It’s no news that Madhya Pradesh retains gems from bygone eras of Indian history. But, for a newer way of exploring all that it has to offer, skip the usual suspects and head west, closer to Indore, to find out the culturally rich areas of Mandu and Maheshwar.

Mandu is home to some of India’s finest examples of Afghan architecture – it’s filled with palaces, tombs, monuments and mosques, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Start your trip with a visit to Roopmati’s Pavilion. The structure, which stands a short distance away from Baz Bahadur’s Palace, was built as a look-out post for sentries. Over time, a lot of other additions were made, including a large reservoir for the storage of rainwater. There are superb views of the valley on offer if you head up to the terrace.

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