France keen on heritage conservation of
The Government of France has
shown interest in conservation of ancient heritages in two cities
of central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh namely Bhopal and Maheshwar.
Members of a French delegation called on Madhya Pradesh Urban
Administration and Development Minister Babulal Gaur here on
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Tourism Minister Tukojirao Puar has
said that in view of immense tourism potential in Burhanpur
district, it will be developed as World Heritage.
Puar said that for this, a special destination package will be
prepared and sent to the Union Government. He was laying
foundation stone of a tourist facility road at Asirgarh on the
outskirts of Burhanpur town on Friday.
He said that the State Government will soon initiate steps towards
development of tourist places in Burhanpur establishing
coordination with the Union Government. The Tourism Minister asked
the collector to chalk out a plan for all-round development of
tourist places in the district.
State Tourism Development Corporation Chairman Mohan Yadav
said that tourism facilities would be expanded in Burhanpur
district with the construction of Asirgarh tourist road.
tourists will also be able to visit famous Asirgarh fort. He
announced to name this road after Shrimant Krishna Raoji Puar.
MLA Rajendra Dadu and former Member of Parliament Nandkumar Singh Chauhan also spoke on the occasion.
Zila Panchayat Chairperson Mrs. Gaurabai Darbar, Nepanagar
Municipality Chairman Madhu Singh Chauhan, a number of
people’s representatives and officers were present on the
Meanwhile, it may be mentioned here that Burhanpur is a mid-sized
city in Madhya Pradesh state on the north bank of the Tapti River,
340 kilometres (211 miles) southwest of Bhopal.
Burhanpur is a
hidden jewel in the annals of medieval Indian Architecture. 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 1388 AD by the Faruqi King, Malik Nasir
Khan, on the north-western banks of the Tapti. The Faruqis ruled
Burhanpur for the next two centuries.
In 1601, 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.
The governor of the city was invariably
an individual of elevated rank, often a Mughal prince. 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 the Bohra Muslims as
well as for the Sikhs.