Dariya Khan Tomb - History, Timings & Entry Fee


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Distance (From Mandu Bus Stand): 2 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins

Place Location: Near Hathi Mahal

Transportation Options: Cab / Auto

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 2 km from Mandu Bus Stand, Darya Khan's Tomb is a mausoleum located in Mandu, Madhya Pradesh. Situated near Hathi Mahal, it is one of the must-visit places during your Mandu trip.

Darya Khan's Tomb was built between 1510-1526 AD by Darya Khan himself who was a court official of Mahmud Khilji II. He completed the construction before he died and his body was buried in the same. Situated between Hosai village and Rewa Kund, it is a regal specimen of Muslim art and architecture. A part of the Darya Khan Group of Monuments in Mandu, the building stands on a raised platform. Its exterior is faced with red masonry which was once decorated with colored enamels in various intricate patterns. Near the piers of arches are seen octagonal posts in the traditional style.

Although built of red sandstone Darya Khan's Tomb has a remarkable resemblance with the marble mausoleum of Hoshang Shah's Tomb in the nearby Central Group of Mandu. The interior of the tomb is a square hall with arches built across the corners to support the dome .above. The only ornamentation inside is in the band of miniature arches set with blue tiles and in the beautiful stone trellis-work fitted into the walls for purposes of admitting light and air within. There are three graves here. In which Darya Khan who was the high officer of Mandu court and his family members are buried.

To the northwest of the Darya Khan Tomb lies an unknown tomb and the Darya Khan's Mosque. The unknown tomb consists of a rectangular structure with a triple-arched entrance and topped with a large central dome. Darya Khan's Mosque is located a couple of feet southwest of the unknown tomb. This east-facing mosque is approached by a series of arched gateways. The flat roof is topped with a huge dome in the center and the northern and southern ends of the terrace are each flanked by three smaller domes. Adjoining the southern wall of Darya Khan's Tomb is a small brick-lined pond called Somvati Kund. A few steps to the southwest is the Lal Sarai (Sarai means inn).

Timings: 8 AM - 6 PM

Entry: Rs. 25 for Indians & Rs. 100 for Foreigners