Karnataka Diaries: Solo Trip (Part I)

Tripoto
24th Mar 2016
Photo of Karnataka Diaries: Solo Trip (Part I) by The Wandering Wolf

Walking through the architectural history of Sultanates in the northern Karnataka not only made to wonder but also made me realize my mistake or should I say stupidity, whatever you might call, was going in the hot summer.

Well it turned out to be a hottest solo trip I had., which on the scale of 3 I would give 2.5. Anyways I was in a place which wasn't even in my bucket list. As to my bucket list and some of you might agree, the bucket list includes places as the time passes by...

I had never even thought of going to some place in hot summer apart from the beaches yet I was here sweating and walking around the city. Overall it was different experience..

Walking around this city is easy as all the sites around are within approx 10km radius.. My math might be wrong so don't judge me. A half day is enough to see the main sites and max to max a day to see all the sites.

HOW TO REACH

Mumbai to Bijapur (Vijayapura)

1. Climbed aboard the 12115/Siddheshwar SF Express from CST to Solapur (Obviously in general compartment) and reached around 07:00

2. From Solapur to Bijapur (Vijayapura) 16588/Bikaner - Yesvantpur Express which departed around 09:00 and 12:30

3. Took a local bus (KSRTC Bus) from station to Imbrahim Rouza...

Ibrahim Rouza

Since i travelled through train, i took a bus from railway station towards work shop bus stop, which is right at the street that ends at Ibrahim Rouza. The fare was just INR. 8/- and even the conductor was helpful in guiding me towards the place.

Malik-e-Maidan Canon

Since i started with Ibrahim Rouza, i took a bus from Work shop bus stop to Shivaji Circle. Fare was INR 4/- per seat. Once you get down at Shivaji circle walk towards the left (ie., towards Upli Burz road) side by side to the broken fort wall. When you move forward you'll find a school on your right and to the left small entrance to the canon.

Gagan Mahal

From Shivaji circle next stop is Gandhi Chowk bus stop. From here move towards station till when you see a road moving towards right. Go through it. You'll find a lake, and a huge garden and there's it in the corner of the garden with pathway in between leading to the structure.

Bara Kaman

From the Gandhi Chowk stop if you move forward towards station, when you come across the Petrol Pump take the right, at end of the road you'll see the Bara Kaman

Gol Gumbaz

I took sharing auto towards Gol Gumbaz at INR.10/-

In front of the Gumbaz there's the museum for which you require to purchase ticket again, so I dint go in., and moved to Gol Gumbaz.

TOTAL EXPENDITURE

  • Travel : 233
  • Food : 75
  • Entry (to monuments and other) : 55
Day 1

Huge structure which is courted with a huge garden, but ironically not many visitors were found during my visit. Walking around on the hot stones bear footed was quite a thing which you wouldn't wish to do during summers. The entry was charged at INR 5/- and i paid extra INR 25 for camera, which i realized later that nobody actually checks whether you have paid for it or not.

Photo of Ibrahim Rouza, Shastri Nagar, Vijayapura, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf
Photo of Ibrahim Rouza, Shastri Nagar, Vijayapura, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf

A huge Canon with a beautiful cravings on it. Its suited on the broken fort. Near to the i.e, few distance you'll find Upli Burz from where you could see the entire Bijapur. There are two cannons on top.

Photo of Malik-e-Maidan Canon, Upli Burz Road, Sholapur, Vijayapura, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf
Photo of Malik-e-Maidan Canon, Upli Burz Road, Sholapur, Vijayapura, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf
Photo of Malik-e-Maidan Canon, Upli Burz Road, Sholapur, Vijayapura, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf

This Mahal isn't actually a palace but it seemed as if it was a open air theater stage back in its glorious days. And now, public use it to relax and enjoy the wind in the garden situated around it. I felt disappointed for wasting my time here.

Photo of Gagan Mahal, DC Office Road, Gopalpur Galli, Vijayapura, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf

A unfinished structure with only the Pillars, which was supposed to shadow the Gol Gumbaz. If Sultan hadn't died before completing it, I suppose it would have been a Marvelous Islamic style of Structure you've ever seen.

Photo of Bara Kaman, JM Road, Kanakadas colony, Vijayapura, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf

A unique place with lots a public. As i walked towards the top I felt i was climbing the Charminar, as it gives the similar feeling. Once when i reached top, i could only hear screaming and clapping.
Lower part is very quiet compared to the top.

Photo of Gol Gumbaz, Vijayapura, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf
Photo of Gol Gumbaz, Vijayapura, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf
Photo of Gol Gumbaz, Vijayapura, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf

Museum in front of the Gumbaz

Photo of Gol Gumbaz, Vijayapura, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf
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