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Burhanpur - The Original Location Of Taj Mahal

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The historical town of Burhanpur took its birth in the year 1400 AD on the bank of the Tapti river. The city was one of the erstwhile capitals of the Mughal kingdom and served as an important outpost to the Mughals. Burhanpur was also known as the Gateway to South India, thanks to its strategic location. The place was under rule of Shah Jahan for a long period and is the abode of some of the fine examples of Mughal architecture.

The place has many majestic mosques, tombs and palaces, which would throw light on the Mughal Empire, at its peak. The rich past of the place would leave you spellbound and engrossed, like how a child would be when they come across a new toy.

An interesting fact about the small town is that it was originally supposed to be the motherland of the majestic Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan's consort Mumtaz Mahal passed away in Burhanpur while in labour for her 14th child. The queen's mortal remains were kept here for a long time before the Mughals shifted their capital to Agra and her body, too, shifted along with the capital to be housed in the Taj Mahal.

The site chosen for the Taj Mahal on the banks of the Tapti river still remains vacant as a reminder of the bygone era and its rich history.

Places To Visit Here

1. Gurudwara Bari Sangat Sahib

1. Gurudwara Bari Sangat Sahib

The city of Burhanpur holds an important connection to Sikhism; it said that Guru Nanak visited the town sometime in the 16th century. Guru Gobind Singh halted at Burhanpur while traversing with the Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah I to the Deccan in the year 1708. The Gurudwara is built on the place where Guru Gobind Singh halted and stayed for 20 days, preaching at the sangat. The shrine is also home to a handwritten copy of the Guru Granth Sahib which has an inscription by Guru Gobind Singh.
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2. Dargah-e-Hakimi

2. Dargah-e-Hakimi

The Dargah is the tomb complex of a Dawoodi Bohra saint named Syedi Abdul Qadir Hakimuddin, which attracts pilgrims from across the globe. The complex is home to mosques, gardens and has accommodation facilities for visitors. The tomb is constructed in pure white marble which showcases one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture.
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3. Jama Masjid

3. Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid in Burhanpur is one of the major mosques built during the Farooqui rule. The original Jama Masjid was built to the north of the city. But it was later, during 1590, that the present Jama Masjid was constructed in the centre of Burhanpur, The construction of the Jama Masjid began in the year 1590 under the patronage of Adil Shah and was completed 5 years later.
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4. Shahi Qila

4. Shahi Qila

The Shahi Qila is a majestic palace which is located to the east of Tapti river. The palace is currently in ruins and very few parts of the once grand palace stood the test of time, which throws light upon the grand sculpture works and beautiful carvings.

The Shahi Qila is said to have been built by the Farooqui ruler and was the home of Shah Jahan when he served Burhanpur as its governor. The major attraction of the palace is the Hamam which was specially built to serve Mumtaz Mahal. She was buried here until the construction of Taj Mahal was completed.
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 How To Reach Burhanpur

How To Reach Burhanpur

By Air: Indore airport is the nearest major airport which is located about 163 km away. The airport is well connected to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad, etc.

By Train: Burhanpur railway station is well connected to major cities, like Mumbai, Varanasi, Surat, and other major stations in and outside the state of Madhya Pradesh.

By Road: One of the best ways to reach Burhanpur is by road as the place is well connected by regular bus services, to and fro, from major cities across the state, such as Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, etc. and also from the neighboring state of Maharashtra as it lies close to the border.

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