First Marble Structure (Tomb) in India at Mandu and The Jama Masjid inside Fort
Mandu is a city known for its fortress and is a ruined city, located in Dhar district of Western Madhya Pradesh, India.
The Fort city of Mandu is situated at an altitude of 2079 feet. This city was prominent during the 10th and 11th centuries under the Paramaras. The fortress is a 13 kilometer long one, overlooking the plateau of Malwa and the Narmada River valley in the Northern and Southern sides, respectively.
Mandu is having rich and ancient history. The walls of the fort spans around 37 kilometers, punctuated by 12 gateways. There are a number of palaces, Jain temples and mosques of 14th century and other buildings. Hoshang Shah’s Tomb, marble tomb of the ruler inside the fort, is the first marble structure in India.
Hindola Mahal, which means Swing palace, is a major palace inside the palace complex. It is believed to be constructed in 14th or 15th century. Jahaz Mahal or Ship Palace is another magnificent palace situated inside the fort between two artificial lakes and it looks like a ship floating in water. Some of the other prominent buildings inside the palace complex are Tawili Mahal and Nahar Jharokha.
Some of the ancient and historical structures inside the fort are listed below, Roopmati’s Pavilion is a Large Sandstone Structure. Baz Bahadur’s Palace is a 16th century palace below Roopmati’s Pavilion. Rewa Kund is a reservoir intended to supply water to Roopmati’s Pavilion.
Jami Masjid is the finest structure inside the fort. Jama Masjid, the oldest mosque inside the fort, dates back to 1405.
How Do I Go to Mandu alias Mandavgad ?
Mandu is located at around at 35 kilometers from Dhar city. Indore, the largest city in the state of Madhya Pradesh, is at a distance of around 100 kilometers.