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Burhanpur Tourism

Burhanpur is a historical town based on the banks of the Tapti River in Madhya Pradesh. The most interesting piece of trivia would be that Mumtaz Begum, the reason why the Taj Mahal was built, died in Burhanpur while giving birth to her fourteenth child. The city was also known as the entry point into south India as a result of its strategically poised position. 

The Queen who immortalized love was buried here, waiting for the completion of her famed tomb in Agra. Burhanpur is also blessed with an amazing water supply system that was developed during the Mughal rule. Burhanpur also served as the capital of the mighty Mughal Kingdom and is a city that is famous for its fascinating heritage. 

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The Grave of Mumtaz

Apart from being a significant city in the Mughal Empire, Burhanpur is also infamous for being the place, where Mumtaz Mahal had breathed her last and then embalmed for 23 years before she was finally laid to rest in the famous tomb of Taj Mahal. However, Burhanpur is more than just being the death place of Mumtaz Mahal. It is a gold mine of Mughal history, which allures interested history lovers and students towards this place, where they can discover the state's glorious past.

Places to Visit

1. Asirgarh Fort: Believed to have been built by a zamindar by the name, Asa Ahir in the early 15th century, Asirgarh is a fortress situated in the Satpura Range. It was considered to be the "Key to the Deccan" as the fortress had a pass through the Satpuras that connected the valleys of Narmada and Tapti rivers, which was one of the most important routes to the Deccan.

2. Shahi Quila: Once a majestic palace on the east side of the Tapti river, the palace is in ruins today but still attracts a lot of tourists. The locals call this structure "Bhoolbhulaiya" (a labyrinth, in Hindi) as the interiors of the Shahi Qila are puzzling to a visitor. The main attraction here is the Hamam or the Royal Bath, which was specifically built for Shah Jahan's favourite wife, Mumtaz Begum so that she could enjoy a luxurious bath. An interesting fact is that Taj Mahal was once decided to be constructed in Burhanpur, but the site is still vacant even today.

3. Jama Masjid: The Jama Masjid was built in the 16th century by Emperor Akbar and is considered to be one of the prominent monuments in the town of Burhanpur.

4. Dargah-e-Hakimi: A Dawoodi Bohra saint by name, Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin was buried in Burhanpur and his grave is popularly known as Dargah-e-Hakimi and visited by thousands of pilgrims every day.


Burhanpur was a prominent city under the Rashtrakuta Dynasty from the 753 to 982 AD. Later, in 1388, the Faruqi dynasty took over the region. Malik Nasir Khan, the Sultan of Khandesh renamed the city after a famous Sufi saint, Burhan-ud-Din and the area became the capital of the Khandesh Sultanate.

In 1601, Akbar of the Mughal Empire annexed the city and the Mughals ruled over the place for a very long time. It was also the favourite destination of Emperor Shah Jahan, who has contributed many structures to the area. Later, in 1705, Santaji Ghorpade, the chief general of the Maratha Empire under Chhatrapati Rajaram attacked Burhanpur and again in 1720, Peshwa Bajirao attacked and took over the city but they lost it in 1761 in the Third Battle of Panipat.

Restaurants and Local Food in Burhanpur

There are a handful of restaurants in Burhanpur, predominantly with the Mughlai cuisine. Restaurants here range from Rs 200 to Rs 1000. Burhanpur has a fine balance in terms of availability of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian restaurants, guaranteeing all the tourists a satisfied meal.
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Suggested Itinerary for Burhanpur

Day 1 - Reach Burhanpur, preferably by noon and take some rest. In the evening, you can go to the main market for a stroll, especially where you can buy precious curios and souvenirs, that you can take home for your families.
Day 2 - The 2nd day should be the ideal time for starting your trip through Burhanpur, You should begin ideally with Jama Masjid, the astounding creation of architecture, not very far from Asirgarh Fort, a favourite tourist hotspot.
Day 3 - This day can be reserved for a visit to the ruins of Shahi Qila, or if you prefer, go for the Dargah e Hakimi, a popular spiritual cum tourist hotspot.

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FAQs on Burhanpur

What is famous about Burhanpur?

A gold mine of Mughal history.

What is not so good about Burhanpur?

Can be congested in peak seasons. Average hospitality

Who should visit Burhanpur?

Ideal for history lovers. Suitable for people touring nearby sites like Bhopal, Indore etc.

What is the best time to visit Burhanpur?

The best time to visit Burhanpur is during the months of October-March. Burhanpur basically showcases historical monument and buildings for visitors which can be visited throughout the year by tourists. It gets quite hot here during the summers, hence it would not be a preferable time to visit this place. Climate from October to March will be the best time to visit Burhanpur as during this time climate remain good and the journey can be enjoyed by tourists from India and other countries.
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What is the local food in Burhanpur?

There are a handful of restaurants in Burhanpur, predominantly with the Mughlai cuisine. Restaurants here range from Rs 200 to Rs 1000. Burhanpur has a fine balance in terms of availability of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian restaurants, guaranteeing all the tourists a satisfied meal.
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What is the best way to reach Burhanpur?

Burhanpur is well connected to the rest of India by rail & road. Regular rail and bus services ply to and fro the city of Burhanpur; buses being operated both by private and government owners, especially the Madhya Pradesh Road Transport Corporation. There is no direct flight connectivity, however, to Burhanpur. Some 160 km away is the Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar airport in Indore, which is the nearest airport that connects Burhanpur to the rest of India.  
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What are the places near Burhanpur?

The top places near to Burhanpur are Ajanta and ellora caves which is 180 km from Burhanpur, Mandu which is located 142 km from Burhanpur, Maheshwar which is located 116 km from Burhanpur, Chikhaldara which is located 114 km from Burhanpur, Lonar which is located 152 km from Burhanpur

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3 years ago

Prasad Desai

on Jama Masjid 3 years ago
The picture of the Mosque itself gives a longing desire to visit. The very beautiful colonnade and the Minar at the far end gives it an inviting look. A must visit in Burhanpur

Pallavi Siddhanta

3 years ago
- Have a guide with you or make a well researched plan for yourself and only then embark on to your trip.
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