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Bijapur

Brief
Located in the Northwest part of the state and about 530 km from the capital Bangalore, Bijapur has many places of historical, cultural and architectural interest mainly related to Islamic architecture. It was the centre of the Bahmani sultanate. Bijapur is also a town with many legends and is a base for visiting other nearby tourist places such as Aihole and Pattadakal. A provincial centre under the Bahamanis, Bijapur became the capital of an independent dynasty, the Adil Shahis for about 200 years. The period of greatest architectural and artistic achievement was late 16th and early 17th centuries, particularly under the rulers Ali I and Ibrahim II. While the most sophisticated buildings and miniatures were produced during Ibrahim II's reign, the most imposing monument, the Gol Gumbaz was built by his successor Muhamad I.

Reasons to visit
We welcome you to the most exciting tourist attractions and travel destinations which are given below. We take into notice each and every details about recreation, entertainment, adventure and relaxation. By looking at the things to do in city one can see if that spot offers romance, family fun, sightseeing or adventure. Drill down into the tourist attractions below to find out more about each place and see how the local customs create a unique atmosphere.
  
The Gol Gombaz or Gola Gummata 
The dome is the second largest in the world, 124 feet in diameter. The architecture of this building is unique with the four minarets being the four staircases leading to the top dome. The acoustics of the enclosed space make it a whispering gallery, where even the smallest sound is heard across the other side of the Gombuz. At the periphery of the dome is a circular balcony where visitors can witness its greatest marvel, "ECHO". Any whisper, clap or sound gets echoed 9 times (11 times with fading) and creates an ideal stereophonic stage even for the weak-lunged singers. Even the smallest whisper amplifies and is clearly heard at the diagonally opposite side of the dome. 

Jumma Masjid
Jumma Masjid is the other attraction of this city. Jumma Masjid still used for worship, has been called one of the first mosques in India. It holds an exquisite copy of the Quran, written in gold. Also dating back to the period of Adil Shah this is the largest Masjid in the region. Barah Cummon (12 arches) is another wonderful piece of architecture created simply with twelve interleaving arches as a centre stage for art festivities.

The Malik-e-Maiden 
The largest medieval cannon in the world, is 14 ft long, weighing 55 tons. Legend has it that if you touch the gun and make a wish, it will come true! Also worth visit are the Mehtar Mahal , the Jod Gumbaz, Afzal Khan's Cenotaph, Asar Mahal, Anand Mahal, Ark-Killa, etc.

The Ibrahim Roza
Further to the edge of the city is the Ibrahim Roza, a beautiful tomb with artistically laid out corridors and interconnecting buildings with richly decorated walls and perforated stone windows. Ibrahim Roza, the mausoleum of Ibrahim Adil Shah II , is said to have inspired the Taj Mahal in Agra. At the centre of the town are large arches signifying the forts and its beauty in moonlight. Even though many of the structures were damaged by Aurangazeb, Bijapur remains a must see town.

Mehtar Mahal
This finely wrought gateway to the mosque is an excellent example of the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. It is embellished by a profusion of carvings in the form of brackets supporting the balconies and stone trellis work in Hindu Style. The Mehtar Mahal is a stained but richly decorated building that serves as an ornamental gateway to a small mosque. It is said that it was built for the sweepers of the royal house.

Shopping
Bijapur is famous for its hand woven Ilkal sarees.


Festive Celebrations
Apart from major Indian festivals like the Holi and Diwali which are celebrated with traditional fervor and joy, there are a few festivals which are very special to Bijapur and are celebrated with almost gaiety. Siddeshwara Temple Car Festival: This is special festival for Bijapur & is held in January each year. Asar Mahal Urs : This festival is celebrated in Bijapur generally during the month of September. The Bijapur Music Festival Featuring the stalwarts of Indian music - is organized by the Government of Karnataka every year.