BURHANPUR

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1. It is about 2.5 hour’s drive from Maheshwar to Burhanpur. This town is known because it is where Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz Khal was buried after she died whilst giving birth to their 14th child. Since Guru Nanak visited the town in the 16th century his visit is commemorated by the Gurudwara Sangat Patshali Pahili that you see. The 10th Guru too visited.

2. Enroute from Burhanpur to Azirgarh Fort saw this statue of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. Lots of people had stopped by to offer their respects. The Queen continues to inspire.

3. Enroute from Burhanpur to Azirgarh Fort saw this statue of Rani Laxmibai of Jhansi. Lots of people had stopped by to offer their respects. The Queen continues to inspire.

4. Hammam-the baths were decorated with beautiful frescoes on the ceilings some of which still survive as you see. The Quila is pretty much in ruins, has a beautiful garden & hammam though. U get a good river view from the top of quila. Any monument made on a river bank invariably is Hindu in origin because i.e. the tradition.

5. Burhanpur attracts Dawoodi Bohras. Dargah-E-Hakimi is the most sacred pilgrimage for them. It is the mazar of Syedi Abdulquadir Hakimuddin who came to Burhanpur in 1729 to spread the word of the Prophet. Very well maintained and good vibrations. Must visit.

6. Entrance to Dargah-E-Hakimi. Gives you a sense of how well maintained it is. Lots of rooms for devotees to stay. We drove past Jama Masjid but missed seeing it. Noted travel blogger Anuradha Goyal wrote that “besides the stone carved niches is the inscription in Sanskrit and a long wooden rosary with more than 1000 large sized beads.”

7. At some distance from Burhanpur is Ahukhana at Jainabad. It is where Shah Jahan’s wife Mumtaz Mahal was buried. She died in 1631 whilst giving birth to their 14th child princess Gauhara. Quite unimpressive to say the least.

8. On the outskirts is the tomb of Shah Nawaz Khan. It is called Black Taj Mahal for its resemblance to the Taj Mahal. Access road is bad, can skip. Missed visiting the following. One, three Devi temples i.e. Asha Devi near Asirgarh, Renuka Devi and temple of Icchadevi.

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