Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Globetrotting Diaries : Mandavgad (Mandu), Madhya Padesh, India

"Mandu" or "Mandavgad" also known as "the city of Joy" is a historical city in Madhya Pradesh, India. It dates back to the 10th Century.
Mandu city is situated at an elevation of 633 metres and overlooks the plateau of Malwa to the north and the valley of the Narmada River to the south.
Let's travel back to the places we visited-
The Beautiful Valley on the way...

 Queen Roopmati's Pavilion...
A large sandstone structure originally built as an army observation post it is known today as Roopmati's Pavilion. Rani Roopmati - the love interest of Baaz Bahadur lived here and is said to have gazed at the Baz Bahadur's Palace - situated below and also at Narmada river, flowing through the Nimar plains far below, a river which the queen revered.


View of Baz Bahadur's Palace from Roopmati's Pavilion....

Built by Baz Bahadur, this 16th-century structure is famous for its large courtyards encompassed by large halls and high terraces. It is situated below Roopmati's Pavilion and can be seen from the pavilion.

If interested you can read the heartbreaking love story of Roopmati and Baz Bahadur here.

 Inside the Pavilion...

 Ancient Statue...
 The Arcades...


 The Details...
Hoshang Shah's Tomb...
India's first marble structure, it is one of the most refined examples of Afghan architecture. Its unique features include the beautifully proportioned dome, intricate marble lattice work and porticoed courts and towers. It served as a template for the construction of Taj Mahal.
 The Architectural Details...

 Caves in the Area...
 Dare to get into one!...
Jahaz Mehal/Ship Palace...
Situated between two artificial lakes, this two storied architectural marvel is so named as it appears as a ship floating in water.

 Ancient Ruins...
 We also visited National Dinosaur Fossil Park( Dhar) on the way...
 Tree Fossils...

A shell Fossil...
 Those are Fossilized Dinosaur Eggs...
 Amazing, Isn't it!...