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Tomb of Shah Nawaz Aka Black Taj

The rich past and significant history make Burhanpur a fabulous destination that tourists love visiting, especially the historians and art lovers, who like to explore the magnificent splendor of Mughals in the city. Located at the Tapti River bank, around 340 km southwest of Bhopal, Burhanpur is a beautiful city well-known for its magnificent structures and historical remains that draws people from different parts of the country. This city is named after Sheikh Burhan-ud-din, who was a popular medieval Sufi Saint and is ruled by Mughals, who constructed many wonderful monuments here.

There are several tourist attractions in Burhanpur, built during the reign of Shah Jahan, the great Mughal Emperor, and the most popular of them is Shahi Qila, a majestic palace in Burhanpur. Though many of its parts are in ruins today, yet a lot of tourists visit this place to explore the ancient beauty of the structure and to see its amazing works of sculpture and exquisite carvings. Shahi Qila, which is also one of the most popular places to visit in Burhanpur, is known for an existence of Hamam or the royal bath, which is believed to be built for Shah Jaha's wife, Begum Mumtaz Mahal, to enjoy luxurious bathing.

Raja Jaisingh Ki Chatri

The city was ruled by the Peshwa Bajiroa for a couple of years, until handed over to the British in 1818. Several monuments and royal structures were built during this time to establish the power of the Marathas in the city. The Dargah-e-Hakimi and AsirGarh Fort are two other places that pulls a large number of tourists to this city and increases the chances of tourism in Burhanpur. Also, the fame of Burhanpur largely depends on pilgrimage for Bohra Muslims as well as for Sikhs as the city has an equal number of mosques and Gurudwaras.

Burhanpur District organizes many fairs and festivals that reflect a diverse culture in the city. If you are planning a trip to Burhanpur in the months between October to March, you can witness festivals like Navratri Garba, Devi Utsav, Diwali, Balaji Mela, Guru Gobind Singhji Utsav, etc. With a number of mosques, tombs, Gurudwaras, forts, and gardens, in the city, Burhanpur makes sure that it offers tourists the best of holidaying experience.

Interesting facts

  • Burhanpur was founded by Malik Nasir Khan in 1388 and was named after the medieval Sufi saint, Burhan-ud-Din
  • Burhanpur is also known as ‘Gateway of South’ and it became an independent district on August 15, 2003
  • Shah Jahan was a regular visitor at Burhanpur and he even constructed forts and other historic buildings here
  • Shah Jahan believed to have made several additions to the Shahi Qila in Burhanpur and out of many paintings in the Qila, one depicts a monument, which is said to be the inspiration for the glorious Taj Mahal
  • Burhanpur is a land of several cultures; the people here celebrate every festival, including Diwali, Durga Puja, Eid, Guru Gobind Singhji Prakash Utsav, Moharrum, and many more, with great fervor
  • Burhanpur was captured by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1600
Ahukhana Burhanpur
Shahnawaz Khan ka Maqbara

Things to Do and See in Burhanpur

  • Visit the most popular attraction of Burhanpur ‘Shahi Qila’ to see the great artwork of Shah Jahan, who made additions to this palace for his loving wife Mumtaz
  • Tourists can attend fairs and festivals like Navratri Garba, Navratri Utsav, Diwal & Goli celebration, Moharrum, Bohara’s-Urs-dargah-e-hakimi, Baragdi, Kabir Saheb Beejak teaching classes, etc. on their tour to Burhanpur
  • Bohra Muslims, who are here on pilgrimage can visit the Lal Kila, and the Dargah-e-Hakimi, built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar
  • Visit Asirgarh Fort, which is one of the most important forts of the historical period and was used to regulate southern part of India. There is a mosque, and a Lord Shiva temple inside this magnificent fort
  • The attractions like Faurkhi Mausoleum, Shahanwaz Khan’s Mausoleum, Begum Shahsuza’s Mausoleum, Black Mosque, and Akbari Sarai are worth visiting in Burhanpur
  • Tourists can also visit Burhanpur Gurudwara, which is believed to be 400 years old. It is located on the bank of Tapti River and contain religious books ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ and weapons of Guru Gobind Singh Ji
  • If you are keen for shopping in Burhanpur, visit the local markets here to buy ‘Kalabattu-jari’ (gold-silver thread work on cloth) and ‘Malmal,’ that are manufactured here

Weather in Burhanpur

Summer: 32°C to 45°C

Winter: 8°C to 29°C

How to Reach

By Air: The nearest airport is at Indore city, which is around 210 kms from Burhanpur. It has good connectivity to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Raipur, Nagpur, etc. Tourists can get direct bus service or taxis from this airport to travel to Burhanpur.

By Rail: Burhanpur has its own railway station, which is well connected to Mumbai, Delhi, Allahbad, Agra, Gwalior, Jabalpur, and Bhopal

By Road: Burhanpur is very close to the Maharashtra state border, and therefore it has good connectivity through road. There are frequent bus services from Indore to Burhanpur and also to other parts of the state like Bhusawal, Jalgoan, Aurangabad, and more.

