My Travel Experiences

January 7, 2012

Mandu

Filed under: Madhya Pradesh, Mandu — Tags: , , , , , — Prashant Ghotikar @ 12:08 pm

27-Dec-2011. we were ready @ 7.30am. As usual, Gargi was accommodative to wake up @6.45am. We headed to station by auto for Rs: 40/- (the driver asked only 40 this time). Took tickets for Rs 13/- each and boarded Ujjain-Indore passenger. It started @ 8.15am. We reached Indore @ 10.30am. We first went to Sarvate bus stand to enquire about bus to Mandu . (I did searched few blogs and found out that, we will get bus from Gangwal bus stand, but one of the passenger in the train said that we might get from Sarvate stand as well). After enquiry they told us to go to Gangwal bus stand. I was thinking to hire cab to Mandu, but never found nearby. Though few cabs were there @ Indore railways station.

Reached Gangwal bus stand by auto for Rs 50/-. Just while we were entering the stand, one of the conductor asked, if we want to go to Dhar. The private mini bus (30 seater) started immediately at 11am. The road is really pathetic throughout. We reached Dhar @ 1pm. From here we got another private mini bus (30 seater) @ 1.20pm to Mandu. We reached Mandu  @ 2.10pm. In the route, I asked one guy to use his cell phone as my phone was not having any signal. The guy readily agreed and after trying 3-4 times (No signal of Airtel, only Tata Docomo was present intermittently), informed at the reception at Malwa Retreat that we will be reaching late.

Had check-in the room and fresh up. We headed to eat something at the hotel restaurant. The restaurant is very good here. The food is really good. They have live counter where you can see preparation of food. We had 2 hrs rest in the room then we went to Mandu chowk, the central place of Mandu. Malwa Retreat is at the beginning of Mandu town, 0.5km away from Mandu chowk. Mandu has just 20-25 houses overall… that’s all. With help from Manager at Malwa Retreat, we booked a cab for site seeing for Tomorrow morning.  The charges was Rs 850/- (500/- for cab + 300/- guide charges + 50/- for pickup-drop to hotel). We has dinner @ restaurant itself…as very good food quality.

On 28-Dec, we were ready @ 8.30am. We all had good sleep. The room here is very good ( I got room no. 106). We had complimentary breakfast (which I was not knowing, when I did booking ). The breakfast menu was poha, puri-bhaji, paratha-dahi and papayas. We started @ 9.30am with our guide cum cab driver Mr. Vishwas. We headed first to Rani Rupmati Palace, which is about 6-7kms from Mandu (chowk). Then saw Baz Bahadur Palace. This Palace is adjacent to Rani Rupmati’s Palace. At the start of Baz Bahadur Palace, there is Reva Kund (which as per guide is the only kund and no other branches any more). I have read references of Reva Kund in Narmada Parikrama books. While returning, we saw Echo Point, which is really on the street itself. This has 2 points, one with one echo and other with 2 echo’s. There are 2 (Dai ka Mahal and Choti Dai ka Mahal) structures towards which if you shout loudly the words will get echoed. We experienced this and were pretty happy.  I tried at echo point at Mahabaleshwar, but never had a good experience.

We then headed towards Jahaz Mahal and Shahi Mahal. It’s divided into 3 parts. It has a big Kapur  talaw, 2 pools, Hindola palace, Shahi Mahal and nice garden. I bought Mandu guide book written by Archaeological survey of India for Rs 20/-. The shop is at the entrance of Jahaz Mahal.

Lastly, in Mandu  chowk, we saw Ram Mandir,  Asharafi Mahal and Jama Mashid. The tour lasted for more than 3 hrs, till 1 pm. Rather than going to hotel, we had lunch of “Dal Bafale” Thali @ hotel Relax Point in Mandu chowk. Though I thought, the Thali was bit expensive Rs 120/-…consists of unlimited Dal Bafale, one Rava ladoo, potato subji, some salad and rice. After lunch, walked to hotel.  Tried to have some rest, as Gargi kept both of us busy. We were ready @ 5pm. Again went to chowk by walk. Had tea and returned back. Gargi slept on my shoulders while returning, as she was tired.

My take on Mandu

–          I think, come here with your own vehicle otherwise you do not have any choice for vehicle except the guides who has cabs and they said the charges are fixed rs 500/-. Nothing much to bargain as not much resources here. Also you can do site seeing at your own pace.

–          Not commercialized, no autos, no bikes for hire except bicycles.

–          From expectation, there is nothing other than monuments here…though they are really good. A nice silent place.

–          Come here with your family, extended family members as like get together, as it’s a nice place to have people with you.

–          If you have vehicle, first visit Jahaz Mahal and it has lot to see compared to other places.

–          Have at least 2 days here.  A nice place to rejuvenate.

Tomorrow we will be going to Omkareshwar. We hired the same cab wala for Rs 1700/- (no choice here 🙂 ). Thought, rather than changing 2-3 mini buses with Gargi, luggage and looking at the road conditions here, I hope it will be better decision. Let’s see.

We missed Neelkanth mandir and Neelkanth Palace. Let’s see, next time with my own vehicle. Also I will read the Mandu book, so no need for any guide 🙂

More photos of Mandu @ https://picasaweb.google.com/pvghotikar/Mandu?authuser=0&feat=directlink

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