Bijapur

Bijapur

Famous for the Gol Gumbaj and other monuments of historical heritage, Bijapur is a tourist destination that takes one back to the days gone by from the royal era.

Renowned world over for having the largest dome in the world i. e. the Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur is one of the most important heritage tourist centres in South India. Bijapur is also an important commercial district in the state of Karnataka. Built around 10th-11th century by the Kalyani Chalukyas, Bijapur was known as Vijayapura in those times. Vijaypura literally means the City of Victory. Ibrahim Rauza is another important monument of Bijapur and is also known as the Taj Mahal of the Deccan. Among other important attractions, there are various mosques including Jumma Masjid, places citadels.

Bijapur General Information

  • Altitude: 479 meters
  • Best time to visit: October – February
  • Clothes: Light cottons for summer. Woolens for winter nights
  • Temperate
  • Summers April-June
  • Monsoon : June to August
  • Winters November-February

How to get there

By Air
The nearest airport is Belaum 205 kms, which is well connected to Mumbai and Bangluru

By Rail
Bijapur is well connected to Bengaluru, Mumbai, Hyderabad (via solapuror HotgiJn), and Hospet (via Gadag, Vasco da Gama (Via Hubli and Londa)

By Road
Bijapur is well connected to many cities in south & Maharashtra India

  • Solapur is 101 kms
  • Belgaum is 206 kms
  • Hyderabad 420 kms
  • Bengaluru is 530 kms

Gol Bumbaz

Gol Bumbaz is the mausoleum of the Sultan of Bijapur, Muhammad Adil Shah in 1656. The dome is the second largest dome in the world and is considered to be one of the most impressive structures in the world. The dome is 51 meters high and covers 18000 square feet of land. The ‘Whispering Gallery’ is another famous attraction in the Gol Gumbaz where even the softest sound can be heard.

Ibrahim Rauza

Said to be the building that inspired the design of the ‘Taj Mahal’, Ibrahim Rauza is the mausoleum of Sultan Ibrahim Adil Shah II and his Queen. The structure is a marvel of the Persian Muslim architecture and is built on a single slab of rock. Ibrahim Rauza is exemplary of its marvelous minarets and gateways. The whole building has been adorned with various stone awnings and decorative windows and arches.

Malik-e-Maidan

literally means the Monarch of the Plains and is the largest mounted medieval cannon in the world. The cannon weighs a tremendous 55 tons and are 4 meters in length. The muzzle’s outer diameter is above 1.5 meters and is shaped like a lion’s head with an elephant being mauled in its teeth. It is said that the gunner had to take a dip in a water tank to protect his ears from the massive sound when the cannon was fired

Jami Masjid

The oldest and the largest mosque in southern India, the Jami Masjid was built by Ali Adil Shah I after he defeated the Vijaynagar Kings. The mosque covers an area of 116,300 square feet and is one of the most brilliantly designed mosques in India. The interiors of the mosque are amazingly crafted and are decorated with various paintings and murals

UpliBuruj

The name UpliBuruj refers to a watch tower that was built in the 16th century by Hyder Khan. The tower stands at an impressive height of 24 meters and the top of the tower is a famous view point that gives a wide panorama of the city. The top is accessed though winding circular stairs and two massive cannons are placed on the top of the tower

Gagan Mahal

Gagan Mahal literally means the sky place and was built by Ali Adil Shah I in the 16th century. The structure is characterized with arches and a central large arch which acts as an entrance to the citadel. The ground floor had a Darbar or an assembly hall and the upper floors served as the residence to the royal family.

Bijapur saw its splendor during the reign of the Adil Shah dynasty that defeated the waning Vijayanagar Kings to seize control of the region. Ibrahim Adil Shah II was considered to be the most illustrious of the Adil Shah sultans and due to his religious tolerance like the Mughal Akbar, is responsible for most of the grandeur of the city. The above-mentioned places are the best of the several monuments located in the historical city of Bijapur and should not be missed.

Excursions Bijapur

Aihole

Famous as the Cradle of Indian temple Architecture, Aihole has over 125 temples all intricately carved and rich in detail. The oldest temples here, is perhaps the 5th century lad Khan temple, the Ravlphadi cave temple, the Konti temple complex, the Uma Maheshwari temple, the Jain Meguthi temple and the two-storeyed Buddhist temple are the other attractions at Aihole

Pattadakkal

A world Heritage centre, it has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. The biggest temple dedicated to Virupaksh

Gulbarga

Gulbarga is known for its association with the mighty Bahamani kingdom. The main attractions of Gulbarga are the Gulbarga fort, the Jama Masjid, tombs of Bahamani kings and the tomb of Hazrat Gesu Nawaz

Shopping

The visitors can go for Shopping to various places around the city of Bijapur. This city is surrounded by numerous beautiful places for excursion. Aihole, Pattadakal, KadulaSangama, Badami and BasavanaBagewadi are some of the prime sites mostly of tourist’s major choice of destinations

The visitors can go for Shopping to various places around the city of Bijapur. This city is surrounded by numerous beautiful places for excursion. Aihole, Pattadakal, KadulaSangama, Badami and BasavanaBagewadi are some of the prime sites mostly of tourist’s major choice of destinations

Location

Bijapur is located in the northern part of the state of Karnataka, in the southern region of India. It is 613 km from Bangalore city and 486 km southeast of Mumbai (Bombay) city Bijapur Shopping Guide