Located around 530 KM northwest of Bengaluru, 384 KM west of the city of Hyderabad and 550 KM inland from Mumbai, the heritage city of Bijapur lies in the Deccan Plateau and is formally known as "the Queen of Deccan". It is a heritage destination known for its medieval monuments that are a unique form of Islamic architecture in the region, which consists of three different portions, the fort, the citadel and the remains of the city. In fact, the Bijapur city is well-known for its historical monuments of architectural importance built during the rule of the Adil Shahi dynasty. Bijapur symbolizes an isolated landscape of red, long stretches of treeless fields, rocky hills, gigantic rocks speckled in groups over the rolling plains. Bijapur is precipitous in history and is dotted with various mosques, palaces, sepulchers, forts, striking gateways, watchtowers, stylish minarets and mile of ruins. Already excited to explore the city? Then choose the best Bijapur holiday packages and get ready to discover the historical city of Bijapur!
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Gol Gumbaz is the most famous landmark of the Bijapur town. It is the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah (ruled 1627-1657) and has the largest dome ever built in India, next in size only to St Peter's Basilica in Rome. A meticulous attraction in this monument is the central chamber, where every sound is echoed seven times. Another popular attraction of Gol Gumbaz is the Whispering Gallery, where even minute sounds can be heard clearly 37 metres away. This Mughal complex includes a mosque, a Naqqar Khana (a hall for the trumpeters), which is now used as museum and the ruins of guest houses.
The Archaeological Museum:
The archaeological museum of Bijapur has several curious objects like inscriptions, paintings, sculptures, weapons and manuscripts etc. on display. The museum is located close to Gol Gumbaz and is run by the Archaeological Survey of India.
It is the tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shah II (ruled 1580-1627), who was the fifth king of the dynasty and the Mughal emperor Akbar, known for his religious tolerance. This tomb is built on a single rock bed and is noted for the symmetry of its features. It is said that the design of the Ibrahim Rauza served as an inspiration for the famous Taj Mahal.
It is mammoth cannon, fourteen feet long and weighing about 55 tons, is an amazing sight. It was constructed by the Adil Shahis. The muzzle of is shaped like the head of a lion crushing an elephant to death with its huge jaws. Another unique feature of this renowned gun is that it is always cool to touch even under the scorching sun.
The Jumma Masjid is spread over an area of 116300 square feet and is known as one of the best mosques in India. A personification of Adil Shahi architecture, this grand mosque is a visual delight with its graceful arches, halls, aisles, intricate designs, and large crowning onion dome. Another special feature of this Masjid is that it carefully preserves a Quran with verses inscribed in letters of gold.
Other Tourist Attractions:
Some of the other tourist attractions include Upli Buruj, Chand Bawdi, Asar Mahal, Gagan Mahal, Barakaman (Ali Roza-II), Malik-Karim-ud-dins, Jami Masjid, Jod Gumbaz, Taj Bavadi etc. which you must try to visit while planning your Bijapur tour itinerary.