Mandu City Fort - The Royal Enclave.
Visiting The Royal Palace Jahaz Mahal (Ship's Palace) as well as Mosques, Mahals and Gardens at Mandu City Fort in India. The main building in the Royal Enclave is the Jahaz Mahal which was built by the 5th Sultan of Malwa Ghiyath Shah Khiliji who reigned between 1469 and 1500. The Palace - which may well have housed the Sultan's apparently huge harem - is unusual in that the rectangular shape is situated on a raised platform between two water features. To the west is Mauja Talao and to the
east the square stone-lined Kapur Sagar with it's water channels and floral gardens - a very beautiful site.
The Palace has four domed pavilions, numerous arches, step ways and terraces with bathing pools. The pools are beautifully shaped and there is an integral water system including spirals - a feature which is in evidence throughout Mandu Fort. There are good views especially from the upper terrace.
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The third photo above is a view from the Jahaz Mahal looking along the building and in the background the Taveli Mahal can be seen. This is located near the main entrance and overlooks the gardens. The Taveli Mahal is a two storey building - the ground floor was used for stables (probably for elephants) and the top storey was used as general accommodation.
Jahaz Mahal tank
Jahaz Mahal garden
Jahaz Mahal Palace
Jahaz Mahal tank
Gada Shah's house and shop at Mandu. Gada Shah was a Rajput chieftain in the Mandu Court - the "shop" was an audience hall accessible by the ordinary public and the house an elaborate two storey building with water channels and fountains.
Mandu Fort Royal Palace
Royal Palace water feature
Gada Shahs Palace
Ancient Hindu Baodi
Hindola Mahal at Mandu - also known as the Swinging Palace because it's side walls slope considerably.
Near the palace is the Himdola Mahal - this is a t-shaped two storey solid looking building which is also known as the Swinging Palace. Thought to have been constructed by Ghiyathud-Din in the late 1400s A.D. as the Royal Assembly Hall, it has massive walls which were constructed leaning inwards to form buttresses in order to support the heavy roof. Hence the impression that the building swings in the breeze. A steep ramp allowed the Sultan and his entourage to ride on elephants right up to the second storey. A
t-shaped building was added at a later date and this had an upper storey which was used by the ladies of the court - access was by two different passages.
The Hamam is situated within the Royal Palace complex and features several really interesting water features - including a sauna and the provision of hot and cold water for a bathing. Much of the quite complex water system can
still be clearly seen including a really nice little tank called the Champa Baodi.
Mandu Fort Royal Palace
The Champa Baoli at Mandu - typical of quite advanced water manipulation achieved at Mandu City Fort. On the far side of the Mauja Talao is the royal pleasure palace which is called Champa Baoli. This contains an elaborate water and ventilation system - has wells, underground chambers with numerous channels to allow free flowing water which kept the royal apartments cool.
Mandu Fort building
Dilawar Khans Mosque
Dilawar Khan Mosque at Mandu. The Dilawar Khan's Mosque is the oldest building in the Royal Enclave and was built in 1405 and used stones and pillars from Hindu and Jain Temples which has previously existed on the site. These are most evident on the main doorways and the colonnaded hall. Nearbye is a sauna which clearly shows the water boiler and channels around the walls for providng hot and cold water.
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