Bijapur which it is commonly known as and Vijayapura which is its official name is a city brimming with history dating back to the Chalukya Empire ( 10th - 11 th Century ) and then conquered by the Bahamani Sultanate mainly the Adil Shahi dynasty
Bijapur in North Karnataka was a part of our Road trip and a part of the Bijapur -Aihole-Pattadakal -Badami - Hampi circuit. It was our first destination and our stay was at the KSTDC Hotel Mayura Adilshahi .
There is a different thrill in a road trip. Halting at villages,having a cuppa of tea at the village tea stall,eating local delicacies at the dhaba and driving and halting as per your convenience . It is unmatched. And with Google Maps it's much more easier to locate a place. We drove via the Pune-Pandharpur route . The roads are pretty good but a small patch on the border of Maharastra & Karnataka is a bit rough.
Walking through the streets of Bijapur is like a historical walk. Old historical ruins exist amidst modern establishments , residential areas and crowded market places.
Gol Gumbaz the famous monument associated with Bijapur is not just the only monument in this city.There are also other monuments which are a must see. They can be easily explored by autorickshaws which ply in the city.
How to reach Bijapur : By air : Belgaum airport( 200 kms )
By train : Bijapur Railway station
By road : From Mumbai ( via Pune -Pandharpur Route ) -470 kms -9 hours
The walls of the mausoleum are of fine stone filigree and are richly inscribed in Arabic / Persian calligraphy and the window screens are also calligraphy