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Burhanpur: The Gateway to Southern India

Named after the Sufi saint, Burhan-ud-Din, Burhanpur came to prominence when it became one of the capitals of the Mughal Kingdom in the 15th century. Located on the bank of Tapti river, the city of Burhanpur was referred to as the gateway to southern India because of its strategic location.

The Mughal emperor Shah Jahan is said to have spent a lot of time in Burhanpur. He was the one who added the famous hamam (royal bath) to the Shahi Qila, so that his wife, Begum Mumtaz Mahal could enjoy luxurious baths. Mumtaz Mahal is said to have died in this palace during child-birth. In his grief, Shah Jahan wanted to build the Taj Mahal in Burhanpur but due to the lack of marble, it had to be built in Agra.

There are many places to visit in this city of Madhya Pradesh. Being home to a very diverse population, it has gurudwaras, masjids, churches, a world-famous dargah and many notable temples. The magnificent structures that still stand across the city give you a glimpse of what Mughal life was like in that period. To explore Burhanpur, watch the video.