view of black taj mahal from a porch entrance right in front of the building across gardens

Burhanpur, Madhya Pradesh, India

Black Taj Mahal

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Semi-Finished Wonder

The Black Taj Mahal, also known as the "Rauza," is a lesser-known historical site in the town of Burhanpur, located in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

It is a cenotaph and was built during the Mughal era. It was intended to be a mirror image or counterpart to the iconic Taj Mahal in Agra, constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. However, unlike the white marble Taj Mahal in Agra, the Black Taj Mahal was never completed and remains in a semi-finished state.

front view of black taj mahal from the garden

The Black Taj Mahal is known for its unique architecture and the use of black stone, in contrast to the white marble used in the Agra Taj Mahal.

The monument features a central dome and four surrounding minarets, following the classic Mughal architectural style. Its dark color and intricate carvings set it apart from its more famous counterpart.

Historical Intrigue

The Black Taj Mahal remains an enigma and a subject of historical intrigue. There are various theories and legends surrounding its construction, including one that suggests that Emperor Shah Jahan planned to build a second Taj Mahal in black stone as his own tomb, but the project was abandoned due to financial constraints or political reasons.

close up view of the architecture and detail present in the black taj mahal built using black marble

The best time to visit the Black Taj Mahal is during the winter months, from October to March. During this period, the weather is pleasant, with daytime temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F), making it ideal for exploring the monument and its surroundings. Summers can be extremely hot, with temperatures exceeding 40°C (104°F), while the monsoon season brings heavy rainfall and can affect travel plans.

Getting There

location_cityState & Capital - Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

flightDevi Ahilya Bai Holkar Airport, Indore - 190 Kilometers

directions_carIndore - 181 Kilometers via Indore-Icchapur Hwy

trainBurhanpur Railway Station - Within Town Limits

view of black taj mahal from a porch entrance right in front of the building across gardens

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