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Ship Palace (Jahaz Mahal), Mandu

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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Admire marvelous architectural solution of Ship Palace (Jahaz Mahal), ruins of an elegant two story stone palace sandwiched between two water tanks. This 120 m (394 ft) long complex executed in Afghan-style architecture features open pavilions with balconies overlooking water, making it look like it is floating. Built in 1436-1439, this masterfully carved and brilliantly laid-out has numerous sets of elaborate curlicues set in the floor, leading rainwater to a tank. Enjoy views of the water and exquisite gardens with lovely topiaries from one of the tiny domes, turrets and balconies. A visit to Ship Palace (Jahaz Mahal) represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Mandu vacation planner to plot your vacation.
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  • The Ship Palace at Mandu near Indore comes loaded with history and has some amazing architecture. The multi-floored palace is built in the shape of a ship and surrounded by water bodies and gardens. T...  read more »
  • Jahaz mahal has a good view of Mandu from the top. Well built building, interiors and wall decor is not maintained well and not much is left for seeing. Though the lake and garden are very well mainta...  read more »
  • This is the highlight of Mandu. Located slap bang in the middle of two lakes, this one transports you to a different time. The building was used more as a pleasure pavilion than an actual living quart...  read more »
  • Jahaj Mahal is the centre of attraction of all the magnificent monuments in Mandu. It was primarily built as a 'harem' to keep the many queens of the the Mandav King in good humour amidst the hot climate of Mandav or Mandu. The palace itself is made in the shape of a ship or jahaj and has water bodies all around and thus the name Jahaj Mahal or the ship palace. Ancient architecture can be seen at its best here. It is an archaeological India site and there is an entry ticket. It is recommended to the visit Jahaj Mahal and Hindola Mahal first once you land in Mandu and then continue south seeing Hosang shah tomb,Jami Masjid, Darya Khan Tomb, Ahilya fort, Boat club etc culminating the tour at the Rani Roopmati palace, before falling back. If a foodie, do try locally made 'panni' in one of the shacks just outside the Jahaj Mahal or at the local bus stop. Order in advance as it takes and hour to prepare and not many keep them ready. Night stay is ideal in one of the two MP Tourism resorts. Do take a guide at the entrance of the Jahaj Mahal itself, if not carrying a good guide book. (negotiate well). Happy Viewing. Bon Chance.
  • Mandu or Mandavgad is a ruined city in the present-day Mandav area of the Dhar district. It is located in the Malwa region of western Madhya Pradesh, India, at 35 km from the Dhar city. In the 11th century, Mandu was the sub division of the Tarangagadh orTaranga kingdom . This fortress town on a rocky outcrop about 100 km (62 mi) from Indore is celebrated for its fine architecture. Beautiful place,.. must visit..
  • Got hear for 8am opening it was great no one around. Such a beautiful fort. The views from the fort are spectacular looking over a lake with locals fishing in them.
  • Well maintained. Gives a cool feeling
  • Jahaj Mahal, is well known for its architecture. The place is beautiful, covered with greenery all around!
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