Mandu “The Silent Walls”

Going into history and changing our mistakes is every human’s dream wish, but learning from history and improvising ourselves is not a piece of cake for anyone.

History makes us getting us to know about the origin and demolition of many clans. I travel not to just have a look at nature’s beauty, it can be seen and felt by anyone. But the motive is to learn the origin of that beauty, and the activities done behind the curtains to make that place so beautiful.

This time I went on a bike trip to Mandu. A small city in Madhya Pradesh of India. In the first impression, it looks like a city wholly owned by the Archaeological Survey of India, as every 100-200m of distance there is a monument, ranging from small to big.

The easiest way to reach here from any part of the world is by traveling to Indore first, Indore, a destination for food lovers in India. From Indore, the Mandau is just 87km more by road. The roads pass from the natural essence of Malwa.

As soon as we enter Mandu, we were welcomed by Jahangir Darwaza (Jahangir Gate).

We thought that this was the only welcome, but soon more Darwajas were waiting for us. Felt like the entry of the Royal King is entering his Capital.

Mandu was not having any urban or modernized lifestyle. People are so simple. Just tourism is one mode of earning for this small town. Soon we reached the place we heard about via Google, Hidola Temple, the open hallway, which gives a mesmerizing touch to our memory of visual memory.

The area was too big that spilled sweat from our body in this winter of January. After wandering the place for about half an hour, we reached the most important place of Mandu “Jahaz Mahal” (Palace on Ship).

I didn’t have any words to describe its beauty and the beauty lies within its vicinity. You can just visually feel it when you go there.

After looking at the walls of these monuments, we moved to our next destination of Mandu, Jama Masjid. It sounds like we were in Delhi, but here in Mandu there is also a Jama Masjid and it’s marvelous.

Moreover, the low crowd makes this area a much better place to sit in peace. The wide corridors of pillars make beauty in the heavy noon sunshine.

After the Jama Masjid visit, we moved to our last destination of this Archaeological survey trip, the Rani Roopmati Pavilion. A fort standing at the top of the highest peak of Mandu. From here anyone can watch a 360-degree view of the whole area.

As it was the weekend and last day of the year 2017, so the crowd was at its peak. We have to stand in a queue to reach the staircase which leads us to the top of the Fort. The view was breathtaking and the breeze was refreshing.

Soon we ended up covering all the important monuments of Mandu, which makes us realize our love for these ancient walls. Every wall, every pillar was trying to say something. Some of which were having a happy story behind them, but some were screaming as if something very bad happened in front of them.

Lots of Archaeologists were still working on getting to know the story behind this long silence of these walls. It either makes us warn about something or may give us some lessons to learn so that humanity can make their future happier.

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