Gagan Mahal 1/2 by Tripoto
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It is a palace built by Ali Adil Shah in 1561, the ground floor comprised of the durbar hall and the first floor was built as a private residence of the royal family.
Endless Voyages
As we were already behind schedule, we decided to quickly covered the next four attractions on our list- Gagan Mahal, Taj Bawdi, Malik-e-Maidan (Burj-E-Sherz) and Jod Gumbuz . Unfortunately for us, Malik-e-Maidan (apparently the largest medieval canon in the world) was closed due to maintenance issue. So we proceeded further to Gagan Mahal. Gagan mahal is a small stage like structure with a big central arch and surrounded by well maintained garden... If you are short of time, you could easily pass this one. Next, it was Taj Bawdi and Jod Gumbus but sadly both the places were in pathetic state. While we saw locals wash and dry their clothes in Taj Bawdi, Jod Gumbus, known so for double dome was almost in a dilapidated state with monkeys surrounding the structure. However, the mosque is still used by the locals. The interesting historical bit about Jod Gumbus is that Afzal Khan got all his 64 wives killed (except one who escaped) and buried them in the graves present at the monument due to a prediction by an astrologer that he would never make it back to Bjapur if he went to meet Shivaji. Sadly, there are no tourism authorities present at the monument thus leading to its terrible state. Entry fee: Rupees 20