mandu has waterbodies and ponds present everywhere. water had a lot of importance in mandu as is seenw ith the water harvesting sysytems seen with almost every building in mandu.water conservation was important for a plateau fort like mandu.numerous lakes like sagar talao and rewa kund dot mandus landscape.there are waterbodies scattered all over example being near the hathi mahal and lalmahal.the andheri and ujala baodis of water pointout towards an advanced water managemnt system.the neelkanth palace had water cascades.the baz bahdur palace had a water lift in front of the rewa kund supplying water to the fountains.teh water cistern(see pics of rupmati palace)in rupmatis palace is another example.the fountain system and swimming pools at jahaz mahal clinch the theory that water management centred very deeply in development of mandu.
the ponds have lotuses blooming in various steps of blossoming the flat leaves provisde a stable base for the stalk to stand still in the pond waters.lotus as a flower has important stature in hindu mythology. it is a prominent floral pattern in many architectures of indian origin. the flower is ofred to hindu deities and gods as an offering. the stalk of lotus flower/lotus stem is used to prepare exotic dishes in cooking.
Fondest memory: lotuses in bloom in monsoon the season of mandu
these trees which seem to be hanging upside down add their own aura to the mystery that is mandu.
supposed to be brought in by arab traders these trees have survived centuries perhaps they are the only witness to the history of mandu.
they produce a peculiar fruit which is often sold in mandu village known as "mandu ki imli"
the tree is broad at the base and tapers towards the top with branches hanging out like roots.
at the time of sunset they offer beautiful silhouttes against the backdrop of monuments.
they are prominently seen lining the road in mandu incidentally this was itself the very road used down the ages in mandu running past sagar talao.
Fondest memory: the ubiquitous presence of baobab trees