The city of joy, Mandu was built by Raja Bhoj, in the 10th century A.D. The fort of Mandu is surrounded by deep ravines and gorges.
The Mandu Fort has a series of arch entrances like Alamgir Gate, Bhangi Gate, Karnani Gate and Gada Gate. These gates end at the magnificent Jami Masjid and Ashrati Mahal. From there starts the Royal Enclaves built by different kings of the estate. The prime attraction is the Jahaz Mahal, which is flanked on two sides by two tanks called Munj Kund and Kapur Mund, which give it the appearance of an anchored ship. Next to it lies another architectural masterpiece Hindola Mahal. It was built on a T plan and acquired this name due to its inward-sloping walls which give the impression of swaying. Other structures of the Royal Enclave include Munj Kund and Tiger Balcony.
Next to the Royal Enclave is the Tomb of Hoshang Shah, India’s first marble building. Apart from this, the city of Mandu today is remembered for the Roopmati’s Pavillion, named after the beautiful consort of King Baz Bahadur.