23 Feb 2024
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.
Burhanpur is named after the Sufi saint Sheikh Burhanuddin Gharib. He was a disciple of Haz
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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 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.
This Dargah stands on beautiful sprawling gardens and is the tomb of the Dawoodi Bohra saint, Saiyedi Abdul Hakimuddin.
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.
Built in the 16th century and later completed by Emperor Akbar, the Jama Masjid is one of the most prominent monuments of Burhanpur.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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