Best Time to Visit Burhanpur is basically famous for historical monuments and buildings, therefore it can be visited at any time of the year. But, if you really want to enjoy a good weather and stroll the entire city in a pleasurable atmosphere, then winter is the best time to visit Burhanpur. Climate from October to March is perfect to visit Burhanpur.

  1. Travel Plan
  2. Half Day City tour
  3. Lunch at Hotel

After lunch responsible Tourism Tour interaction with Banana Grover’s, and interaction with Power loom Weaver

Kundi Bhandara

Khan-e-Khana came up with the idea of developing an underground water supply system as a precautionary measure to prevent the enemy from poisoning the drinking water. Tabkutul Arj, a Persian geologist brought his ideas in 1615, he constructed Kundi Bhandara, consisting of 108 kundis (well like storage structures aqua duct) constructed in a row and interconnected with each other through a 3.9 km. long underground marvel tunnel. According to newspaper reports, as the colour of the water was slightly reddish. So-called Khooni Bhandara & after it called Kundi Bhandara. The quality of water is equivalent to that of mineral water.

During their reign, the Mughals developed Burhanpur extensively, as the base for their expansion in south India. Nature has endowed the region with ample water resources. The city is situated on the banks of the river Tapti and Utavali and received about 880 mm of average annual rainfall. However, how to effectively utilize the available natural wealth to meet the needs of two lacks army personnel and 35,000 civilians emerged as an issue of serious concern for the Mughal Subedar, Abdul Raheem Khan-e-khana.

Another main purpose was to protect the whole natural resource & supply system of water during wars. Also, protect drinking water from the enemy because the water is basic needs & and enemy attacks on water system to damage the army & society life & their needs.

Mumtaz Mahal Abbu Khana

Rabindranath Tagore called the Taj Mahal “a teardrop on the cheek of time”. But spare a thought for the neglected land where the initial tears of a grieving husband and children first fell. It was this trail of tears that led me to the small town of Burhanpur in Madhya Pradesh.

When Khan Jahan Lodi rebelled against the Mughal empire, little did he know of its impact on the life of the emperor and eventually India. Shah Jahan moved to Burhanpur to quell the revolt, and as was her norm, Mumtaz Mahal, though pregnant with her fourteenth child, went with him.

She stayed in the Badshahi Qila, which had been built by the Faruqi rulers of Khandesh, who had ruled Burhanpur from the 14th to 16th century. Akbar’s army occupied Burhanpur in 1599 and it became the Mughal capital of Khandesh. Akbar’s son Daniyal was made the Subedar of the new province. The shikaar-loving, pleasure-seeking prince built an Aahukhana, or deer park, opposite the Badshahi Qila in the village of Zainabad on the banks of the river Tapti.

When Shah Jahan was the governor of the Deccan, he added various buildings within the Badshahi Qila, including a once-gorgeous and now deteriorating hammam, for his wife’s relaxation. The hammam is beautifully painted and one of the fading frescoes has a building which looks remarkably like the Taj Mahal. It was in this palace that Mumtaz Mahal died on the night of June 16-17, 1631, after giving birth to Gauhar Ara Begum.

Power Looms and Banana

The major economic industry in the district is the Agricultural based industry as about 65% of the population belongs to the rural part of the district. The main crops grown in Burhanpur include Banana and Cotton. Other major employment generating industry in the town is the power loom industry.

Power looms in Burhanpur is a major household industry, where cotton clothes are produced. Initially, these were developed as handlooms at the people residences, but later due to industrialization, these were replaced by the power looms. At present, there are about 35,000 powerlooms in Burhanpur on which about 80,000 people are earning their livelihood. Presently there are 12 jinning factories in Burhanpur, and two major industries for cotton Yarn namely Tapti Mill and Kamal Textiles in total producing about 12000 kg of yarn in a day.

Asirgarh Fort, Burhanpur

The famous Asirgarh Fort is an Indian fortress that is located in the Satpura Range and was built by the Emperor Asa Ahir of the Ahir dynasty. The fort, spread over a total area of more than 60 acres, is situated about 20 kilometres to the north of the city of Burhanpur in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. Even though the Asirgarh Fort is now in ruins, it still holds immense importance for history lovers as well as for those who wish to simply explore the beauty of a monument that once held esteem and prestige, but unfortunately could not escape the ravages of time.

Because the Asirgarh Fort demands a pass through the Satpuras that connects the valleys of the Narmada and the Tapti Rivers, which is one of the most important routes from north India into the Deccan, it is also popularly known as the 'Babe Deccan' or the 'Key to the Deccan'. In fact, during the Mughal era, it was widely agreed that the Deccan started from here, while the area that lay between Asirgarh and Delhi was considered to be Hindustan.

The majestic fort was earlier known by the name of Asa Ahir Garh, on the name of the Emperor who built this grand structure. The name of the fort, however, was later changed to its present name, that is the Asirgarh Fort. The fort is about 259 metres high and is at the height of 701 metres from the sea level. Inside this grand fort, one can also find a mosque, gurudwara and a temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In fact, the fort is divided into three parts, and each part has a specific name. While the first part is Asirgarh, the second part is called Kamargarh, and the third and last part is Malaygarh.