The Mandu Festival spotlights the town’s cultural wealth through a variety of free tours
The 16th-century star-crossed lovers, prince Baz Bahadur and shepherdess Roopmati, the stunning architecture and delicious food are just three reasons why Mandu is a year-round siren for die-hard romantics. Located about a two-hour drive from the airport at Indore, Mandu was the fort-capital named by the Sultans of Malwa as Shadiabad: the City of Joy. This February 14 weekend, the Madhya Pradesh government offers travellers more enticement via the Mandu Festival’s free tours of the historic fortress town.
From 13 to 15 February 2021, visitors to the Mandu Festival can interact with local artisans in the arts and crafts district, eat Malwa cuisine (and hit the bar) in the food district, and attend live music concerts (Kabir Cafe on 13 February and Mukt Band on 14 February). Plus, heritage walks, village tours, cycling trails, and what promises to be a sold-out tour of Mandu’s most Instagrammable sights led by a professional photographer. Log on to the festival website and fill in your name, contact details, activity and time slot to register for the tours.
Mandu has seen millennia of evolution—aeons before the man-made lakes and 48 Archaeological Survey of India-tagged historic monuments appeared in this town, Mandu was a dinosaur nesting site. We’d say come for the weekend and stay on for a week to explore the other fabulous destinations around, from Indore to Maheshwar and Ujjain.
Scroll down for images from 2019’s Mandu Festival.