Burhanpur is a hidden jewel in the annals of medieval Indian Architecture. Today a small town in Madhya Pradesh, barely 20 km from the Maharashtra Border, its history is one battle, conquest and change, interspersed with burst of peace that allowed for a rich aesthetic to flourish. Burhanpur was founded in 1400 AD by the Faruqi King, Nasir Khan, on the northwestern banks of the Tapti. In 1600, the Mughal Emperor Akbar captured Burhanpur, and for a century thereafter, until Aurangzeb's death in 1707, it remained integral to Mughal ambitions in the Deccan. Asirgarh Fort, on the outskirts of the town, was known as Dakkhan ka Darwaza or the Gateway of the Deccan. Burhanpur remains a city of great architectural importance, but its fame rests largely as a pilgrimage for Bohra Muslims as well as for Sikhs.
Across the Tapti from Burhanpur is one of its most well known monuments, the Akhukhana, literally "deer park, which was used as a hunting ground during Faruqi and Mughal rule. This is also where Shah Jahan’s most beloved queen, Mumtaz Mahal was buried. The queen's body rested here for several months until it was disinterred and travelled with the Mughal court to Agra – there, later, to find a final home in the glorious Taj Mahal.
By Air: The nearest airport is Devi Ahilya Bai International Airport at Indore (180kms)
By Train: Burhanpur has its own railway station, 8kms from Gandhi Chowk.
By Bus: Regular bus services connect Burhanpur with Indore, Khargone, Jalgaon, Khandwa Omkareshwar, Maheshwar, Ujjain, Dhar and Bhopal.