Bijapur is a historical town in Karnataka state. This place is famous for Mosques, gardens, forts, architectural sculptures and historical monuments. Bijapur was established by Kalyani Chalukyas in 10th century. It was the golden period for the city during the period of Yusuf Adil Shah in 15th century. In those days it was called as Vijayapura which means City of Victory. Another attraction of the city is Gol Gumbaz which is one of the largest domes in the world.
What to see in Bijapur:
Gol Gumbaz: It is the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah. If any person make noise in the central chamber of the structure that sound will be heard till 37meters. Yaqut of Dabul, a famous architect, designed this structure. Diameter of this tomb is 124feet.
Ibrahim Rauza: It was built on a single rock. This is the tomb of Ibrahim Rauza. With the inspiration of Taj Mahal this was built. This was designed by Malik Sandal.
Archaeological Museum: Weapons, Inscriptions, Sculptures belong to 11th century are the major attraction of this museum.
Malik-e-Maidan: In Medieval India it was the largest canon. Weight is 55tonnes, diameter is 1.5meters and length is 4meters. After the victory in the battle this was brought from Ahmedabad. It looks like a lion’s head with an elephant being crushed between the teeth.
Gagan Mahal: This mahal is having 4 huge wooden pillars. Gagan Mahal means Sky Palace. In 1681, Sikander Adil Shah surrenders himself to Aurangzeb in this Mahal.
Asar Mahal: It was used as Justice hall. This Mahal was built in 1646 by Mohammed Adil Shah. 3 tanks are placed inside the building. Women are not allowed into the building.
Jama Masjid: This is the largest Masjid in Deccan Region. To celebrate victory in the battle of Talikota this was built by Adil Shah between 1557 to 1580.
Other places to visit in Bijapur: Other places to visit in Bijapur are Citadel, Anand Mahal, Bara Kaman, and Chand Bawadi.
What to see around Bijapur:
Mehtar Mahal: This is located 6kms away from the city. Mehtar Mahal means Sweepers Palace. It was built in 1620AD. A sweeper received this gift from Ibrahim Adil Shah I.
Narasimha Temple: It is located 5kms away from the city. It is believed that in this place Kumara Valmiki wrote Thovari Ramayana in Kannada.
Almatti Dam: This was built on river Krishna. It is located 68kms away from the city. It provides irrigation water to Koppal, Raichur, Gulbarga, Bagalkot and Bijapur.
Kudalasangama: This pilgrim centre is dates back to 800 years. In this place two Nandi’s jointly sits before Shivalingam.
Pangarh Fort: This is located opposite to Lotus Lake. Boating and Fishing are most famous in this place. It is located 25kms away from the city.
Getting to Bijapur: Bijapur is well connected with Road and Railways. From the places such as Sholapur, Bidar, Badami, Bangalore, Mumbai buses and trains are available to reach this place. Belgaum airport is the nearest airport.
Getting around Bijapur: Buses, Autos, Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Bijapur.
Best time to visit Bijapur: Between October to March tourists feel comfortable to reach this place. So this is the best time to reach this place.
Where to stay in Bijapur: Plenty of hotels are available to stay in Bijapur but only budget and midrange hotels. Luxury hotels are not available. Government is also provide guest house facility to the tourists. Best hotels are Hotel Kanishka International, Hotel Navaratna, Hotel Pleasant Stay and Hotel Madhuvan International.
Where to eat in Bijapur: Plenty of restaurants are available to eat. Chinese, South Indian, Mughalai, Hyderabadi cuisines are available to eat.