View of Gol Gumbaz
Bijapur, Karnataka, India



(Goa, Kerala & South India)

The foundations of this historic city were laid during the reign of the Chalukyan Dynasty. They called it 'Vijayapura' or the 'City of Victory' from where comes its present name Vijaypura (Bijapur). This one-time capital of the Adil Shahi kings (1489-1686) is dotted with mosques, mausoleums, palaces, fortifications, watchtowers, and strong gateways, with the massive Gol Gumbaz, India's largest dome, dominating the landscape for miles around. Vijaypura (Bijapur) experienced a great burst of architectural activity under the Adil Shahi rulers. It is also famous for the hand-made sarees of llkal. Vijaypura (Bijapur) is also the best base from where to reach other exceptional heritage sites such as Aihole, Badami and Pattadakal.

City of Victory

Located almost midway from Mumbai and Bangalore, Bijapur City is best known for its historical monuments and exquisite architecture that dates back to the time of the Adil Shahi dynasty.

Islamic Architecture in Bijapur
This provincial town in Karnataka is an excellent destination to consider for tourists that are fascinated with ancient Islamic architecture. with works that date back to the 15th century, it is known that Ibrahim Rauza, is an inspiration from the gorgeous Taj Mahala and offers some highly intricate carving work.

Established in the 10th and 11th centuries by the kalyani Chalukya’s, this city was previously known as Vijaypura, i.e. the City of Victory. One of the most popular pieces of architecture here is the Gol Gumbaz which also has an enchanting whispering gallery that can accessed through a narrow staircase in the tower. Here, the smallest of the sounds can be easily heard on the other side of the dome. The best time to visit this exquisite structure is in the early hours of the morning.

If you wish to venture some more into the local way of life, why not spend a few hours in the local market? This market is frequented by local gypsies that are dressed in a psychedelic range of hand woven apparel. Quintessential rural Indian experiences can be had while witnesses Hindu monks meditate on a bed of nails.

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