Ashrafi Mahal

Ashrafi Mahal


Erecting tall through the tests of time, Ashrafi Mahal was initially made a madrasa (Islamic school) which crumbled later with time because of its amateurish design. It was built by Hoshang Shah during the years between 1405 and 1422 when Mahmud Shah Khilji ruled the area. He wished to promote education but while it was being constructed, he decided to make it his own empire.


Built between the years 1405-1422, the structure of Ashrafi Mahal is situated right in front of the Jami Masjid. It is said to have been a Sanskrit University initially, during the time of Raja Bhoj in 1024. However, when Mandav was taken over by the Sultans and Hoshang Shah ascended the throne, he turned it into a Persian University. This was India's first and the world's fourth Persian University. Right after Hoshang Shah, Mahmud Shah came into power and during his rule, the kingdom of Mandav was at its peak. Before his death, he wanted a grand tomb for himself. The design of this building, therefore, was changed and the courtyard was turned into a tomb.


With a constant change in the rulers of the region from time to time, the construction of the structure had begun during the early years of Mahmud Khilji's reign when a Madrasa was built in conjunction with the adjacent Jami Masjid. From the remains, it can also be gathered that the Madrasa had been executed like the Mosque. Some years later, the turret on the northeastern side was raised seven stories high to commemorate Mahmud Khilji's victory over Rana of Mewar. Mahmud Khilji's tomb was constructed in the centre of the plinth at the end, which may have once been the most glorious structure in Mandu.

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Timing and Entry Fees

The time to enter the fort is between 8 AM to 6 PM. The ticket price for Indians is INR 25, however, for foreign tourists the ticket price costs INR 300.

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  • Hotel Rewa Residency : Located in Maheswar, Hotel Rewa Residency is an appropriate accommodation for travelers, as it is budget-friendly and equally comfortable.
  • Hotel Shree Ram : A modern hotel with all the updated facilities for the comfort of the guests.
  • Hotel Shri Sharanam : A three-star hotel located in Maheswar. Hotel Shri Sharanam is equipped with all the necessary amenities for its guests.
  • Hotel Sangini : Hotel Sangini is a four-star property located in Maheswar. The hotel is conveniently located near Datt Super Market and is easily accessible by road.
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  • Shivani Restaurant : Specializing in Vegetarian cuisine, Shivani Restaurant is a must-visit place for its delicious food. It is located in Mandav, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Malwa Retreat Cafeteria : The cafeteria serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food.
  • Malwa Resort : Undisputedly the best resort in the entire region of Mandu, Malwa Resort is the perfect place for you to relax.


Just like any other tourist spot, Ashrafi Mahal can also be visited around the year during any season. However, it is recommended to visit the place during winter as the weather of Mandu remains comfortable for the excursion as compared to the two other seasons

How to Reach
  • If you plan on traveling by train, then, Indore is the nearest railway station which is around 95 km away. However, if you wish to travel by flight, then, the nearest airport is Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport, Indore. Moreover, Mandu has well-built roads and is connected with some of the major cities of Madhya Pradesh, therefore if you want to travel via road, you can easily do that too.
Ashrafi Mahal

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

How to reach Ashrafi Mahal?

You can reach here either by Flight, rail or road as the city of Mandu is well-connected to the other major cities in India.

What is the best time to visit Ashrafi Mahal?

The best time to visit Ashrafi Mahal is during winter season as the weather is very pleasant and you are saved from the scorching heat of the summers.

Where is Ashrafi Mahal located?

Ashrafi Mahal is located in the Mandu region of Madhya Pradesh.

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