Bijapur
 


Attractions in Bijapur

Gol Gumbaz - The dome is the second largest in the world, 124 feet in diameter. The architecture of this building is unique with the four minarets being the four staircases leading to the top dome. The acoustics of the enclosed space make it a Whispering Gallery, where even the smallest sound is heard across the other side of the Gombuz. At the periphery of the dome is a circular balcony where visitors can witness its greatest marvel, echo. Any whisper, clap or sound gets echoed 9 times (11 times with fading). Even the smallest whisper amplifies  and is  clearly heard  at the  diagonally  opposite side of the

Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur

dome.

Jumma Masjid - Jumma Masjid is the other must-see of this city. Still used for worship, it is considered one of the first mosques in India. It holds an exquisite copy of the Quran, written in gold. Also dating back to the period of Adil Shah this is the largest Masjid in the region. Barah Cummon (12 arches) is another wonderful piece of architecture created simply with twelve interleaving arches as a centre stage for art festivities.

The Malik-e-Maiden - The Sherza Burj (Lion Gate) with an enormous 55-ton cannon is among the amazing structures around the Gol Gumbaz. This largest medieval cannon in the world, is 14 ft long, weighing 55 tons. Legend has it that if you touch the gun and make a wish, it will come true!

The Ibrahim Roza - Further to the edge of the city is the Ibrahim Roza, a beautiful tomb with artistically laid out corridors and interconnecting buildings with richly decorated walls and perforated stone windows. Ibrahim Roza, the mausoleum of Ibrahim Adil Shah II , is said to have inspired the Taj Mahal in Agra. At the centre of the town are large arches signifying the forts and its beauty in moonlight.

Events in Bijapur

In February the town plays host to musicians from both the Carnatic and Hindustani schools of music. In January, there is the Siddhesvara Temple Music Festival as well as the Crafts Mela. There is also the Asar Mahal Urs festival held in the memory of saints every September.

Getting There & Away to Bijapur

Flights to Bijapur The nearest airport is Belgaum, 205 kms away.
Trains to Bijapur Bijapur does not have an airport of its own. Bijapur railway station is located 2 km east of the city center, beyond the walled city.
Car and Bus service to Bijapur
The main stand in Bijapur is near the southwestern side of the citadel, near the city center. Bus services to Badami, Belgaum, Gulbarga, Bidar, Hubli, and Sholapur are frequent.
Bijapur Holiday Packages

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