Complete Travel Guide to Burhanpur
Burhanpur, in Madhya Pradesh, on the banks of the Tapti River, is probably one of the most under-rated
tourist destinations in India. The entire city is filled with historical monuments, most of which dates back to the Mughal era. The Gurudwara here has a rare copy of the Guru Granth Sahib.
Burhanpur was an important outpost of the Mughals. Shah Jahan spent a considerable time in this city, and helped add to the Shahi Qila, originally built by the Farooqui rulers on the banks of the Tapti river. The main attraction at the palace is the hamam or the royal bath. It was specifically built for Shah Jahan's wife, Begum Mumtaz Mahal, so that she could enjoy a luxurious bath in water scented with khus, saffron and rose petals. Even today, the ceiling has many intricate paintings. One of these paintings depicts a monument which is said to have been the inspiration for the Taj Mahal. One of the amazing facts is that the Taj Mahal was originally supposed to have been built at Burhanpur. The site chosen for it still lies vacant near the tapti river. Mumtaz, in whose memory the taj Mahal was built, died in burhanpur while giving birth to her fourteenth child.
Burhanpur is also an important pilgrimage centre for different religious sects. The Dawoodi Bohra Muslims come
here to perfor ziyarat at the Dargah-e-hakimi, a beautifully maintained marble dargah complex. Another religious sect - the Kabirpanthis, also have their presence here. Burhanpur also holds significance for the Sikhs, since the Gurudwara here houses a rare copy of the Guru Granth Sahib, which carries the signature of the 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Govind Singh in golden ink.
Must See Tourist Spots:
1. Shahi Qila
3. Mumtaz Mahal's Kabr
4. Ahukhana, the Royal Hunting lodge
5. The tomb of Begum Shah Shuja, a Mughal royal lady
6. Mahal Gul-ara, shah Jahan's Pleasure palace
7. Khooni Bhandara: an ancient water supply system, originally conceived during the reign of Jahangir. The water was ingeniously collected from ground water resources and supplied to the city using baked clay pipes. Most of the system is still in working condition.