Mandu: Romance in the Heart of India

MANDU is at its romantic best during the Monsoons ( the rainy season)

As I write ( 26th July 2015)  its raining and cool winds soothe  the leaves of trees , all is turning into one hue: GREEN. The idea of “good weather”  in India means its cooler and the rains are “manna from the Gods”.

Mandu Hills are the  backdrop
Mandu Hills are the backdrop

A  fascinating short drive ( < 100kms)  from Indore to Mandu.

The rivers gurgle as you drive by and if you are lucky you will see Baya weaver birds (Ploceus philippinus)   weaving their nests on the desi babool  (Acacia nilotica) trees .

a village on the riverbank
a village on the riverbank

The small bright yellow coloured flowers of the “desi babool”  are almost the same colour as that of the male Baya weaver bird. A coincidence?

Desi Babool and baya weaver birds
Desi Babool and baya weaver birds

From Indore you can visit Mandu and return the same day in the evening, if you are  pressed for time.

Though i strongly recommend spending 2 days ( at least one night)  if you want to savour the destination. Let your eyes  soak in the surroundings and your lungs be filled with the romantic cool air of Mandu.

climb upto mandu
climb upto mandu

As you go around this quaint village on a bicycle  you will hear the lovesongs of “Rani Roopmati”  ( Queen of Malwa and beloved of the last independent ruler Baz Bahadur)  merged with the  gentle gusts of wind and birdsongs.

The Roopmati Pavillion is supposed to be at a high point from where the river Narmada can be seen.
The Roopmati Pavillion is supposed to be at a high point from where the river Narmada can be seen.

Mandu is a quaint village/town which is best explored on a bicycle. It has a long history going back to the 6th century. Lots to explore and investigate.

Talk to the locals, try the baobab fruits, tapioca and corn bead.

An inspiration for the Taj?
An inspiration for the Taj?

Do share what you discover. email me at chandmukul@gmail.com for any queries, thoughts and views.

Jahaz Mahal complex
Jahaz Mahal complex

It is also home to the amazing Baobab trees , do read :

http://www.enchantedforests.wordpress.com.

Jahaz mahal. A palace in the midst of  lakes viewed from  two stories below ground level
Jahaz mahal. A palace in the midst of lakes viewed from two stories below ground level

As I sign off,  I leave you with images of palaces/ monuments  from the capital of the Kingdom of Malwa,Mandu where songs of the love of Roopmati and Baz Bahadur  reverberate to date.

Pashtun ( afghan) architecture at its best in Mandu
Pashtun ( afghan) architecture at its best in Mandu
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Side view of the Jahaz Mahal
What a romantic view
What a romantic view
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