuri and Khilji dynasties


The Jama Masjid was built by Hoshang Shah and has separate entrances which in those days were used by the men and women separately. Everything including the halls, domes, pillars, entrances and courtyards are intricately carved.


Ashrafi Mahal faces the Jama Masjid and has 3 separate structures; one being the courtyard, the other a terrace and the third is a Tower of Victory to commemorate Mahmud I’s victory over a Rajput king.


Hoshang Shah was the first Islamic king of the Malwa area. The tomb is made of white marble.

Hoshang Shah tomb

The royal enclave has an imposing structure. The walls are broad while the ceilings are high. It has manh rooms, halls and galleries.


The Jahaz Mahal was a palace that was built between man-made lakes. It gave the illusion of a floating palace and hence the name was given. Built by Sultan Ghiyathuddin Khilji, it was meant for all the women, including his queens, their staff and the concubines. Memoirs recovered mention that there were roughly 15,000 women who were kept here!


Direct flights are available from Mumbai, Delhii, Jaipur and Bhopal to Indore. There are many trains that pass through Indore. Buses operate from major cities and towns in that are nearer to Mandu, such as Indore, Bhopal, Dhar, & Jhabua. Taxis can be hired from Indore.