Bijapur Tourism
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Bijapur Tourism

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  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
Bijapur is a city as well as headquarters of the Bijapur district situated in the north-western part of Karnataka. It is situated about 530 km from the capital city Bangalore. This town is famous for its monuments built during the Dynasty of Adil Shahi, including the renowned Gol Gumbaz, along with ancient Islamic architecture and cultural value.

Solapur of Maharashtra surrounds the district of Bijapur on the northern side and Sangli district lies on the north-western side. The other districts bordering the regions are Belgaum on the western side and Bagalkote on the southern side.

Established in the 10th and 11th century by the Chalukyas of Kalyani as Vijayapura, the region of Bijapur was later conquered by the Sultan of Delhi, Allaudin Khilji, in the 13th century. The Bahamani Empire of Gulburga took over the city in 1347.

The founder of the independent region of Bijapur was Yusuf Adil Shah. However, in the year 1686, the rule on this region was ended on the arrival of Mirza Raja Jai Singh under the reign of Aurungzeb, the Mughal Emperor.

One of the most popular festivals celebrated here is the Bijapur Music Festival, which is a musical bonanza that is held every year and is organised by the Government of Karnataka. Other than this, the fair of Shri Siddheshwar Temple is held during the festival of Makar Sankranti. The Siddeshwar Temple is also a popular tourist destination.

One of the most popular destinations here is Gol Gumbaz that is also known by the name of Gola Gummata. It is considered to be the second largest dome in the world consisting of echo chambers and the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah.

The other popular places include the Jumma Masjid built by Adil Shah and Ibrahim Rauza, which is the tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shah II who was the fifth king of the Adil Shah Dynasty. These places are said to be the inspiration behind the Taj Mahal.

The world’s largest cannon belonging to the medieval period, the Malik-e-Maidan is located at Kollur. The pilgrim centre of the 12th century poet and reformer, Saint Basaveshwara, is located at Kudalasangama, 67 km from Bijapur.

The best time to visit Bijapur is the winter season from the months of October to February.                 

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Imtiyaz Sayyed

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  • Imtiyaz Sayyed
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
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"Nice trip of Bijapur" new review

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
I visited Bijapur in Jan 2016. The national monuments are kept in a very bad condition. Specially Gol ghumbaaz. At reaching on the 5th floor there is a risk to fell down no security. Every where names are written on walls. 12 kamaam, maalike maidan, Ibrahim rouza, all these monuments in a very bad state. It wasn't painted.
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Sayanta Chakraborty

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  • Sayanta Chakraborty
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Pretty good place, must see in Karnataka" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Fantastic art of Islamic architecture. Must visit place in Karnataka. Only Watch out for the weather. Gets too hot in summers. For Gol Gumbuz try to get in little early as it gets hell crowded as time goes. Again if it is crowded, one cant enjoy the atmosphere.
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Basavaraj Tippannavar

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  • Basavaraj Tippannavar
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Bijapur a nice city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It's is awesome place And the old infrastructure are nice such as Golgumbz. Nice place for history study. And it healthy city too. People of Bijapur are cool and also very talented. And it also called as Vijayapur. Bijapur one of the capital of maharaj's adilshaie. And his brother killed adilshaie these are some of the awesome stories of Bijapur. Nice place visit once.
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S.p. Padmaprasad

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  • S.p. Padmaprasad
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  •  14 helpful votes
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"Historic place of medieval architecture"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 12, 2015
Bijapur( now called -Vijayapura-its old name) is in the northern part of Karnataka. It is full of medieval Islamic architecture. It has famous Golgumbaz, the amazing incomplete structure of 'Bara-kaman(12 arches), the beautiful twin tombs- Ibrahim Roza, the big Zamma masjid, etc. Adding to these, there are certain Hindu structures also-like, Narasimha temple at Toravi( 9 k. Ms from City), Jain 'Sahasraphani Parshwanatha mandir( 3 kms from city) etc.

