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Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh

Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh

With remnants of Mughal opulence and a secret royal past, Burhanpur on the banks of the Tapti River is one of Madhya Pradesh’s best-kept secrets. This fascinating town has witnessed centuries of Mughal drama since being founded in the 15th century by Faruqi kings. In the 17th century, it was captured by Emperor Akbar and ruled for a century by his successors. The Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan originally wanted to build the Taj Mahal in Burhanpur but chose Agra to avoid bugs and transporting marble.

Explore maze-like lanes to see wonderful examples of Indian rural architecture, and to experience traffic jams containing buffalo and horse-drawn carriages.

The tomb of Begum Shah Shuja

This well-preserved tomb was built by Shah Jahan for his loyal commander Shah Shuja’s wife. Inside you’ll find gorgeous Mughal frescoes painted using vegetable dyes

Shahi Qila

Originally built by the Faruqis, Shah Jahan renovated this fort and added private halls. Although it lies in ruins today, it’s easy to sense the opulence from days gone by, including a marble bath with painted frescos on its dome.

Jami Masjid

In the centre of Burhanpur is the Jami Masjid, built in 1590. This imposing black stone mosque has a Sanskrit inscription carved into the stone right under the Arabic lettering.

Visit Burhanpur on our Passage through Central India Tour or as part of your own bespoke Indian holiday. Contact our travel experts on 01792 315499 or email