Bijapur Tourism

Bijapur Tourism

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  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Bijapur
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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Venson Lobo

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"A day well-spent around sultanate architecture"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Apr 8, 2016
A day is quite enough if you wish to see all the main sites in Bijapur aka vijayapura. Started from Mumbai I came to Bijapur via Solapur.

I started my sightseeing from Ibrahim Rouza (took a bus from station) from here I moved to malik-e maidan, and then to Gagan mahal, from there to bara kaman and ended with Gol Gumbaz.

The entire trip I did through local transport. Total expenditure was around 400.
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"Heritage visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 19, 2016
This is one of the biggest district of Karnataka with historic values. The city itself is named as Vijayapur meaning -the city of victory during 10th century Chalukyas of this region. This city has five rivers and has been under influence of different cultures and religion. The rulers were in favour of all religion so this can we well proved from the arts and architectural monuments of this region. The city is unique due to the fort and the city is developed inside the fort or we can say the city is surrounded by wall of 6 mt circumference and 15m high. Nearby sight seeing places are Badami, Aihole, Pattadakkal that are of architectural importance. The city is too hot that one requires caps, shoes, water, cameras on a tour around the city. But still this is one of the must see city of Karnataka, India.
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Ravi Mittal

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Historical town"

  • 2.5/7
  • Posted Mar 14, 2016
Bijapur is not a very developed town though it has it's historical significance. Things to do are very limited here, and we struggled even to find an air conditioned bar to have a drink. Hotels are basic in nature but some are decent and clean. Keep the trip short is my advice and try moving to Badami post this which is about a 2. 5 hour drive from here.
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Imtiyaz Sayyed

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"Nice trip of Bijapur"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted Feb 8, 2016
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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"Pretty good place, must see in Karnataka"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 30, 2016
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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Shiva Ukali

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"Good city to visit!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 21, 2016
The Bijapur city is district in Karnataka. This city is well developing. The city has many historical places to visit as Gol gumbaz, Jod gumbaz, Masajid etc.. The city has well systematic plans for travel. It has buses and railways as well. Anyone can choose convenient type to travel around. The Bijapur has some great places to visit in surroundings like Basvan Bagevadi. I think city lovers should visit here.
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Pavan Kumar

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"Nice trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 18, 2016
It is a perfect weekend destination from Hyderabad. Half day is enough to see all places in Bijapur. Almatti dam, Kudala Sangam temple and Basavanna Bagewadi temple are some of the places to see near to Bijapur. Totally one and half day is enough to see all these places.
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Basavaraj T

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"Bijapur a nice city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 17, 2015
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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"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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