City
Mandu

Mandu was an important military outpost and the circuit of the battlemented wall, which is nearly 37 km and is punctuated by 12 gateways, can gauge its military past. The wall encloses a large number of palaces, mosques, Jain temples of 14th century and other buildings. The oldest mosque dates from 1405; the finest is the Jama Masjid or great mosque, a notable example of Pashtun architecture. The marble domed tomb of this ruler is also magnificent. Places of interest include The Darwazas/Gates,

Jahaz Mahal/Ship Palace Situated between two artificial lakes, this two storied architectural marvel is so named as it appears as a ship floating in water. Hindola Mahal – meaning Swing palace is so named due to its sloping side walls. It is one of a set buildings making up the royal palace complex at Mandu, which consists of the Jahaz Mahal, the Hindola Mahal, the Tawili Mahal, and the Nahar Jharokha. Hoshang Shah’s Tomb; India’s first marble structure, it is one of the most refined examples of Afghan architecture. Its unique features include the beautifully proportioned dome, intricate marble lattice work and porticoed courts and towers. It served as a template for the construction of Taj Mahal.

Jami Masjid Inspired by the great mosque of Damascus, this humongous structure is striking in both its simplicity and architectural style-with large courtyards and grand entrances.

Baz Bahadur’s Palace, this 16th-century structure is famous for its large courtyards encompassed by large halls and high terraces.

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