To the north of Munj Talao lies a cluster or ruins, believed to be remains of the royal retreats of the Malwa Sultanate. The royals probably retired here to enjoy music, poetry and art.
Within the enclosure is Taveli Mahal, which derives its name from tabela or stable. It is assumed that the ground floor served as stables while the upper floor had apartments that accommodated guards. At present the apartments have been converted into a guesthouse run by the ASI. A terrace offers splendid views of the surrounding area.
Set amid the ruins is a stepwell called Champa Baoli, named thus since its water is said to have tasted like champak flowers (Indian magnolias). An underground passage connects the base of the well to a labyrinth of vaulted rooms called tahkhana (basement). These rooms were further connected to a pavilion on the western bank of Munj Talao. This ensured that even during the scorching summers the tahkhana was uniformly cool. Nearby is a hammam, with star-shaped openings in the ceiling.
Next, head to the Nahar Jharokha or Tiger Balcony within the royal enclosure, assumed to have been built during Jehangir`s stay at Mandu, for the kings to give darshan to the public. The royal enclosure can be entered through a gate known as Hathi Pol, named thus because it is flanked on either side by derelict elephant figures. The gate is fortified with basti side either side meant for mounting guns.
There are two more baolis in the complex, known as Ujala Baoli and Andheri Baoli. The former, true to its name, is open and bright, while the latter is enclosed and hence dark. The Andheri Baoli, topped by a dome, is the larger of the two step wells, with two flights of steps leading down to it.
There are two more ruins within the royal enclave, which are believed to be the living quarters of a person of significant social standing, it is largely accepted that this man was Medini Ray, a Rajput chief, who had risen to great powers from the position of Sultan Mahmud II`s servant. One of the two buildings is believed be his house, an the other, a shop. The former is a two-storied structure with apartments on the ground floor. The upper story has a hall with two side rooms.
At the northern edge of the Royal Enclave is Dilawar Khan`s Mosque, the earliest Indo-Islamic monument at Mandu, evident from the its inscriptions that refer to the rule of the first Muslim king of Malwa. It is said that this mosque was exclusively meant for royalty. It has a central courtyard, surrounded by colonnaded galleries and a mihrab or niche on the western side. Hindu influence is eident in the structure, especially in the design of the pillars and the ceiling of the prayer hall. Scholars believe this form of architecture to be from the first phase of Islamic architecture at Mandu when mosques were constructed from various parts of dismantled temples. The main door and the richly ornamented niches in the western hall are worthy of note.