- Bijapur- Breathtaking Bijapur
Bijapur is best known for its numerous monuments scattered all over,
reflecting Islamic architecture in its true splendor. Palaces,
mausoleums, mosques, forts; Bijapur has it all in king size. The Gol
Gombaz here is quite a spectacle, a huge dome, unsupported by pillars.
It is reputed to be the second largest dome in the whole world. Dont
forget to check out the amazing acoustics of this hall while you are
Bijapur was under the Chalukyan rulers between the 10th and the 11th centuries. The city was called Vijayapura or the city of victory then. It was successively annexed by the Delhi Sultans and the Bahamanis later. Bijapur was ruled by the Adil Shahi rulers between the 15th and the 17th centuries till the Mughals under Aurangzeb took over the kingdom. All the picturesque monuments in Bijapur were built during Adil Shahs dynasty.
The Gol Gombaz was built by Mohammad Adil Shah in the year 1659. Inside
the dome, you can find the tomb of Shah himself. The tomb built on a
single rock is beautifully made and is even said to have been an
inspiration for the Taj Mahal. The view of the city from the top of the
tomb is something that shouldnt be missed. Nearby the tomb is a whole
complex where you can find an archeological museum, as well as a garden
complex. Ibrahim Roza is a tomb built by Shah for his queen.
The whole of Bijapur can be considered as proof to the sheer luxury with which the Adil Shahi rulers surrounded themselves. The citadel in the centre of the city is an enclosed area surrounded by a moat. Inside here are again palaces and an ornamental garden, all remnants of the Adil Shahi age.
The Sat Manzil here has no less than 7 stories, a wonder, considering the age. The Jala Manzil (water manzil) the Gagan Mahal and the Bara Kaman are other structures nearby. Equally interesting are the Jama Masjid the Taj Bawdi, The Upli Burj, the Mehtar Mahal and the Asar Mahal. The Jama Masjid has a prized treasure inside; the holy Koran written completely in gold lettering.
Not to be missed is the sight of the huge Malik-e-Maidan cannon, which stands guarding this historic city. The cannon is reputed to be the largest bell of its kind in the whole world. While in your leisure in Bijapur, look out for the hand woven Ilkal sarees.
- Best Time To Visit
October to February.
- How to Reach
Belgaum airport, situated 205 km away, is the nearest airport.
There are trains running to Sholapur and Gadag from Bijapur, from where you can get connecting trains to Hyderabad or Mumbai.
There are regular bus services to Badami, Belgaum, Gulbarga, Bidar, Hubli etc.