Burhanpur
SHAHI QILA The gateway
to southern India
Burhanpur City
21.3194° N, 76.2224° E

Burhanpur

  • Shahiqila in Burhanpur

    A PAINTING IN SHAHI QILA IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE INSPIRED THE DESIGN OF TAJ MAHAL

  • Burhanpur - Preferred Loaction of Taj Mahal

    BURHANPUR WAS ORIGINALLY THE PREFERRED LOCATION OF THE TAJ MAHAL

  • Royal Bath in Burhanpur

    THE Hammamm OR ROYAL BATH HERE WAS BUILT EXCLUSIVELY FOR BEGUM MUMTAZ MAHAL

  • Mosque in Burhanpur

    THE JAMA MASJID IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE ONLY MOSQUE TO CONTAIN URDU & SANSKRIT SCRIPTS

  • Gateway Fort

    THE ASIRGARH FORT WAS KNOWN AS THE GATEWAY TO SOUTHERN INDIA

The saint
behind the name

Burhanpur - History of Name


The rock of love

Rock of Love in Tapti River

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.

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Reaching by Air

Reaching Burhanpur 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

Reaching Burhanpur by Rail

Burhanpur Railway Station is well connected to major cities like Mumbai, Pune and Varanasi via different routes.

Reaching by Road

Reaching Burhanpur by Road

Burhanpur is connected by regular bus services to cities like Indore, Jalgaon, Khandwa, Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Ujjain and Bhopal.

The saint behind the name

Saint Sheikh Burhanuddin Gharib

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

Strange Rock in the Middle of Tapti River

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.

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