Ship Palace (Jahaz Mahal)
Ship Palace (Jahaz Mahal)
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This famous castle was built by the son of Mohammed Shah to house his harem of 15,000 women.
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1lifetotravel
Mumbai, India289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Friends
The place built in 14th century is an amazing insight into planned architecture used in that time period. Hardly any other palace in India from that period shows this kind of science and thought behind the buildings.

There are several monuments inside the complex, most in ruins but being restored. For a normal tourist without guide, one can only see stones and buildings. But we had an excellent guide who showed us how water was filtered and recycled, how it was stored and transported to living areas, kind of structure made for ventilation, for transporting oil for lamps etc. The extensive tour which took over 3 hours, was one of amazement and delight.

Tips:
1. Lot of uneven stones and climbing steps so wear proper cushioned shoes
2. If spending 3 hours inside do carry water too
3. Main unmissable monuments inside are Jahaj Mahal, Hindola Mahal and the Harems stay house.
4. Highly recommend using our guide Javed Qureshi (+917869996237). He charges as per ASI guidelines which some tourists may find steep but we thought worth every buck (and more).
Written 30 November 2022
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Vikas Sadhotra
New Delhi, India693 contributions
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Nov 2022 • Family
Jahaz Mahal is a must see and perhaps the best place in Mandu. You require approximately two hours plus here since there are other places/ monuments inside the same perimeter. The entry ticket is Rs 25 per person and children below 15 yrs are free. The best time is Nov to Feb as otherwise it will be too warm to move around. Enter the gate and you will be mesmerised by the beauty of the place. You will see two lakes on left and right of the Mahal. A museum is just near the entrance gate which is very small and one has to remove the footwear outside before entry. The Jahaz Mahal is a multi storeyed and appears as if it will sail but alas it never sailed😀. With young kids one has to careful as the place is not safe. Keep the kids under supervision. Near the Jahaz Mahal you can also see Champa Baodi, Hamam, Hindola Mahal, Jal Mahal, Nahar Jharokha, Adil Shah’s Palace etc. Overall the Best Place in Mandu
Written 7 November 2022
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Nidhi D
New Delhi, India285 contributions
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Sept 2022
Magical - all of Mandu. Could easily have spent many more hours inJahaz Palace alone . Madu is worth two three days . Earlier there wasnt proper accomodation but now there seems to be - that of M P Tourism . The two lakes - there water levels , the two basements of the place , the 15th century R O system for the Palace - all quite extraordinary. Most of all there is a mystique about the place that aborbs you
Written 30 September 2022
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Prahlad Vaidyanathan
Bhopal, India13 contributions
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Aug 2022
It is a palace built by Ghias-ud-din Khilji between 1469-1500 around the water of two man-made lakes (Manju and Kapur Talab). It contains a number of Baodis (wells) and Hammamms (bath areas) along with a pleasure pavillion and a Jal Mahal. The "water" theme is well explored and adds a unique flavour to the place.

There is also a mosque and a "Swing Palace" (resembles a swing because of the sloping buttresses). This is where the evening sound and light show is projected.

All this is well worth a visit, especially to look around and imagine the size and grandeur of the place when it was fully built some 500+ years ago.
Written 14 August 2022
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BharathiMani
Bengaluru, India3,160 contributions
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Aug 2022 • Couples
The best time to visit Mandu is the Monsoons when the Jahaz mahal looks like a ship. It's built as a rectangle and is supposed to resemble a ship.
It's best to hire a guide to explain the history of this monument.
Best to visit earlier in the day as the monument opens or after 3 pm.
There are beautiful views from the top.
Written 7 August 2022
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D.L.N.Rao
Bhopal, India26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
An enchanting place by the water side, lovely gardens, place at the other end. Stunning sound and light show in the evening.
Written 21 March 2022
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KaviKavi
India44 contributions
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Dec 2021
Stunning and marvellous. The Ship Palace is quite a wonder, Mandu, in general, is one of the most impressive places I've ever visited. The monuments, the surroundings, the physical and architectural beauty, the amazing feats of engineering and water management - all these are things of wonder. Mandu is a must see and in Mandu The Ship Palace should be the first stop. Don't forget to ask about the water management of those times.
Written 21 March 2022
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Murari Lal Biyala
Mumbai, India97 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Bountifully designed palace that will give a view of being in a ship during rainy season and surrounded by beautiful lake and garden
Written 3 March 2022
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sudhir naik
Pune, India6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
good guides,good timing - from sunrise to sunset. Neat and clean very close to malwa resort (MP Tourism )
Written 13 February 2022
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P M V
Nagpur, India3,884 contributions
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Dec 2021
Started the day with a tour of Jahaz Mahal.
I feel Jahaz Mahal is the most celebrated, most photographed and the most famous of all the monuments in Mandu. Located between two water bodies and well-landscaped gardens, with its grand size, two stories, four dome mounted sit-outs on the terrace, swimming pools with beautifully intricate spiral aqueducts for the pools and arched passages the celebrated status of Jahaz Mahal is very well deserved.
It is also because of the location between two water bodies Munje and Kapur Talavs that this monument got its name of Jahaz Mahal meaning a Ship Palace.
Information about Jahaz Mahal in Hindi and English, engraved on a stone tablet is erected near the monument for the information of the general public. Information given in English is given below: -
Jahaz Mahal
This 120-meter long 'ship palace' built between the two artificial lakes Munj Talao and Kapur Talao, is an elegant two-storeyed palace. Probably it was built by Sultan Ghiyas-ud-din Khilji for his large harem. With its open pavilions, balconies overhanging the water and open terrace, Jahaz mahal is an imaginative recreation in stone of a royal pleasure craft.
Munje Talav:-
With most of the dry lake areas, Munje Talav was a sad sight. As per Rajesh, our guide, unauthorised and clandestine pumping for irrigation by farmers of the surrounding farms was the reason for such low water level in the lake. Later when going towards Jal Mahal we even saw pipes laid in the lake and pumps used for this purpose. With such proof, it is hard to understand why the authorises are not taking action against such water thieves.
With no water or almost no water on one side of the “Ship Palace”, I felt that it looked more like a “Beached Ship”. Felt sad at the sight.
About the other talav, the Kapur Talav our guide told us an interesting story.
One of the pet concubines of the sultan was not only on the plump side but was also slightly darker in complexion.
He was told by one of the travelling hakims that bathing in camphor water will improve the complexion of his favourite concubine.
Sultan ordered Camphor (Kapur) to be added to the waters of the talav so much so that the water of Kapur Talav always smelt of camphor.
The favourite concubine always bathed in Kapur Talav to lighten her dark complexion.
Looking at me (I am dark), with a smile, he hastened to add that nowadays water of Kapur Talav, does not smell of Kapur nor does it improve the complexion.
All of us dutifully laughed at the "joke"
Maybe this was his standard laugh line which he told every group he conducted.
Wonder what he said while conducting all "fair" foreign tourists :-)
There are times when what the guide tells you is much more interesting than the dry information given by Wiki, though it may be far from the facts. 😊
Written 10 February 2022
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