Royal Enclave Group of Monuments

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Mandu : Royal Enclave Group of Monuments

The monuments of Mandu have been classified into different groups based on location. Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahal, Hindola Mahal, Hammam, Champa Baodi, and Dilawar Khan’s Mosque are collectively referred to as the Royal Enclave Group of Monuments.

Jahaz Mahal

The palace which resembles a ship was built between two lakes, Kapur Talao and Munj Talao, to make it look like floating ship.

You need to let your imagination run wild in Mandu !

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Jahaz Mahal

This served as a harem during Ghiyath-ud-Din’s reign.

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View of Munj Lake from the roof

Jehangir and Nur Jahan lived here for a while during the Mughal reign.

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Rooftop Pavilion

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The intricate spiral water channel

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Colonnade

Hindola Mahal

The inward sloping walls of this structure give the impression that the palace is swinging. Once again, let it run wild!

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Hindola Mahal

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Diwan-E-Khas

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Inverted Hindu sculptures being used as wall decor

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Sultan’s view of Diwan-e-Khas

Hammam

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Stars and octagons perforate the domed roofs

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Hammam or Turkish Bath

Champa Baodi

This well within the palace premises was named Champa Baudi because of the fragrance of its water.

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Champa Baudi

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Vaulted ceilings of the adjoining Tahkhana

Dilawar Khan’s Mosque

Built by Dilawar Khan in 1405, this is the oldest Islamic edifice in Mandu.

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Dilawar Khan’s Mosque

This mosque was exclusively used by the royal family.

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Inside the Mosque

The plan consists of a central courtyard enclosed by a colonnade.

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Central Courtyard

The architecture has a lot of Hindu influence.

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Hindu Influence

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Inside the Mosque

2 Responses to Royal Enclave Group of Monuments

  1. umesh derebail April 16, 2011 at 4:48 am #

    Mandu is one place i would like to visit next time around, thanks for the lovely pics.

    • Madhu Nair April 16, 2011 at 5:22 am #

      Hi Umesh,
      Thanks for stopping by.
      The best time to visit Mandu is during the rains.
      Cheers,
      Madhu

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