Fairy tale love story of a Muslim Prince with a local poor shepherd girl, brings the mythological face to Mandu. Mandu, a small town on the edge of Malwa Plateau, is surrounded by forests and has a historical significance. History tells that the founder of this cute, beautiful town was Raja Bhoj and was once a royal retreat.
Architectural marvel is the main attraction in this city, with reminiscence of ancient architecture, way back to 10th century is still visible. Mandu has finest examples of Afghan architecture in India. The town is a monument of the love, romance and affection as it is believed that this place is associated with love legend of Prince Baz Bahadur and Singer Roopmati, the beauty of the city. The folk tale relation of a Muslim prince with shepherdess Hindu girl was destined to failure. The entire Mandu region has a number of wonderful palaces, baths, attractive canals and artistically crafted pavilions bringing out the age old fairy tale love story with its all beautiful pop and pomp. Rock cut caves with enchanting paintings decorating the walls and ceilings are added attractions.
Antiquity and Artistry merges here to bring the some of the marvelous structures, the massive gateways to Mandu is an example of this ancient artistic excellence. It is city of monuments with some of them are Alamgir, Bhangi, Rampol Darwaza, Jehangir Gate and Tarapur Gate. Mandu is one of the few places where the very rare Baobab tree grows.
Mandu welcomes the visitors will all her charm and heritage; this is a price worthy place to visit. Mandu is the perfect honeymoon destination as it is the city of love and delight.
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by Afia Ahmad on Mar 21, 2014
Village tourism, which is also known as rural tourism, focuses on those tourists who want to participle in rural lifestyle and eco-tourism.
The history of Mandu talks about the romantic tale of Rani Roopmati and Baz Bahadur, a poet. The history of the ‘city of Joy’ dated back to 10th century, when it was founded by Raja Bhoj. Though the city finds its mention in the Sanskrit inscription of 555 A.D., not much of it has been retained.
The city was referred as Mandavgarh under the rule of Parmara rulers in the 11th and 12th century. However, the name was changed to ‘Shadiabad’ (meaning happiness) by Alauddin Khilji, who gained control over the city in the 13th century.
After the conquest of the Mughals in 19th century, the town was ruled by Hoshang Shah, the son of Dilawar Khan. However, Akbar attacked the city in 1561 and gained control. Baz bahadur, fled from Mandu in order to save his life and the town of Mandu remained unoccupied for quiet some time.
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