Tapti river


Tapti is one of the major rivers in central India with a length of seven hundred and twenty four kilometers. It is one of the three rivers like Narmada River and Mahi River, which flow from the east to west direction.

Tapti River rises from a place with an elevation of 752m near Multai in the Betul district,in the eastern Satpura Range of southern part of Madhya Pradesh. It then flows westwards running in Madhya Pradesh`s Nimar region, Maharashtra`s Kandesh and east Vidarbha regions in the northwest corner of the Deccan Plateau and South Gujarat. It empties into the Gulf of Cambay of the Arabian Sea, in the State of Gujarat. The important tributaries of the Tapti River are Purna River, Girna River, Panzara River, Waghur River, Bori River and Aner River.

The river basin covers an area of 65,145 square kilometers. The basin comes under the state of Maharashtra covering an area of 51, 504 square kilometers, Madhya Pradesh over an area of 9,804 square kilometers and Gujarat spread over an area of 3,837 square kilometers. The districts drained by river in Maharastra are Amravati, Akola, Buldhana, Washim, Jalgaon, Dhule, Nandurbar, and Nashik districts, Betul and Burhanpur districts of Madhya Pradesh and Surat district of Gujarat.

Location info:

Address: Multai,Betul,Madhya Pradesh,India.
District: Betul District.
Nearest City: Khandwa.
Best time to visit: Oct to March.


The temperature pleasant throughout the greater part of the year. During the cold season the thermometer at night falls below the freezing point; little or no hot wind is felt before the end of April, and even then it ceases after sunset. The nights in the hot season are comparatively cool and pleasant. During the monsoon the climate is very damp, and at times even cold and raw, thick clouds and mist enveloping the sky for many days together. The average annual rainfall is 40 in.


Tapti river is thought to be equivalent to that of legendary Ganges. According to the legends, Tapti River is the daughter of Surya or the Sun God. Some says that Surya has given birth to the Tapti River in order to save himself from his own intense heat. The river is also widely mentioned in the great Indian epic Mahabharata.

The naming of the Tapti River is closely linked with its birthplace, Multapi in Madhya Pradesh. The Tapti River took birth in the Betul district from a place called Multai. The Sanskrit name of Multai is Multapi, meaning origin of Tapi Mata or the Tapti River.

Interesting things to do:

Explore the monuments which were constructed in Mughal rule in Burhanpur. Historically speaking Burhanpur was the center of power for Mughals.

Interesting things to Visit:

Melghat Tiger Reserve :
If you are adventure freak, then this Tiger Reserve, part of Tiger Project, is the one to go for. Tiger, leopard, sloth bear, wild dog, jackal, sambar, gaur, barking deer, nilgai, chital, chausingha, ratel, flying squirrel, wild boar, langur, Rhesus monkey, porcupine, pangolin, mouse deer, python, otter, caracal, blacknaped hare are the wild animals which have made a niche of their own in this Tiger Reserve - one of the Indias famous Wildlife Sancturies for Tigers.

This Fortess, situated in Satpura Jungle is about 20 kms north of Bhuranpur District of Madhya Pradesh. The fortress houses a tenth century Lord Shiva Temple which is worth a watch.

Mobile range info:

How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Betul.
Nearest Airport: Nagpur
Road Transport: A strategic network of National Highways and State Highways interlink the cities of Madhya Pradesh to the other cities of India.

Nearest Visiting places:

Shahi Qila:
On the eastern side of the Tapti River is the Shahi Qila. However, not much of it remains today.At one time Shah Jahan, when he was the governor of Burhanpur, had lived in this palace. and he loved the place so much that after ascending the throne he established a court here for first three years.His wife the famous Mumtaz Mahal (of the Taj Mahal) died here in childbirth. Don't go exploring the palace alone because it is very confusing and locals call it bhulbhulaya (labyrinth). There are some parts of the palace still standing which display some exquisite carving.

ShahJahani Hamam:
The Shahi Hammam is situated bang next to the Qila. Surprisingly it is quite intact. It has three rooms and assorted baths which are in good shape. The eight-faceted hauz in the middle is quite a work of art.

The Ahukhana was the hunting lodge of the Faroqui kings. In 1609 AD, when Akbar took over the fort he stationed Prince Daniyel here, who was very fond of hunting. Daniyel did a lot of beautifying around the Ahukhana, adding the hauz, gardens and so on.There's also a garden here which is associated with Shah Jahan's daughter Alamara, called Bagh-I-Alamara. The Ahukhana is in quite good shape.

Mirza Raja Jaisingh Ki Chattri:
About 5km from Burhanpur, at the meeting spot of the river Tapti and Mohana is this cenotaph. This charming little edifice has pretty gumbazs (round roofs) and 32 decorated pillars. It is dedicate dto Kachawaha king Raja Jaisingh.

Akbari Sarai:
This resting house (sarai) was built by Abdul Rahim Khan Khana was appointed as the subedar of Khandesh by the Mughals. During the time of Jahangir, an ambassador of the English King James I, Sir Thomas Roe had come to India, he was put up in this sarai. The main door of the sarai is about 90 feet tall and is built of black stone. There are about 400 rooms in thos place which are in quite good shape.

Mahal Gulara:
21km from Burhanpur, this palace is on the Amravati road. When Shah Jahan was the governor of this area he had fell in love with a danseuse called Gulara. and he did not stop at that, he married her and set her up in this palace, hence the name. The Mahal Gulara is actually two palaces joined by a charming pathway. The palace is in fragile condition and is under ASI's protection which keeps repairing it from time to time.

Bibi ki Masjid:
This is the mosque mentioned earlier in the Shahi Mosque. It is skillfully decorated all over by Persian and Arabic calligraphy. There were two towers in the mosques, one of which have collapsed.

Begam Shahshuja's cenotaph:
When the Mughals established their control in this area, lots of Mughal princes and of course their queens started frequenting the Burhanpur.During Shah Jahan's reign, one of his queens Shah Shuja came visitng this place, while the king was in Kashmir. She died here in childbirth; quite a déjà vu for Shah Jahan. Shah Jahan got this built in her memory. The cenotaph is built on a 5-foot high platform. The artistic carvings on the cenotaph are still visible. Near the cenotaph is a small mosque called the Kanati Masjid.


Nearest Petrol Pump:

Pvailable in the nearby town.


Lots of Hotels and lodges are available in khandwa town.

Things to carry:

Tips & Suggestions:

Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station: 100

Nearest Hospital:

District Government Hospital
Betul, Betul, Madhya Pradesh

Society/Community Phone Number