Bijapur is a small city located in the state of Karnataka. This city attracts a large number of tourists, mainly for its historical monuments. The city of Bijapur was once ruled by the Adil Shahi dynasty. The Adil kings constructed various structures from palaces to beautiful gardens, from echo chambers to the halls of justice. Today all these monuments attract and astound tourists.
The main purpose of the tourists coming for the Bijapur travel is sightseeing. There are various tourist attractions, but the most famous out of them is the Gol Gumbaz. This is an echo chamber built during the reign of Adil Shah. The dome of this structure is the second largest in the world. The dome measures about 44 meters in diameter. This chamber is so sensitive that a slightest whisper is echoed seven times. The tick of a clock can be heard loud and clear from the opposite side, which is 125 feet away. The Gol Gumbaz is decorated with delicate stone sculptures and filigree.
On the periphery of the city lies the tomb of Ibrahim Adil Shah II. This structure is known as Ibrahim Roza. This 16th century structure is built on a raised platform and decorated with minarets, cupolas and parapets. It is said that this structure inspired the building of the Taj Mahal at Agra. The structure houses mosques and tombs of the family of Adil shah. The architecture of this building is so beautiful and well preserved that the tourists coming on their Bijapur travel are left awestruck. The teak wood doors with brass handles are some of the striking features of this tomb.
During your Bijapur travel, you must also make a visit to the Citadel. This is a fortified site, which once housed various palaces and gardens. The Gagan Mahal had twofold function of serving as a royal residence along with a durbar hall. The Sat Manzil was a seven-storied palace of Mohammed Adil Shah. This palace was decorated with intricate designs and carvings. The Jala Manzil was a delicate water porch leading to many private gardens. Now all these palaces stand in ruins. The Bara Kaman was the unfinished tomb of Adil Shah. It is said that if this structure was completed it would have surpassed every structure in India. While on your Bijapur travel, tourists can visit other historically important places like the Jumma Masjid. This mosque was built in between 1557-1686. This mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in India. It is spread over a huge area of 116,300 sq m. The mosque is decorated with beautiful arches, domes and a courtyard with a capacity to accommodate 2250 worshippers. Every worshipper was allotted with places marked by black squares.
Another famous site worth visiting during the Bijapur travel is a place where the Malik-e-Maidan is preserved. The Malik-e- Maidan is huge metal cannon. This cannon is 4.45m long and 1.5m in diameter. The cannon weighs about 55 tonnes and its muzzle is carved into the shape of a head of a lion crushing an elephant. It is seen by the tourists that whenever you touch this gun it is always cool, even under the scorching sun. It is believed by the locals that if you wish anything the Malik-e-Maidan grants it.
Apart from all these famous tourist places, tourists can go on excursions to the neighboring towns of Badami and Aihole. The monument of Bijapur is greatly influenced by the Mughal architecture and culture. For accommodation of tourists, there are many budget hotels in the city of Bijapur. Tourists can choose any type hotel, which suit their needs. Tourists can also avail of varied means of transport to reach Bijapur during their Bijapur travels.
Last Updated On: 2011/07/12