Bijapur District Guide.
I hope this pretty information would be a guide to foreigners who plan to visit Bijapur for its historical attractions.
A Guide for Historical places at Bijapur.
The city of Bijapur traces its history of more than 2000 years. Apart from world famous Golgumbaz and Ibrahim Rouza, Bijapur has more 'A' class monuments.
Bijapur is under South Western Railway (SWR), Bijapur is connected with direct trains to Solapur, Yeshwantpur (Bangalore), Hubli, Mumbai, and Hyderabad. The nearest domestic airport is at Belgaum (205 km). Bijapur is located 530 km northwest of Bangalore and about 550 km from Mumbai.
The city is also called as “3D” for its special features i.e. Domes, Dung and Dust. You find many old constructed monuments showing Persian art, every old monument has one or more domes and minarets. To be very honest the city is not so clean, lot of dust on uneven shattered roads and dung from horses makes it polluted.
The luxury Hotels/lodges are Ratna palace, Madhuwan international, kanishka international, moderate Hotels are Pearl, Samrat and Sanman. The main means of transportation in city are autos and rickshaws, quite a few Tangas (horse cart) also exists. Tourist can hire Tanga for whole day if they want to enjoy horse ride. A swimming pool is located at outskirts of bagalkot cross road, a new swimming pool is present within city at JB garden.
Bijapur is rich in historical attractions, mainly related to Islamic architecture, especially those of the Bijapur Fort. The important places to be visited by tourists are: (1)Gol Gumbaz (2) Asar Mahal, (3) Bara Kaman (4) Malik-e-Maidan (5) Upli Buruj (6) Chand Bawdi (7) Ibrahim Rauza (8) Saat Kabar (9)Jamia masjid (10) Gagan Mahal (11) Anand Mahal (12) Jod Gumbaz.
Gol Gumbaz is the most famous monument in Bijapur. At the entrance the tourists have to purchase ticket from nearby counter by paying 10 dollars. Gol Gumbaz is the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah (ruled 1627-1657). A particular attraction in this monument is the central chamber, where every sound is echoed seven times. Another attraction at the Gol Gumbaz is the whispering gallery, where even minute sounds can be heard clearly 37 meters away. Gol Gumbaz complex includes a mosque and museum. At the periphery of the dome is a circular balcony where visitors can witness the astounding whispering gallery. Any whisper, clap or sound gets echoed around 7 times. Anything whispered from one corner of the gallery can be heard clearly on the diagonally opposite side. It is also said that the Sultan, Ibrahim Adil Shah and his queen used to converse in the same manner. During his time, the musicians used to sing, seated in the whispering gallery so that the sound produced could reach every corner of the hall.
Bijapur has evolved as a center of academics. Students from all over the country and NRI students come to study. It has two medical colleges, two engineering colleges, one architecture college and four medical colleges of Indian system of medicines, a dental and a nursing college and four polytechnics. A fully fledged women's university is established in 2003.
The good Old Persian architecture preserved in existing monuments is valuable resource for architect students.