Gulbarga fort, originally built by Raja Gulchand was later strengthened by Ala-ud-din Bahmani. The fort contained 15 towers and 26 guns of which one was 8 metres long. Within the ramparts of the fort, there is an imposing mosque, which resembles the great mosque of Cordova in Spain.
This mosque is the only one of its kind in the entire country. Several tombs of the Bahmani Sultans can be found in the eastern outskirts of the town. The imposing fort of Gulbarga has witnessed many a battle and suffered many an on... read more
Gol Gumbaz, literally means the round dome, is the tomb of Mohammed Adil Shah (1627-56 AD), the 7th ruler of this dynasty. It was built at his orders before his death by the renowned architect Yaqut of Dabul. It was the desire of the ruler to build a mausoleum comparable to the Ibrahim Rauza, the tomb of his father, Ibrahim Adil Shah II. The Ibrahim Rauza was an exceptional tomb in composition and ornamentation. Gol Gumbaj is one of the biggest single chamber structures in the world. It was build over a floor area ... read more
Malik-e-Maidan or the 'Lord Of Battlefield', is an enormous cannon, fourteen feet long and weighing about 55 tons. Perched on a platform specially built for it, the cannon's muzzle is fashioned into the shape of a lion's head.
And as the cannon glistens in the sunlight, one is delighted to know that in 1854 AD when the grand gun was auctioned for a paltry sum of Rs. 150, the sale was thankfully cancelled.
Located in Bijapur, Mehtar Mahal is the ornamental gateway leading to a mosque and a garden. Meaning a 'Sweeper's Palace', this gateway has a flat stone roof supported by stone brackets of delicately carved birds and rows of swans.
This highly decorative gateway is supposed to have been built by a sweeper to whom Ibrahim Adil Shah gifted a huge sum of money on the advice of a soothsayer, so that he could recover from leprosy.
Asar Mahal is an impressive building located in Bijapur, towards the east of the citadel. The mahal was built by Mohammed Adil Shah, the ruler of Adil Shahi Kingdom, in 1646 AD to serve as a 'Hall of Justice'. It is believed that the two hairs of the Prophet Mohamed were preserved here.
The walls of the mahal are decorated with paintings and designs. The rooms on the upper storey are lavishly adorned with frescoes. A square tank fed by conduits from Begum Tank is situated in the front. Women are not allowed to ent... read more