Getting There & Away -- To visit Mandu, most people travel via Indore, which is connected to important regional centers by daily flights and regular train services. The airport (tel. 0731/262-0819 or -0758) is 8km (5 miles) out of the center. The train trip from Bhopal lasts 6 hours; the Intercity Express from Delhi takes 13 hours; and the Avantika Express from Mumbai takes 15 hours. A far more convenient option is to base yourself in the small town of Maheshwar, 56km (35 miles) from Mandu, and about 2 hours by road from Indore. To get to Mandu (or Maheshwar) from Indore, hire a taxi through President Travels (Hotel President, 163 R.N.T. Rd.; tel. 0731/252-8866); you can arrange a pickup at the airport/station, and drive straight to Mandu (around Rs 2,500 for an A/C car); M. P. Tourism also arranges cars. If you're traveling on the cheap, there's a long, tiring bus trip to Mandu.
Visitor Information -- Madhya Pradesh Tourism has an office on the ground floor of Jhabua Tower, R.N.T. Road, in Indore (tel. 0731/252-8653; firstname.lastname@example.org; Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, closed Sun and second and third Sat of the month). In Mandu, ask the manager at MPSTDC-run Malwa Resort (tel. 07292/26-3235) for assistance.
Getting Around -- Indore has plenty of taxis and auto-rickshaws; ask the driver to use his meter. In Mandu, you can hire a bicycle, or ride on the back of a motorcycle with a local guide as your driver.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.