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Bijapur

Location Bijapur district, Karnataka
Significance The Gol Gumbaz here is the second largest dome in the world
Must Visit Gol Gumbaz, Ibrahim Roza, Jumma Masjid
Best Time To Go September to February
Temperature Max 42°C, Min 27°C (summer); Max 32°C, Min 21°C (winter)
Gol Gumbaz

Welcome to the 'City of Legends'. This is the place where one can spend days exploring the historical monuments. People often visit the place to see a few of the most stunning creations by the Muslim rulers in India. As the history goes, we find that the city was founded in the 11th century by the Chalukya dynasty. They called it 'Vijayapura'. Later, as the place was taken over by the Bahamani sultanate of Gulbarga in the 14th century, it was being called Vijapur or Bijapur.

The city flourished at its best in the 15th century under the Adil Shah dynasty.


Major Attractions

The Gol Gumbaz
Popular as the tomb of Mohammad Adil Shah, the Gol Gumbaz is the second largest tomb in the world, next only to St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Measuring 124 m in diameter, it has four high minars in its corners. Tourist flock to the Gol Gumbaz to see its 'Whispering Gallery'. It is believed that a sound echoes 9 times in the room before fading away.


Jumma Masjid
Believed to be among the earliest of Mosques in India, Jumma Masjid is famous for the exclusive copy of the Quran which is written in gold. It covers an area of 10, 810 sq m and boasts of being one of the biggest mosques in the region. It also has decorative motifs inside, on the walls and the ceilings.


The Ibrahim Rauza
It is the beauty and architecture splendidness of Ibrahim Rauza what inspired the greatest creation in India, The Taj Mahal. It is the mausoleum of Ibrahim Adil Shah II, which is maintained with well cut out gardens in the premises that compliment the beauty of monument.

People also love to see the Malik-e-Maidan – the largest medieval cannon in the world. Legend has it that if you touch the gun and make a wish, it will come true.


Lifestyle
The city comprises people of both Aryan and Dravidian descent. People here celebrate the Bijapur Music Festival, which features the stalwarts of Indian music. This festival is organized by the Government of Karnataka every year.

One can find a variety in Non-vegetarian preparations in Bijapur cuisine specialties.


Accommodation
Though the city does not offer ultra luxurious hotels, but still you can find a number of clean, well kept, and hygienic hotels. These provide comfortable stay at a reasonable price.


How To Reach

By Air: The nearest airport is Belgaum (205 km), which is well connected by buses & taxis.

By Rail: Bijapur is connected by rail to Bangalore, Bombay, (via sholapur), Hospet (via Gadag) and Vasco da Gama (via Hubli Londa).

By Road: Bijapur is well connected by road to most places in south and west India like Aihole (129 km), Badami (132 km), Pattadakal (148 km), Hampi (220 km), Belgaum (205 km), Bangalore (550 km), Bombay (486 km) etc.

 

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