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"Home to the Taj Mahal of the Deccan"

Bijapur Tourism

Famous for the Gol Gumbaj and Ibrahim Rauza which is considered to be the Taj Mahal of the Deccan, Bijapur is a tourist destination in Karnataka that takes its visitors back in time through its glorious ancient structures. Bijapur is an important commercial district in the state of Karnataka. Built around the 10th-11th century by the Kalyani Chalukyas, Bijapur was known as Vijayapura in those times. Vijaypura literally translates to City of Victory. Among other important attractions, there are various mosques including Jumma Masjid, palaces citadels.

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Agra of South India

Also known as the 'Agra of South India', Bijapur is home to some of the finest specimens of the architectural splendour of the ancient past. The lavish capital of the Adil Shahi rulers, Bijapur boasts of having played an integral role in the rich and eventful history of Karnataka. Bijapur is famous for its beautiful mosques, mausoleums, palaces and fortifications.

History

Officially known as 'Vijayapura', the state of Bijapur owes its greatness to the ruler Yusuf Adil Shah of the Shah dynasty, who was the founder of the independent state of Bijapur. In 1868, the state of Bijapur was conquered from the Shah dynasty and turned into a ‘subah’ during the reign of Mughal Badshah Aurangzeb. Subsequently, Bijapur went to the Nizam in 1724, Marathas in 1760 and finally passed into the hands of the British East India Company in 1818, and was assigned to the Maratha princely state of Satara.
Adil Shah of Bijaypur
Adil Shah of Bijaypur (Source)

Historically, the state of Bijapur has been one of the richest districts in the state. Evidence suggests that this area has been inhabited since the Stone Age, and many places of this district have a legendary history. After independence, Bijapur was added to the state of Karnataka on 1st November 1956 (erstwhile Mysore) according to the reorganisation of states. Central government and sanctioned the request to rename the city in October 2014 from ‘Bijapur’ to ‘Vijayapura’ in November 2014.

Restaurants and Local Food in Bijapur

The cuisine in this area is essentially spicy and has subtle influences of Maharashtrian food. The delicacies of the local cuisine here are Kaipalya ( a preparation of vegetables), Laku Palya (lentils), a variety of unique chutneys, Dosa, Bisibele Baath, Raagi and Akki Rottis, Raagi Mudde, Idli and Jolada Roti. One can also find a number of cafes here as well as North-Indian food
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Suggested Itinerary for Bijapur

Day 1- Arrive, check-in and rest. Then visit Ibrahim Rauza Tomb, Jod Gumbaz, Gol Gumbaz, Malik-i-maidan and Uppali Buruz.
Day 2- Visit Mithari and Asar Mahals, Jamia Masjid and Almatti Dam.

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How to Reach Bijapur

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Bijapur has its own railway station where trains connecting to Bangalore, Hyderabad and other cities halt. Buses are also available frequently from and to Badami. The nearest airport is at Belgaum (205km) which can be accessed by taxis.

How to reach Bijapur by flight

Bijapur Airport is the main airport which is linked with other states via direct and connecting flights. However, it has very limited connectivity.

How to reach Bijapur by road

There are frequent bus services to Bijapur from most major cities and towns in India.

How to reach Bijapur by train

Bijapur Railway Station is just 2 km from the main city and is well linked with other cities. Trains are frequent and comfortable which make it a viable option for a commute.

Local transport in Bijapur

Rickshaws are usualy used to get around the city.

Most frequently searched routes to Bijapur

Route Name Distance Time
Hyderabad to Bijapur 364 km 6 hours 48 mins
Bangalore to Bijapur 524 km 8 hours 32 mins
Pune to Bijapur 350 km 6 hours 16 mins
Mumbai to Bijapur 498 km 8 hours 48 mins
Goa to Bijapur 311 km 6 hours 11 mins
Chennai to Bijapur 877 km 13 hours 45 mins

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Who should visit Bijapur?

Bijapur is a great place to visit for architecture and history lovers.

What are the places near Bijapur?

The top places near to Bijapur are Goa which is 249 km from Bijapur, Hampi which is located 184 km from Bijapur, Gokarna which is located 293 km from Bijapur, Pattadakal which is located 97 km from Bijapur, Hyderabad which is located 301 km from Bijapur

What are the things to do in Bijapur?

The top things to do in Bijapur are Gol Gumbaz, Ibrahim Rauza, Jumma Masjid, The Citadel, Shopping in Bijapur, Mithari and Asar Mahals. You can see all the places to visit in Bijapur here

What is the best way to reach Bijapur?

Bijapur has its own railway station where trains connecting to Bangalore, Hyderabad and other cities halt. Buses are also available frequently from and to Badami. The nearest airport is at Belgaum (205km) which can be accessed by taxis.
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What is the local food in Bijapur?

The cuisine in this area is essentially spicy and has subtle influences of Maharashtrian food. The delicacies of the local cuisine here are Kaipalya ( a preparation of vegetables), Laku Palya (lentils), a variety of unique chutneys, Dosa, Bisibele Baath, Raagi and Akki Rottis, Raagi Mudde, Idli and Jolada Roti. One can also find a number of cafes here as well as North-Indian food
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What is the best time to visit Bijapur?

October to February are the best months to visit Bijapur because of the weather conditions. You can visit during the monsoons as well, however rain might disrupt your travel plans.
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What is not so good about Bijapur?

Difficult to reach.

What is famous about Bijapur?

Great architecture. Historic significance.

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Q. Which are the must visit sites in Bijapur?

Devyani Chandra

4 years ago
You obviously cannot miss the Gol Gumbaz or the Ibrahim Rauza. Both places are absolutely stunning. The Juma Masjid as well is Majestic and very intricate.
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