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“Great Mahal”

Rani Roopmati Pavillion
Ranked #3 of 33 things to do in Mandu
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

Rani Roopmati is situated in Mandav (also known as Mandu), its a great structure with steep steps to climb to the top. You also have a ramp built which leads to the top, which can be taken if you dont want to take the steps.
You can take a guide for a few bucks or you can explore the entire mahal by your own, its not that confusing as it may look like.
It is great if you like historic places, the view from the top is amazing, it is around 2-3 hours drive from Indore, the best way to commute is hire a taxi. do not forget to carry a your camera to click some amazing pics of you with the view.
Along the way you will also get to see Echo point, Shiva temple, Jahaz Mahal, Ram mandir, Hathi Mahal to name a few.
Its an entire one day trip with friends or family that can be planned.
The best time to visit is during winters or monsoon.

Thank aKa24
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

This is the place which was built so that Rani Roopmati can have Baj Bahadur's palace within her eye sight. The place has great view of its surroundings. But there is not much to do here.

Thank vavasthi
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Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

Not so interesting place,but if u have extra time than go for it.
A climb is all what it has, view is just fine

Thank vickydeepak
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Reviewed January 6, 2014

This old building, believed to be constructed by Afghan rulers of Mandu in late 15th century used to serve as the Arrny Observation Post with rooms on the lower floor for the army personnel. From here one gets a beautiful view of the battlement wall on the far off series of hills. It is one of the great attractions of Mandu, situated at an altitude of 2000feet. Mandu was known to be a fortified city even in the 6th century and gained prominence in 10th and 11th centuries under Parmar dynasty. The Khiljis later conquered it in the 14th century and were enthralled by its surroundings and natural defenses, i.e., hills on one side and River Narmada valley on the other side. They decided to make it their capital and named it Shadiabad (city of joy). Though Rani Roopmati was not living in Roopmati pavilion but used it as a retreat and would come here every morning to have a glimpse of River Narmada. As per the folklore, Baz Bahadur, himself a musician, heard an enchanting song during a hunting expedition and was so transfixed by this simple village girl’s beauty and sweet voice that he expressed his wish to marry her and come with him to Mandu. Roopmati refused him on the plea that she takes food only after seeing River Narmada. Then the sultan constructed the top burz on this observation post, which was quite close to his own palace and is known to have been constructed within 2 days so that Baz Bahadur's starving beloved could have a glimpse of the River Narmada as a part of her worship rituals. Contrary to what the historians say the local people believe that Rani Roopmati never married Baaz Bahadur and both maintained mutual love and adoration for each other’s music. This structure is really a witness to the magical love story steeped in music and culminating in her death by self poisoning as she could not reconcile to marrying another person after her lover’s defeat.

Thank krishna292
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

When Baz Bahadur, poet, singer and governor of Mandu, fell in love with the musically gifted Rupmati, she refused to move to Mandu because she said she had to pray to the river Narmada every day. The smitten Baz Bahadur then built this pavilion so that she could view the Narmada from its heights. A beautiful spot, it is a gem, especially in December when the brilliant blue skies highlight its architecture.

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