History of Bijapur
Before reading the tourist spot around Bijapur have a look at its history. Bijapur is a historical place known for Adil Shahi dynasty. Third Anglo Maratha war between Aurengazeb and British east India company was fought here. During this war British east India company won and ruled the Bijapur. Many architectural monuments built by Adil Shahi dynasty were available in Bijapur. This city is also known Vijaypura which means city of victory. Many sultanates ruled the city. The ancient buildings were build in Chalukya architectural style.
Tourist spots near Bijapur
Most of the forts in Karnataka were located in the city Bijapur. By visiting this place your mind moves to 18th century. You can feel the ancient Karnataka by visiting Bijapur. This city is well known for Architectural monuments.
Gol Gombaz remind the architecture of Taj Mahal. This mausoleum is built for Muhammad Adil Shah during the year 1626-1656. Muhammad Adil Shah belongs to Adil Shahi dynasty. Muhammad Adil Shah built this mausoleum in-order to compete the beauty of Ibrahim Rauza built for his father. Ibrahim Rauza doesn't have much decoration as in Gol Gombaz. Gol Gombaz covers an area of 18,225 square feet which is a biggest mega structure in the world. This tomb was built using dark grey basalt and decorations were made by Plasters. Walls of Gol Gombaz were astonishing with 2.7 meters thick and 30.5 meters height. Gol Gombaz contains big dome with diameter 44 meters. The unknown facts of Gol Gombaz are it contains circular basement which is as meek as the dome diameter. This circular basement is constructed to withstand the weight of the dome. The dome weight is calculated as more than 8 tons. Whispering gallery in Gol Gombaz inspires our mind. It is caused due to the reflection of sound waves in Dome. The carving in the walls of Gol Gombaz were done using plasters. The same carvings were available in world wonder Taj Mahal.
How to reach Gol Gombaz
Auto rickshaws are available to visit Gol Gombaz. It is just 2KM from Bijapur. Frequent transportation facilities were available to Gol Gombaz.
Ibrahim Rauza is mausoleum built for Muhammad Adil Shah's father. This is another attraction in Bijapur. This is the 15th century monument of Islamic architecture. Ibrahim Rauza consists of two buildings with one common platform. The platform is surrounded by beautiful garden. History says that this building inspired Shah Jahan to construct Taj Mahal. Some of the architectural concepts of Ibrahim Rauza were included in Taj Mahal. Ibrahim Rauza were damaged by king Auragazeb but still this building is in strong condition. The left side building is constructed for the Ibrahim Adil Shah II and his family. This building is 24 feet high. This building was build by a huge mass of single rock. The architect of this building is Malik Sandal. Inside the building you can find the Quran writing written in Gold is still preserved. This building is located at the western hemisphere of Karnataka. The domes of the mosque is topped with cresent moon denotes allah. The doorways are high and it has beautiful carvings. Must feel the beauty of Ibrahim Rauza interiors.
How to reach Ibrahim Rauza
Ibrahim Rauza is just 3Km away from Bijapur. Many tourist car and taxi were available to visit this Ibrahim Rauza.
Other forts in Bijapur
Malik-e-Maidan: This place is known for the 55 tons weighed cannon. The head of the canon resembles like a head of lion. Some says that touching this cannon and making a wish will come true. This gun was made in 1549. This gun was bought to Bijapur with the help of ten elephants, four hundred oxen and hundreds of soldiers. This diameter of this gun is calculated as 1.5 meter and length as 8.5 meter. The sound of firing this gun may make us deaf so the soldiers dipped their head in water and fired this cannon.
Methar Mahal: This mahal is constructed on the year 1620. This is one of the sight seeking in Bijapur. This mahal has two storeys. One of the ancient building in Bijapur constructed in Hindu style.
Gagan Mahal: The specialty of Gagan Mahal is the pillars in this mahal were constructed in woods. This mahal severed as the residence of Erstwhile Dakamanis. This was constructed in the year 1561 AD by Ali Adil Shah I. This building served as royal residence as well as durbar hall. This mahal has rich decorations inside.
How to reach Bijapur
Through Air: Belgam is nearest airport of Bijapur.
Through Train: Bijapur junction is well connected with all major cities in India.
Through Bus: As this is tourist spot Bijapur has frequent bus service to major cities of Karnataka like Badami , Belgaum , Gulbarga , Bidar, Hubli , and Sholapur.