The City of Gol Gumbaz
The southern part of India has many hidden treasures when it comes to beautiful terrain and historical importance. Once such gem is the Bijapur. A city of extreme royal signifincance and the home to the Gol Gumbaj. Besides Gol Gumbaj there a number of other monuments showcasing India’s rich heritage whether it comes to regal architecture or grandeur. Bijapur is the ideal tourist location for those looking tk peek into the royal era.
The largest dome of the world, Gol Gumbaz is famous all accross the world. Owing to its rich heritage, Bijapur is one of the cities in South India which experience a lot of tourist footfall. In addition to that, it is a commercial hub as well in the beautiful state of Karnataka. In the 10-11 century Bijapur was known as Vijayapura and was built by the Kalyani Chalukyas. Its former name translates to the City of Victory. It is the land of five rivers and the amalgamation of different cultures as it ruled by emperors of different dynasties and religion. And every ruler has left a mark on this city in the form of majestic monuments. Bijapur is also the city where Taj Mahal of the Deccan, Ibhrahim Rauza resides which one of the best places to visit in the city. With a host of mosques, including Jumma Masjid, palaces and citadels this is city is a must visit while in India.
History and more..
'Vijayapura' is the official name for Bijapur and it was built by the ruler Adil Shah of the Shah dynasty, 1868. History unviels itself in the best possible manner and you can see the grandeur of Turkish Persian architecture in the monuments in Bijapur. The city also has an amazing cuisine and some great hotels which are both budget friendly and provide amazing hospitality. you can enjoy the street food and some great local delicaicies.
Top things do in Bijapur
How to reach
The home of the largest dome in the world is a is approximately 6-8 hours away from major cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, etc. it has a well connected system of buses, Trains and the nearest airport is the Goa airport. Tourists can easily visit this place and enjoy a day or two marvelling the great historical remains.
How to Reach by Flight
Bijapur Airport is the main airport which is linked with other states via direct and connecting flights. However, it has very limited connectivity.
How to Reach by Train
Bijapur Railway Station is just 2 km from the main city and is well linked with other cities. Trains are frequent and comfortable which make it a viable option for a commute.
How to Reach by Bus
There are frequent bus services to Bijapur from most major cities and towns in India. You can easily take one and reach the city.
How to Reach by Road
The city is connected with major cities through highways which are well connected, for example you can reach Bijapur via the Pune highway if you’re travelling from Mumbai.
How to travel within
You can commute in the city with rickshaws, tangas and auto-wheelers. Some hotels even provide taxi services.
Festivals and Culture
The culture of the city is mainly Islamic but it has a good influence from other cultures and religions as well. All the festivals like are celebrated with a lot of pomp and show especially the local music festival called Bijapur Music Festival organised by the Karnataka Governement every year. The rich cultural heritage is well preserved even today.
Reach Bijapur, Check in at your hotel and you can relax for an hour so. Go visit the Gol Gumbaz, Ibrahim Rauza and then in the evening you can indulge in some shopping.
Explore the city streets and then you can visit The Citadel, Mithari and Azar Mahals and Jumma Masjid.