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”.
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 .
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?
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.
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.
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.
Do share what you discover. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries, thoughts and views.
It is also home to the amazing Baobab trees , do read :
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.