The Taj Mahal is India’s most famous monument and it was built for the beloved of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, his wife Mumtaz Mahal. But far away from the Taj, 860 km south is the dilapidated remains of Mumtaz’s original burial place in Burhanpur. Little remains of the monument or the city that was once one of the most powerful in the region and the gateway to the Deccan.
Today, at first glance, Burhanpur looks like just another industrial town in Madhya Pradesh, its claim to fame being a thriving cotton textile industry, a few oil mills and a major railway junction. But look a little closer and the city begins to reveal its true identity, one that is hidden beneath the callous layers of time.
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