Carved in with the brilliance of craftsmen from Delhi, Jahaz Mahal is a jewel built somewhere around 1436-1439. It is known as "Ship Palace" as the Mahal is standing in the middle of two lakes Munj Talao and Kapur Talao; upon a narrow strip of land. This makes Jahaz Mahal look as if it’s floating. Jahaz Mahal is a rectangular structure, three feet tall with two floors and thick walls. On the eastern side, the Gothic arch entrance is installed. These arched opening is further secluded by Chajja (awnings) and stands on stone brackets.
Hindola Mahal in Mandu is an ancient construction which was built under the rule of Ghiyas-ud-din's reign. The place is ideal to spot the historic monuments with their wonderful sculpture. The monument is an audience hall and named as swinging palace. The unique innovative construction with the superb technique and sculpture invites thousands of tourists every year. The Hindola Mahal was built with sand stone with beautifully carved columns.
Baz Bahadur was the sultan of Mandu from 1555 – 1561 and Mandu reached heights of grandeur during this period but only for a short time. However, he had built the palace long before he ascended the throne. It was in 1509 that the wonderful edifice was erected. It stands on the hill above the holy Rewa Kund, a tank, which supplied water by a water lift.
Amongst the many monuments and palaces that adorn the historical city of Mandu famous for the legendary tragic love story of Prince Baz Bahadur and Roopmati is the Roopmati’s Pavilion, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Mandu. Perched atop a hillock on the southern side of the Baz Bahadur Palace, Rani Roopmati Pavillion is from where the queen would view the palace of her beloved, Baz Bahadur.
Mandu is an important tourist destination as the place is ideal for the exploring history and the true culture of India. You can begin your search from here as the first tomb shows the involvement of Afgan culture in the art and sculpture of ancient India. Hoshang Shah's Tomb is regarded as India's first marble tomb that was the tomb of Hoshang Shah. The tomb is a marble construction in honor of Hoshang Shah who holds a significant position in the history of India.
Darya Khan’s Tomb and Hathi Mahal, Mandu are two of the more important tourist attractions in Mandu. Darya Khan ruled Mandu from 1510 A.D to 1526 A.D. The tomb built by himself before his death stored his body after he passed away and is a grand specimen of Muslim art and architecture. Located between the Hosai village and the Rewa Kund, it is square in shape and is supported by enormous arches. The four corners house four little domes with the main tomb in the central part of the room. The walls of the tomb once exhibited fine and intricate arrangement of beautiful tiles. Hathi Mahal, another of the notable structures in the tiny city of Mandu, is also called by the name, Elephant Palace. It so gets its name from the gigantic pillars which resemble the legs on an elephant.
The Jain Temple, Mandu is the sole non-Muslim specimen of art and architecture amongst the several mosques and dargahs which clutter the town. Dedicated to the Jain Tirthankaras, the temples house idols made of gold, silver, marble. The eyes of some of the idols are adorned with shining jade eyes. At the rear of the Jain Temple lies a Jain museum, styled in lines of a theme park, has a walk-on replica of the Palitana. There is also a mural of Jain homilies and stories with moral endings