Mandu is close to 85 Km from Bagh and full of visual treats for the tourist. Known as the The City of Joy by Mughal rulers, a plateau overlooking scenic plains, it has very fine examples of Afghan architecture. There are plenty of palaces, pavilions, mansions, tombs and mosques that overlook rushing torrents of water with plenty of greenery especially during the rainy season.
45 km of parapet walls with 12 gateways encircle Mandu, Delhi Darwaza being the principal gateway to the fortress city. Rampool Darwaza, Jehangir Gate, Tarapur Gate are some of the noted gateways.
Jahaz Mahalis a 120 metre long “Ship Palace” that is built between two artificial lakes Munj Talab and Kapur Talab. Known for its open pavilions, overhanging balconies, this stone construction seems like a recreation retreat of a royal ship. On moonlit nights, the sight from the adjoining Taveli Mahal shows the silhouette of the building, the tiny domes and minarets on the terrace as a wondrous spectacle that remains etched in memory. Some historians believe Jahaz Mahal could have been built by Sultan Giasuddin for his harem, others mention it as the summer resort of the Malwa King Munjdeb.
It is the Swinging Palace built by Sultan Ghiasuddin Khilji, got its name from the slping walls that look like the trestle supports of a swing. It was also an audience hall for the King of Mandu. In between some of the buildings is the well called Champa Baoli that gets connected to underground rooms where hot and cold water arrangements were made. Dilawar Khan’s mosque, Nahar Jharokha (tiger’s balcony) the two large wells – bright and dark Baolis, Gada Shah’s shop and house are all nearby and worth a visit.