Bijapur, also known as Vijayapura, is a historic city dating back 600 years to the Deccan’s Islamic era that retains many of its iconic mosques, mausoleums, palaces and fortifications. A Bijapur holiday offers a truly in-depth experience with Islamic history and culture with bazaars, theatres and museums scattered around the city.
Things to do
History enthusiasts are spoilt for choice in Bijapur. Visit the striking 17th-century Gol Gumbaz to see the tomb of the revered Mohammed Adil Shah, former Sultan of Bijapur. You can get up close with a wealth of fascinating archaeological finds around the city at the Gol Gumbaz Archaeological Museum, including ancient canons, pots and tools.
Delve into the city’s strong religious roots at the centuries-old Asar Mahal, a former court building that’s now a mosque with a reflective pool and scenic gardens. Discover the fascinating legacy of Bijapur’s royalty at the ruins of the ancient Gagan Mahal before witnessing the towering Shiva statue at Shivgiri Temple.
Afterwards, head over to the 16th-century Bijapur Fort to admire the sprawling gardens and stately architecture. It’s located nearby the Ibrahim Roza, a circa-1600s tomb where you can see the resting place of Ibrahim Adil Shah II, along with ancient stonework dating back to the Adil Shah dynasty.
Don’t forget to enjoy some of Bijapur’s contemporary entertainment as well, such as catching a Bollywood movie at Dreamland Theatre or enjoying some hookah and Indian cuisine at the nearby Sheesha Restaurant. Wander through the Lal Bahadur Shastri Market Complex to pick up handmade goods and fresh local produce.
Bijapur is well-connected to other major cities via regular trains and long-distance buses, including Bangalore and Hyderabad. You can walk around certain parts of the city or use the rickshaws to travel longer distances.
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