Vijayapura also currently known as Bijapur is a city located in the state of Karnataka. Traditionally Bijapur is said to be one of the richest districts in the state. It is also one of the top 10 populated cities in Karnataka. The city is known for its historic monuments and beautiful architectural artefacts. Bijapur is one of those cities that can allure tourists from all over the globe. The best time to visit this city would be during winter, which is during October-March. Now, let us see the top 10 places you must visit during your stay in the city.

1. Gol Gumbaz

Gol Gumbaz is one of those artefacts which need no introduction. The place is located approximately 3km from the city. The name Gol Gumbaz is based on the name “Gol Gummata” which is derived from the word “Gol Gumbadh” which means  “circular dome”. The dome was constructed using the Deccan style of architecture, which is indeed fascinating to look at. The dome is said to have one of the largest single-chamber spaces in the world. The Gol Gumbaz also consists of a “whispering gallery”, where even the faintest of noises can be heard from the other side of the mausoleum, because of its beautiful acoustic spaces.

ENTRY FEES: For Indians Rs 15 per person

For foreigners: 200 per person

No entry fees for children up to the age of 15

TIMING: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, all days of the week

2. Bara Kaman

The Bara Kaman is said to be an unfinished Mausoleum of Ali Adil Shah II. It is located around 1.2km from the city. It is said that the Bara Kaman was to be constructed with 12 arches placed vertically as well as horizontally. However, due to unknown reasons, the structure of the mausoleum was left incomplete and only 2 arches were raised vertically. The site is currently managed by the archaeological survey of India. Even at present, the 12 horizontally placed arches can be witnessed.

TIMING: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

No entry fees

3. Jami Masjid

The Jama Masjid or also known as Jamiya Masjid is located approximately 2.6km from the city. The mosque was built by Ali Adil Shah I in 1578. It is one of the largest mosques in South India, that can accommodate 2500 people. The beautiful architecture of the mosque is sure to grab your attention.

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4. Bijapur Fort

The Bijapur Fort is located approximately 1.2km from the city. Just like other beautiful artefacts, like the Gol Gumbaz and the Bara Kaman, the Bijapur Fort was built during the rule of the Shahi dynasty. The fort in itself includes palaces, mosques, historical monuments and gardens built by the Adil shahis. with the use of fascinating architecture, these places are certainly a wonder to look at. Considering all these facts, Bijapur Fort is one of the famous tourist attraction spots in the city.

5. Ibrahim Rauza

Ibrahim Rauza, Rauza which stands for “tomb”, is located around 1.1km from Bijapur city. The tomb was built in 1627. The marvellous architectural work in the tomb will leave you intrigued, with beautiful arches, calligraphic designs and acoustic features, the Ibrahim Rauza is called the “Taj Mahal of the south”. Now, this is one place you must visit in this city.

ENTRY FEES: Indians Rs 5

Foreigners: Rs 100

No fees for children below 15 years

TIMING: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

6. Malik-E-Maidan

The Malik-E-Maidan, when translated to English means ‘master of the battlefield’. This splendid artefact was built by Ibrahim Adil Shah II. Malik-E-Maidan is just around 300m from the city. This place is said to have one of the largest cannons(14.6ft) long, the gun is said to be cool when touched even during blistering summers, now that sounds rather intriguing. Another astounding fact is, it is said that touching the cannon can bring good luck.

TIMING: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

NO ENTRY FEES

7. Asar Mahal

The  Asar Mahal is located approximately 2.2km from the city. This palace was constructed in 1646 by the Adil Shahis. It is said that this place is highly respected and it holds two hairs from the beard of Prophet Mohammed. Now, that sounds riveting. It is also said that women are prohibited from entering the palace.

NO ENTRY FEES

TIMING: 6:00 am – 8:30 pm

8. Gagan Mahal

Gagan Mahal or also known as Heavenly Palace is located approximately 1.2km from Bijapur city. This palace was built-in 1561 by Ali Adil Shah I. It is said that this was once the private residence of the royal family, which is currently in a wreck. However, it is still an amazing artefact which grabs attention.

TIMING: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

NO ENTRY FEES

9. Sath Khabar

Sath Khabar is located approximately 3.9km from the city. Belgaum isn’t short of places that can amaze you, this is one of those places. The name Sath Khabar in English means “sixty graves”. This place is also called ‘Dark tourist spot’ in the city, because of its dark past. Rumour has it that, Afzal khan who was the army chief, killed his 63 wives by pushing each one of them into a well. However, the place is still a tourist attraction and allures a lot of people.

10. Sangeeth Nari Mahal

The sangeeth Nari Mahal is located approximately 3km from the city. It is another ancient artefact which was built way back in the 16th century, which makes it a popular tourist attraction in the city.

NO ENTRY FEES

TIMING: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

 

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