Islamic structures are among the best seen in Southern India. Apart from Bijapur, you can see such structures in Bidar only. But Gol Gumbaz, is unique in the world. Here, the dome has the diameter of 192 feet, or, approximately 60 meters, even the small sound echoes 6-7 times.

First two photos here, gives you external and internal views of Gol Gumbaz, while the third one is of Bara Kaman structure.

One day is enough to see this city. From here, you can also visit Badami Cave Temples, Aihole and Pattadakal Temples.
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Ravishanker Vasanthaiah

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"Ancient and historical town of Bijapur"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 1, 2015
The Gol Gumbaz has to be visited on a visit to the historical city of Bijapur. This was my 2nd visit and it was a good experience. The climb to the top through stairs is quite an arduous one though once once on top its an wonderful experience. The echoing walls on top. Are really amazing. The department has put in some electric buggies to travel within but it has not been put to use. The weekends and holidays are crowded as usual but we must try and keep the place clean. We saw a lot of paan stains all over and littering. Which we must avoid. Lot of other historical monuments are spread across Bijapur.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A stay in the vicinity of monuments"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 31, 2015
I had been to Bijapur on a wet morning in the month of August 2014. Bijapur is well-known for the majestic structure called as Gol Gumbaz. It is the largest monument in Bijapur. It is the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah. Ibrahim Rauza is the tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shah II and built on a rock. The best season to visit Bijapur is between September to February.
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Mallika Raghavendra

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  • Mallika Raghavendra
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Be prepared for a pleasant surprise"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Jun 5, 2015
Anyone visiting Bijapur will be thinking of the gol gumbaz but we were surprised to see the number of tourist attractions in Bijapur, namely ibrahim roza tomb, almatti dam, Barah kaman etc. The monuments are beautiful, architecture fantastic and you will not be disappointed

I am surprised that Bijapur is not given importance it has got monuments equivalential to Delhi and has got amazing potential to be developed as a major tourist attraction. Together with Badami and Pattadakal it can be the golden triangle of the South.

The monuments are not very well maintained and Bijapur does not have a good infrastructure. However we did not have any difficulty about food or stay and we thoroughly enjoyed these lovely monuments.

Bijapur is best enjoyed during winter months, People are friendly and you can get by with kannada and hindi, I sincerely hope the government of Karnataka will wake up and give it the importance it deserves.

I am glad that I have been to Bijapur.
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Abdullah khan A

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"A historic city at Karnataka"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 13, 2014
Bijapur is well known for the great monuments of historical importance built during the Adil Shahi dynasty and it is a 9th biggest city in Karnataka. There are many places which we must visit. Bijapur is the best location to Visit, We find many historical Structures like Gol Gumbaz, Barakaman, Asarmahal, Tazaboudi, Gaganmahal and Zodagumbz.
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Namdeo Bhosale

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  • Namdeo Bhosale
  • Lives in Jamnagar
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"A very beautiful historical place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 28, 2014
Bijapur is of very historical importance. Gol Ghumbaz is one of the important historical monument and is under the care of govt. of India. The speciality of this monument is the eco sound. You can hear 7 times eco of your voice in the monument. It is in the heart of the city and at walking distance from the railway station. The station is well linked with Mumbai. In the city, other places are also very nice like Taj Bawadi and Malik Maidan where India's largest Cannon is played. It is very worth and value for money.
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Roopa Shree

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"A historical place with beautiful monuments"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 7, 2014
Bijapur is well-known for the great monuments of historical importance built during the Adil Shahi dynasty and it is the ninth biggest city in Karnataka. There are many places to visit like Gol Gumbaz, the Archaeological Museum, Ibrahim Rauza, Malik-e-Maidan, Gagan Mahal, Asar Mahal, Saat Kabar and Basavan Bagewadi. It is one of the hottest district so we need to carry an umbrella and cold water.
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