The erstwhile capital of the Adil Shahi dynasty, Bijapur or Vijaypur remains as quaint with Gol Gumbaz gazing at the sky as the echoes of its timelessness reverberate through the air. The resting place of Mohammed Adil Shah and his wives, mistress, daughter and grandson, Gol Gumbaz is among the greatest examples of the Adil Shahi architecture with one of the biggest domes in the world.
Built in 1656 it took 30 years to complete the construction of Gol Gumbaz. The mausoleum was designed by Yaqut of Dabul. Situated in the northern Karnataka, Gol Gumbaz marks the splendour of Adil Shahi rule in the Southern India. The seventh ruler of the Adil Shahi empire, Mohammed Adil Shah started the construction of the tomb right after he became the Sultan in 1626. He wanted the mausoleum to be bigger and grander compared to the memorial of his father, Ibrahim Adil Shah. Although the construction of Gol Gumbaz started during the reign of Mohammed Adil, it got disrupted due to the sudden demise of the Sultan.
Styled on the Dravidian architecture amalgamating the Islamic influences, the very name Gol Gumbaz stems from ‘Gola Gombadh’ or Gol Gomata’ translating to a circular dome. Made of dark grey basalt stone, its chamber is among the biggest in the world measuring 18,000 sq ft and the whispering gallery allowing people to hear their most hushed tones courtesy the acoustics of the space. It is said that you can hear a word echo for about 12 times across the other end of the dome. The 144 ft high roof with a 156 ft cube on either side beneath has eight arches traversing the two squares interlocking together that work as the base for the dome. There are four octagonal towers placed at each corner comprising a staircase. And each tower has a gallery on the top floor. The podium sits pretty in the centre hall with steps on the two sides.
The precinct of Gol Gumbaz comprises a mosque, garden, tavern and a museum. A cenotaph graces the podium in the middle separating the main grave underneath. The entrance to the mausoleum will greet you with a piece of meteorite which is said to have been fallen during the rule of Sultan and is believed to safeguard the tomb from lightning.
The Gol Gumbaz opening hours are similar to most monuments. You can visit the site between 10 am to 5 pm which are the Gol Gumbaz timings.
Gol Gumbaz is located approximately 500 km from Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka. The address of Gol Gumbaz is Jadar Galli, Vijayapura, Karnataka 586104.
There are no closed days for Gol Gumbaz. It remains open throughout the week.
Situated in Bijapur in Karnataka, it takes around 10 hours to reach Gol Gumbaz from the capital city, Bangalore. Hampi is 214 km from Bijapur while Badami is 122 km. Bijapur has no airport and to visit Gol Gumbaz you will have to get down at the Belgaum Airport which is 200 km from the site. Or you could take a Bangalore to Bijapur train which will be a journey of 668 km.
Bijapur City Bus Stand is the bus station in Bijapur. There are around 33 buses that run between Bangalore to Bijapur and the average time taken is 10 hours 15 minutes.
Bijapur Railway Station is only 4 minutes from Gol Gumbaz. If you are travelling from Bangalore then you can book Gol Gumbaz Express or Basava Express.
Belgaum Airport is the nearest airport. Air India operates flights from Bangalore to Belgaum after which you can hire a taxi to cover a 4-hour road journey from Belgaum to Bijapur.
he Gol Gumbaz entry ticket for Indians is Rs 20 whereas for foreigners the ticket price is Rs 200. SAARC and BIMSTEC citizens pay Rs 20 each as Gol Gumbaz entry ticket price. There is no Gol Gumbaz entry fee for children below 15 years of age. There is no charge for taking digital cameras inside.
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Karnataka is a land bestowed with the gems of nature in plenty. The wildlife, lush mountain ranges, accompanied with its cultural inheritance marked with the rich heritage of historical places, forts and caves all make the state a must-visit. There is so much to do and see in Karnataka. Other than Bangalore which is the cosmopolitan hub you can visit Mysore for its gardens, Coorg for its coffee plantations, Belur or Hampi for its ancient temples and structures. Search the monuments in Karnataka to plan what all to see in the state.
Vijayapur ,Bijapur, Karnataka
Monsoon : Minimum: 21°C, Maximum: 28°C
Summer : Minimum: 19°C, Maximum: 39°C
Winter : Minimum: 16°C, Maximum: 36°C
Recommended Season to Visit : Winter season (October to March)
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