A PAINTING IN SHAHI QILA IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE INSPIRED THE DESIGN OF TAJ MAHAL
BURHANPUR WAS ORIGINALLY THE PREFERRED LOCATION OF THE TAJ MAHAL
THE HAMMAMM OR ROYAL BATH HERE WAS BUILT EXCLUSIVELY FOR BEGUM MUMTAZ MAHAL
THE JAMA MASJID IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE ONLY MOSQUE TO CONTAIN URDU & SANSKRIT SCRIPTS
THE ASIRGARH FORT WAS KNOWN AS THE GATEWAY TO SOUTHERN INDIA
behind the name
The saint behind the name
The Saint Behind The Name
Burhanpur is named after the Sufi saint Sheikh Burhanuddin Gharib. He was a disciple of Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia. The saint had the name ‘Gharib’ as he was very poor. So he went to Hazrat Nizamuddin and narrated his misery and requested him to teach him chemistry, so that he could get rid of poverty.
The saint asked Burhanuddin to bring a piece of clay which could absorb water. Burhanuddin set out to the banks of the river Jamuna and started picking pieces of clay. But every piece of clay he picked instantly turned into gold. So he went back to the saint and informed him of the magic. Hazrat Nizamuddin replied to him, “What is the use of learning a science which cannot even give you a ‘istinja ka dhela’ (piece of clay)?”
This was an eye-opener for Burhanuddin, who then gave up the quest of wealth and devoted his life to spiritual quest.
The rock of love
The rock of love
Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal's love corner
In the middle of the Tapti river, lies a strange rock that seems to be in the shape of an elephant. It is said that Shah Jahan, who would frequent Burhanpur, would take Mumtaz Mahal out on a boat to this rock on moonlit nights. They would then sit there and enjoy the magnificence of the lovely night. The unique rock has more recently been painted with vibrant colours that makes it stand out even more.
Founded in 1400 AD on the bank of the Tapti River, the historical city of Burhanpur was once the capital of the Mughal Kingdom. An important outpost of the Mughals, Burhanpur was known as the gateway to southern India for its strategic location.
Ruled by Shah Jahan for a very long period, it is one of the most beautiful symbols of Mughal architecture and Mughal grandeur.
The magnificent mosques, tombs and palaces give you a sense of what Mughal life at its peak was like. Burhanpur’s glorious and rich past will leave you fascinated and engrossed, just like a child.
Points of interest
Built in the 16th century and later completed by Emperor Akbar, the Jama Masjid is one of the most prominent monuments of Burhanpur.
Paintings at the Shahi Qila
You will find many artistic and intricate paintings on the ceiling of the Shahi Qila. One of these depicts a monument which is supposed to have been the inspiration for the world famous Taj Mahal.
The Asirgarh Fort was once an almost impregnable fort due to its height and strong outer walls. A majestic and beautiful architectural structure, it also has an ancient temple dedicated to Shiva.
Hammam or The Royal Bath
The Shahi Qila also had a royal bath, built exclusively for Shah Jahan's wife, Begum Mumtaz Mahal. She is supposed to have died here giving birth to her fourteenth child.
This Dargah stands on beautiful sprawling gardens and is the tomb of the Dawoodi Bohra saint, Saiyedi Abdul Hakimuddin.
If things had worked differently, this would have been the location of the world famous Taj Mahal. Lack of white marble available in the region and other logistic factors led Shah Jahan to Agra. Mumtaz Mahal was buried here until the Taj Mahal was fully constructed.
Across the Tapti from Burhanpur is one of its most well known monuments, the Ahukhaha, literally 'deer park' which was used as a hunting round during Faruqi and Mughal rule.
The Mughal plesure in water-fountains, canals, baths, is well known. Burhanpur boasts of what may be one of their most elaborate system for transporting water demonstrating an unparalleled constructional technique. Even today, these remain glorious relics of Mughal engineering, ingenuity and skill.
Tapti, also Tapi, flows 724 kms across the northern Deccan plateau, irrigating much of India's cotton growing heartland in the Nimar plains of Madhya Pradesh, and the Khandesh and deastern Vidarba regions in Maharashtra and south Gujarat.
On the northern outskirts of Burhanpur, about 2 kms from the town, is a beautiful Mughal monument, the tomb of Shah Nawaz Khan, on the banks for Utaoli river.
Sikkhism in Burhanpur
The Sikh connection in Burhanpur dates as far back as the early 16th century when Guru Nanak is said to have visited the town. (Surjit Sing Gandhi, History of the Sikh Gurus Retold 1606-1708 CE)
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Tapti Retreat in Burhanpur
Tapti retreat MPTDC is the place for both business and leisure travellers. Class and comfort make for a great combination, which is exactly what this hotel has to offer.
AC Room, Air Cooled Room
INR 1690 - 2290
Indore Airport - 192kms
Burhanpur - 8.3kms, Khandwa - 73 Kms
Plan your Travel
Reaching by Air
Indore airport, about 163 km away, is well connected to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Pune and Jabalpur.
Reaching by Rail
Burhanpur Railway Station is well connected to major cities like Mumbai, Pune and Varanasi via different routes.
Reaching by Road
Burhanpur is connected by regular bus services to cities like Indore, Jalgaon, Khandwa, Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Ujjain and Bhopal.
A handy digital map of the location and facilities for easy reference.
LOCAL GUIDE DIRECTORY
List and contact information of accredited local guides. Please call and book in advance.
A guide to the sights, facilities, timings and more.
BEST SEASON TO VISIT
This destination can be visited throughout the year, but it’s best to visit in the months of July to April.