Bijapur

530 kms to the north-west of Bangalore is the ancient town of Bijapur, the capital of the Adil Shahi dynasty. Bijapur is close to Belgaum, the gateway to Karnataka from Goa and Bombay. A major commercial and educational center, Belgaum has many places of historical, cultural and architectural interest.

Sightseeing

The Gol Gumbaz, containing the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah, has the fourth largest dome in the world. The interior of the dome, mysteriously unsupported, has a whispering gallery under it, whose acoustics are superb.

Jumma Masjid, still used for worship, has been called one of the first mosques in India and holds an exquisite copy of the Koran, written in gold lettering.

Ibrahim Roza was probably the inspiration for Agra's Taj Mahal. Facing it is a mosque, as delicately designed.

The Malik-e-Maidan is an enormous cannon, fourteen feet long and weighing 55 tons.

Access

Bijapur is well connected by road and rail to Bangalore, Belgaum and Goa. The nearest airport is Belgaum, which is 205 kms away.

Accomodation

Hotel Mayura Adil Shahi Anand Mahal Road Main. Tel: (08352) 20934 Annexe Tel: (08352) 20401 AROUND BIJAPUR (Distances and directions from Bijapur):

110 kms, 134 kms and 120 kms away are the rock cut temples of Aihole, Pattadakal and Badami. Standing close to each other (within a 13 km radius) these temple towns represent Chalukyan architecture at its best.

Aihole: The 'cradle of Indian temple architecture' has 125 temples, intricately carved, rich in detail. The oldest temple is perhaps the 5th century Lad Khan Temple. The Durga (Fort) Temple has a semi-circular apse and a complete portico.

Pattadakal: A World Heritage Center, it has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. The biggest temple, dedicated to Virupaksheshvara, has a huge gateway and several inscriptions.

Badami: Picturesquely situated, Badami has four cave temples. Overlooking them is a reservoir, its banks dotted with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva.

ACCOMMODATION:

Karnataka State Tourist Development Corporation (KSTDC) maintains a hotel at Badami. Hotel Mayura Chalukya, Ramdurg Road. Tel: 3246.

SHOPPING:

Bijapur is known for hand-woven Ilkal sarees.

Karnataka