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BIJAPUR SIGHTSEEING

 

Bijapur is the Agra of the south, full of mosques, mausoleums, palaces and fortifications. Golgumbaz : It is the largest and most famous monument. It is a building with 4-walls that enclose a majestic hall, buttressed by octagonal 7-storey towers at each of the corners. This basic structure is capped by an enormous dome said to be the world's second largest. Around the base of the dome at the top of the hall is a gallery known as the 'whispering gallery'. Access to the gallery is via a narrow staircase up one of the towers. The view over Bijapur from the base of the dome are superb. The monument is set in well-manicured gardens which are stunningly green during and just after the monsoon season. Ibrahim Roza : The beautiful Ibrahim Roza was constructed by Ibrahim Adil Shah II for his queen. It is famous for its elegancy and delicacy. It has 24 mtrs. high minarets. It is one of the few monuments in Bijapur with substantial stone filigree and other sculpturally decorative work. Jami-e-Masjid : This is finely proportioned building with graceful arches, a fine dome and a large inner courtyard containing fountains and a reservoir. It is quite a large monument and has room for 2250 worshippers. Asar Mahal : It is to the east of the citadel. The rooms on the upper storey are profusely decorated with fresco paintings, many of them using foliage and flower motifs. The front of the building is graced with a square tank.


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Citadel : The Gagan Mahal gives the best impression of the scale on which things were built here. It is completely open to the north, so that an audience outside the hall had a full and unobstructed view of the proceedings on the raised platform inside. Nearby is the seven-storey palace, the Sat Manzil. Just across the road stands one of the most delicate pieces of architecture in Bijapur, the Jala Manzil or Jala Mandir. Opposite the citadel on the other side of Station Rd are the graceful arches of Bara Kaman,the mausoleum of Ali Roza. Malik-e-Maidan : This huge cannon is one of the largest medieval guns ever made. It measures over 4 mtrs long and almost 1.5 mtrs in diameter, and is estimated to weigh 55 tonnes. Its outer surface is polished dark green and adorned with inscriptions in Persian and Arabic. The name of the cannon, Malik-e-Maidan, means Monarch of the Plains. Upil Buruj : This is a watchtower,25 mtrs high and on high ground near the western walls of the city. The tower can be climbed by a flight of steps which winds around the outside of the building. The top commands a good view of the city and is well furnished with guns,powder chambers and water cisterns. Other Monuments : There are a number of other monuments worth visiting in Bijapur. The most important among them are the Anand Mahal and the Mecca Masjid,both in the citadel. Also there is the Mehtar Mahal. The much-photographed Mehtar Mahal is typical of the architecture of Bijapur and has been richly decorated with sculptural work. It serves as an ornamental gateway leading to a small mosque.


BIJAPUR - GETTING THERE AND AWAY

 

GETTING THERE AND AWAY BUS Buses run from Bijapur to Badami, Bangalore, Belgaum, Bidar, Hubli, Hyderabad, Hospet, Pune, Kolhapur and Sholapur. TRAIN All the main trains pass Bijapur to Sholapur (Solapur) and Gadag. There is a daily express to Bangalore. You can take trains from Guntakal to go to Badami or Hospet. Going north, there are trains daily to Sholapur. Sholapur is where you connects with the broad gauge system for trains to Hyderabad and Vijayawada, and Pune and Bombay.


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